Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

The Only Exception
Magan Vernon
April 9, 2013
Beautifully Broken Books
272 pages


Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor's son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.


I have mixed feelings about this one. It just felt inconsistent to me. Well, other than the political theme that was brought up on every other page which became consistently annoying. The story actually started out refreshing because it's so rare to have real themes in romance novels - and I wouldn't have even minded the constant political debates, except they were really all about one issue. One issue that was repeated and repeated - what felt like 100 times. The inconsistencies came in the characters - both of whom I really liked, but one moment you have this uber-confident, bordering on harassing alpha male, and the next he's so wimpy, it seems like he's got a split personality. The chemistry between them was amazing, and I really wished the author focused more on that. Overall, I enjoyed the romance, but the rest of the book was so cliched and stereotypical, I was kind of happy it was over in the end.

The Only Exception: 3/5 stars
Cover: 3/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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