Review: Two Outta Three-S. Briones Lim



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New Adult Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 2, 2015

cooltext1889161239 copyJesse Tyler is the perfect mix of sweet prince and bad boy…

He is also my best friend—and I’m hopelessly in love with him.

Unfortunately he didn’t feel the same way about me, and to make matters worse, he moved away in the middle of our senior year, completely cutting me off.

Now after a few years (and did I mention a new guy?) I am hit with the biggest bombshell of all—Jesse is moving back to town!

I know I should be happy, but I can’t help but feel a bit nervous about our reunion, especially since I never once stopped loving him.

Will things be weird between us?

Will we struggle to reconnect?

But even more importantly…

Will he finally feel the same way about me?

cooltext1889171582 copy3/5 Stars

***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review

Two Outta Three is an honest and occassionally awkward story of the confusion, hurt, and uncertainty between best friends that have fallen apart despite falling in love. 

PROS:

  • The crushing and debilitating uncertainty that comes with reuniting with a former best friend is showcased 10 fold. The nerves and frantic clumsiness that couples with loss of words are sometimes hilarious and other times cringe-worthy but incredibly real. It’s something you can easily imagine happening in real life. 
  • As Jesse and Rocky fumble through their feelings, there are tons of mistakes and painful moments that sting. They can never seem to say the right things and there’s that crippling feeling that they won’t be able to recover their years apart. Jealousy and anger war with each other. This makes for a drama-intensive and yet sort of eclectic rediscovery of their friendship. The combination of past memories with the present solidifies the feelings that were simmering on the back burner during their time apart. 
  • The chemistry is there. It’s clumsy, awkward, there are many hiccups but it’s natural. The anticipation is killer as you wait for them to grow some courage and confess their feelings-good or bad. Their interactions are equal parts stubborn and hilarious. 

CONS:

  • The plot is slow, it takes forever for any progress to be made because the characters are so bull-headed and scared. 
  • Ethan felt like filler. His presence was more on an annoyance then anything else. His personality was soft, predictable, and he never really stood a chance. He detracted from the plot and building romance. 
  • Many aspects of the plot felt unresolved. The whole story of Jesse’s past, his reasons for leaving, whether or not Rocky had the heart to draw again were left up in the air. 

cooltext1921345213 copyThe old-fashioned bells my dad refused to take off the front doors rung as the glass door opened. Seeing as we weren’t due to open for another thirty minutes, I could only guess who had walked into the door. My beating heart certainly knew.

“Mr. Rossi?” The familiar voice was like a melody. It reminded me of an old favorite song that you hadn’t heard in years, but were still able to recite line by line with ease. Despite the years of silence, I still knew that voice so well.

“Over here, Jesse.”

My palms instantly moistened. Taking a deep breath, I wiped them against my faded jeans, unsure of what to do with myself. Trying to appear calm, I leaned my forearm against the counter and shifted my weight so my hip was sticking out. Realizing how stupid I looked, I straightened myself and crossed my arms over my chest.

“What the hell am I doing? Am I drill sergeant?” I shook my head, reminding myself he was just an old friend. Granted, a best friend I used to love, but still. Finally relaxing into a somewhat decent pose, I looked up in time to see him round the corner towards us.

He instantly took my breath away.

It had been five years since I had last seen him. Having always been the conspiracy theory type, he never even owned an online profile and believe me, I looked! For the last five years I had relied solely on my memory whenever I thought about him. In my mind, the name Jesse conjured up images of a handsome boy—tall, skinny, with a flop of messy dark hair. The man standing in front of me was not the Jesse I recalled. He was much, much better.

cooltext1889178114 copyS. Briones LimWebsite/Facebook/Goodreads/Amazon

Thanks to her Mom’s unwavering devotion to read a bedtime story to her every single night throughout her childhood years, S. BRIONES LIM’s love for books began before she could even speak.

Raised in Southern California, Author S. Briones Lim initially dreamt of becoming an artist and/ or Book Author. A Psychology Degree (Summa cum Laude), a stint in Art School, and a career in Advertising/Media later, she is finally delving back into her first love – books. As a self- renowned bookworm, S. Briones Lim’s love for books has inspired her to pen her own novels and hopes her readers will fall in love with her stories as much as she enjoyed writing them.

Author of the Amazon Bestselling novel, Caught Inside, S. Briones Lim’s other obsessions include time with family, POPCORN, watching movies and her dogs, Tobi and Roscoe. She currently lives on the East Coast with her husband and continues to write every day.

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Pleasant reading, 

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