Requested Review: Relatively Honest by Molly Ringle

Synopsis: Eighteen year-old womanizer Daniel Revelstoke leaves his native London to study at the University of Oregon, dreaming of seducing one American girl after another. But he soon meets a new kind of woman in classmate Julie French. Her cleverness and resistance land Daniel in love for the first time in his life, to his deep confusion.
However, Julie's long-distance boyfriend and a bizarre family secret stand in Daniel's way to winning her. Since he can't quit obsessing over her, he decides to hide a few truths in order to draw closer to her, hoping that maybe she'll return his love and, when she finds out his devious path, forgive him. It's a gamble, but all's fair in love and college.
 
Review
Plot: I was instantly intrigued by this book because it's rare to read a good male POV that a girl could get into and the plot is about him actually being a womanizer. It was hard not to resist Daniel's charm though even just reading his perspective, and you know everything he's done. Just like every other womanizer, he has been with countless women and had not cared an ounce whether or not he worked out with them. But, once he meets Julie, that's all over. He stops at nothing to try and get her to leave Patrick, her boyfriend, and be with him instead. At first, it starts out with him just wanting her in bed, but he slowly starts wanting more than just a physical thing. Once he starts realizing his feelings for Julie, it's too late to go back after he learns of a deep family secret. He has no idea how to take it and how to tell Julie, but until then, it's his own little dark secret.
 
Characters: Daniel - Daniel is very charming and smooth. He knows how to use his features (ex. his accent) and when to use them. He is overconfident with himself and will calculate how good of a chance he has with the ladies. After finding out this family secret, he isn't sure what to do with himself and this sends him on an insane spiral.
Julie - Julie is a nice girl that shows signs of longing for Daniel, but doesn't voice them. Daniel is constantly trying to figure her out and never knows exactly how she'll react. She is different from every other girl because she doesn't fall for his tricks.
 
Cover: The cover doesn't give the book justice. It doesn't truly describe what the book is about other than that it deals with romance. I wish there was more to the cover.
 
Overall Rating: I give this book a three out four. It has a very complex and dynamic plot that is different from anything I've read. It does test you in what you want and don't want to happen. There are some scenes that were too convenient for the characters but there are other scenes where one character gets screwed over. The last thing I will say about this book is that there is a very controversial topic in this book. It does take some openmindedness to read this book, but I do urge to give it a chance, whether or not you completely agree with it.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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