Publisher: Whole Enchilada Press
Publication Date: 20. June 2016
Rating: 1.5/5. Stars
Diversity: disabled characters (deaf), PoC, LGBT rep (not really)
TW: homophobia, side-character death, alcoholism, murder in past, sexualisation of lesbians
Summary: After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping to forget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn’t help, especially when he meets the club’s beautiful DJ, Alex.
In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father’s back.
Colton’s not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—if he helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly don’t know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with the few positive parts?
I love the fact that this story is set in Mexico. I also enjoy the mixed-in spanish and the descriptions of Mexico. Alex’ deafness plays a huge part in her story, which is great. She often has to ask Colton to speak slower so she can actually read his lips. Her deafness is never forgotten, but she manages to make a DJ career despite it. She is definitely a strong fighter girl, who won’t let the world get her down and I loved it. Her storyline was definitely the most interesting one, and her character the most fascinating one, I really enjoyed her. Even the estranged rich overprotective father-route was interesting and the ending is lovely.
But I disliked the rest of the story. I disliked the lesbophobia, that came with Miranda’s storyline. No scratch that, I hated it. A lot. You see, Miranda is Colton’s high school crush, but when he finally asks her, it turns out she in love with someone else. And not just anyone else, no, she’s in love with Chloe, the hot blonde cheerleader. This breaks Colton’s heart, but he still agrees to bring her Miranda’s letter in which she confessed her love. Nice, right? Lesbian girls exist after all… or not. Because after her first date with Chloe she realizes that she’s actually the straightest. Very straight. Hardcore straight. Straight as fuck. One kiss told her all that, after ages of wanting to be with her. Now she wants to be with Colton. But oh no, he’s on his way to a holiday in Mexico. She immediately hates him. And this continues. She loves him, she tells him he’s the best, she tells him she thinks of him as a brother, she loves him, he can die. Throughout. the. entire. novel. She is literally the most annoying, stupid and pointless character’s I’ve ever read about. She’s only there to cause strive between Alex and Colton and to be sexualized by Coltons vato, Martin, because of course, two girls in love are only good if they can be seen as hot.
This brings me to Martin. He’s the mexican player, dark-skinned, tall and good-looking (unlike pale, blonde, not-hot main character which he constantly emphasised, at least until all the girls are literally falling all over him, bc he is so good-looking *yawns*), but he’s also really gross. I hate the way he talked about girls, especially about Miranda and Chloe. He has a bit of character development and yes, of course, he’s only 17, 17-year-old boys can be really gross, but I found his behaviour really annoying.
Then there’s the instalove between Alex and Colton. On their first meeting he can’t think about how hot she is (after he thought she was a guy and was terrified at the prospect of a guy giving him a kiss on the cheek, bc yes, there is latent homophobia a lot in the beginning of the novel!), after spending two days with her he already loves her, but he can’t act on it because her father has forbidden it.
I also found a few phrases quite weird (“he says no with his head.” is this some slang I don’t know or just a weird, convoluted way of saying somebody shook their head?) Anyway I found it really weird.
The DJ parts at least where quite interesting and well done, Alex really deserved her ending, but sadly I couldn’t connect with any of the character’s except her.