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Blog Tour: He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington {Review+Giveaway}

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Author: Sarah Darlington
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
He Belongs With Me

Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather's world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.

But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo... which girl will win his heart?

Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing's for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. 


I really needed He Belongs With Me in my life. It is such a fun, flirty read and I absolutely loved watching our main characters realize just who they belong with and where their hearts truly lie. I really enjoyed Sarah's writing style. I felt it was fun, engaging, and I liked the pace she set. I did feel a few plot points were resolved a bit faster than I would have liked, but that was not a big enough deal that it detracted from my reading experience. Some may also feel the relationships developed rather quickly, but that is not the case. There is history between all of the main characters involved and that made it feel more natural to me and I didn't perceive it as 'insta-love'. 

The novel alternates between Clara and Maggie's POV and I really enjoyed seeing just how different the twins were from one another. I have to say, Clara was my favorite of the two. I liked her wild, abrasive attitude and she just had more spunk to me than Maggie did. Maggie was the sweet one, always doing things as she should and what was expected of her. The story opens up with Maggie reeling over the fact that her twin sister is dating her ex-boyfriend. Desperate to show her ex and her sister that she is over it all, she seeks out a date to bring to one of her father's famous galas. The plan is to make an impression and boy does she ever. Shocking revelations as to her date's true identity are brought to light, thus sending these two twins the wake up call they both desperately needed.

Maggie and Clara do not have a very good relationship. In fact, they barely get along. While Maggie thinks the worst of Clara, she has no idea what her true intentions are or her motivation behind her actions. I like that their relationship changed over the course of the book and I was happy as to the direction Darlington went with it. 

Ok, it's time to get down to business. Leo Maddox. O.M.G. I am so in love with this man. Having grown up with the Ryder girls, as his mother and their mother were best friends, he has known Clara and Maggie forever. Out of the two, Leo connected more with Maggie and a close friendship has formed between them. Leo and Clara on the other hand, have always been at each other's throats, slinging insults at one another left and right. However, the night Clara accidentally hits Leo with her dad's golf cart, is the night where things that were once clear will become less so. As Clara deals with her own confusing feelings, Maggie also realizes she has some confusion of her own. Now both girls will have to do a little soul searching and ultimately decide what (and who!) they truly want. I don't want to say anymore, as I don't want to give anything away, and even though the blurb gives off a love triangle vibe, you really just need to read and see how it plays out for yourself! 

Back to Leo. At first I was afraid he would be one of those cocky, self-assured, rich billionaires- but Leo ended up surprising me quite a bit in this book. I like that there is a vulnerable, soft side to him and every time I saw that side I wanted to melt. He is both sexy and sweet at the same time and he definitely solidified a place in my heart early on. 

There are a few other key characters in this novel that I am leaving out, as I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say I really loved these other two characters as well. They play a huge role in the story and I actually wish we had gotten a bit more development on their part. I felt their story line wrapped up a bit too smoothly. Again, this was a minor issue and definitely didn't hinder my love for them. 

Overall, I really enjoyed reading He Belongs With Me, and I am glad I accepted this for review. This is one book I will definitely have a hangover from- I didn't want to let Leo, Clara, and Maggie go just yet! I will definitely be looking forward to what Darlington writes next!

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About the Author:
Sarah Darlington lives in the DC metro area, is married to her high school sweetheart, and currently spends her time chasing around a very active toddler. As a former flight attendant, she misses the days of pantyhose, galley gossip with good friends, and traveling to new places. In the future she'd like to return to that career, but, just as flying gets into your bones, so does writing. Whenever she gets a free moment these days, she writes.
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  1. This sounds really sweet and I love when New Adult does sweet! I am definitely going to have to check this one out. Great review jessica!

    1. Yes! This is such a good one Teresa! I'm so glad I got the chance to read it!

  2. Thanks for having me on your blog Jessica! ;)

    1. Thank you lovely for the opportunity to read and review it! I can't get Leo out of my head. It's crazy right now. LOL

  3. Great Review Jess! This story sounds intriguing! Dating your sister's ex boyfriend sounds like a huge slap in the face though. Especially if it was a serious relationship. Leo sounds amazing! You have me really curious about Maggie's date, and the shocking revelations that come to light.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Thanks Lindy! There was definitely a reason for her dating her sister's ex. :) Leo is so great! I want more of him!

  4. Fantastic review, Jessica! And I'm so tickled you loved this book - and Leo ;) - every bit as much as I did!

    1. Thanks girl! I'm so glad this book is doing well and taking everyone by surprise!


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