Book Review: Down to You

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*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

This review will have spoilers because I have to spoil this book to explain just how bad it is.

First of all, the main character, Olivia, is presented as this shy girl who has a thing for bad boys. This idea is so messed up on so many levels. As soon as Olivia meets boy #1, Cash, she’s willing to take his shirt off, supposedly to help a friend, but also because she wants to. She also initiates multiple hook ups with both Cash and his twin brother, Nash. At one point one of the brothers sneaks into her room to sleep with her and she doesn’t even care that she doesn’t know which brother it is. She’s basically the opposite of shy.

As for her “love for bad boys” I guess that’s true? The author presents us with two examples of Olivia’s love for bad boys: her one ex-boyfriend and Cash. That’s it. Somehow, however, this is supposed to prove to me that she always falls for the bad boy. Yeah, sure.

Moving on, let’s talk about this “love triangle”. For reasons that I didn’t really understand Cash and Nash both fall hard for Olivia real quick. All of sudden it’s like, “Whoa this girl is hot. I want her.” There’s no build up to this. It’s just all physical, which would be find if Ms. Leighton wasn’t trying to sell this as a love story. Seriously, Olivia knows these guys for all of two seconds before she’s freaking out because she can’t decide which one to be with.

Well lucky for Olivia she doesn’t have to choose because, PLOT TWIST, Cash and Nash are the same person. Now this could’ve been really cool. This could’ve been a great twist if it weren’t for two things:

  1. It was so obvious something suspicious was going on with the twins. It’s clearly evident that they’re never together at the same time and I quickly began to believe that they were the same person but I couldn’t figure out why. Was one of them (Cash, apparently) crazy? Did he have multiple personality disorder? What was the problem? This leads me to the second issue.
  2. The explanation! Cash was doubling as his brother to protect his father from getting charged for double homicide. Really? And he’s been doing this since they were in high school (about 10 years) yet no one caught on. So I’m supposed to believe that Cash had no friends in high school. That no one at that school could tell these identical twins apart. That somehow Cash just jumped into Nash’s identity and no one was the wiser. Additionally, “Nash” had a girlfriend who also believed Cash was his twin brother and not the same person. How did he pull that off and for so long? I don’t understand.

There’s so many plot holes in this book and just general things that made no sense but this post would be very long if I continued so I’ll stop here.

My final verdict is don’t buy this book. Do not waste your time reading this book. It’s not worth it and I definitely will not be reading the sequel.

Favorite Line:

Hearing her laugh is like listening to the best kind of symphony.

Stars: 1 out of 5. No, just no.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or just don’t read. Definitely don’t spend money on this book.

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