Slow Twitch (Brenna Blixen 3) by Liz Reinhardt-Mature YA Contemporary Romance
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Summary:Summer scatters three friends, ties them back together, and makes them question who they have been and who they want to be in the future.
Brenna expected to soak up the knowledge of great Irish writers at her summer workshop in Dublin. But there are some things even the best books can't teach you, and a passionate new friend and an old familiar full of surprises challenge Brenna to follow her heart. By the time she's back in the States, she can't wait to throw herself back into Jake's arms and tell him exactly what he means to her.
She puts the brakes on that plan when it becomes clear that Jake may not be ready to shoulder any more. He visits his family's palatial home in the mountains of New York, and is exposed to all the possibilities a life surrounded by his pampered relatives and washed in money would hold for him. But is it possible to accept so much and not change who you are? Jake has to face the reality that changing sometimes means losing things...but how much is he willing to put on the line?
Saxon has been thrust into a life of drudgery and indentured service he never dreamed of after a brush with the law puts him on family-enforced probation. Who would have thought Sussex County's resident bad-ass layabout would fall head-over-heels in love with a girl, an elderly aunt, and a shot at a whole new life. The problem is, he's a Maclean to his marrow, and it's in his blood to be a selfish screw-up. Isn't it?
Brenna, Jake, and Saxon spend one summer growing up, working things out, and doing their best to weather the changes that get thrown their way. But can the love and friendships of one amazing summer last through the ups and downs of the coming years?
Slow Twitch is book number three in the Brenna Blixen series. Book one is Double Clutch, and book two is Junk Miles. All books in this series are YA Mature. Slow Twitch contains sex, drug references, alcohol consumption, and swearing. It is intended for mature or older readers.
Oh Brenna Blixen. How you tear me up, then make me happy on the next page. I can honestly say that this is one of the most frustrating, heart wrenching, emotional, loving, exciting, and one of the BEST series I've ever read. I'll admit that I've had Slow Twitch since it released, but I've been so nervous about reading it. Junk Miles (book 2) was such an emotional read for me and I loved the ending, so I wasn't sure how I could handle anything bad happening to Jake and Bren. So, how did I make it through? I bit my nails, cried, sighed, swore, laughed, swooned, and fell in love even more.
I'm going to talk about Saxon a bit. In a way, I felt like this book was FOR Saxon. I've always been more of a Jake fan for Brenna and yes, I saw Saxon's appeal, but he always rubbed me the wrong way. In this book, I absolutely fell in love with him. We get to finally see the real Saxon. He's been broken down and humbled. He's also feeling truly loved for the first time. Saxon made me melt. I think there is more to be told, but I can finally say that I will root for him and his happy ending!
As for Jake and Brenna, they had a lot to uncover in their relationship. I won't go into details, because I don't like to give spoilers, but I will say that there were moments that I held my breath (passed out), had that lead ball in my belly, and sighed in relief. You know...I think I feel so strongly because I love them as a couple. I really, truly do. They are entering into the unknown time of their lives. I just hope that the adventures they take, will be together. That's all I will say on that.
I want to briefly mention Evan. Evan is a girl that Brenna meets in Ireland and becomes friends with. Evan is spunky and full of sass. She's a perfect compliment to Brenna. I'm beyond excited that Evan will have her own book coming out soon.
I love this series because the issues that Brenna faces are very real situations that teens and people in general face. Liz Reinhardt doesn't gloss over, romanticize, or fluff up teen reality. Let's face it, teens have sex, drink, use drugs, swear, and make mistakes. I'm grateful that the characters are portrayed honestly.
As you can probably tell, I feel very emotionally attached to this book and this series as a whole. It's among the first I recommend to readers. Liz Reinhardt is a flawless author. She creates a setting that pulls you into the book completely. I highly, highly suggest that you read this series.
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