Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers (Review)

19370252I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Truest follows West through her summer where she’s been abandoned by her friend who has gone off to summer camp and her boyfriend who is working all summer to save up for a car. In desperate need of a partner for her car detailing summer job, West reluctantly agrees to let Silas help, splitting the earnings 50/50. As West begins to warm to Silas she learns his sisters secret. And Silas has a girlfriend, and she has a boyfriend.

There were some very positive reviews of Truest so I went into it optimistically. It started out great. I loved the dialogue between West and Silas and the generally feel-good vibe you get from contemporary romance books.

Then it got into hardcore LOVE TRIANGLE territory, and I was just constantly frustrated with West and Silas and West blowing off her BOYFRIEND for her ‘FRIEND’ and then saying it’s because she wanted to be there for Laurel, Silas’ sister, which wasn’t at all what she was there for and it pissed me off that she used Laurels vulnerability to justify her intimately close relationship with Silas and then lie about it. I was hoping that Eliott would be a jerk so I could root for Silas and West, but alas, he was actually a damn decent guy. Then there was a point around the 50% mark that I just stopped caring.

In fact, come to think of it, this was the EXACT same problem I had with 99 Days by Katie Cotugno.

If you don’t mind love triangles, go for it, but it’s not one I will enthusiastically recommend.

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

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