Title: Can’t Go Home (Oasis Waterfall #1)
Author: Angelisa Stone
Published Date: September 26th 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Everyone has secrets; secrets meant to be kept—hidden away where nobody can discover the truth. Adrian O’Donnell (aka: Dre Donley) is no exception. Dre spins tales and half-truths like it’s his job, keeping the reality of his past buried deep within each lie he fabricates. On the other hand, Kathryn Howell is the exception to the rule. She’s a straight-shooter, a tell-it-like-it-is, no filter kind of girl.
Kathryn’s honesty and straightforwardness is the ultimate turn on for a guy like Dre. He’s never met someone so sincere, so full of truth and innocence. Their chemistry is unavoidable, their connection, magnetic. When Dre sets out to make Kathryn fall for him, he doesn’t realize the grave mistake he’s making. Kathryn’s strength and convictions do not falter, even for an irresistible man like Dre. When his past resurfaces, and the lies come tumbling forth, Kathryn must decide if his deceit and betrayal can be forgiven or if the damage is irreparable. Will the truth ultimately destroy the relationship that neither one of them could deny or even attempt to resist?
This novel is for mature readers only, due to language and sexual content.
I’m afraid this review is not good news. Please remember this I was asked for my personal opinion and that is what is reflected here. I know there are many people out there that loved this book but sadly I was not one of them.
I could not connect with or really like Kathryn. I didn’t think she was cute or this outspoken, honest and sassy character, I actually thought she was a mish mash of a bunch of character traits. The person she was with her best friend and the person she was with Dre were not two sides of the same coin, they were two completely different coins to me. In my opinion you are your true self with the people that you really love and although you may show different faces to strangers you don’t change as drastically as this main character did. I felt like Kathryn was just a different person when she was with different people. In the blurb the author describes Kathryn as “ a straight-shooter, a tell-it-like-it-is, no filter kind of girl.” But she didn’t come across like this to me at all. She came across as immature and someone who was just trying to hard all the time.
I did not however find Dre’s “stalking” of Kathryn in the beginning to be creepy. I thought it was sweet, if a guy see’s a girl he likes in a bar he’s going to return to the same bar in the hopes that he sees her. Stalking in the creepy sense to me is staring through the window with no intention of ever introducing yourself. Dre was just creating an opening for himself so he could get to know someone he found attractive.
However saying that I did find both of the characters were just trying too hard to be cool, I felt like I was in the heads of teenagers with grown up hormones and from the descriptions I don’t think that was what the author was going for at all.
I really struggled to finish this book because I just couldn’t find any qualities about these characters that drew me in and at no point did it hook me. Obviously I finished it so there was enough to get me to the end, with drama and highs and lows but sadly I can’t give this book more than 2 stars.
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