Be My Downfall is the best by far from this series – book cover and story wise. It has the depth with the complications and feels. It has the toughest set of characters. Though the storyline was already used plenty of times and the way things were settled was pretty abrupt for my taste, the overall story was tugging and beautiful.
Before I started reading this, I’ve undergone a thorough investigation as to whom this story will be about. I honestly can’t remember who Toby is from the previous books. I found his name on the first book (Emilie and Quinn’s story) and honestly he’s nothing memorable there so you really can’t blame me if I don’t remember a bit of him. And now, after reading Toby’s story Quinn Rowland and Cole Stuart who? lol.Toby is Whitman’s resident Golden Boy.
Kennedy is Whitman’s resident hot mess and notorious party girl.
And they’re both going to be each other’s downfall.
I honestly adore Toby’s character. His character didn’t appeal easily into me but he has this certain charm that seems to seep in within me. He’s the son of a famous politician and belonged to an impeccable family – impeccable only on the outside because deep down they have their own skeletons at their closet. He’s a well developed character with a great emotional depth, emotionally vulnerable but not to the point of getting too sappy, analytical and honest.
Kennedy is one of the toughest characters I have encountered. She’s never sober and always with a different guy; She doesn’t have any close friends and doesn’t seem to think abut anything. She has the most twisted thinking and twisted life. She’s so lost with no desire to be found. Kennedy’s life experiences are tough; she has too much going on that I began to think that this whole story will be depressing or such but fortunately even though her story was indeed depressing it gives us an idea as to why she’s the way that she is today and why she has that twisted outlook in life.
Just when I thought it will be another story about the resident Golden Boy saving the Broken Girl, I was wrong. Be My downfall is simply not about that. Toby knows that he cant easily save Kennedy as to what she’s experiencing and he knows that no matter how much force he used on her to let him in she will not, instead he gave her space. Seeing their relationship develop is wonderful. There are a lot of back and forth between them but from the get go you should’ve known that that is how things will go for these two.
Lyla Payne keeps getting better and better into building this superficial world of these college students. I enjoyed every twist, turns and sweet nottings that this book offers. A highly recommended read!
PS. I’m getting intrigued with Sebastian. Will he get his own story Ms. Payne?*Advanced copy kindly provided for review*
*Release Day deets posted at Reads and Thoughts.