Series: 20 Something #4
Author: Amy Patrick
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 14, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Still Yours, Still Me
About Still Beautiful:20 year old double-engineering major Cinda Moran is the smart one. Her older sister Kenley… is the pretty one. Their nightmare match-making mom has always made their roles pretty clear, and it’s no mystery which daughter she prefers. So while Kenley played the passive dress-up doll, Cinda did the opposite, refusing any attempts to prettify her and make her into “billionaire bait”. Instead, she’s fiercely focused on academics and her internship at an Atlanta TV station.
And as far as romance goes — please — she’s not even sure true love is a “thing”. As she does for everything else in her life, Trekkie-girl Cinda’s got a logical plan: select a sensible mate, come to a mutually satisfactory agreement, and decide to stick it out for better or worse.
Then she meets Blake Branham. He makes no sense for her at all. He’s a reporter at the station, years older, and has ambitions to work at the network someday while she intends to stay put in Atlanta. Even worse—he’s a total alpha. With her own Mr. Spock personality, the last thing she needs in her life is a swaggering Captain Kirk taking stupid risks and tempting her to do the same.
And he is tempting. When she’s forced to work closely with Blake on live shots and gets to know him outside the station as well, Cinda feels things she’s never felt for another guy and starts to wonder… should she boldly go where she’s never gone before? Should she give love a chance… even if it’s not logical?
One of my favorite things about Amy Patrick’s 20 Something series is that the main characters are always so likable. I can manage to enjoy a book while still wanting to slap the heroine in the face (and it happens frequently), but that never happens with this series.
And this one was even better because they also made nerdy jokes all the time. 🙂
It did get kind of annoying how Cinda was always putting down her appearance, but it wasn’t like she was randomly insecure, like most insecure characters. It was a very understandable reaction to her surroundings and history with guys.
Blake was the categorical “nice but still hot” guy that shows up in Amy Patrick’s book, but I didn’t love all the secretiveness.
I also recently realized exactly how well these books work as standalone. A lot of the “series of standalones,” you still feel like you’re missing out on a lot of information if you haven’t read the other books, since the main characters from the other books are such a big part of the one you’re reading. But that’s not the case here. You really can start with any book.
The whole “no fun” thing and all the Star Trek jokes were just my type of illogical humor, so this may have been my favorite 20 Something book since the first one.
About Amy Patrick:
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.