Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen #1)
by Liz Reinhardt
amazon kindle - £2.59/$3.99
What happens when you fall in love with 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 more darker and more complex than Brenna’s willing to handle.
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 both academic and technical high school, and running the track like a maniac, Brenna has enough to worry about with out juggling two guys who make her heart thud and drive her crazy all at once.
She has to make a choice. But how can she when giving her heart to one of them might mean breaking the other’s?
(Cover Design: Steven Peterson)
Recommended Age: Older YA
A seriously addictive read, Double Clutch is narrated by the likeable, forthright Brenna Blixen as she shares her return to American high school after a year abroad. With beautifully smooth prose and realistic dialogue, Reinhardt has created one of my favourite ya contemporary reads yet. This is no simpering, run-of-the-mill love triangle. Real issues, deep, past hurts and impossible secrets all contribute to the tangle Brenna ends up in as she takes her steps into first love. I couldn't help but admire and like Brenna - her disappointments and vulnerabilities made it easy to relate to her and her gutsy bluntness, honesty and wit made her stand out in a genre swamped with shy heroines. Yes, she makes mistakes but that only makes her human... and a teenager. As for the two heroes, Jake and Saxon... I started out truly torn over these two incredibly likeable characters - one so open, kind and loyal, the other so charming and suave. However, I've finished book one firmly on one hero's team. It was difficult though, because Reinhardt does an excellent job of making her characters so three-dimensional you can't help but root for them all.
I really loved this read. It took me away somewhere else for a while which is the best kind of book.
So eager to read book two I'm off to download it right away!