Saturday, March 1, 2014

eARC BOOK REVIEW...He Belongs With Me by Sarah Darlington

Title:  He Belongs With Me 
Author:  Sarah Darlington
Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:   Two girls. One Leo.

Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather's world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.

But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo... which girl will win his heart?

Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing's for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. 

*NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Recommended for 17+ due to sexual situations and adult language.



The story with some commentary:

21-year old Maggie and Clara Ryder are identical twins who have the world at their feet. With their dad being the owner of a privileged golf establishment, the Reed Ryder Country Club, both girls have money, status, and even beauty.

The only catch is, is that both twins couldn’t be less alike…

Maggie, is considered to be the good twin whereas Clara is considered the bad twin.

Maggie kind of got on my nerves a lot of the time with her higher than thou type of attitude toward Clara and eccentric shifts in moods. Kind of gave me whiplash!

As for Clara, well, I really liked her! In fact, I always waited for her parts. Clara is the rebellious, in your face, say what she wants to say twin with alternating hair color. She and twin Maggie’s best friend, Leo, are constantly at each other’s throats until one fateful night when Clara crashes her golf cart into Leo and is whisked away on a trip with him to New York. Then she begins to see Leo in a different light....

So, Leo Maddox. Leo, is the heir of a billion dollar hotel empire, the Maddox Hotel, and also the lemon to Maggie’s squeeze but the salt to Clara’s vinegar. He may appear to rigid and cold, especially to Clara, but deep down he’s loyal to a fault and has deep down pent up feelings for one particular twin. Who could it be?

I won’t divulge anymore of the story, but I will say that there is two other suitors in this story: Andrew and Dean/Robby.

Andrew, well, he’s a total scumbag and not important to rehash about and Dean/Robby is an old flame from Maggie's past that never left her heart.

How will things all turn out? Will Clara’s turnaround of feelings for Leo have any effect on him?

Who will Leo choose when Maggie starts realizing that she may like him as well? Or will Dean/Robby come in and sweep her away?

Read and you will find out!

My thoughts: He Belongs to Me was a solid, good read that alternates between both Maggie and Clara’s POV’s. At first, it was a bit confusing and overwhelming but after the four chapters or so I had gotten a hold of it.

Normally, I hate hate hate love triangles because of the angst and drama over fighting over a guy/girl but this one was different and wasn’t even actually a love triangle at that. It was more so, the characters trying to confront and acknowledge their feelings and take action of it.

My only complaint though about this story was a bit anti-climatic in my eyes. Here, I thought there was going to be a whole lot of drama and a climatic build up but there wasn’t really any of that.

And also, Clara’s ending. I mean, Maggie got a bow with a tie on hers so why did Clara’s feel a little short. Hmmm, maybe it’s because I just wanted MORE! Lol.

Anyways, a great story that normally would have given me a lot of trepidation but was fun and engaging!

My Rating:
-Overall : 7.5-8
-Plot : 7
-Writing : 7
-Characters : 7
-Cover : 8.5

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