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The Vincent Boys is a coming of age romance set in small town Alabama, the summer before the hero & heroine's senior year. I liked it for a variety of reasons, the first of which is that it's a good story with strong characters in Beau, Ashton and Sawyer. Beau and Ashton's romance is the primary focus, naturally, but Beau's relationship with Sawyer, Ashton's friendship with both, Ashton's values as a daughter of the local Baptist minister and Beau's relationship of the local barmaid are just a few of the meaty subplots. None of these felt unnatural, rushed or a distraction to the main story. The only piece of the story that did make me uncomfortable is that Beau and Ashton first take up while her boyfriend, Sawyer, is camping with his family. (That's not a spoiler, it's the big point of the first third of the book.) I'm not a fan of cheating and especially here. I almost couldn't finish the story. After putting it aside a couple of times, I was glad I finished it - there's a really satisfying ending and a solid set up for the sequel (Sawyer's story).
I listened to The Vincent Boys as an Audible book (this review is posted on Goodreads, Amazon & my blog). The narrators were a mixed bag for me, with the female narrator (Shayna Thibodeaux) doing a fabulous job and the male (Kirby Heyborn), not so much. To be fair, some of the other reviewers having the opposite response - sample the book on Audible before you buy. I even liked Ms Thibodeaux's narration of male voices better than Mr Heyborn's but the story's changing POVs required two narrators. I'd be willing to listen to other books narrated by Ms Thibodeaux. Both narrate the sequel, The Vincent Brothers, and I plan on listening to it as well.
YA is not normally my thing but I like Abbi Glines and wanted to give the series a whirl. I'm giving it a 4 star write up, because it's so well written, even if it's not entirely my cuppa tea. There's a lot of references to sex, but not much action (they ARE in high school, after all, and Ashton is a preacher's daughter) and very little profanity. If I had a teenage daughter, I wouldn't have any concern about her reading this.
Don't expect to be able to put this down before the end!
I was a bit surprised when the end did arrive since I was so engrossed in the story.
Definitely easy listening at its best!