Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Tour ~ #Review ~ Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan


Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous,
and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

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He told me to 'settle, girl.'
He asked if 'something was wrong with me?'
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

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He wasn’t looking at me any more. I wasn’t even sure he was really in the room.
I needed to leave this alone. He had given me the clues—looking away, his jaw clenching, pain like I’d never heard from him sounding loud and clear. My instincts were telling me to shut up, but I couldn’t. I had this burning need to know more about Caden. I needed to get in there, past his walls, and I wanted to understand him.
I wanted to help him.
Caden was hurting, and I wanted to take that away.
“What happened?”
Caden turned his gaze to me now, and I felt branded by the pain I saw. His eyes were stricken. “Does it matter?”
“No.” My breath caught and held in my chest. I wanted to go to him, but I also wanted to slink away. I was stirring up his pain, but I had to know. “What happened, Caden?”
“Why do you have to know?”
“Because it’s hurting you.”
I made a decision, though I had no idea what the ramifications were going to be. I stood, my legs going numb and my stomach clenching, and I moved to his side. He leaned back, his head falling to the couch, and he watched me.
The need to ease some of his hurt outweighed the fear of what would happen next. Swallowing tightly, I stepped over to straddle him and sat down.
“What are you doing?”
He asked that softly, still holding his beer. I took it from his hands and put it on the stand next to the couch. Then I just sat there. He had to do the rest. I’d already made the first move.
I glanced down at his hands, feeling like an idiot. “What happened?”
“Why are you pushing this?”
I looked back up to find confusion warring with need in his eyes. He wasn’t pushing me away, so I sank further into his lap.
“You haven’t told anyone else about this.” It wasn’t really a question, but I saw the confirmation in his eyes. My chest tightened, thinking about whatever secret he held. “Please tell me.”
“No.” He shifted forward, and I braced myself, expecting him to push me away. He didn’t. His hands grasped the backs of my legs and lifted me so I was more fully on his lap.
I could feel him between my legs, and my breasts almost pressed against his chest. I waited. I wanted to see what else he’d say
“But not because I don’t want you to know,” he added. “Because it’s not my secret to tell.”
I nodded, my stomach doing somersaults now. “That makes sense. I can respect that.”
And there we were. His hands cupped my ass, and the pain in his gaze became something darker, something I felt too, something that began to turn off all rational thought.
“What are we doing here?” he questioned, his voice like a caress in itself.
I leaned forward, my gaze lingering on his lips. “I didn’t really think it through.”
“And now?”
“Still not thinking it through.”
“You’re okay with that?”
In that moment, the truth exploded in me. I wanted him. I wanted this—but it was more. I needed this.
I didn’t answer.
I closed the distance between us.

Let me start off this review by saying I have a new bbf and his name is Caden Banks. 

When Caden and Summer Stolz first meet, Summer is emotional and Caden comes off as a jerk. Their next few interactions definitely put him into the broody a-hole department which I totally love when done right. Trust me, this was done right. It's not long before we are getting glimpses of not only this kinder, deeper, and even sexier side of Caden, but we also get to know Summer as more than just the stepbrother obsessed girl. Summer went to the same college as her stepbrother Kevin in hopes that they would finally be together, but finds herself spending time with and getting to know Caden instead. 

This story was so much more than what I thought it would be on the surface. Don't get me wrong, the description was enough to totally hook me. But I was expecting a girl loves stepbrother, girl hangs around stepbrother trying to get his attention which happens to put her around stepbrother's friend who is the complete opposite, girl realizes she doesn't love stepbrother after all but does love the friend, the end. That was not this book. You get to know why Caden is the anti-stepbrother pretty early in but all the secrets and plot twists and emotions will keep you flying through the pages to discover what comes next until the very end. 

The only part that prevented me from a perfect 5 stars was toward the end when Summer has what I will call "a moment" to avoid giving anything away. I wasn't prepared for that. I had no idea she would suddenly react that way. There was no build up that I noticed, it just happened. And then her reaction and who she found comfort in made me sad but not in a good way. The next few pages showed her dealing with the fall out and trying to work through it all but I was left feeling like it could have been done in a different way that still let her stay true to her feelings and she could have found strength and healing a different way. I guess I saw Summer as a much stronger person until then, and maybe that was the point, but to have no signs of the impending disaster and then to see a character change so much so quickly was kind of jarring. But then everything is put back together nicely so in the end I was left satisfied.

All that being said it was a fantastic read and while this may have been my first Tijan book, it won't be my last. 


Author Information
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I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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