Adult Fiction book review

Vince by Amanda Shelley

Vince is the second book in the Perfectly Independent series. This is a contemporary new adult romance with college age characters and lots of steam. I read it as a standalone, and I didn’t feel like I was missing any important plot by doing so. The first book is about Abby and Drew. Abby’s best friend and roommate, Sydney is the female star of book two.

Vince and Vanessa are twins whose parents died tragically in a car accident during their senior year of high school, leaving them as each other’s only family. Along with Vanessa’s infant daughter, Julia, of course. Julia’s father was never in the picture, leaving Vince and Vanessa to support themselves and a sweet baby girl. Though he was all set to go to college in another town, Vince switched to the local college so he could support Vanessa and Jules. Now Jules is 3 and she dearly loves her “Unks.” Vince works really hard at school and is loyal to his family and friends. He has never let himself get into a romantic relationship because he wants to be there for Vanessa and Jules no matter what. Everything changes the night of his 21st birthday, when his friends drag him to the bar for a typical night out (for them at least). There he meets, Sydney, a beautiful, sassy and fiercely independent bartender who takes him by surprise and leaves him thinking about her every minute after their encounter. Though Vince tries not to get involved with Sydney, he fails, and she is soon wrapped up in every part of his life, even spending time with Vanessa and Jules. But as he falls harder for Syd, Vince is forced to make a decision. If he selfishly takes this chance at happiness with Sydney, will he risk losing the only family he has left?

Vince is a steamy love story set against a real life backdrop where things aren’t always easy for the characters. I hope you enjoy it as I did. While I was reading, I found myself reflecting on my own college days (way back when!). Readers will become very invested in the strong-willed characters in this heartfelt, romantic, and powerful story of family and love.

Thank you to Wildfire Marketing Solutions for providing me with an early review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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