Jac Reviews: Brilliant by Lark O’Neal

by Jac on January 9, 2015

Jac Reviews: Brilliant by Lark O’NealBrilliant by Lark O'Neal
Published by Barbara Samuel on 2014-12-20
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance
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five-stars
Soul mates…or just for now?

In the movies, a romantic triangle is always obvious, and soul mates rule. Jess has learned the hard way that it is perfectly possible to love two guys at once. She’s painfully torn between sexy snowboard Olympic hopeful Tyler Smith and her smolderingly gorgeous co-star Kaleb Te Anga. Each has something to offer, and each is flawed.

How can Jess possibly choose? But if she doesn’t make up her mind, she just mind end up losing them both.

Lark O’Neal is one of my absolute favorite authors, in all her fabulous versions of herself! And I always adore her books – for so much more than just being set locally in southern Colorado!

I have been following the saga of Jess, Tyler and Kaleb since the beginning – loving the fact that the first book was set in Colorado Springs.(It’s always fun when books take place in REAL places, near you!) In fact, I read the very first book while sitting near Tyler’s house in Manitou Springs at one of my favorite coffee shops. But that’s neither here, nor there.

The fact is? I’ve been madly in love with Tyler from page one. And I’ve been standing in the corner cheering for Tyler and Jess the whole time. (And because of Kaleb’s sheer stupidity, I was tearing my hair out more than once!)

I love this book for many reasons. (Almost as many as I hate it for! But hey, it brings emotions. Lots of them.) I hate love-triangles. And this one is no different from all of them in that aspect. But most of the time? I can at least find redeeming qualities in both parties. This time? I hate Kaleb. I’ve hated him from the moment he stepped on the page. I can’t tell you why, it’s just always been something about him that I can’t put my finger on, but it was so blatently obvious in this book. Kaleb is a jerk. He wants his cake and to eat it too. And while I believe he does honestly care for Jess? He isn’t the guy for her. (You hear that Lark/Barbara??? KALEB IS NOT THE GUY FOR JESS!!!) And near the Cliffhanger? He definitely proves that!

And Tyler? He’s just as fantastic as ever in this book! (Although I do wish he’d fight a little harder. But, he makes stupid slip-ups. That’s just who Tyler is.)

See? This story has so many emotions for me! And the cliffhanger?!?! GAH!!! I can’t believe I have to wait THREE MONTHS before I can find out how this one ends!

If you’re a fan of New Adult? I think you’ll love the Going the Distance series by Lark O’Neal! (But you definitely NEED to start with book #1 and read these all the way through!)

Jac

I'm a homeschooling hockey mom from southern Colorado! I spend my free time blogging and reading (when I'm not at the ice arena or hiking in the Rockies!) and I have a crazy addiction to water bottles!

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