3 stars · Contemporary Romance · Friends to Lovers · Young Adult

Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

Anti-Stepbrother Book Cover Anti-Stepbrother
Tijan
August 22nd 2016

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 if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

ARIANNA’s review

This was my first book by this author and while it was just an okay read for me, I have to say I enjoyed the writing style, so maybe I will try one of her upcoming books in the future. ‘Anti-Stepbrother’ was a great enough read that has enough funny and heartwarming moments to keep most readers entertained. I’m sure many will love this one, but well, I’m not ‘most readers’ and I needed something more than the usual college romance. For me this one was just like many other college romances I’ve read over the years. Maybe I’ve read too many and that’s why I feel this way…who knows? What I’m saying is that I didn’t find anything to be refreshing. Nothing wowed me and overall it was just “a mehh” read for me.

The story fallows Summer Stolz, who has been in love with her step-brother Kevin for over two years. He’s attending the same college as Summer so she’s excited to finally be around him wanting desperately to make him fall in love with her. But Summer finds out from the first day that Kevin it’s not available, that he is in in some kind of relationship with another girl, who already is another relationship.

Caden is very popular on his frat and also on campus. Every boy wants to be his friend and every girl wants to be in his bed. He used to party and sleep around, but things changed and now the last thing he wants is to be in a relationship. Unlike many college boys, Caden also doesn’t want to be in a fraternity. He joined his for some personal reasons, but he doesn’t like all the people and drama that comes with it. When he gets caught in the middle of some drama he meets Summer. He is drawn to her from the moment he lays eyes on her. They slowly become friends, but what starts as a friendship eventually blossoms into something more.

Even if I liked the story overall and also the premise I found the story-line to be a little repetitive, so as the story progressed I found myself a little bored. I liked Caden. He was sweet and thoughtful, caring and considerate with Summer as the story unfolded and a great brother. While I liked Caden, I didn’t like Summer very much. Sure, she was funny and quirky at times, but she was a little too juvenile and naïve for my liking. Also, at times she was such a doormat. I liked my heroines to be strong, independent and not as “quiet” as Summer was, so I had a hard time connecting with her character. Also her inner dialogue got on my nerves at times. I don’t mind inner dialogue, but in my opinion here it was a little too much.

The relationship between these two characters progressed very slowly. I like slow burn relationship, but here it was a little too slow for me. I hoped at least the chemistry between them to be off the charts or something, but sadly I didn’t feel any chemistry between them. IMO the author focused too much on their friendship than on their romantic relationship, so the romantic aspect was poorly done…at least IMO. On top of that, Summer spent too much time “in love” with her step-brother. The story also is very low on steam which I didn’t like at all.

What else to expect reading this one? Well, expect lots of unnecessary drama. OMG, the amount of stupid drama was really overwhelming.

Overall, just an okay read for me!