REVIEW: It Was You by Anna Cruise
It Was You
by Anna Cruise
It Was You Series, Book One
Abby Sellers knows what she wants.
Enduring eighteen years in the shadow of her identical twin sister, Annika, she wants a fresh start. A chance to create her own life, separate from her conniving, deceptive twin.
Surprising both her family and friends, Abby ditches her plans for college and enrolls at a new school instead. There, she encounters West Montgomery, a sexy fellow student who immediately disarms her with his good looks and charm. West takes a liking to Abby and she suddenly finds herself walking a thin line, fabricating a fictional life created not by lies but by omission. She soon discovers West has secrets of his own, secrets that he’s not altogether interested in sharing.
Out from under the shadow of her twin, Abby’s life—and her relationship with West—blossoms. When Abby leaves town one weekend, something unthinkable happens and her relationship with West is shattered. Reeling from the discovery, Abby fears all of her plans have backfired and she’s created a mess for both of them, a mess that no one can clean up.
But West isn’t willing to let her go that easily. When he forces her to confront secrets they’ve both been hiding, Abby must decide more than if she’s willing to forgive and forget. She must also decide just what kind of life she wants…and who she wants to live it with.
MY THOUGHTS: 4.25 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Abby Sellers has just graduated and is ready to get away from her life: her locally famous parents, the people she’s gone to school with, and most of all, her twin sister Annika. Although they’re identical twins, Abby and Annika couldn’t be more different. While Abby is more reserved and virginal, Annika sleeps with nearly every guy she comes across and that does not leave the guys Abby is interested in off limits.
Suddenly, Abby decides being at the same college at Annika will not give her the fresh start she so craves. She decides to enroll in a junior college. On her first visit there she meets West Montgomery, whose looks are only rivaled by his smart mouth and arrogant demeanor. It doesn’t take long for them to become wrapped up in one another, but Abby and West are both holding back secrets that could spell the end of their relationship.
I’ve been reading a ton of new adult books lately so it’s easy for me to spot the patterns in the genre. Like most NA, this book contains a tattooed, cocky, too hot for words bad boy with a past and an innocent girl next door who falls quickly for this guy despite her best intentions. But this book has a pretty good concept that kept me enthralled.
I really liked Abby right off the bat, and you can’t help but feel for her, having a sister, a twin no less, so horrid. I totally got her need to get away from everything she’s known. Sometimes I wish I could have done the same, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that we can’t escape our pasts.
I thought West and Abby were really great for each other, and their scenes together were pretty hot. I think that each offered the other what they needed in their lives: Abby keeps West grounded when his temper starts rising, and West gives Abby the exhilaration she never knew she was missing in her life.
The conflict towards the end, I definitely saw coming…I just thought it would have been worse. I do blame Abby for what happened though. I’m not saying that she is the one that forced her sister to do what she did, but by withholding the truth from West it just made it obvious what was going to happen.
I do like the way the characters worked out their issues, and I even got choked up at the end. I kind of wish this wasn’t a series, because I liked the ending, but I’m glad I’ll get to read more about West and Abby.