Overall Rating: # Stars
Author: Jay Crownover
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
It was hate at first sight…
I hated Cable James McCaffrey.
He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.
He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.
He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.
Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.
I was obsessed with Affton Reed.
She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.
She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.
I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.
In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.
The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.
This was a classic case of, “Almost, but not quite,” for me.
When this book first came out, everyone seemed to be loving it and as a huge fan of Jay Crownover (as a person and as an author), I had no doubt in my mind that I would love this book.
Actually, I wondered if I would love it more than her Marked Men series… perhaps even more than Rule (which is my favorite book written by her to date – it’s the first book in that series.)
I was surprised when that wasn’t quite the case.
I almost loved this book, but something kept me from really connecting to the characters and therefore I did not fully connect to the story enough to have it affect me the way it did others who read and adored it.
I’m not entirely sure why this is. I guess I never really fell for Cable and I felt pretty neutral about Affton. TBH, the cute college guy at the end held more appeal to me than Cable.
However, I still appreciated the story and never felt at any point like I wanted to give up on it. It was still a good romance novel and I do enjoy Jay’s writing.
Though, I will say, one of the things that I loved about The Marked Men series was all the fantastic side characters (who all ended up with their own books) and this book felt very much focused on only Cable and Affton. There weren’t really any supporting characters of note, and maybe that’s why it fell a bit flat.
Anyway, don’t just take my word for it.
A lot of people loved this book and you just might as well, but if you find that you have similar taste in books as me, I’d tell you to read Jay’s Marked Men series instead.
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Lucy James and Lance Greenfield were great in this audiobook. I think my only complaint was that Lance’s voice didn’t match Cable’s age for me, but other than that, the performance was really good.
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
Like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t really connect with the characters in this one.
Re-read Worthiness: No
Bookshelf Placement: No
Book Boyfriend Rating: 2 stars
Cable just wasn’t for me.