Review: The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Lonesome Young by Lucy ConnorsThe Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Published by Razorbill on 04/08/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

Get swept away in the first book of the sensational romantic drama that is Romeo & Juliet meets Justified.

WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?

The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing that’s escalated the rivalry to its current state of tense ceasefire.


And now a meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County is set to reignite the feud more viciously than ever before. Especially when the toxic fire that results throws together two unlikely spectators—proper good girl Victoria Whitfield, exiled from boarding school after her father’s real estate business melts down in disgrace, and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale, too late as always to thwart his older brothers’ dangerous drug deals.

Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.

. . . ON A POWDER KEG FULL OF PENT-UP DESIRE, risk-taking daredevilry, and the desperate actions that erupt when a generation of teens inherits nothing but hate.

If you’ve been following my reviews for any amount of time, it is most likely pretty apparent that I’m a fan of the romance in my books.  Whether we’re talking young adult or adult, historical fiction, contemporary or even paranormal, I like a little (or a lot) of romance in my books.  So with a cover like The Lonesome Young‘s, there was no way I was passing up on reading this one.  However, just because I love the romance, does not mean I’ll overlook everything else in a story, and unfortunately there was just too much craziness in The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors for me to really enjoy the novel.

In case you didn’t pick it up from the summary, The Lonesome Young has some Romeo & Juliet tie ins.  Victoria Whitman is from a (sort of) well-off family, and Mickey Rhodale is from a lower-middle class family with some criminal half-brothers.  The Whitmans and the Rhodales have never gotten along, and there’s a lot of hate toward each other.  Victoria isn’t aware of this because her father, mother and sister have not lived in Whitman County for a long time.  But they’re back, staying at their rich grandmother’s Horse Ranch.  And then starts the non-stop craziness.

The romance drives much of this story, but I’m afraid I found the romance to be very unsatisfactory.  In fact, just their first meeting is absolutely ridiculous.  But once they do sort of get together, things just keep happening to drive them apart.  But even when they are together, I just didn’t believe it.  I couldn’t understand what it was that drew them together.  Oh and seriously both Mickey and Victoria drove me crazy at times.  Victoria, especially.  She would blame Mickey for these crazy things.  Also, sometimes I really think Victoria had her priorities messed up.  It felt like she was more worried about her horses, than people sometimes.  Which, you know, is not right.

The drama in this book was just too much for me.  Victoria’s sister is a drug addict, Mickey’s half brothers are drug dealers, Mickey’s half brothers’ mother is some kind of criminal mastermind, and then there is this new criminal gang moving into this tiny little Kentucky town.  Suffice it to say, there was lots of eye-rolling involved in my reading for this book.  Oh, and get this, Mickey’s father is the sheriff, but his half brothers (the sheriff’s older sons) are master criminals!  Seriously, the sheriff seems totally inept.

Obviously I wasn’t a fan of The Lonesome Young.  The drama was too over the top, and I also felt like the book was too long as well.  The more I read, the less I liked of it.  But I was grabbed at the beginning, and had a hard time putting it down at first.  If you do decided to read this, I recommend borrowing it first.  And if you end up loving it, then you can buy a copy.


3 Responses to “Review: The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors”

  1. Christina

    I felt the same way about this book! The insta-love was annoying and then the whole romance I didn’t buy. I did like the whole history of the family feud and the setting, so I gave this book three stars, but you are right…the romance was a total letdown! Great review and I’m glad we agree on this one!

  2. Sara @ The Hiding Spot

    Had to comment and say that we (and, apparently, Christina ^^) all felt the same about this book. I really wanted to like it because that cover is pretty awesome and I love the show Justified and Shakespeare, two obvious influences, but it just wasn’t good.

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