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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Why I’m No Longer Impressed By Scandal

Scandal has become more and more disappointing to me as this season progresses. What started as a high paced political drama about a political fixer, who actually did her job, has now turned into a melodramatic soap opera with plenty of cliff hangers that don’t have much shock value.

For the last few episodes I was able to guess what would happen (if you’re not caught up there are spoilers ahead!).

When the California governor turned out to be in love with Mellie? So obvious.

Huck and Abby being the ones to “kidnap” David rather than it being Cyrus’ hit man? Again, not really a nail biter.

It’s possible that because of my obsession with television I’ve just become great at guessing what will happen next but honestly I’m sick of hearing people continuously talk about how great Scandal is.

Is it entertaining? Sure. But it’s not greatly scripted, edited, or acted out.

For starters, the show began with Olivia Pope, being an independent force as a political fixer who made her own choices. Now Olivia doesn’t fix anything and instead the show only focuses on her “love triangle” with Fitz and Jake. It’s a little bit of stretch to call it a love triangle, however, since really it’s clear that the only thing standing in between Fitz and Olivia being together is his marriage and presidency. Otherwise they’d be in Vermont right now.

Jake is only there to keep Olivia company and keep her warm at night since she can’t be with the one she really wants. In summary, he’s her security blanket.

The storyline of this show no longer focuses on the dirty inner workings of politics and the blood thirsty, backstabbing inner workings that happen within the American government. Instead those things only come second to all the love affairs and relationships on the show.

Every episode seems to be more and more about who’s sleeping with who and less and less about who’s actually running the government.

Lastly, what was really the last straw for me was tonight’s episode in which we were promised a jaw dropping ending in the last 30 seconds. Many fans seem to be satisfied with the “shocking” ending of this episode but I am not.

First of all, the ending was a classic cliff hanger that happens in many shows. There’s a gun shot, screen goes black, and everyone’s left wondering who got shot? It’s a tired ploy to get viewers to Tweet about the show and guess who died, not a stroke of cinematic genius.

Moreover, it seems obvious to me that James is the one that got shot. For one thing, it would provide the writers with another story line because Cyrus will be furious if that is the case. Also, James’ death get’s way more players involved than David’s death. Of course Olivia’s team will care if David is dead but the whole White House will care if James is dead. Plus, then there’s the question of who’ll raise his daughter since Cyrus is really not fit to be a stay at home father and didn’t really want the baby in the first place.

I admit I could be wrong but I’d put money on it being David because that would provide the writers with the best material but honestly who got shot isn’t relevant here. What is relevant is that so called surprising and jaw dropping ending was nothing I haven’t seen done before in other shows. I was expecting much more by the way the episode was being hyped up but again found myself disappointed.

Although I do believe Scandal is an entertaining show, which is why it gets so many views and why I keep watching it, it’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread. People talk about it so much because it’s exciting. There’s sex scenes, affairs, murder, and drama. However, just because a show has these things doesn’t mean it’s Emmy worthy. It just means the writers know how to catch an audience’s attention.

I know people will disagree with my opinion so have at it in the comments. I rest my case.

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