Series: The Walshes #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
If I had known I'd have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I'd have made time for a pedicure.
It's all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.
After I met Matthew Walsh.
I couldn't decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.
A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn't letting anyone tell her what to do.
Unless, of course, she was naked.
She wasn't looking for me and I sure as shit wasn't looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.
Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap.
Liked him, didn’t care for her.
Thoughts on Underneath It All
I think I would have liked this book more if I had liked Lauren more. For a good chunk of the book, she was downright unlikable and that was hard for me to get around. She was controlling and made Matthew fight for everything in their relationship. She complained about her friends moving on. She… I don’t know. I just didn’t like her.
Except, when I take apart her character, I can see that most of her actions stemmed from her being overwhelmed by her school project (literally a project to create a school, not a project for school). You know what? I get that. I get deciding to throw caution to the wind and taking on something huge and overwhelming because you believe in it and then getting blindsided by a hot dude who wants to go spelunking in your pants whenever you’re alone together.
As a character, Lauren’s actions make sense. But I still didn’t like the way she treated Matthew for so much of the book that I’m having a hard time reconciling it. The fact he hung in there for as long as he did made me like HIM even more. Well, that, and his family is a hotbed of dysfunction. Seriously, between his father’s brand of crazy and his siblings trying to hold their own against that crazy, it’s amazing they get any work done.
By the by, once I got past their weird abrasiveness with one another, I liked his family. They’re kinda messed up and I’m very curious if the sisters will ever work through their issues. Basically, they were interesting. I like interesting.
If only Lauren hadn’t grated on my nerves for the bulk of the book.