Review: All In


Title: All In
Author: Marta Brown


On the picturesque island of Martha’s Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

Lane is a local trying to make enough money to go to university, while Ashley’s a senator’s daughter, her family staying in Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. As much as he hates her world, where everything is handed to you on a golden platter and the guys can be as douchey as they want, Lane finds himself falling for Ashley, and her for him. But when said douche comes barreling between them, Lane and Ashley begin to see the cracks in their perfect summer fling.

Even though he wasn’t exactly a main character, I fell in love with Andrew, Ashley’s brother. He’s the perfect brother and friend, and I LOVE that he doesn’t put up with people’s shit (for the most part). Also, I oddly appreciated Gregory, mainly ’cause of his unshakable persistence, and the fact that he wasn’t overwhelmingly irritating (again, for the most part).

Lane and Ashley were perfect. They pretty much represent the epic relationship you want to keep and hold on to forever. I loved what they did to try to help each other and the fact that they fought so hard for each other~ One thing I would’ve liked to see, with regards to their relationship, was a longer falling in love process, because honestly, it seemed pretty instantaneous to me, and me and insta-love just don’t agree. I’m not saying it’s unrealistic, ’cause, hey, people have said it happens, but I would’ve liked to have gotten more get-to-know-you and more depth to the characters than simply what we got.

Overall, All In proved to be a great, light, and fun summer read~

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.00/5

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