Series: St. James #1
Published by Montlake Romance on March 17th 2015
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Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.
After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming—one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi.
With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known.
As a classic take on the brother’s best friend story, I hadn’t expected the sheer amount of drama that was strangely absorbing, as drawn out as it was – possibly unnecessarily. Familial treachery and loyalties lie at the heart of the book and there are parallels of it sketched out in most of the relationships highlighted in them.
As much as I wanted David and Vivi together, there were some questionable behaviour traits that made me hesitate about them (Vivi’s staunch insistence that the adulterous relationship that David’s father was carrying out was really ‘happiness’ he deserved in the end?!). I felt strongly let down however, that the cheating issue wasn’t resolved at all – this is a line I can’t even accept in my reading – and that the tension present in the family existed because of a deathbed secret that just had to be kept.