Katiebird reviews The Only Exception and The Only Answer by Magan Vernon

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The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

The fiery nineteen-year-old, Monica Remy,  transferred to Central College to escape her problems, blend into the crowd and forget the past. But escape becomes almost impossible when she attracts the attention of her new and undeniably sexy neighbor: Trey Chapman, the governor’s son.

Despite his vivid green eyes, adorable freckles, and athletic body, Trey is everything that Monica despises – haughty, conservative, bossy. And able to get under her skin in a way no other man ever could.

A class project forces the unlikely pair together, their chemistry building with each heated debate. But when the ghosts of Monica’s past come back to haunt her, both their beliefs will be tested, and both will be forced to see the world in a new light.

Their differences threaten to tear them apart, unless they can make one another their only exception.

The Only Answer by Magan Vernon

The sequel to the international hit, The Only Exception.

A boy burdened with a family legacy.
A girl haunted by a shattered past.
Both searching for answers to a future threatened by the unknown.

Three years ago, conservative Trey Chapman and liberal Monica Remy met their match in one another – and made the only exception that would change their lives forever.

Now, Trey’s father is running for president, forcing Trey and Monica to put aside their personal beliefs to be the model of perfection.

But fate has other ideas, casting the family in scandal.

Some seek to use that disgrace to further their family legacy, while others refuse to let go of the past. Trey and Monica soon find themselves lost among questions that challenge their true feelings. Will they be able to rediscover that the only answer lies with one another, or will they lose each other forever?

I don’t read much political fiction, but I felt like I was missing out on reading about intelligent people. Both Monica and Trey are very genuine in their opinions and very much spar well with their intelligence. I went into the first book wanting that, debate and banter. Throw in chemistry and UST, and you have me till the end. That is what these books did for me!

 

 

Monica’s reasons for leaving the city college in Chicago to this new suburban one isn’t given to us right away. I knew that it had to be serious because she did a 360 with her image.  From sorority girl to nose piercing and tattoos is pretty dramatic. Even though I’m not into politics as much as I should be, I could still relate to Monica and her point of view. Her capability to explain why she felt the way she felt about certain issues rang true to me.

 

Excerpt

 

“Well, everyone, welcome to Women and Gender in Society, I’m Dr. Bailey Santos, but you may call me Bailey.”

She grabbed a few sheets of paper from the podium and passed them around to the small amount of us in the room. “I was expecting a little bit of a bigger class, but when the only room you can get is not air-conditioned and on the other side of campus, people would rather take pottery.”

I studied my syllabus. I browsed the book bit before class and every topic we were discussing interested me. Originally, I went to Taylor thinking that I wanted to be a lawyer, than after a year of dealing with male-dominated classes and the hell of my few weeks at that campus, I knew I had a different purpose. When I put in my papers to transfer I added Women’s Studies to my Political Science major. I knew I could make a bigger difference doing something like lobbying for a woman’s organization rather than sit in a court room and try to represent people I wasn’t sure I fully believed in. When I knew for sure I believed in everything about women’s rights.

Trey’s character grew on me. Like Monica I was leery of his perspective, if he even had his own actually. Being the governor’s son, would he be able to prove that he wasn’t a carbon copy of his father? He does do that and wins Monica’s heart in the end. He is persistent, I give you that! He is also very hawt and sweet.

What drives the story is Monica’s past, and how it sneaks up on her, making her deal with it eventually. Trey’s support is amazing. While I don’t think in real life things would have went as smoothly as they did in the book, I still liked it enough to want to keep reading about Monica and Trey in the next book.

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The Only Answer is actually the third book in the series based on when it was published, but each one is meant to be read as “stand alone” books. The second book is about secondary characters that I didn’t really care about, so I skipped it to continue reading about Monica and Trey.

It’s three years later and Monica and Trey have graduated. Trey is manager of his father’s Presidential campaign and Monica is struggling to find the job related to her major. She ends up getting one at the coffee shop inside of a fancy hotel downtown.

Without giving too much away, the political issue mentioned throughout the first book that Monica and Trey debate about, is put right into their laps. I was surprised at how easily Monica wanted to hide what was happening from Trey. Trey’s reaction didn’t surprise me, but his family’s response is the one thing that kept me reading.

It doesn’t go all “Scandal like”, but it was an interesting turn of events. Everything didn’t go the way that one would expect. There is a fourth book in the series The Only Way, that is about Trey’s brother, Tripp. He is considered the black sheep in the family. He would be interesting, but after reading the summary, I got the impression that he starts a relationship with Sam, Monica’s old roommate from college. I didn’t really care for her, so I won’t be reading that one.

I do like that the books read like they are independent from each other, but you do get bits of information about the past to get what’s necessary. The political issues discussed are also important and need to be heard, so I appreciate the author’s point of view.

 

4 stars

 

 

I give both books 4 thought provoking stars, and put them in my “top shelf fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads. These books are the right amount of UST, intelligence, and good writing.

The Only Exception is only $.99 at Amazon, and the other books in the series are only $2.99. I love when good books are at reasonable price!!

Katiebird

About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

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