Review: Tear by Rachel Van Dyken

(Seaside, #1)
By: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Nov. 23, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Life as a teenager is never easy. But for Natalee Murray, things have just gotten way more difficult. Bored with life, she can’t wait to graduate high school and get out of town, especially considering the famous band members from AD2 suddenly start attending her school, making her once boring life, absolutely insane.

It starts with a pen. A single brush of fingers, and she is captivated.

But Alec and Demetri have a dark secret, one that could shatter their reputations and Natalee’s heart. What do you do when one guy paints your life with color while the other infuses your soul with passion? How do you choose when your heart is divided?


1thoughtsTear is a story about a girl who falls in love with two rock stars. Two rock stars who just so happen to be brothers. Two rock stars who are hiding out at Seaside while guarding a huge secret.

I’m a sucker for celebrity stories and this is no exception. The brothers are very different on their approach of life. Demetri is a live on the edge kind of guy. He parties, drinks and likes to live life to the fullest. Whereas Alec is more quiet and reserved. He’s really protective of Demetri and Nat and he is always looking out for them. Even when it comes to watching his brother go off with the girl he loves and helping him patch things up when he screws up. The brothers are very different and it was interesting seeing them interact so differently with Nat.

However, there were some issues I had with the story. One of which being the love triangle. I’m okay with a little angst but the love triangle was so huge that cheating got involved and I’m never a fan of cheating. And it wasn’t just there and done with, it loomed over the readers head the entire time. Even though Nat was dating one of them, she constantly went after the other one and was upset when he’d turn her down. Maybe because you’re dating his brother? The cheating kind of left a sour taste in my mouth. I also felt like this book could use a good polishing by an editor. I found problems where words were missing or jumbled a bit and even though I knew what the author meant, it would have gone smoother without those hiccups in the way. Plus, there was a bit of choppiness when it came to the story. I think with a good polishing, this book would be amazing… minus the cheating. Sorry I just can’t do it.

Regardless on the hangups that I had, I did enjoy this story. I found myself enveloped in their story. I wanted to know what would happen next. Would the brothers reveal their secret? Is it really as bad as they think it is? Will Nat finally get caught cheating and end up depressed and alone thinking maybe she should have just chose one brother instead of both of them? I read the story until the very last page and I enjoyed every second of it.


1favequote“I guess that’s what makes life special. It’s unexpected. Scary as hell. But in the end, totally worth it.”


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