He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.
Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.
I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?
A funny, heart-warming, sexy, smoldering-hot, coming-of-age, friends-to-lovers, story that is pure Tijan. Jam-packed full of drama, angst, emotional complexity, intriguing characters, swoon-worthy guys, and a refreshingly different MC that you can’t help rooting for, Anti-Stepbrother is a triumph.
I devoured this book as if it was my fav chocolate cake – I just couldn’t get enough. Towards the end, I started to have a panic attack because I knew it was drawing to a close, and I wasn’t ready to give up Caden Banks.
Tijan writes seriously amazing book boyfriends. What I really liked about Caden was that he was a genuinely good guy. Yes, we are told he was a bad boy before, but we didn’t see any of that here, and I just loved that. He was a sweet, caring guy through and through.
Summer was a fantastic character, although it did take me a little while to warm up to her. But as her character developed and matured, and she became more confident in herself, I really enjoyed how different she was. I cringed for her at times – she was very socially inept on occasions – but it was surprisingly endearing. What she ever saw in that douche Kevin is beyond me. We are given an explanation toward the end that is plausible, but I would have happily jumped into my Kindle to shake some sense into her on plenty of occasions.
I enjoyed the slow-burning romance and the chemistry was great between our two mains. Caden was so protective of Summer and it melted my heart. The romantic scenes were great, and so well written (pure Tijan.)
I also liked the subplot with Colton, and I enjoy novels that incorporate important educational aspects once they tie well into the plot and are realistically handled, as was the case here. Colton was a great character and Caden’s interactions with his brother only strengthened my love for him.
I loved the college setting and all the drama and angst – totally right up my street.
All in all, this was a fantastic read. If you are a Tijan fan, you will love it. If you aren’t – why the heck not?
Actual Rating 4.5 stars.
Thanks to the author and her PR company for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.