The Bad Boys Series:
Down to You: Olivia Townsend and Cash and Nash Davenport
Purchase on Amazon: M. Leighton – Down to You (Bad Boys #1)
The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.
Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.
Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?
So I originally gave this book a 4 star rating, but I think I’m going to have to lower that. The more I think about it the more annoyed I become. I am apparently the ONLY person who has read both this book and Tender is the Storm by Johanna Lindsey which is a historical old west tale. This “innovative, new and refreshing tale” is a rip off of Tender is a Storm. It’s been done before, in 1985 to be exact.
So why is this book Tender is the Storm remixed you ask?
1. The largest reason being the ending. The “Shocker” and the “I Never Saw It Coming” ending is basically the same, which is how I saw this ending coming from a mile away.
2. In Tender is the Storm we have identical twin males (Lucas and Slade), one is the bad boy twin and in this case he really is kinda bad, a rumored gunslinger and fast gun. The only thing faster than his gun is his bad attitude. Lucas is the more affable twin, he smiles and jokes and in general is easy to get along with. The difference here, neither one of them has a girl friend that they are cheating on.
In Down to You we have identical twin males (Cash and Nash), one is the “Bad Boy” twin who really isn’t all that bad (to be discussed in more detail later) Cash is a club owner and has a tattoo, which is about as “Bad Boy” as he gets. Nash is the “Good Twin” he is in law school and that is about as “Good Guy” as he gets.
3. In both books pretty much their entire family is murdered. With both sets of twins the brothers grew apart after the murder and now are looking to avenge the murders of their family.
4. One lady two guys. The lady in question in Tender is the Storm is Sharisse. The circumstances that bring both ladies in contact with our two sets of twins are extremely different; however, one is a historical and the other a contemporary so the times are vastly different. Sharisse runs from her father in New York to the west territories as a mail order bride to Lucas to escape a marriage of convenience. Our Olivia in Down to You is just your average college working girl. In both cases our girl is inexplicably attracted to both twin brothers. She can’t understand how she can be set fire by two completely different guys, sure they look the same but underneath they are completely different. She battles her attraction to both brothers. Sharisse more than Olivia but both of them try damn it! Ok, Olivia doesn’t try all that hard but she thinks about trying to resist one, or both of the brothers.
So since pretty much the entire book is regarding these four points a big chunk of Down to You is pretty similar to Tender is the Storm with contemporary twists.
So what else bugged me about this book?
Cash is not a “Bad Boy” in fact I thought of him as the good twin. He never lied about his intensions, he was upfront. And he didn’t have a girlfriend that he was cheating on. He was always there for Olivia when she needs him, dropping whatever to assist her. When her car broke down, who was she able to call for help? Cash. When she had to run home to help her dad, Cash drove all that way to help her and her dad out. Cash is a business owner, sure it is a club, but that takes a hell of a lot of work and responsibility to run a successful business. He has a tattoo, but anymore a tattoo is not a sign of a bad boy as they are incredibly common now. A bad boy isn’t usually a successful, responsible, there for you guy. I know my bad boys and this is not one. But he is very very sexy, I do have to admit. He was my favorite twin!
Nash is a cheater and no one seems to care. Nash has a girlfriend and he is all sorts of flirting with Olivia and then kisses her on a sudo date. Um HELLO this screams bad boy stay the hell away! And this is the “good twin” ? He admits that he’s doing wrong but doesn’t stop it just keeps escalating. Olivia just has an oh well attitude about the whole thing. It irritated me.
The dark bedroom scene. How can you now care which brother is coming to visit you? And ew, what if it is one brother and then you choose the other brother and then you’ve had sex with both brothers. I find that disturbing. And then how is the brother you have chosen supposed to get over the fact that you just slept with his brother and then in a matter of days you’re having sex with chosen brother. See just writing that out is confusing, let alone living it! Bad romance novel! Bad! And then if it is Nash he is cheating on his girlfriend, like WAY cheating not just a make out or flirting cheating but no going back from it cheating. And there was no condom! Ew! I am kind of getting worried about a lot of novels lately have been forgoing on the condoms. So while this scene was admittedly kind of hot, in the grand scheme of things, it’s kind of skeevy!
Ok, I think I am done with my rant.
So what did I like about this book? I liked Cash, I really did. He was hot and sexy and I’d take him any day!
And whereas I did see the big twist coming from a mile away, I liked how it played out.
For the most part I liked Olivia, she took responsibility seriously. She had some issues I didn’t care for like playing brothers against each other and her whole “bad boy” thing, but I can see how she would want to be careful after being burned.
This book was scorching hot! The sex was holy god damn hot! Better than some erotica I’ve read.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, don’t get me wrong. It had a lot of good parts but the bad just grated on my nerves!
Is it worth all the hype? Like a lot of hyped up books, no not really. Will I read the next installment? Yes. I am curious enough to find out where this all takes us.