Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Crashing Into You by B. D. Rowe

Title: Crashing Into You
Author: B. D. Rowe 
Publishers: B. D. Rowe
Date of Publication: Oct 3rd, 2013
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance
Formats Available: Paperback, E-book 
Length: 310 pages
My Source: Ebook (epub)

Bookish college sophomore Sydney Baker wants Evan Taylor with every ounce of her being. The hottest stud on campus, Evan is six foot four, ripped, stacked with muscles. He's even easy to talk to. There's just one problem: he's her roommate Melanie's boyfriend. But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn't take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more. Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test. Especially when a sexy blonde freshman makes her way into Evan's life, and tries to rip away everything Sydney holds close to her heart. 
 **Mature Situations and Sexual Content - Recommended for Ages 17+**

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review, as part of a blog tour. I generally choose ARCs very carefully, but now I wonder what made me choose this book!
The cover seemed to be pretty interesting, I admit. I've read only a few NA contemporary romance novels before so I had thought I'd give it a try. I wish I hadn't.! It’s less about romance and more about physical intimacy.
Sydney, a college sophomore (who is designated as 'bookish' in the synopsis, but I don't understand why!) is hopelessly in love with a hot guy Evan Taylor who happens to be her roommate Melanie's boyfriend. Evan is friendly, and sometimes even flirty with Sydney, but he is 'loyal' to her girlfriend until Melanie dies mysteriously in her hostel room. And then the inevitable happens, Evan and Sydney fall in love with each other. After spending an awesome summer together, they rejoin college to find that Melanie's sister, Michelle, who looks eerily similar to Mel has joined as a freshman and she apparently is after Evan, the other way round too. One night Sydney discovers Evan in Michelle’s room and a drunk Michelle claims that Evan was the cause of Melanie’s death (Melanie died for over drinking and Evan was supposedly the one to put her in such a situation) and then after a number of super-dramatic events Evan and Sydney stays together.
The story is disgusting, if it could be considered as a story at all. There are descriptions of love-making, at least ten times, whenever Evan and Sydney got into bed together. Things are all same and extremely boring after a few chapters and it took me great efforts to finish the book. *Phew*
One astonishing thing about the story is that Sydney is strictly against people getting drunk and drive after that because in high school her boyfriend James had died in an accident whereas she survived miraculously (and both of them were drunk at that time). The accident expensed the lives of a 9 year old boy and his mother so Sydney’s reaction to drunkards is more or less justified. The thing that surprises me is that she never mourns over the death of James. If James was responsible for his own death, so was she, equally responsible for that accident. But all her grief was for the other victims, which is okay, but nothing at all for James!

The story-telling is lucid but the unfortunate thing is that there wasn’t much to tell. I liked the character of Lukas, Sydney’s nerd, intelligent, sensible (and homosexual) best friend. But frankly speaking I didn’t adore either of Sydney and Evan’s character. To cut things short if you’re eyeing some erotic elements in a book, pick this one. But if you’re looking for a good story, I’d recommend you not to choose this book.
B.D. Rowe is a Sacramento native with a penchant for crafting tales of romance, mystery, and intrigue. Crashing Into You is B.D. Rowe's New Adult debut.


  1. Hi! I found your blog through goodreads, so I figured to stop by and say hello! I am now also following your blog :)

    Wow, thank you for such an honest, thorough review! I will definitely be skipping this one, no need for me to waste time on it. The thing is, now that the NA genre has become so popular, it is so hard to find the good ones. But somehow books like these sucker you in with hot/interesting covers. So again, thanks for your honest review!

    Anyway, feel free to stop by my blog sometime. Always looking for new blogger buddies to chat with and new followers :)

    Best Wishes,
    Mia @ The Muses Circle

    1. Hey Mia, I'm glad that you decided against reading it.
      Thanks for stopping by, will visit your blog soon. :)