2.5 stars – I thought it was okay. There were elements I found enjoyable but there were quite a number of things I didn’t like.
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
I was in the mood for a NA contemporary romance so the first author that popped into my head was, of course, Colleen Hoover. I’ve said a couple of times Colleen’s books just aren’t for me and unfortunately this was another example. On one hand I really enjoyed the original soundtrack to this book (so clever! And such beautiful songs!) but on the other I truly dislike cheating books.
I loved the start of this book, when Sydney and Ridge are becoming friends and writing music together. The romantic tension between them are intense! The middle and end of this book I felt dragged a lot! It was pages upon pages of tortured feelings and after a while I was just kind of over it.
Can someone please explain to me why if you just got cheated on yourself would you then pursue a guy who has a girlfriend?????!! Absolutely baffled me! As I mentioned above I kind of hate cheating books. I dislike reading about how two people who are doing something so horribly hurtful to another person end up with a happily ever after. I also hated that this book ended with the girlfriend not being 1000% crushed that her boyfriend of 5 years cheated on her. I felt like it was a cop out. I think Colleen didn’t want to write the cheated girl friend to upset because she didn’t want her readers to think what Sydney and Ridge did was wrong, when obviously is was.
One element I sincerely LOVED about this book was the soundtrack! I’m not sure if the soundtrack is available with the paperback, but with the ebook at the start of a new song they were writing together a hyperlink was available so readers could hear! The singers name is Griffin Peterson and his voice is AMAZING! I’m totally a new fan!
Overall, as usual after finishing a Colleen Hoover book I’m unsure of how I feel about it. This book contains A LOT of romance and tortured feels and an awesome soundtrack, I just wish the cheating was a part of it.
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