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Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

30 Jan 2013

The Vincent Boys
by Abbi Glines
Publisher: Hot Key Books (UK) / Simon Pulse (US)
Release Date: November 2012
Format: Paperback, 257 pages

Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him. 

 Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no. 

 Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist...

I don't usually do 'cover thoughts' but I cannot resist this time. I'm sure we've all seen some impressive looking cover models (Daemon from Obsidian!!) but I think I've found the HOTTEST cover model I've seen to date. Check out the sexy and badass looking guy on the left; one look at him and I've literally melted into a puddle! Gosh, I can stare at him all day...

ANYWAY, onto my review :)

Holy hell, that was one steamy and emotional rollercoaster! Honestly, the first quarter wasn’t all that great, but come the halfway mark and I was completely hooked. Oh Beau, why do you only have eyes for Ash? *sigh* I’m so envious of her! The Vincent Boys is officially my new guilty pleasure; I shall be re-reading it any chance I have :)

I have to admit I was pretty well…*disturbed* and very disappointed with Ash and Beau’s actions while Ash’s boyfriend Sawyer was away during the Summer. I can usually tolerate cheating in books (I didn’t bat an eye when I read The Last Sacrifice) but this time? I was upset with how Ash and Beau cheated behind Sawyer’s back.  Having said that, as the story progressed, I did start to like Ash and Beau more and their indiscretions in the earlier part of the book started to slowly disappear from my mind as I became more invested in their story.

Ash is, for the most part, a likeable character but she can also be exceptionally annoying at times. Sometimes she’d be really considerate of those around her, especially Sawyer and Beau’s friendship, but at other times, I’d find her a little self-centered and on more than one occasion I rolled my eyes in annoyance with the way she handled things. Then there were times I wish she’d unleash this other side of her that she’s been hiding for so long; this other side where she isn’t afraid to talk back to others and vocalise her exact thoughts. I’m happy to say though, by the end of the book, her actions- especially her willingness to let go- really moved me :)

As for the Vincent Boys, Beau is hands down my favourite of the two.  (If I wasn’t married to Noah Hutchins I’d totally pounce on him!) Beau is the town’s bad boy while Sawyer is quite literally, the town’s Prince Charming. Polar opposites, eh? No one messes with Beau, and if Prince Sawyer says one thing, no one dares to oppose. The majority of the book, my heart was with Beau, but towards the end, I started liking Sawyer as well. The ‘perfect’ Prince whom I found exceedingly boring for ¾ of the book did indeed impress me with his actions and words at the end! Now I can’t wait for him to find his other half :) (*cough*Lana*cough*)

Abbi Glines has undoubtedly left a favourable impression on me with her novel, The Vincent Boys. It’s my first book by her and it definitely won’t be my last. It’s steamy, sexy and riveting with an emphasis not only on love, but friendship.  At times it’s hilarious, others it’s heart-breaking, but most of all, it’s fun. The Vincent Boys is not to be missed! 
A massive thank you to Five Mile Press for providing a copy of The Vincent Boys for review!


  1. Hmmm . . . I'm not sure about this book. I'm not a fan of people cheating so I will probably pass on this one, but I'm glad you ended up enjoying it. Great review!

  2. I'm sorry. I can't even read your review Shirley because I'm too busy staring at that cover! Look at the hotness! *wipes away drool* I need to read something by Abbi Glines, I haven't read anything yet! I need to meet Beau for sure! SO MUCH HOTNESS TODAY!

  3. I've owned this book for too long but I STILL haven't read it! I enjoy Glines's books, and I think this one sounds great as well. I hope Ash doesn't bug me too much, as I never really start liking a character if they start off as annoying. :/ I'm so happy to hear that you were able to see good in BOTH of the boys! ;) Lovely review, Shirley!

  4. Oh my, Shirley! The Vincent Boys had been my guilty pleasures too. Lol. The cheating on this book had me really anxious but Glines was able to really sold me to Ash and Beau's pair. I have to say that I loved and I greatly appreciated Ash's actions in the end too. Anyhoo, I'm sure you're going to love Sawyer in the second book. He seems a little plain here but whoa! That boy definitely had me melting into puddles. Haha! Great review, Shirley. :)

  5. I had some mixed thoughts on this, but I liked it well enough overall. I'm not brilliant at reading about cheating etc., so that part frustrated me a little, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much of an impression Beau made on me. :) Great review, Shirley!

    Oh and by the way, I completely agree about the cover! It's a whole lot better than the original version. ;)

  6. I've been meaning to pick up this book in forever Shirley (I find this always seems to be the case when I stop by on your blog! It's like you have some secret radar, tracking my reading progress!) But seriously I've read so many awesome reviews for this, but I think I will have to order myself the copy that you have, how can I possibly not? So glad you enjoyed this Shirley! I hope you enjoy the next book just as much! :)

  7. SHIRLEYYYY!!!! The cover. is. so. hot! The publisher sent me the version with the Aussie cover and I love it so much too! Let's melt into puddles together >.<

    So glad this book won you over in the end! The fact they cheat behind Sawyer's back is a little worrying for me since I don't like when people cheat! Ashton sounds like an okay character, I hope she grows on me! This definitely looks set to be one hot romance so I'll have to prepare myself *turns on fan... turns off fan again, realising it's cold enough in the UK right now to keep one cool*

    Fabtastic review as always, Shirley!

  8. Seriously, the covers boys are SMOKING hot. And I keep thing these covers are posters for a new show on GO!

    EEEEEEE! SHIRLEY! I AM INTRIGUED! And your review has done more to seel this one to me than any of the ones I've seen before! so glad you liked ♥

  9. I think I'm the only person in the blogosphere who couldn't connect with this one, hah. I think the author and I just aren't a good match, though. But I'm glad you enjoyed it! Nicely reviewed.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  10. ooh this sounds like a very hot book!! I havent started this series yet, but I think i have to! Especially those beautiful covers!! Im glad you enjoyed it dear! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  11. Oh Shirley!! I loved The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers! You'll love Sawyer and Lana in the next one, I promise. I HATE cheating books, too, but this one didn't bother me because of the way things took place. How Sawyer knew about Beau & Ash's feelings for each other & still went for her anyhow. I need to do a re-read of these with the added hotter scenes. Brilliant review, my dear. :)

  12. I totally have to read this book now! Although I'm not a big fan of reading books where the characters cheat but I think I might be able to tolerate this if I'm ready enough. I need to read more fun books.

    I'm glad you liked it, though. Great review.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  13. Gosh, now I feel stupid for having had this for months without reading it!

    I like this cover too, much better than the orig. Kindle version!

  14. I never even bothered to give this one a try because my bestie and co-blogger didn't much care for it, but I guess I made the wrong choice there, didn't I? I suppose it's time for me to meet these Vincent boys.
    Oh, and I adore this cover!
    Great review. :)


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