Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather’s world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.
But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo… which girl will win his heart?
Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing’s for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong.
From the title alone I figured He Belongs with Me was some kind of love triangle related novel. And it is – kind of. It’s more like a love pentagon… sort of. Ugh, it’s… Well… It’s definitely not what I expected, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Maggie and Clara are twins. They may be identical, except for the boobs and occasional crazy hair color, but these two are nothing alike. Clara is free spirited, answers to no one, goes where the wind takes her, and makes no apologies for who she is. She’s a chick after my own heart. Maggie is much more reserved – a rule follower, scheduled, responsible, and level headed. She also happens to be Leo Maddox’s best friend.
Leo and Clara have never gotten along. Ever. They fight like cats and dogs. They know just the buttons to push to drive one another up a wall. So when Clara accidently hits him with a golf cart things should explode, right? The exact opposite happens, and she finds herself on a flight to New York City with an arch nemesis that apparently has feelings for her. Maggie can’t get ahold of Leo and beings to worry. What if Clara killed him or is holding him hostage…
Then I pulled away, turned on my heel, and left Leo standing there, soaking wet and stunned.
Maggie has her own issues to deal with when Dean, a sexy stranger, turns out to be anything but. Leo’s feelings for Clara strike up questions in Maggie’s heart. Does she have feelings for Leo? Dean? Anyone?
Yes, I realize a pentagon has five sides; right now we’re only working with four people. There also happens to be some douche named Andrew Wellington that is really just a waste of very rich protoplasm. He’s a dirt bag of the worst kind. You’ll see, and you too will hate him. It’s inevitable.
I don’t make a habit of reading love triangles because it hurts when someone ends up hurting and alone at the end. I both love and hate the push and pull between love interests. Love, because who doesn’t love, love? Hate, because well, it’s just too much angst. It makes my chest hurt. Luckily this was like love triangle lite. It was just enough angst to make you feel a twinge in your heart, but not enough for a full blown gut-wrenching ache.
He Belongs with Me is Sarah Darlington’s debut novel. Can you believe it? Well, you probably can because you haven’t read it yet. Amazing. Seriously. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought she had a few under her belt. Her voice is so well developed and the story flows with such ease that it’s literally hard to put the book down. I flew right through it. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
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Sarah Darlington lives in the DC metro area, is married to her high school sweetheart, and currently spends her time chasing around a very active toddler. As a former flight attendant, she misses the days of pantyhose, galley gossip with good friends, and traveling to new places. In the future she’d like to return to that career, but, just as flying gets into your bones, so does writing. Whenever she gets a free moment these days, she writes.