Nicole's rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This book reminded me of a plot for a really great teen drama that the WB would run with a cast of truly beautiful people and a snappy dialogue a la Dawson’s Creek, although without the need for a pocket dictionary or thesaurus to understand the lingo. The really great thing about Stubborn was I wasn’t just enamoured with our male and female lead in the book but the various characters that make up the cast of Stubborn as well, each bringing a vital element of drama or angst to the story and often a good dose of humour. It is by no means a complex or heavy read but a perfect book for the beach. Stubborn is able to straddle the line of YA/NA appealing to both the younger reader’s and the other camp that are similar to my age- just slightly older than, er… 25. The book just reads like a really good soap opera.
Avery our leading lady is the unlucky soul who woke up one fateful morning with obscenities scrawled on her forehead by a rejected would-be boyfriend only to be shipped off by her parents to the wilds of Dakota to her former-military aunt Meggie’s home. Once there Avery becomes entangled in the lives of the Halden men, three handsome brother’s each with their own individual personalities but are weighted down by a lifetime of emotional baggage due to a devastating accident having occurred in the family relatively recently.
Stubborn mostly centres round Avery and Gabe Halden and tells their tale of growing-up, opening-up their hearts to each other, dealing with family crises and working their way to a HEA but not before a few obstacles are threw in their way- namely their own obstinate views on things and learning that not everything is so black and white (hence the books’ title) and the drama-rama that comes from a rival oil tycoon’s son and Gabe’s playboy brother Caleb. A thoroughly enjoyable and well written book, Stubborn had a healthy mix of everything drama, romance and engaging character’s that you’ll either love or love to hate. I honestly hope there is another episode in this saga- I mean book- to give Caleb and Lane their time to shine and tell their stories.
by Jeanne Arnold (Goodreads Author)