Today is release day for Brix by Brooke O’Brien. She isn’t a new to me author and I was really excited for this release. Last year I read Where I Found You, Until I Found You and Now That I Found You and I fell in love with her characters and stories. Her Tattered Heart duet is also amazing (my review will be up soon), so I was all ready for Brix.
I had the honor of being a beta readers for this book and when I read it a second time to write this review, I may have even loved it more than the first time. As you can tell, I’m excited about this book. Keep on reading for my full review!
There’s a fine line between love and hate, and it’s about to be set on fire.
Brix Ward is a Grade A prick.⠀⠀He's arrogant, spoiled, and self-centered. As the lead singer of A Rebels Havoc, he's used to women falling over themselves for a chance to tame the wild bad boy.⠀⠀Except for me.⠀⠀I still remember the boy I grew up with. The one who went out of his way to make my life a living hell. I did my best to avoid him at all costs.⠀⠀Imagine my surprise when our parents announced they had eloped, then left me to live with my new stepbrother. Alone.⠀⠀Now, no matter what I do, there's no escaping him. He's always there, tempting me, provoking me. Every moment of every day. The more we're around each other, the more the heat between us begins to rise.⠀⠀If he thinks he can hurt me again, he’s dead wrong.⠀⠀I won’t let him be the one to destroy me, even if it breaks my heart.
Brix (A Rebels Havoc, #1) by Brooke O'Brien
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Brix was my first stepbrother romance and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. Can you imagine coming home for the summer and finding out your mother married your enemy’s father? I know I can’t and that’s where everything got interesting. Brix is a fast and fun read and everything I needed in a romance.
Ivy is one of our feisty main characters and I loved her from the start. She’s determined to get her way through college and won’t take handouts from anyone. All she wants is to spend the summer with her mother and save money for her last year of school. Ivy is independent and hands on, not even being home a day she’s ready to find a job and get her summer going. I could definitely be friends with a person like her!
“Being close to Ivy is like dodging a landmine. If I get close to her, we’re going down together.”
Brix is quite a handful. He’s cocky and does as he pleases. Taking home a girl to sleep with her and never see her again is nothing new for him. Brix is a tough guy and may be a tad too arrogant, but there’s definitely a reason why he ended up this way. There is a lot of baggage from his childhood and some things are easier to get over than others. He had me laughing out loud and wanting to give him a huge hug when we learn more about him. This was definitely more Brix’s story, but that fit the book so well. I loved seeing him change in this book and opening up with Ivy.
It’s definitely not love at first sight with these two. It’s clear there’s an attraction, but Ivy hasn’t forgiven Brix for how he treated her in high school. Even though it’s been awhile, that’s definitely still an issue. I really appreciated getting a glimpse of what happened, but it didn’t take over this story! The attraction and frustration between these two jumped off the pages. I can also say the same about the forbidden aspect with them being stepsiblings. It was there, but there wasn’t too much drama or issues with it. Brix and Ivy had enough going on as it was!
“Dear God, Ivy, the things I dream of doing to you would make the devil blush.”
Yeah, the romance between these two may seem to get quickly, but that didn’t bother me. I feel it fit these two characters and their stituation! They had moments with me laughing out loud, tension you could cut with a knife and some steamy scenes that will definitely having you need to cool yourself off. I loved all of that, but I loved them getting to know each other. Brix really opens himself up to her and it was a great side to see. If it was up to me, I’d have the next book in my hands right now!
Brix and Ivy have a special place in my heart, but I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I have a feeling we haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to this series!