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With a train ticket, a bad attitude, and an unfortunate scribbling of obscenities across her forehead, seventeen-year-old Avery Ross is tossed out of the frying pan and into the fire when she’s sent from New York to the vast oil field region of North Dakota. When a green-eyed boy with a sultry Texan accent comes to her defense, Avery has no clue that his actions will lead her into a passion-charged summer, full of temptation and loss.
Defiant and relegated to work at her aunt’s boarding house, Avery discovers a connection between her aunt and the striking boy. He and his brothers are seeking revenge for the wrongful death of their sibling, and Avery becomes entangled in their battle over oil rights, loyalty, and love. Avery falls for the brooding, younger brother, Gabriel Halden, against her aunt’s forewarnings and creates more tribulations than any of them could anticipate.
I really really liked the blurb of this book so I was eager to start reading it. I liked how the story opened up with Avery being shipped off to her Aunt Meggie and from there, she had a whirlwind of a life with the Haldens. It started off really good, but somehow as the story progressed, I had mixed feelings with the story.
The characters were easy to follow, although Gabe Halden is a tough one because of his occassional mood swings. I actually liked Caleb’s character in the beginning but as the story went on, his true color showed and I really just wanted to kick him in the ass. Lane Halden is a completely different story. I liked him so much. He’s like the brother I’ve always wanted. Josh is pretty cool too.
Avery, the main character, she’s my gal. She’s a strong one, but I quite liked her being vulnerable when it comes to Gabe. However, I didn’t quite like how fast she forgave Gabe in the end. The man had a shit ton of things to prove, to be honest.
I liked the conflict with Hunt but I felt like it kind of lacked in terms of closure. I was looking for a stronger resolution for that.
Like I said, I have mixed feelings on the book but I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for an easy, kinda cheesy summer read.
About the Author
Jeanne Arnold is an author of young adult romance. At a young age she found her creative outlet in art, and for years her fictional characters came to life in drawings and paintings, until they demanded a voice. Now they grace the pages of her stories. Jeanne shares her time with her fictional teenage counterparts and her human family in Central New York. STUBBORN is available in ebook, print and audiobook at all major online retailers. Look for THE HAUNT OF THIRTEEN CURVES in July 2014 and JUST AS STUBBORN, the second installment in the STUBBORN series, in January 2015.