Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Published: January 29th, 2019
Synopsis: Darcy is tasked with repairing the old cottage she inherited from her grandmother. She plans to travel while this is happening, until she finds out that the person renovating the house is her twin brother’s best friend Tom, whom she’s known since they were eight.
The Hating Game is one of my absolute favorite romances, so this book had big shoes to fill. While I definitely really enjoyed it when I was reading it, I’ve found a few things that I didn’t enjoy as much after having the time to think about it.
The plot was honestly kind of basic, but that really isn’t a negative thing for me. Darcy and Tom are renovating the house the whole time, which created some interesting situations for them to get into (including both of them living in the backyard of the house). I thought one thing that was interesting was Darcy’s heart condition. It is always nice to see health conditions represented in books.
For the most part, I really liked Tom. I thought he could be a tad possessive, but in general, he was a nice, hardworking guy. My absolutely favorite moment from him was during the sex scene, he explicitly asks Darcy if she wants to continue and he also makes sure that her heart is doing alright throughout the scene.
Darcy was interesting. I could never get a good picture of her in my head because I felt like parts of her personality were at odds with each other. She presents herself as kind of a badass who doesn’t need anyone and doesn’t feel anything, but then when she’s taking pictures and talking about her grandmother’s cottage, she is very emotional and artistic. A person can definitely be both of those, but it just felt a little inconsistent to me.
I enjoyed the side characters, which were mainly Darcy’s brother Jaime and her best friend, though I do wish there was more of them, especially because Jaime is a pretty big part of the story.
Overall, I think I just needed a little more from this book. There were a bunch of things that were mentioned that could have been interesting if they were expanded on, but they weren’t. I will say that the sexual tension was really good, especially from Darcy’s point of view. I am still a fan of Sally Thorne’s and I am definitely excited about whatever she is working on next!