Book Review March 11th
If I Can't Have You
by: Lauren Hammond
★1 StarBlurb: Robin Mason has never been the same since Drake Robertson, a hot lifeguard at her family's yearly vacation spot saves her from drowning. Ever since that day she's never let another guy hold a candle to him. She's idolized him and has been waiting for the day where they can go from Facebook friends to more. Much, much more.
Flash-forward three years and Robin isn't the same tween Drake rescued from the deep blue sea. She's college bound, curvy, and finally ready to take what she wants most--Drake.
But not if Drake's brother Elliot has anything to say about it.
Robin is torn between what's right and what's wrong, her head and her heart, and two brothers that are simply irresistible. But who will she choose? Safe, sweet, Elliot? Or the hot, smoldering, Drake?
Two brothers. One Girl. One choice. So which will it be?
Honestly, don't waste your time with this book. I was so excited going into it. The storyline is interesting and though it starts off great, it slowly unwinds until I wanted my .99 cents back. More than once I wanted to reach inside my kindle and strangle these characters.
Everything seemed to annoy me with this book. Robin has developed an insane hero-worship crush on Drake who rescued her from drowning when she was a young teen. Now its years later and she's 18 getting ready for college and hoping Drake will finally notice her. (The time between when she was saved and now often does not add up and was very confusing within the book because different year spans kept being mentioned. In the blurb it's three but other times its 4 or 5).
Drake's brother begins to show interest in Robin and suddenly Drake seems more into her. (She met his brother while on a tour at the college they both plan to attend in the fall.) She gets her wish when Drake begins to notice her. They make out a few times and then she catches him in the bushes, pants around his ankles, with her neighbor. Obviously, she feels crushed and finally begins to see the real him, yet still harbors strong feelings. Soon these feelings transfer to the brother and again Drake butts in and kisses her. The brother, Elliott, catches them and won't give her the time of day. Gosh, the drama was worse than 90210 and everyone is so traumatically hurt even though none of them really even know each-other at all. She's is only on vacation for like a week and most of the book takes place within that week.
Honestly, I could not wait for it to be over. Robin was ridiculous, weak and above all stupid. Her best friend and neighbor were more interesting than her. Drake this, Drake that. I literally felt like I was in middle school crushing on some unobtainable guy. She made like it was the end of the world or as if they were a couple for so long when they barely even knew each other to begin with. Drake and Robin really only saw each other that one week she went on vacation every summer with her parents and it's not like they even ever hung out with each other before now.
Seriously, save your money. Save your time. This book had a lot of promise and an interesting story-line but it in no way delivers. Even fans of love triangles will be let down. The only saving grace was how short it was.