Title: The Only Exception
Author: Magan Vernon
Published: April 9th 2013 by Beautifully Broken Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: This Book Was Provided By The Author/Publisher Via Netgalley In Exchange For An Honest Review.
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 had a lot of trouble getting into this story. When I read the premise, the political side of it sounded like a really interesting spin and intrigued me enough that I wanted to give it a go despite knowing next to nothing about American politics. Unfortunately, to me the political side turned out to be the only interesting thing to me. Everything else I’ve seen a million other times.
I liked that the attraction was based on both of them liking to argue their viewpoints. I would have liked to see this taken further. More head butting, less insta-love. Perhaps if we’d spent more time getting to know the characters for who they actually were instead of jumping right into the relationship, I’d have found more to like about them.
I didn’t care for Monica, and how she kept insisting she wants nothing to do with Trey, only to flirt mercilessly every time she ran into him. The first time she met Trey, she immediately started attacking him over his father’s (and by assumed extension, Trey’s) beliefs and views. Then went on to dictate to her roommate what she could and couldn’t do in the apartment.
Neither did I can much for Trey, whose persistence and inability to accept no for an answer came across as condescending instead of charming. He just pushed too hard for my liking. I got the feeling he was that kid who always brought home straight A’s and returned to school with an apple for the teacher. I hated those goody-goody kids.
Then again, it might be that I’ve just seen enough of the hurt/comfort popping up in these new adult books and I am all read out on it. If that sort of thing is your sort of thing, maybe this story will work better for you.
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.