on January 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Finding the perfect guy is like mixing the perfect drink. It's all about the taste and presentation.
Maddy's gone off the deep end, at least that's what her family thinks when she handles her med school rejections by moving to the Outer Banks. It doesn't help that she's paying her bills by bartending and is sharing walls with two guys, even if one of them is her childhood best friend.
Her choice of men seems more balanced on the surface—Colin is driven, sexy, and gainfully employed, but she can't help spending her Thursday nights searching for the perfect drink for Lyle, whose music captivates her with its haunting lyrics. Maddy believes everyone has a perfect drink—and finding Lyle's isn't a challenge she's willing to lose.
I was really looking forward to reading Shaken Not Stirred by Alyssa Rose Ivy. But I was left a little confused. See, I’m not sure if I liked it or not.
This is a story about Maddy and her search for love.
Maddy goes to the Outer Banks after graduating college and spends her summer bartending. I actually really liked Maddy. She was playful. Obviously smart and mature. She wasn’t your typical silly, superficial young 20 something we often see in books. However, I never connected with her as a character or person. She’s apparently running from her parents and their expectations. She lives with two men one of which is her best friend from childhood. She’s secretly crushing on the musical talent at the bar she works at and she has men begging her for attention.
My issue is that the entire book is dialogue. There is little to no internal dialogue. We get no real grasp on what is happening in Maddy’s head.
After many many failed attempts she finally says yes to a date with Colin. I felt so bad for Colin in the beginning. He obviously had a thing for her and she never gave him the time of day. When she finally does she acts like “he’s the one”. But at the same time she acts like he isn’t. I don’t know it’s confusing.
There were several times when I thought something may spark between her and her roommates. But no. Now that would have been exciting.
The crazy thing is that it was a fast read and it’s a freaking long book. I literally sat and read the entire thing in a couple hours. The writing isn’t bad. Not bad at all. What it needed though, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, is less banter and more description. I actually got a bit bored with all the talking back and forth and the attempts at humor. I most definitely wanted more character development. All the issues Maddy was having with her parents and she interacted with them a total of one time.
All that angst and she talks to them one time. ONE TIME??
As for Colin. Well I never really connected with him either. I just didn’t understand. He comes across as sweet at first but then veers way towards creepy and borderline indifferent and uncaring. Almost abusive without the words or the hitting. Let me try to explain. Colin is a workaholic. He’s trying to get ahead. He works very long days and has little time off. Instead of explaining what he does or why he does it, he just bails. He’s late to dates. Sometimes missing them all together. But he always comes back begging for forgiveness and pleading for another chance. He even stands her up on their anniversary date and shows up begging again and giving her a gift. I was left scratching my head. I won’t give it all away but you’ll see when you read that he’s kind of all over the place. I just wish that I could have gotten to know him like really know him.
So I’m confused because in the end I liked the book. Why you ask? I don’t know. I think I was interested to see where it was all headed. Who would she end up with if anyone. What role would the roommates ultimately play? Would Maddy go back to school or decide what her future would be? I just wanted more of the story. So for me that makes it worth the read. The author kept my attention. She made me want more. Even though I had obvious issues with the writing/character development.
I think maybe I’m left Shaken Not Stirred. 🙂
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*