Series: The Collins Brothers #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 8th 2017
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Tanner Collins is the embodiment of perfection—tall, dark, sinfully sexy—and completely out of Juliana Shea’s league. Knowing she’d never survive a repeat of her last disastrous relationship, she parks Tanner firmly in the friend zone. But man, he’s hard to resist.
Juliana is exactly what Tanner wants, and he’s determined to win her over with his kindness and humor… But one night—a night he can’t even remember—threatens to take it all away.
With the flick of a “send” button, their hope for a future together is shattered. But Tanner isn’t the type to give up on what he wants—and he wants Juliana.
I wished I liked this more…at least as much as I liked the hero of the book. ‘Trusting Tanner’ sounded like a story I could get into, especially with a male protagonist who seemed unwaveringly classy and determined, for a change. But it all went downhill for me fast, when most of the characters (only Tanner seemed to be the shining gem in the mire) failed miserably at being the type of heroes or heroines I wanted to cheer for.
My sympathy for Juliana turned quickly to frustration when all she seemed to do was to hold everyone up to her past like a mirror after an ex did a number on her. Poor Tanner was held unerringly to these standards throughout, guilty until proven innocent despite trying his hardest, and I spent most of the book wondering what he actually saw in her when all Juliana seemed to do was to keep him on an uphill challenge to prove himself nothing but faithful. Her constant suspicions wore on me as a result, her jealousy unfounded when all she did at first was to insist that only friendship could come out of their school partnership.
I’d hoped more for Juliana in fact, but never quite got to see it – especially not at the end when it was most required of her. That her trust had to be earned was well and good, but it got impossible when all she seemed determined to do is to make people around her earn and prove themselves all the time.
The writing was, unfortunately rather naive (it also fell flat for me) and I couldn’t believe that this was happening at pre-med level when I thought I was reading about the activities of attention-seeking 14-16 year-olds. The high-school stereotypes were all in here, complete with the mean-but-pretty-girl who is also the roommate from hell and the petty jealousies that ping around the moment someone attractive steals someone else’s attention. It was difficult reconcile the behaviour of these characters with college-age students preparing for their careers, especially when you thought these juvenile tendencies had long had the door firmly shut on them.