REVIEW ✧ OVER US, OVER YOU

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“We were too young, but for the record, I’m pretty sure I damn near loved you, too.”

☆☆☆1/2

From New York Times bestselling author Whitney G. comes a falling for my older brother’s best friend romance.

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…
Dear Hayley,
I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.
Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.
That’s the story.
The end.
Period.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.
Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:
1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…
This message never happened,
Corey

If you remember last month when I read On a Tuesday I had mentioned that it was a different book that initially made me want to read that book. Guess what, this was the book! I was looking through the New Releases on Goodreads trying to find new books to read outside of the authors I’ve already read and this book caught my interest. It sounded like it’d be one of those super tense yet emotional reads with a nice dose of hotness and honestly that’s exactly what it was. Though really it’s the whole “falling for your sibling’s best friend” that got me because I am so in love with that trope. Every time I find a book with that trope my excitement goes from 0-100 in a nanosecond. I had a relative expectation of what I’d get out of this book and majority of it was met but I also found myself pleasantly surprised in the end. I really enjoyed this book and if you couldn’t tell by my babbling then the fact that I literally finished it the day I started reading it should.

THE GOOD

  • When I first started reading this book and saw the table of contents, and how there’d be jumping between the past and present a lot, I was worried. I might’ve liked it when I read On a Tuesday but I really didn’t want to go through that again. Plus, it would’ve shown how the author really only has one way or style of writing and again, that’s not something I wanted. Thankfully, that wasn’t entirely the case. There were a fair amount of jumps back to the past but it served more as a character build and provided a more in depth look at who these characters were and I guess what brought them to the present point in time in the story. I was also worried that, again, the romance would be set in the past and we’d be dealing with the fallout in the present but it didn’t happen! I was so glad that I got to watch the actual romance happen in the present in “real time” and that the past flashbacks just served for development and such and I think that’s what made me enjoy this book far more than I enjoyed On a Tuesday. The writing as a whole was a lot better this time around in my opinion.
  • The tropes in this book were spectacular. Like I already said, the “falling for your sibling’s best friend” is one of my ultimate favourites. It’s probably because it eventually falls into the “secret relationship” trope because obviously the two involved can’t let the sibling know what’s going on between them and therefore have to sneak around and that’s even more spectacular to me. I felt like Hayley and Corey were perfect candidates for these tropes and their chemistry was insane. I actually loved when we went back to the past and saw the early stages of their friendship and I loved seeing how all of that came to be and how it developed over time. Their relationship felt deeper than that of the one in On a Tuesday (I hate that I’m constantly comparing the two but I have to) and at least their fallout had nothing to do with messy miscommunication. They honestly just fell out with each other but still had a deep and inherent care for each other when they found each other again.
  • I want to talk about Hayley’s character for a minute. I feel like she represented what a lot of us in our 20s are going through and also provided reassurance for going against some social norms, I suppose. Two things that come to mind is the fact that she failed on her first try at her dream career and had to start over and the fact that she’s still a virgin well into her 20s. I still hate that seeing a 20+ virgin in any kind of media is seen as unthinkable or shocking but here no one made it out to be a big deal, especially Corey when they talked about it. And he respected that about her and ensured it was special for her. But I liked that there was a bit of this message that it’s ok to fail and it’s ok to ask for help when you need to get back on your feet. Other than Corey, I feel like a lot of Hayley’s story was about her getting her life back and continually going after her dream regardless of what her brother said or what he wanted of her. She came off as rather inspiring to me and I admire that she still chased her dream and didn’t let her failure stop her.

THE BAD

  • Usually I can handle the overprotective older brother character, but it got to a point where I just could not stand Jonathan anymore. I feel like there’s a certain line and that he constantly crossed it. When he and Hayley were growing up he actually wasn’t that bad and all of his protectiveness seemed justified, especially because he was her guardian later on. But in the present time it seemed like too much. It was like he couldn’t let Hayley live her life as she wanted to and practically gave her zero privacy by constantly asking Corey for intel. And I haven’t even gotten to the horrible and unforgiving thing he did to them near the end that I kinda saw coming but still couldn’t really believe. Maybe if he dialed down the overprotectiveness I would’ve not only enjoyed him more but the book more as well but he seriously took away from the whole mood.
  • While we had a pretty solid timeline here, the one thing that pissed me off beyond belief was the fact that I truly had no idea how old these people were. The only thing I knew for sure was that Corey was 3 years older than Hayley and Jonathan was 5 years older than Hayley. Oh, and that Jonathan’s wife was 10 or 11 years older than him which, by the way, ew. But I hate any age difference over 5 years so that’s just me. So I knew the difference of age between all the characters, but their actual age in this present moment of time? Your guess is as good as mine. I can just assume that Jonathan is maybe 30 or just pushing it, Hayley is maybe 23 or 24, which leaves Corey to be 26 or 27. But I’ll never know because the author never explicitly said and I’ll forever be annoyed.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • While you’re definitely getting a fun and sexy read out of this book, you’re also going to get a fair bit of depth out of this read and I think that’s what ultimately makes it worth it. It might not be gut-wrenching depth but you’ll be able to find a bit of yourself in the characters as you inevitably fall in love with them. Well, not all of them because I can’t imagine anyone actually loving Jonathan when all is said and done.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Over Us, Over You
Author: Whitney G.
Release Date: December 7, 2017
Pages: 255 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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