The Bright Effect by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope
My Review:“Maybe promises are supposed to hurt a little.”
Amelia Bright has lots of plans for the future, and none of them involve falling for a guy like Sebastian Holbrook. With a questionable reputation and an attitude to match, he’s exactly the kind of guy Amelia promised herself she’d avoid. But after an encounter that leaves her charged and breathless, she can’t stop wondering about him and the secrets he keeps hidden behind that tough exterior.
Sebastian knows first-hand that every single choice has a consequence and how a fragile promise can shape a life. Now that his mother is gone and he’s raising his little brother on his own, he’s all but given up on a future for himself. Struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, Sebastian doesn’t have time for games or girls. So why can’t he shake thoughts of beautiful, smart Amelia Bright from his mind?
Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope do it again! I'm not sure how they write such good YA but it's refreshing during these days when NA has taken a bit of a dive. And, for the first time in a long time, I can easily say that I loved Sebastian even more than Amelia -- he was so good! I have found male MCs in dual POV YA and NA contemporary novels lacking this past year but not so in this book! I also have to say that another first in a long time came as I read this one -- I LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending. It has been a long time since I read an ending that wasn't too neat or too HEA. This one was so real, so good -- pretty much haven't felt that way since I read Thief. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of YA contemporary, along with everything else Autumn Doughton has written!
I loved this book, and I have loved all of Autumn Doughton's books! I also loved the dual POV in this book and the addition of Erica Cope, just like Steering the Stars! The Bright Effect came out this week, and I cannot recommend these authors enough—that's why I'm giving away three books below!
"I guess this whole night isn't what you thought it would be when you put a suit on and came to pick me up, is it?"
He smiles as if to himself. "Nope. It's better."
I purse my lips. "Better? Which part did you like the most—when you had to wrestle my sister's boyfriend to the ground or when I made you leave Homecoming early? Or—ooh, I know—it was when I kept you from your best friend's concert, wasn't it?"
"Amelia, I'm sitting here with the best view in all of Green Cove and I promise you that Seth will have other shows," he says. "And you have got to already know that I never cared about the dance."
"I thought you wanted to eat cookies," I joke even though his expression is serious.
He looks at me. Just looks and I could swear that there is something in that look. Something bigger than what I'm grasping.
"I never gave a lick about cookies," he says quietly, his chiseled features stern in the shadowed moonlight. "I only wanted a claim on that time. With you."
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