Drawn to You by Robin Shaw
Drawn To You (Paloma's Edge)
Bethany Pruitt has been judged for her mother's actions ever since she could remember. When she returns from college in Miami to Franklin Parks, her hometown, for the summer, she doesn't expect to find the only home she's known to be motherless and empty. By another turn of events, she decides to accept an invitation from her uncle to stay at Paloma's Edge, Florida.
Chase Lovell lives for the present and doesn't think about much else. When he goes to see his coach for a meeting, a female standing at the end of a long bus line at his college sparks his interest and earns his respect. Intent on approaching her, he misses his chance, and assumes that he'll never see her again. When Pierce, his best friend asks him to pick up his cousin, Beth, from Franklin Parks and drive her to Paloma's Edge, he can't deny that this is the girl he's been drawn to.
But will Chase do whatever it takes to keep the girl he's found again?
Wow, what a mess. Drawn to You needs some serious editing help. I can usually just breeze through spelling mistakes and the like, but there were just too many to ignore in this book. There were multiple instances of repeated words in the wrong place such as "with no more energy in left in them". One too many in's. Or sentences that just didn't make sense such as "Who left her a note saying that her an affair trampled their mother-daughter relationship". Or the many many instances where the author did not get me or I or her or she or whatever correct. Like someone stayed with so and so and me, or so and so and I. Almost every single time the author used the incorrect one, and it just sounded so wrong that I was stopped every time. There was a chapter where it was every other paragraph had the wrong me or I usage. It needed serious editing. At first I was highlighting the issues, but there were way too many and it wasted way too much time.
So besides the errors how was the book? Well the writing was still not good. I kept feeling like I missed something. It felt like it jumped around a lot. Like one moment it was just Chase and Beth, the next sentence it says how everyone was doing something. It was quite confusing as I was like wait, did I miss something? Where did everyone else come from? What is going on? It was like that for most of the book. It just didn't make sense. It didn't flow in a logical order. Near the end, with Hunter, this happened again. Beth met up with him once, then he keeps texting her and she isn't really replying to him. Then Pierce, Beth's cousin, confronts her about talking to Hunter and Beth is all we are friends! I was just like wait...since when? Last I read you were angry with him and ignoring him. Now you are friends? Did I miss something?
So then on to the characters. How were they? Not good. I didn't understand a single one of them. The writing was off. Something was off in the writing. Once Beth saw Cassidy, her other cousin, as she is she thought:
"Seeing Cassidy for who she really was engendered strong dislike and a feeling of loss in me."
That was so calm and just didn't sit right with me. Cassidy had been trying to break up you and Chase, make you think Chase was sleeping with her, and you have a feeling of strong dislike for her. Okay. It just, the feelings conveyed by the characters didn't seem realistic. There was also a lot of internal thoughts, not so much talking or anything and I just didn't like it.
Then near the end again **small spoiler I suppose** when Beth meets up with Hunter and finds out Hunter is Chase's twin brother Beth is so upset because Chase lied to her! I am not sure how he lied, he told her he had a brother he doesn't talk to, but wouldn't go into details. He does have a brother he doesn't talk to, but he happens to be a twin brother. Still a brother so...you are really just hurt he hasn't confided in you his past. He never lied. So things like that annoyed me. At least get it right.
Overall not a good book. The story is not good, the writing is not good, the spelling and grammar errors are too numerous to just discard, and the characters are not believable. I think the only reason I finished the book is because I kept feeling like I was missing something and thought maybe I would get it figured out by the end. I didn't really.