Title: The Reason I Stay
Author: Patty Maximini
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Published On: September 10th 2014
Source: Blog Tour - Xpresso Book Tours
My Rating: 4 Stars
Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils. Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous. Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines. My name is Mathew Rogers and those are the values I built my adult life around. They are also the reason I had to forsake everything I loved in Seattle and embark on a solitary road trip across the country, with no direction other than searching for the next small town, the next girl, and the closest liquor store. Boredom, frustration and a series of unfortunate decisions led me to the rickety-ass town of Jolene, Alabama—a town I wanted to leave behind from the moment I passed the welcome sign. But it was there where I met her. The girl who made me question everything I’ve always believed in, and the only one who has ever had the power to break my heart. Her name is Lexie. She’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure she hates me. And for once in my life, I give enough of a damn that I keep finding a reason to stay.
The romance was ADORABLE. Although, at some points it felt like it was moving too fast and as if a bit of insta-love was occurring, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I felt like since the characters start off totally angry at each other that it was a bit weird for them to be getting so close so quickly. Especially since Matt had come across as SUCH a terrible person.
Beside that, I loved their relationship and felt like the story progress really well. I was hooked which is insane because I haven’t been able to really focus on anything lately with all the stress I’ve been dealing with. The best part though was that this book was such an amazing escape from life.
I never have much to say about the plot in regards to romance novels, because everything is so central to the characters, so I’ll move on to that section. 🙂
Mathew is a 24 year old lawyer who has gotten himself into some trouble and is being forced to take time away from his home and life. His father wants him to get some perspective and to evaluate his life, but no one expects that that’s exactly what Matt ends up doing, somewhat unwillingly at first.
Once he meets Lexie, who is sweet, funny, and strong, he’s totally captivated. They get off to a rocky start, but it’s not long before they’re falling for each other.
Lexie was 22 years old and a waittress at a local diner in her small town and hasn’t had the easiest life. She’s a pretty simple character, I think, and it works because Matt is so complex sometimes. They suit each other. On the other hand, Lexie has had her fair share of drama and complications in life, too, so that might not be totally accurate.
I loved how each of the friends (mostly Lexie’s, to be honest) were involved and played important roles in their lives. Sometimes it felt like they’re were just there to further Matt and Lexie’s romance, but towards the end, it’s the total opposite. The make the story richer and I loved it!
I couldn’t completely like Lexie or Matt because I kept disagreeing with some of the choices or the way they viewed other people. There was definitely some slut-shaming in Lexie’s POV and Matt came across as very possessive of Lexie, which some people find attractive, but I don’t. Also, Matt kept using the word ‘Girl’ as an insult… which is a real crappy thing to do. I don’t know if that’s a ‘guy thing’ or what but it really annoyed me.
This book was sweet, romantic, and very authentic (once you get past the insta-love vibe at the beginning). You will probably fall for Matt and root for them the whole time, even though they both have flaws.
There are a TON of really sweet quotes and lines that will make you feel inspired and giddy, too!
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