Caught Inside (Boys on the Brink #1)

Title: Caught Inside (Boys on the Brink #1)
Author: Jamie Deacon
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: September 29th 2016
Genre(s): YA
Page Count: 320 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Luke believes he has his life figured out…and then he meets Theo.

It should have been simple—a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family’s holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn’t interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.

Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara’s cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.

Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon…did not love it. I love coming of age stories, and when I saw all the praise, it was receiving I immediately wanted to read it. It started off well enough but unfortunately some of the plot and the characters made it hard for me to enjoy completely.

Why it didn’t work for me:

-The secondary characters. Giles (Theo’s best friend) and his girlfriend Meredith join Theo, Luke, and Zara on their holiday early on in the book. It wouldn’t have been a big deal except I found Giles a complete tool. Every time he opened his mouth I just wanted to tell him:

britney shh

He was a complete sleaze bag and like Luke never saw the great guy the others described.

And then we have Zara.


She acted like a petulant child. She irritated me to no end. She just needed to not open her mouth.

-The main characters. Luke and Theo were ok, but I never fell in love with them- especially as a couple. I don’t know- I never felt invested them.

-The love triangles. <—yes, plural. There wasn't only a love triangle between Theo+Luke+Zara- there was also the unnecessary triangles between:

Luke+Giles+Zara (well, at least there was in Giles and Zara's head) and Giles+Meredith+Zara.

Aside from finding Giles and Zara downright annoying- these added on "relationships" made useless drama that took away from the focal point of the story. I didn't understand why the author created these subplots. It's never good when the supporting cast begins to overshadow the protagonists, and sadly it didn't dominate it in a positive light. I wanted more focus on Luke and Theo and less of everyone else.

For these reasons, I couldn't jump on board with this one. Give it a shot though everybody else has loved it. . 2.5 Stars for me.

shoulder shrug

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant