Can’t Stay Away by Lilly Avalon

cant stay awayBlurb: Piper Winchester is fresh out of college. With only three weeks until her father remarries and five weeks until her first business venture launches, she’s got her hands full. She certainly doesn’t need any distractions to get in the way of building the future her father’s always wanted for her. But when a familiar boy with bright green eyes walks back into her life, she’s thrown for a loop.

Four years ago, Chase MacKenzie left for college without looking back. He didn’t mean to disturb the peace then, and he definitely doesn’t want to do that now. Once he lays his eyes on Piper again, there’s no way he can leave without fixing what went wrong in the past. Although she’s more determined than ever to push him away, he still manages to get under her skin. Regardless of what happens between them, there’s one thing that will always be standing in their way…

He’s about to become her stepbrother.

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3 stars

I do love me some step love! This one was different in the fact that the male MC was NOT an alpha, which was lovely.  He was a bit of a beta boy.  And while this story had the ‘traditional’ sex scenes, it was tempered with deep emotion.

One of my favorite things about this story is that they were friends in the beginning, not enemies. This really stood out because anyone who reads these types of stories knows they are mostly enemies to lovers.

I also like how the parents were more present in this book. Being aware and involved in the family.  Plus they were both out of the house and living on their own.  These may seem like little nuances but added all up helped to create a vibrant background that really sucked me in.

This was a quick read that I really enjoyed.

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Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

anti-stepbrotherBlurb: He told me to settle.
He asked what was wrong with me.
He called me an easy target.
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

 

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5 Stars

I really liked this book.  It was better that Fallen Crest series in my opinion.  It seemed to be more polished and less choppy.  The friendship between Caden and Summer blossomed naturally and didn’t feel forced. It wasn’t attraction at first sight either.  They were just genuinely hanging out with each other.  It was very cool to experience.

Summer came off as incredibly naive in the beginning.  I like how she realized it and was able to adapt and learn as the story progressed.  I found her friends a bit catty and shallow though.  This book didn’t have as much depth as I usually enjoy, but it was still good.

Caden was the strong silent type, and once he let you in, you were part of a small group he trusted.  He kept a very tight circle, a fact that was not lost on Summer.  She knew he didn’t let anyone in and while she didn’t know what she did to deserve his trust, she didn’t abuse the power he gave her.  Honestly, I thought of them as Forest and Jenny. They were like peas and carrots.

Kevin (stepbrother) is a straight up a-hole of the highest caliber.  However, I think he has the most growth throughout this book.

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