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The Only Exception (The Only Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This was an enjoyable and satisfying book with some lovely romantic scenes. It was refreshing that it had a political undertone. Having differing opinions on things is a real issue when dating, well it was for me but then I was a philosophy student, especially when there is a strong emotional background underpinning the opinions. I haven't read many other books that tackle this and explore how a romance can work around it. I liked how this was dealt with here and didn't feel preached to by either side of the political divide. I'm not in the least bit educated in American politics, having only even been to the country twice as a tourist, but this wasn't a barrier as it was merely a background to a tale of love and growth and overcoming pain.
The way the romance developed was lovely, goofy grin on my face lovely, and I particularly enjoyed that Trey wasn't a bad guy but was clearly sure of himself and happy to take on Monica even if that meant risking wrath by challenging her to do something hard. I wasn't sure how I felt about how he went about that though, it made me a feel a little uncomfortable that he took the lead. I loved that for once the guy wasn't the sexual educator out of the pair, that was so refreshing.
The reason for me not rating higher is simply that it took me a while to feel the love between them and to care about the characters. I got there in the end and found them a simply adorable couple and was so pleased with the way things turned out. At first though I just didn't get it and really think more character development was needed before we got stuck into the romance. Did Trey have anything else in his life? I only remember him doing homework and only reluctantly doing fraternity events. Did he have any friends? Other interests? Similarly with Monica; why do we like her exactly? I want to know more about her so that I care about her and understand why Trey might be so enamoured with her.
In summary this was a satisfying heart-warming romance that I am happy to say stayed pretty clear of standard NA clichés. I would just have liked the opportunity to get to know the characters more and then I think I would have been more intensely affected by the story.
The story starts with Monica Remy just about to move into a new apartment having just transferred to a new College. In the hallway she runs into a large security guy, who is there for the Governors son, Trey Chapman. Trey is living right next door to her, which isn't something Monica relishes as she hates Governor Chapman and his politics.
When Trey introduces himself to Monica, she tries to keep her distance, but finds it hard when he seems to keep showing up wherever she is - at work, in class, in the library and of course in the hallways at home. Trey is very persistent, and eventually she relents and takes him up on his offer of a date, hoping that once will be enough for Trey and that he will stop bothering her. Monica soon finds that this won't be the case however, as she is just as much attracted to Trey as he is to her and when they are thrown together in debate class, this only serves to push them closer to each other.
Monica's reluctance to get into a relationship with Trey stems from a few things - his fathers' politics, the fact that Trey is a Frat boy, and most importantly a traumatic event that she is recovering from, which is also the reason she transferred from her old school. As they get closer though, she begins to trust Trey, yes he is in a fraternity, but he is not your typical college guy - he doesn't drink, doesn't have a history of being with lots of different girls, and she likes how he challenges her intellectually.
I liked the story, however it didn't quite grab me - Monica is likeable enough, she has been through a really traumatic experience (we get the impression of what it was through a few flashbacks, and then she eventually tells Trey her story) and has come back out the other side determined to get on with her life. I liked Trey too - he was a really sweet guy, and is a rare breed, something you don't see much of in these books. I felt sorry for him, he had to take the brunt of Monica's frustration about his fathers politics. However there were a few points in the book that made me think `now hang on a minute' and shake my head, (I can't really say much without giving away spoilers) but one of them was the declarations of love so early in their relationship (like weeks in to it) and that kind of spoiled the book for me.
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You get Monica, a Liberal girl with tattoos and piercings and baggage, living next door to Trey, a straight laced Republican guy with opposing views. The story line is a little different and sometimes a little darker, but it kept me interested throughout, and was dealt with in a thoughtful way. I did find the constant references to their political beliefs a little repetitive, but that is essentially a part of what the book is about and I knew that going in so I am not complaining per-se.
All in all I enjoyed this story, it is essentially a love story, but it deals with darker issues and shows that sometimes opposites do attract.
I was supplied with a copy of this book through Netgalley, and as thanks am happy to provide the above honest review.
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