New Adult review: The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Consequence of Loving Colton 
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Consequence, #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Skyscrape
Release date: 21st April 2015

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smouldering fire fighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Let me say that I was not prepared for this book at all. 

Protagonist Milo has been in love with her brother’s best friend for years but when she tried to kiss him a few years ago all that happened was she ended up being embarrassed. She now has to go back home for her brother’s wedding and face Colton, something she’s really not ready to do. Her best friend Max thinks she needs to up the stakes to make him realise what he’s missing or give up on him for good. 

The Consequence of Loving Colton started off being a really light and quite humourous read. You quickly get the feeling of Milo’s family being really fun and easy to get on with and that there is always something going on in their house whether it be a movie night or competitor between Milo, her brother Jason and Colton. I found the movement of the plot to be quite refreshing to begin with because it was so different and funny. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t really like Milo and liking the protagonist is a big deal when reading a book. She was quite immature not only in regards to her feelings for Colton but in general. Instead of being honest about anything, she played games and had secrets. She acted like a 14 year old instead of someone who is at college and growing up. 

Colton wasn’t much better either to be honest. Like Milo, he played games and wasn’t honest about anything until the end of the book. Not only did he make Milo feel like crap the first time she kissed him but he carried on doing it. He played the ‘you’re like my sister’ card way too much even after kissing her himself. Milo should have told him where to go! Then, there were some other extremely stupid things that he did which I won’t go into detail about in case you do want to read this book. 

Rachel Van Dyken gives us a really slapstick kind of comedy with a sort of messed up romance mixed in. While I found the crazy situations the characters found themselves in funny to begin with, it all just got far too silly. There was one thing happening straight after another and the book is only set over a short span of time. Had there been more focus on the romance instead of fun and games and I think it would have been better. 

However much the characters annoyed me and there was way too much going on, I did enjoy this book. It wasn’t the best I have ever read but it wasn’t the worst either. There are quite a lot of enjoyable moments throughout and Milo and Colton do also have some redeeming features at certain points in the story. I will still be interested in reading the second book in the series about a different character.

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