RELEASE DATE: 31st May 2014
BLURB: Dan Fisher is a fun-loving slacker from SSU with a passion for partying and dancing. When rich girl Avery Wakefield offers him a brand new designer wardrobe in exchange for posing as her boyfriend, he reluctantly agrees. He hates lying, but it’s hard to turn down nice clothes and a chance to live in a historic mansion in Savannah for two weeks. What he doesn’t count on is falling hard for her mysterious, straight brother.
Julian Wakefield is as tortured as he is handsome. He keeps a secret close to his heart, and everyone else at a distance. But now his sister’s new boyfriend is stirring up feelings he’s always been able to deny. Like an angel and the devil all rolled into one, he tempts him to take chances he never would have taken before. Too bad Dan belongs to his sister, whom he would never dream of betraying.
But… put two hot boys with an irresistible attraction in the same house for long enough, something is bound to happen.
What an amazing ride… I couldn’t stop reading. Smitten is the second book in the SSU Boys series, but can totally be enjoyed and understood as a standalone. I loved Pinned and if possible this story is even better. We meet Dan in the first book and here he gets his own love story with a partner who is challenging enough to match his extraordinary character. I was smitten by him right away in Pinned and was very excited to read more about him.
My heart is completely exhausted from being taken on an emotional roller coaster ride. This book has everything that guarantees a great reading experience. It has flawless writing, a gripping plotline, a well-built structure, intriguing characters, lots of surprises, unexpected events and enough angst to keep you on the edge of your seat till the last page. The chemistry between Dan and Julien is sizzling hot. Their emotions are palpable, their inner struggles and conflicts very real and heartbreaking. There are some gut-wrenching episodes, some totally sweet ones, but mostly it’s an entertaining ride where we get to see how Dan and Julien work their way through the obstacles to finally reach some well-deserved happiness.
What I really like about this story, besides enjoying the building romantic relationship, is how it focuses on some very important issues. Like what damage denial, lying, and dishonesty can cause, or how crucial acceptance is, especially in a family, and how the lack of it always leads to unimaginable pain and suffering, and in some cases to unchangeable, devastating events.
I really enjoyed the final part of the story when everyone is together from Pinned and Smitten, and we can see glimpses of the future. I can’t wait to read the next book! Highly recommended!