Thursday, March 13, 2014

REVIEW: HE BELONGS WITH ME BY SARAH DARLINGTON

Two girls. One Leo.

Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather's world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.

But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo... which girl will win his heart?

Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing's for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong.

*NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Recommended for 17+ due to sexual situations and adult language.

Paperback, 279 pages
Published February 27th 2014
Source: Received from author in exchange for honest review
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OUR REVIEW:
I have to be honest. I saw the blurb with twins and a childhood crush and they are fighting for him and I had serious groans out loud and thought OMG I am going to hate this. So for me to NOT hate it AT ALL...I cannot tell you how giddy I am RIGHT NOW! See that. I'm going a little crazy. I loved the dynamic with the twins and getting each one's point of view along the way. We knew each ones thoughts and motivations and without it this could have been a different story. I think this is the first twin story I've ever read and I definitely had some trepidation over where it was going. Two sisters..fighting over the same guy..um, no. I was wrong..so wrong.

Maggie is the "good" twin. She dresses well and does everything her country club owning father expects of her. Clara is the "bad" twin. She dyes her hair purple (Which made me fall in love with her) and does whatever she wants. She's pretty flaky and you get a certain impression of her when you find out she dating Maggie's ex-boyfriend. What kind of sister does that, seriously! I didn't want to like Clara but, honestly, she was my favorite. She was quirky and sensitive and honest under her snarky ways. Maggie was more upfront, I suppose, but some of her shallowness and judgmental ways just irked me.

Leo and Dean and their Dad play a huge role in this story as well. Leo puts off this insanely drunk devil may care attitude, and you can see that he is going to have some serious mommy and daddy issues with his family having everything but not being present emotionally. He makes the story a lot more exciting to say the least, and I had a lot of laughs thanks to Leo. I was much less connected to Dean...but he plays a big part too. I liked both of these guys, but I definitely saw this as Leo's story. And I loved Leo! Both guys were super perceptive and I liked that for once we read a story where the men knew more than the women did. Haha.

I really had big gains with my rating for the following reasons: I liked the writing. For a debut novel, there wasn't use of a lot of words or "pretty prose" as Shel calls it and I was impressed. I loved the characters. For having a lot of players and he loves her, but she loves him, but he doesn't even know stuff going on I followed them well....and the biggest reason I gave all five stars: I laughed my ass off. I laughed so hard and just was all around happy! Yahoo! Great writing, great pacing, great first novel.

Courtney: 5 Stars
Shelley: 4 Stars



About the Author: 

Sarah Darlington lives in the DC metro area, is married to her high school sweetheart, and currently spends her time chasing around a very active toddler. As a former flight attendant, she misses the days of pantyhose, galley gossip with good friends, and traveling to new places. In the future she'd like to return to that career, but, just as flying gets into your bones, so does writing. Whenever she gets a free moment these days, she writes.


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