Review: Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt

“What happens when you fall for the perfect guy…twice…in one day? Brenna Blixen spent her freshman year homeschooling in Denmark; now that she’s back in the States, she’s determined to make her sophomore year unforgettable. And by unforgettable, she imagined awesome classes, fun friendships, and maybe a little romance. What she got was a whole lot of romance, and all at once. The same day that dark, brooding Saxon Maclean charmed her with his killer good looks and whip-smart wit, Jake Kelly stole her breath away with his heart-wrenching smile and intelligent, thoughtful focus. But Saxon is a proud player who makes it clear that he doesn’t know why he can’t get Brenna off of his mind and out of his system, and Jake’s sweet and humble attitude hides a secret past life that might be darker and more complex than Brenna is willing to deal with. Complicating the matter is the fact that Saxon and Jake were once best friends and are now arch-enemies…and the more Brenna finds out about their connection to each other, the more intrigued and worried she becomes. Between keeping the peace with her lovingly over-protective parents, designing t-shirts for her high school’s rising punk band, keeping up her grades in classes split between academic and technical high school, and running the track like a maniac, Brenna has enough to worry about without juggling two guys who make her heart thud and drive her crazy all at once. She has to make a choice, but how is she supposed to do that when giving her heart to one of them might mean breaking the other’s?”

I have said this many times previously on my blog, but in case you are new – I have never been a big fan of love triangles. They have to be done correctly, I have to see the appeal of both guys. Often times authors just give you two guys and the girl is into them. No build-up, no real reason, it just is. I almost didn’t accept Double Clutch for review, because of the synopsis! In the end, I decided to go ahead and do so because there was something about the author I just liked. (Yes, I admitted it. I do sometimes accept books, just because the authors are so nice. It’s never actually backfired on me yet! *fingers crossed*) I am SO happy I did accept though, because Liz Reinhart, dear readers, is brilliant.

Both boys are simply AMAZING. When Brenna met Saxon, I decided right away that no other boy she threw at me could live up to him. He’s sexy, irritating, and just the all around player. Yep, I admit it, I’m almost always drawn to that type. Then Jake comes into the picture shortly after. He’s charming, artsy, and while he has a bad-boy history it seems he’s moved on from that. SO not far, guys, I want my own..I don’t even care which one!

Not only are both boys swoon-worthy, Brenna is the perfect sort of main character. She’s got attitude, but she’s fun. The sort of person you want as a friend. It’s obvious why both boys are so smitten with her.

While a quick read, the story is well-developed. There is no insta-love! Rarely do you get to see the characters feelings develop slowly over the course of the book, but that happens here. I kept giggling at situations and wondering just what was coming next.

To further explain my love of these characters and book – just 50 pages in I was already telling my friends to just go buy it. Now, I urge all of you to go purchase Double Clutch immediately. Then join me in stalking Liz until the second book comes out later this year. (Also, Liz’ll be here Saturday with one of the cutest guest posts I’ve ever read.)

Warning time! The book is aimed at older YA readers. There are sexual scenes so please take that into consideration.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Comments

  1. Preet says:

    This has made me move it higher on the “Read Now!” list. Maybe I should stop asking you for recommendations? Yeah…That’s not happening. Goodbye book money. *waves* Also, yay to new people to stalk!

    Preet
    AWR

  2. Preet – I’m so glad you’re interested in Double Clutch, and I really hope you enjoy it!

    Amanda – YOU are the sweetest, and I’m so glad that you agreed to review it…you were the very first reviewer who said ‘yes,’ and I was extremely nervous opening your email, because I was sure a big reviewer with a huge following would never agree to read a little indie book. I’m so glad we met up, and I’m very,very glad you liked the book!! It’s extremely flattering when someone who has read and reviewed so many intensely awesome YA staples finds my book worth recommending ;) ! Thank you a million times!!

    Oh, and totally bring the stalkers on!! I love me some friendly interweb stalking like nobody’s business! ;)

    • Amanda says:

      Preet is the one I first texted saying “READ THIS NOW”.

      I love reading indie books though! It’s so fun (at least when I love them) to give that bit of a push and help out!

  3. Jen says:

    Oooh. I just added to this to my TBR list. Thanks! (or not, have you SEEN my TBR list?)

    ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

    • Amanda says:

      You’ll love it, Jen.

      If your TBR list is anything like mine (and my TBR stacks…) I feel you! Mine are so insane…I keep promising I’ll let myself catch up…

  4. Jen – I really hope you enjoy! And I’m honored to be a part of your TBR list! (And thank you so much for recommending my book, Amanda!)

  5. I do like love triangles, but even if I didn’t, I probably would’ve accepted it because of the author as well ;)

    And the guys ARE both great, I agree :D

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