(This review has spoilers!!)
I received an ARC for an honest review
“Everyone always said it would be a female that finally brought me to my knees, I just didn’t think it would be a little person. God, I loved her.”
I’m a huge fan of Jettie Woodruff. I fell in love with her writing in The Twin Duo series. The truth is I requested an ARC without even knowing what this book is about because I like her writing that much and I kind of fell in love with this books cover (so damn cute!) So…I think not knowing the plot was a good thing. The cover gives you a good idea that this book is going to revolve around a child and family and I always love those themes…I think it’s the mom in me =) What I didn’t know is that this book was going to have some themes I usually stay away from…love triangles (I hate them) and cheating. If you are like me just hold on a minute before you write this book off.
I Pick You is a spin off from the Twin Duo series. Brantley was Rowan’s teacher and this is his story. The basic premise is Brantley is a young musician, living the high life of girls, freedom, music, and sex. He’s a playboy with no commitment and responsibilities, except he really does have responsibilities but chose not to acknowledge them. He has a young daughter, Bay, that he’s never wanted and neglected for almost 2 years. Kit (the baby mama) has an opportunity to go to Kenya for a year to do a documentary on the poor children there. She convinces Brantley to take Bay for a year. Brantley is starting on a new journey of fatherhood. He is falling in love and learning to be the man he was meant to be. I believe the heart of this story is about Brantley’s journey into adulthood. Yes, there is love and family, but it’s really about how he learns and grows.
I loved Bay and how Brantley falls in love with his daughter. I’m a total sucker for these types of books. His interaction with Bay is a main focus in this story and Bay’s character is very well developed. I love watching people fall in love with their children. I fell in love with Bay. It was just heartwarming. Once committed to taking care of her, Brantley manned up to be the dad he needed to be. I respected the hell out him for that and he was even sexier as a good dad.
Now comes my issues that I tried very hard to overcome. I didn’t realize it was a love triangle until it was too late. As I was reading, I found myself really liking Kit, but I was confused because I didn’t understand why Jettie was developing Kit’s character when it was clear Brantley was falling for Rydell. The problem was I liked Kit so much; I started hoping for Kit and Brantley to find happiness together, but Rydell was supposed to be the love of his life. I was getting confused and pissed and I almost stopped reading. Rydell was okay to me, but I had some moments I thought “What a bitch” in my head. I was frustrated because I liked Kit, but Brantley loved Rydell. Kit’s character was flawless. I don’t see how anybody could not root for her. She was such a sweet, kind, and caring person. I loved how devoted she was to Bay and I loved how she push Brantley to be the father he was meant to be.
Did I mention I hate love triangles? I had no idea who Brantley was going to choose. I knew who I liked, but honestly I was having a bit of a meltdown with the uncertainly. I contemplated not finishing because it would piss me off if he didn’t choose Kit, but I pushed on because well…I just did.
Needless to say, I had mixed emotions about Brantley. I loved and hated him. I really loved watching him fall in love with his daughter. It was tender, sweet and real. He also had these really sweet moments with Kit and Rydell that made me see he really was a good person, but then he would do some pretty douche like things that made me want to stop reading again.
So here’s the spoiler… if you don’t want to know, don’t read the rest of this review. I’m ecstatic I kept reading because the ending is PERFECT! The ending is a 5 star and it made this book and the angst I felt totally worth while. Brantley grows and matures and he finally gets his shit together. He becomes the man and father he was meant to be. He picks the right girl and it’s so damn sweet!!
“You’re not playing second fiddle to anyone, Kit. I’m not interested in singing a song and picking some tunes with Rydell in some honky-tonk. I want you. I pick this house. I pick Bay. I pick this life that I want to share with you. I pick you , Kit.”
“I want you, Kit. I love you and I want this family more than anything I’ve ever wanted in my life. Please, Kit.”
READ this book! The ending makes the rough journey worth it. If you are like me and love stories about family, love, and real life then give this book a chance.