Name: Tainted (Wyatt #1) by Amanda Cowen
Date Published: June 22, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.47/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ebook copy of this book from the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.
Rhys Wyatt is as arrogant as he is beautiful, and Ivy Bishop has been infatuated with him forever. The night Ivy makes her move, it ends horribly, leaving her utterly heartbroken.
Three years later, Ivy is dating Blaine Wyatt; Rhys’s loving and tender younger brother. With Rhys and their past somewhat out of her mind, everything about her relationship with Blaine seems perfect. But when Blaine leaves Ivy alone all summer; neither of them anticipated Rhys to return, or him and Ivy to be stuck living under the same roof…
Rhys never believed Ivy would be all grown up and everything he’s ever wanted – gorgeous, perfectly alluring, and an infuriatingly tempting beauty he has to keep his hands off of. But the more they try to resist each other, the more intense their urges become, until one night changes everything, and Wyatt brothers will never be the same.
Reading Level: ★★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★
I was extremely (and pleasantly) surprised, about half of this book is written in Rhys’ POV and the other is in Ivy’s. Usually we are given the women’s POV and left guessing what’s going on the head of the male character. This is the first book I’ve read by Amanda Cowen and she sure knows how to write a romance novel! I read this book in one night. I just couldn’t put it down. These characters were very thought out and had such unique personalities that you could read a monologue and know exactly who was speaking without having a name behind it.
I will be the first to admit the plot was a little obvious. Girl loves older brother’s best friend, best friend is a man whore, girl gets her heart broken, girl grows up and is dating someone else, best friend sees her and falls in love. It’s a very predictable story but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. The plot was a little different in that Ivy was dating Rhys’ brother. That definitely added to the already difficult love triangle.
Ok, let me start by saying I had been in a relationship like Ivy and Blaine and while it can be romantic it’s also very toxic. Blaine was controlling and was very attached to Ivy. So much so he didn’t want her sleeping in the bunkhouse while he was away so he made her promise to sleep at the Wyatt house. I never liked Blaine and Ivy together but that’s probably I’m a sucker for the “other guy”. Rhys and Ivy’s relationship was always strong and complicated and I love how Cowen was able to pull everything together.
This book was incredibly easy to read and flowed perfectly. I wasn’t left guessing or wondering why a character acted the way they did. I never had to reread a sentence or paragraph because I thought I missed something. Cowen did an excellent job making a predictable story fun and exciting to read.
That ending!!! <3 <3 <3 I absolutely love how Cowen ended this book. I’m all about fairytale endings so I wanted the ending to go slightly different but I’m happy overall.
Spoiler- I definitely understand why Rhys left Ivy to go to Nashville but as the hopeless romantic that I am I wish she would have followed him so they could have gone on the journey together. In the end I’m so incredibly happy they ended up together.
I wish we could hear more about Rhys and Ivy’s future but it sounds like the next books will follow other characters. Probably with Rhys and Ivy in the background. If you’re looking for a romance novel with a severe love triangle then this is the book for you.