Definitely not my favorite book by Rachel Van Dyken but by no means a bad read, this quick and sexy story features a feisty, troublemaking college student and her brother’s best friend. At novella length, this flies by and has plenty of great banter. There’s some angst given the forbidden nature of the relationship, but the overall feel of the story is light and fun. It faltered for me because of the focus on sex, starting with a kiss before names are exchanged and continuing with a complete WTF moment in a co-ed shower. It’s a lot of fun but I couldn’t always take the relationship seriously.
The story follows Tatum, a transfer student who just started attending the same college as her protective big brother. Within minutes of meeting her brother’s best friend, Slater, they exchange a steamy kiss that blurs the boundaries of their relationship. Though Slater knows Tatum’s brother would kill him if he pursued his sister, the sexual tension between them is so strong that it cannot be ignored. As Slater wars with his feelings, he begins to get to know Tatum better and discovers that it’s more than lust between them.
I’m definitely used to a much slower burn from Van Dyken, so while the writing itself is as strong as always, it felt like the physical side of things dominated the story. If you’re okay with that, you’ll probably take no issues with the story – it’s got everything else that we’ve come to know and love about Van Dyken’s writing. Without a doubt, the story grew on me as it went along, but it was difficult to overcome the first impression. My favorite part was the humor involving Tatum’s brother, Finn. There are some truly funny moments, and I am absolutely looking forward to his book. I received an ARC via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this funny read.
Avoiding Temptation, an all new contemporary romance in the Bro Code series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken, is LIVE!
I hit on her first.
Realized she was my best friend Finn’s little sister second.
And got a bloody nose third — compliments of Finn after he watched me nearly score with the new underclassman.
After all I did have a reputation on campus, word on the street was that a girl could orgasm within one minute just watching me eat Lucky Charms.
You can’t make this stuff up — even though it was at least four minutes and included outside circumstances. Ahem, I digress.
Point is, not only did I earn the attention of the worst sort of girl for me — my best friend’s only sibling — but now she’s out to seduce me.
Me! One of the most famous Pleasure Ponies of them all!
I can’t shower — she follows me to the bathroom. Literally.
I can’t sleep — Lucky me, she lives in the same dorm.
And I can’t focus on anything except for her taunting eyes every single time something goes her way.
I want her, but I don’t want her to know I want her, and I definitely don’t want to die before graduation, which is looking more and more likely considering we can’t keep our hands off each other.
Something’s gotta give, and I have an inkling I should probably start writing my eulogy now because that something is probably going to be me.
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
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