Review: Avoiding Temptation (A Bro Code Standalone) by Rachel Van Dyken - .Red Wine & Books

Monday, December 23, 2019

Review: Avoiding Temptation (A Bro Code Standalone) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length:  pages
Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises INC (December 23, 2019)

From Goodreads.com:  I hit on her first.

Realized she was my best friend Finn's little sister second.

And got a bloody nose third — compliments of Finn after he watched me nearly score with the new underclassman.

After all I did have a reputation on campus, word on the street was that a girl could orgasm within one minute just watching me eat Lucky Charms.
You can't make this stuff up — even though it was at least four minutes and included outside circumstances. Ahem, I digress.

Point is, not only did I earn the attention of the worst sort of girl for me — my best friend's only sibling — but now she's out to seduce me.

Me! One of the most famous Pleasure Ponies of them all!

I can't shower — she follows me to the bathroom. Literally.
I can't sleep — Lucky me, she lives in the same dorm.

And I can't focus on anything except for her taunting eyes every single time something goes her way.

I want her, but I don't want her to know I want her, and I definitely don't want to die before graduation, which is looking more and more likely considering we can't keep our hands off each other.

Something's gotta give, and I have an inkling I should probably start writing my eulogy now because that something is probably going to be me.
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My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Admittedly, I have had such a love/hate relationship with this series. 

And while this one wasn't bad by any means, I just couldn't take these two seriously because of some major sexual happenings too early on. To be fair, they don't actually go all the way, but things happened that I feel would have been better off happening later in the story. Once we got to see them interact with each other more. And while yes, I can see where those moments would add to the guilt and the tension between them, for me, it just didn't work. It made their entire relationship seem cheap. 

Now aside from that? I enjoyed the rest of this novel. I adored the tension between Slater and Tatum, the way they tried to be friends, the way they tried to adhere to Finn's strict hands-off policy. I liked the way Kora and Leo made an appearance (even more so because I immediately understood what they were up to). And I LOVED seeing Grandma Nadine in all her glory (also there is definitely something to be said for how the author brings back old familiar faces from other novels). 

I definitely think this novel is going to entertain a lot of people, and those little things that annoyed me will probably not bother others. I would read more from this author, and I can't wait to finish out this series with Finn's book (as I have a feeling it's going to be amazing considering what he put poor Slater through).

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                           Avoiding Temptation is available from Amazon.com

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