Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review: Irresistible by Liz Bankes

Title: Irresistible
Author: Liz Bankes
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release date: February 14th, 2013 (US/ebook)
Pages: 240 (eGalley)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Netgalley
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When Mia gets a summer job at a prestigious country club, it's hard work, but fun, especially as a romance develops with fellow student Dan. However, from the beginning she is drawn to the sexy, rich and bored Jamie--he's got everything he could ever want, and enjoys nothing more than messing with people's lives for his own entertainment. Mia knows getting involved with Jamie is a bad idea, but there's something so dangerously exciting about Jamie she just can't resist

As Mia's summer begins to unfold, she finds herself falling for not one, but two guys.  Dan is hardworking, loyal, sweet and obviously the guy she should start a relationship with.  Jamie is rude, self-centered and surprisingly intoxicating.  She knows she shouldn't, especially since he's the son of her boss and the boyfriend of her new friend.  Following a few after-dark encounters, Mia finds that she can't resist.

I knew that I would enjoy this book from the moment I started it.  The first chapter pulls you in, showing you how dangerous and seductive Jamie is, giving the reader a glimpse of what's to come.  Mia begins her summer on the right track, focusing on her work and a possible love interest named Dan.  Everything seems to be going well until she falls in with Jamie's crowd.  There are many qualities that I enjoyed about Mia, but I didn't care for her indecisiveness, although that was a crucial part of the story.  The characters all fit their roles perfectly, and they're one of the many reasons that kept me reading.

The romance that unfolds will make you tingle with excitement.  I couldn't help but want more whenever Mia and Jamie share a few flirtatious words or a forbidden encounter.  There were scenes that were incredibly steamy, probably not for younger teens, but what I loved most is that the author made the story incredibly visual.  If you look past the scandalous romance that takes place, something genuine comes out of everything that happens, which will leave a smile on your face after finishing the last page.

Irresistible is a very quick read that is perfect for any contemporary romance lover.  The author did an awesome job of showing both the poisonous and romantic sides of Jamie, which made the story all the more worthwhile.  Fun, exciting and sexy, this is one book that will leave its readers breathless.

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