You're To Blame
Book Review - You're To Blame by Lindsey Iler
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Oh, Lindsey Iler was a brand new author to me when I went it this book and I have to say how happy I am to have stumbled upon her writing. This book draws you in from the start. It starts out angsty and sad with this feeling of mystery surrounding the circumstances and the main character...Charlotte has a lot going on and then Duke pops up on the radar and sparks fly...they keep you guessing and you know everything isn't what it seems. I wanted to shake them sometimes and even yell at them...lol that's when you its good. I was totally invested in them!
Enjoyed this book a lot. The start was a little slow and it took a bit to truly captivate me but the chemistry between Duke and Charlotte was enough to keep me going. Their connection was off the charts and at times made me frustrated, I wanted to smash their heads together, but oh how I enjoyed their slow-burn romance and once it the flames really took off I was whooping and hollering
This is a new to me author, I'll be one clicking the rest of her books for sure. Char and Jacob were high school sweethearts. When Jacob went off to collage she followed the following year. After a bad accident that put Jacob into a coma, Char started to fall for his brother from his frat. With many secrets between them will they be able to sort this mess out or will they go there separate ways.
Lindsey is a new author to me, but I will definitely be hunting out more of her work. “You’re to Blame” was a great read. I loved Duke and Charlotte, they had such chemistry together. It was beautifully written. I also thought the best friend Rachel was a brilliant character. She was always pushing Charlotte into doing things she didn’t really want too, because she knew it was what was best for her. Typical best friend ❤️ I knew I didn’t like Jacob from the first few pages. I rooted for Duke the whole way. Well done to Lindsey!
Charlotte and Jacob have been friends/ neighbours and sweethearts for years when he goes of to college Charlotte naturally follows him when it’s her turn to go. Duke is Jacobs frat brother and although he knows he shouldn’t be he is attracted to Charlotte. But when Charlotte and Duke form a kind of friendship Charlotte begins to question the way she feels with Jacob. And the feelings she is getting for Duke. I loved reading this book. It’s the first I have read of Lindsey’s but I will be going looking for more now! The story gripped me and kept me turning page after page.
First let me say, I highly recommend this book! I love being introduced to new authors, especially authors that grab me right from the start. Lindsey Iler was a great surprise and I will definitely be checking out more from her. Her characters were well developed, the story was engaging and the banter was meaningful and emotional. Charlotte and Duke two complete opposites end up turning one another lives upside down. Charlotte has had her life planned out for so long. She has everything she couldn’t want, but she feels like she is drowning. Somewhere she has lost herself and she needs to find out who she is. When tragedy strikes, Charlotte’s life takes an 180 degree turn, guilt consumes her. Everything is becoming too much and she’s about to lose it. When she sees Duke, she knows that she shouldn’t cross the line with him, but he is making her feel alive once again. Duke Anderson is the resident bad boy or at least that is what he wants everybody to think. Frat brother, tattoos, bartender, player...oh yeah bad boy vibe. But is he really like that? Duke has some secrets that he has never felt comfortably sharing until he befriends Charlotte. She is everything he wants and desires, but she is off limits. These two had me rooting for them right from the start. I knew something was off with Charlotte, and I kind of guessed what the big reveal was, BUT it didn’t take away from the story. The story was of these two breathing life into one another, making them feel things foreign to them and allowing them to let go of some of the guilt for their circumstance. This pulls you in a few directions and there were a few times I wanted to smack both of them and yell just admit things. But I am glad the author took the path she did. The secondary characters added some warmth to the story and a little bit of their own drama. I was intrigued by them and I would like to see more books with these characters. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I did figure out the secret that Charlotte was keeping and also the other added drama. As I said it didn't take away from the story, but I did figure it out right away. Lindsey wrote a beautiful story about finding love when you least expect it. It also is about finding your true self and allowing it fully blossom. Duke helped Charlotte, but Charlotte also helped Duke...soulmates! I loved it! I will be watching out for more from this author. I voluntarily read an copy for a honest review.
New to me author. This is a story of a love that seemed like it wasn't meant to be. A lot of untold truths, that could potentially destroy the obvious bond. Definitely an author I can't wait to read more of.
Iler is new author to me,and she is definitely an author that I will be looking for more work by. With that being said here is my review for You're to Blame
i went into this book like I normally do when it comes to a new to me author, blind. And i can say that i was not disappointed in this least. This particular story is a love triangle of sorts, but one that i did not see playing out the way that it did. And was for this that I gave it a 4.5 star rating.
Charlotte is a character that you can just tell is someone that does things to appease everyone else. But, yet she doesn't think about what can be the outcome for herself. I got this feeling from the start, when you are introduced to her while she is sitting in a hospital room with her boyfriend, Jacob, that is in a coma. She's there but yet you get the sense that she questions if she should even be there. It was this that made questions start to pop in my head about her relationship with Jacob. This is also that reason I had this feeling that she is hiding something from everyone. And by what people are saying/hinting about Jacob, there is something about him that Charlotte doesn't know.
Enter Duke. He is drawn to Charlotte, yet keeps reminding himself that he can't have her. Charlotte belongs to his frat brother/friend Jacob. Still he finds himself unable to leave her alone. He is one of the few people that knows things about Jacob that could cause Charlotte pain. Knowing about Jacob makes him have an even bigger inner battle as to whether he should say something so he can possibly have her, or if should keep Jacob's secrets.
The chemistry between the characters is something that drew me in. Their story did move slow in the beginning. But, when i sit and think about it it was the slow pace that made me take the time to really absorb what they were going through. In fact it was Charlotte's words that really summed up the slow pace:
"We fell in love like a cool, fall rain. It started out slow, barely registering its change, and then before we knew it, we were drenched to our bones. He's one thunderstorm, I'm willing to sit through."
In all I enjoyed this book. The unconventional love triangle is one factor that I found that I liked. And the fact that I found myself thinking that I knew what the secrets were, but, yet there was more that what I thought I saw coming. I would recommend this to someone that is looking for a love triangle with a little twist to the story.
Lindsey Iler has freaking done it again. I can’t help but fall so freaking hard for her characters every damn time. This was angst central and I got swept right into the drama. The sexual tension was STRONG in this story- I felt like a string being pulled so tight that if someone didn’t do something naughty I was gonna freaking SNAP CRACKLE AND POP! Charlotte- Such a relatable character, a girl just trying to make everyone happy and put her own life o the back burner. Duke- Playboy turned mush- ALWAYS fun to watch those character changes. Basically this book was amazing and beautiful and hot and heartwarming. Beautifully written story that tangles you in, makes you wriggle with anticipation and then doesn’t disappoint. 5 Stars again for Lindsey Iler!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, but I have read this author before. I first want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book; the emotional tugs that each of the characters pulled from you were at times exhausting. I sometimes felt like shouting " enough already!" This is a story of finding your own happiness and to not always put others happiness ahead of your own.
You're to Blame was amazing! I love Charlotte and Duke!! Charlotte is stronger than she gives herself credit for and Duke, well, he's my new favorite book boyfriend! The characters are well written and the story flows so well. Once you start reading it you won't be able to stop. Lindsey Iler has a new fan!
I adored this book. Charlotte and Duke are the couple you root for them whole way through. One of the sayings in this book "beautiful mess" is absolutely perfect for them. Your heart cannot help but love them and aches for the situation they are in, but my god it makes for an amazing read. It is quite simply one of those books i connected with straight away. Great Characters, a great storyline and overall an amazing read.
I enjoyed this book. It was nothing like I had expected which was a pleasant surprise. The chemistry and sexual tension between Charlotte and Duke was very well written by Lindsey Iler. The story grabbed me right away and had me turning the page to see how this one was going to end.
I read this book while I was in some sort of book funk and it was the perfect book to start my reading passion back up. It's a college romance where you think you've got it figured out and then you're on a ride of twists and turns. I'm not a huge fan of high school or college romance because sometimes they can be immature and filled with unnecessary drama. This book had just enough to keep it interesting without being over the top. The cast of characters, Charlotte, Duke, Dee, Jacob, and even Wes are likable and believable.
Lindsey Iler is a new author to me and You’re To Blame was book that sucked me in. This starts off angsty and somewhat heart breaking. Charlotte is going through quite an ordeal and I couldn’t help but feel for her. The situation she is in was sad and the circumstance surrounding her visits to the hospital pulled at my heart strings. Quite early on you can tell that something isn’t up to par. Your not sure what is going on but there is definitely something that doesn’t sit right and Lindsey does a great job of keeping you on pins and needles waiting to find out pieces of the story you know you are missing. Enter Duke and well he comes off a bit crass and at first it’s hard to know for sure if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. He has a bit of danger to him. But as the story continues I absolutely fell for him. His protectiveness, his loyalty to those he cares for was something that I loved. These two have chemistry and as they fight that attraction to one another you get to see them build a relationship and I found myself wanting these two together so badly even when the circumstances felt like they shouldn’t be. Great storyline, characters that you find yourself rooting for. I will definitely check out more books by Lindsey.
You're to blame...
Because you make me feel alive.
Because you say my name like it's a lifeline.
Because you promise me things without uttering a single word.
Charlotte Novak is drowning. School, her internship, and trips to the hospital are beginning to be too much. A night out is meant to erase her worries, but a chance encounter with the cocky bartender complicates everything.
Duke Anderson came to college to escape his father's name and play the field, but one look at Charlotte at the end of the bar and he knows once with her will never be enough. She's confidently quiet, beautiful, and off limits.
Duke is the last person she expects to breath like back into her.
Charlotte is the last person he should be falling for.
With secrets kept and unforgiving attraction, who's to blame when they fall in love?
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Lindsey Iler is the author of the Our Worlds series. She’s had her feet planted in the state of Michigan since she was born and she still lives there with her husband and three kids.
When she’s not writing (which should be all the time, so if she’s not you have permission to yell at her), she’s spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading (obviously!), and hopefully just enjoying every moment in life. She has a twisted sense of humor, tends to speak honestly, and her mind tends to feel most comfortable in the gutter.
Lindsey writes mature young adult/new adult contemporary romance. She falls in love with every character that pops into her head and is notorious for writing long chapters in her notes on her iPhone (It is sort embarrassing how many started/unfinished projects are on that thing). She finds inspiration from music and the people around her.
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