Note: This ARC was provided by Skyscape (Amazon Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Milo Caro has loved her brother's best friend for years but her heart breaks each time she's reminded that Colton Mathews will never see her as anything more than a pseudo little sister. It takes one moment after her high school graduation to make her realize that she needs to move forward and as far away from Colton as she can get. When she's forced to spend more time with him than she has in four years because it's her brother's wedding weekend, Milo must decide if she's going to fight for her feelings for the only guy who's ever mattered to her or if she's going to flee yet again and leave Colton behind for good. Falling in love always has its consequences.
I've been a fan of Rachel Van Dyken's ever since I read her Ruin series so being able to read and review this new book by her was a no-brainer. Based on the synopsis on NetGalley, I went into The Consequence of Loving Colton expecting something that would cause me to tear up like the Ruin books. Well, I was tearing up alright; not from all the angst and drama but all the hilarity and ridiculousness Milo, Colt, and the rest of the wacky and off-center cast of characters were engaged in. For this review, I went to Goodreads to download the cover image and just read the blurb there. Had I seen that, I would have known what I was getting into with this book! Hahaha!
Milo has always thought that her feelings for Colt were one-sided, especially since he's always treated her the way her brother Jason has. After he made it clear, at least in her mind, that he saw her as Jason's kid sister, Milo spent her college years trying to move on from him and her broken heart. The few times they're together for family holidays that he's constantly at are strained, but now she has no choice but to suck it up for her brother's wedding. She's going to be spending more time with him than she has in years but he pushes all her buttons, making her act like a brat or a complete fool and things are about to go completely bonkers for everyone.
The situation between Milo and Colt is funny enough but when Milo's best friend, the oh-so-hot and oh-so-not-gay Max (who doesn't appear to have a last name in the book), invites himself to Milo's family home, everything levels up. Max comes up with the weirdest schemes and scenarios to help Milo get Colt's attention and the fact that he gets to make out with her just happens to be a bonus for him (or her, if you ask Max). Then you've got Max's brother Reid, Milo's parents and randy grandmother, and, of course, there's poor Jason, who happens to have gotten trapped into marrying someone he doesn't even love. There's A LOT that goes on in the story.
I imagine this book as a slapstick-styled romantic comedy and I laughed while reading the story, which was mainly told from both Milo's and Colt's points of view. The characters are definitely memorable, especially Max, whose story I wouldn't mind reading next in the series. Speaking of which, I had no clue this was even the beginning of a series. I thought it was a standalone, though by the time I finished reading it, I was hoping some of the other characters would get their stories told in the future. ^.^ If you're looking for a book that'll make you laugh, give The Consequence of Loving Colton a whirl. I'm giving this new adult (NA) romance 4.5 stars. ♥
Release Date: 21 April 2015
Date Read: 17 April 2015
Learn more about Rachel Van Dyken here.