Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bitter Sweet Love by R.C. Stephens - Blog Tour

Bitter Sweet Love by R.C. Stephens
(Twisted Series #1)
Publication date: January 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

After enduring an abusive childhood and having her heart broken by the only boy she trusts, Alexis White vows to never let anyone hurt her again. She’s left her troubled past behind and starts a new life at college. For the past seven years, her social calendar has been filled with frat parties, drinking, and meaningless sexual hook-ups. Until one night she unexpectedly gets saved by a tall, dark, and handsome French foreigner, Luc Blanchard. He’s charming, sophisticated, and very interested in Lexi, who has presented herself as a challenge when she tells him relationships aren’t her thing.

She finds herself sucked in by his own intriguing past. But everything changes when Dylan Priestley, the gorgeous boy who broke her heart and shattered her faith in friendship and love, suddenly shows up in her life again while back home on a visit. Dylan doesn’t hide his feelings for Lexi, but she can’t forgive or forget being betrayed by the one person she ever truly loved.

Despite the pain Dylan’s caused her, Lexi is once again drawn to the blue-eyed-boy-next-door. Will Lexi choose the man who seems perfect but hides a dark side or the boy who smashed her heart into pieces so many years ago?


I've been trying to branch out and start trying New Adult books and so far they aren't really great. I found Bitter Sweet Love to be too much like a soap opera for me. I liked Anna and Lex, the main characters, but had a hard time with the guys. Also, the writing wasn't great to me. I don't know of any guy who calls a girl his "Angel" over and over. And Dylan and Lex's storyline was pretty bad...I feel like Lex makes a big deal about what happened in the past with her and Dylan when it certainly doesn't seem like anything. I didn't find the writing of the guys and their POV's to be believable - at least from the experiences I've had. Even though I didn't like the writing, the abuse aspect still came through pretty strong and freaked me out. What I do like about reading New Adult, is getting the college experience that isn't normally in Young Adult and the characters are my age. But I still enjoy living in my teenage fantasy land more. Bitter Sweet Love is a trilogy and there is a cliffhanger but while I was so roped up in the story (which is a good thing), I didn't even realize when the book was over. I had to triple check because I was like "that's it?" I didn't get invested enough in the story or characters because the cliffhanger didn't even shock me. I think that I still need to get used to New Adult books though because I really think the writing style and the characters' voices in NA are what is throwing me off and not letting me connect.

Rating: 2/5


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