by Laura Lee
Series: Dealing with Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: September 1, 2015 by LAN Fiction LLC
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?
Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?
Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.
Balls to the wall, baby!
Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.
Deal Breakers is filled with lots of laughs, a sexy romance, and an overflowing swear jar.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love friends to lovers romances, especially when we see how the couple interacts throughout the years. In Deal Breakers, we get a glimpse at all of their years at college, since they met until almost graduation and why their friendship suddenly…stops.
“Okay, here’s the thing. I’m a virgin. And you need to relieve me of that.”
Riley sprays beer from his mouth all over the table. “The fuck you say?”
Riley immediately has the hots for Devyn but she only wants friendship from him and that’s exactly what he gives all those four years at college. Before graduation, Devyn asks Riley for one night of sex so she goes into the world without her V-card. Riley is hesitant at first the agrees. He makes her first time special and everything was going great until Devyn tells him how she feels. Riley freaks and the next morning, they barely talk to each other, cancel their plans and Riley flees from Devyn’s life for 5 years until he goes in search for her again. But Devyn has already moved on and doesn’t want anything to do with Riley.
Devyn is a strong woman who has gone through a lot in her life along with the death of both her parents but she’s still standing strong. Riley is a man-slut but a great friend to Devyn. Their rekindling friendship 5 years later was emotional since Devyn doesn’t take Riley back. She’s dead set on moving on and for that, I admire her. I wish the author had gone a whole lot deeper on these characters lives during their years at college and those 5 years apart. I feel like there was a gap when the time jumps that it left me kind of lost. The author spent a great deal of pages on only the sex scene and I feel it could have been shorter so to add more important stuff in the story. I wish more character development had been in the story since, once again, their years at college were merely a glimpse and not enough to let us know enough about the characters.
Overall, this book was cute and sweet but it needed more work in the characters and the story.
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