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July 14 2015 @ 01:56 pm
Beautiful Oblivion (#1) by Addison Moore  
Title: Beautiful Oblivion
Series: Beautiful Oblivion, 1
Author: Addison Moore
Pages: 320
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Book Description:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Addison Moore:

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

My Thoughts About the Book:
Simple idea. Girl loves boy she's known all her life but the hiccup in this love story is that she comes from a wealthy family and her dad is all about marrying her off to his business partners son Warren. Thing is Reese isn't really all that interested in Warren.

Not when there is Ace. He's a local boy and while he had a good future it isn't running her father's company. But that doesn't stop Reese from being madly in love with Ace.

Thing is Ace and Reese are best friends and have been friends for a large portion of their lives. But both of them harbor the secret that they love the other.

I really like this short and sweet story but there were a few things that seriously had me wondering about the author. First, despite Reese's non-interest in Warren she essentially let's him believe they are dating. They had been dating and Reese had decided she wasn't into it and just keeps refusing him when he asks her to do things. The issue arises when her parents are involved or when she wants to go to the same party. She keeps going along with Warren even though she's supposedly trying to dump him.

At no time during this story does she look Warren square in the face and tell him they are not dating and she won't be dating, marrying or having sex with him. It goes so far as her going off on a New York weekend with him though she keeps him at arms length.

They are flying off in a helicopter to New York and she says nothing like, "I not going," because her parents okayed the whole thing. Grow a pair woman.

I did enjoy the book, Ace, and some of the secondary characters but it frustrated me to no end that Reese couldn't stand up and tell everyone she had no intention of being with Warren. It took a really bad decision on Warren's part to even get them to the point of Reese not being with him.

At the time of reading this, I didn't realize it was part of a series. It never felt like it was part of a series so it can be read as a standalone.

The Series: