Another favorite of mine in the romance genre is The Vincent Brothers, which is the second book in the The Vincent Boys series by Abbi Glines.
Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.
Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.
Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.
What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy…. (goodreads)
What I really liked about this novel was the fact that an one-sided love was finally returned, especially if your crush is your cousin’s ex-boyfriend. The tenacity that Lana had was also something worth commending for. Even though she felt that she was always placed second compared to everyone else, it was nice to see that she finally was placed first in Sawyer’s life. It was also great to see Lana breaking out of her shell from someone always wanting other people’s love to finally having enough of placing second and not caring anymore. Although it was heartbreaking to see Lana suffer, in this case it was essential as Lana had to make that transition from someone being emotionally weak to someone strong.
It was also nice to see how Sawyer’s character developed throughout the book. Him learning what love truly is, how it feels and finally realizing that the feeling he had for Ashton wasn’t love showed how he finally matured and became a more attractive individual. It was great seeing Sawyer finally getting his HEA with Lana and seeing our couple grow both individually and together.
On the other hand, one thing I didn’t like about the book was the fact that Lana had to do a makeover in order to get the attention of Sawyer, which sadly reflects the situation that often occurs in real life. However, maybe it was from this makeover that Lana became a stronger individual as the Lana in the past might not be able to make the decision to stop being satisfied of being second in people’s life. This allowed Lana to no longer focus on loving others but on loving herself and placing more importance on one’s own happiness, which I feel is a good message that the book implicitly tries to tell us readers.
As a reader I also felt that it would have been nice had there been more scenes between Lana and Sawyer together after the climax scene, and not just going into the epilogue of the series. However this is just a wish of mine as a fan of this couple, as not having it doesn’t affect the overall flow of the story.
Overall, I really liked this book even with the minor dissatisfactions I had with the book. A definite recommended book for anyone who likes high school/ college romance.