The parts of it that worked for me REALLY worked for me- best friends to lovers is still my absolute favorite trope, obviously, and Ivy and Ian were amazing -- for the most part. There was so much that bothered me about the way their story was written.
There was so much unnecessary drama in this, especially towards the end, that really took away from my enjoyment o I have a really hard time giving this book a rating that fits because I don't know what to do with it. There was so much unnecessary drama in this, especially towards the end, that really took away from my enjoyment of the book. It wasn't the ending I wasn't pleased with; it was how they got there. And I really liked the concept.
Their banter is amazing and suddenly they realize that something is changing between them, that they may be more than just friends. So, you know, everything I ever want in a book. But then it kind of all fell apart a little bit. I also didn't really like the fact that despite being a feminist and hosting a sex education show, Ivy still slut-shamed Mallory. I mean, yes, obviously Mallory was awful, but there's no need for slut shaming her.
There are other ways to insult people without having to refer to how much sex they're having. Speaking of Mallory, that last bit about her pretending to have slept with Ian was just SO DUMB and completely unnecessary and I hated every bit of it and it's probably what eventually ruined the ending of the book.
I also hated how aggressive Ian got with Ivy's "suitors" sometimes. Like, dude, she may be your best friend, but she's not your girlfriend and she's particularly not your property. And then everything after they had sex. It was just a bit frustrating to read. Casey was cuuuute, I really enjoyed him in the few scenes we got with him. Ivy's mom and the police chief!!! Ivy setting up Amery and Jayden in the end!!! I was worried it would be seconds after the stepdad thing and that would have felt uncomfortable to me as a reader, but it happening later made it way better.
Of course I could've done without all the crap that came afterwards, but what can you do. I also liked that Ian's past struggles with his abusive stepfather were an issue in the book, but they weren't the central issue that everything revolved around. I feel like too many new adult books are issue-driven, and this one never really felt like it to me. It's just that I will be forever left wishing the last third of it had been more than it eventually was, because this book had so much potential it didn't live up to.