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Irelyn Colby is excited to start a new life at college. Granted, her well-to-do grandparents are footing the bill, but that's a sacrifice she's willing to make for the sake of a good education.

Although the house she lives in with her mother and special needs cousin is just minutes away from campus, her grandfather insists that she stay in the dorms in order to have the 'total college experience.' Irelyn complies, going home on the weekends to spend time with her family and Dustin, her high school sweetheart.

When her new roommates, Bailey and Morgan, share their wild, weekend adventures, Irelyn gets a little jealous. How she longs to break free of the 'good girl, good student' mold and have a little fun. Besides, she'd love to have a funny tale to share with Dustin when she meets him for dinner at her grandparents' country club on Saturday night.

But things don't go as planned. The girls take her to a popular bar where a local band plays on Friday nights and Irelyn is captivated by the lead singer, Lucas. She meets him after his set and the sparks fly. Unable to control herself, she spends the night with him only to suffer a huge bout of guilt the next morning. What will she tell Dustin?

Bailey convinces Irelyn that it was a fluke - nothing Dustin needs to know about. Morgan urges her to stay away from Lucas. Irelyn agrees, vowing to stay away from Lucas once she retrieves the cell phone she lost that Friday night when she was with him.

Unfortunately, Irelyn's plans don't work out very well as she can't seem to stay away from him. She continues to see Lucas, all the while lying to Dustin, and hiding the entire situation from her controlling grandfather.

As the lies continue to stack up, topped by confusing feelings, Irelyn must make a decision: Does she stay with Dustin, the sweet, safe boy with a promising future? Or does she follow her heart and run to Lucas, the one who makes her feel real?

And what will her grandfather have to say about her choice?

Published: JL Paul on
ISBN: 9781458043320
List price: $1.99
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I am so angry....I have this huge TBR pile and I wasted my entire day on this book. It was so not worth it. I just can't read this book anymore. I am at page number 80 and I am fed up with all the drama. My main problem with the book is the female protagonist Irelyn (what is the deal with her name?). She is a selfish, stupid and a big-fat liar. She doesn't think about anyone other than herself. And yet, everyone seems to love her. When you don't like the main character, it is really hard to like the book. I still tried.In short, the plot is that, Irelyn cheats on her boyfriend(Dustin) then feels guilty and then cheats on him again. And she does this for almost the entire book (Atleast, for as long as I could bear to read it). Lucas is the guy she is sleeping with. He is supposed to be a one-night stand but she cannot control herself around him. (Really?) She doesn't even have proper conversation with Lucas. Granted, he is hot with a sexy Australian accent but cheating is never cool and it makes me sad that books like this are trying to justify it.At one point when she thinks that she might be pregnant, she is ready to lie to her boyfriend and tell him that the child is his. The book and the characters were really getting on my nerves so I decided to not read it any further. IF, I were to rate the most stupid book that I have ever read this would be on the top. What surprises me is that the book has such a high rating. It even has a sequel. *breaks down and cries* Maybe, something is wrong with me.(I knew this day would come!) I liked thoughtless, so I assumed I would like this book too.(If you haven't guessed, I didn't)I don't like giving bad reviews. But I truly hated this book. *hmph*more
I added All the Wrong Reasons to my list after finding it reviewed as a must read for Beautiful Disaster Fans. I concur whole heartedly with this statement, and I am frustrated with myself for overlooking this book for so long. The cover for this novel, while fitting, does not do this story justice. All the Wrong Reasons is fast paced and effortlessly sucks you into the story. Irelyn's life resembled that of a caged animal; as she constantly tries to live up to the expectations of her prestige Grandparents. As she stands on the brink of adulthood; this young girl should be living and experiencing life, but it is apparently obvious that under watchful eyes she must scrutinize her every action. As Irelyn embarks on her first year in college she finds herself enjoying the freedom and friendship, but when she willingly walks into arms of one HOT lead singer in a local band she begins to question where her future is heading and just who and what makes her happy. This is an incredible story about self discovery, betrayal, and love that refuses to release you even after the last page. I never thought it possible to hold my breath through an entire book, but All the Wrong Reasons proves it. Be prepared for the rolling coaster of emotions as this story unfolds.**Stop here to avoid spoilers**Some details that I would like to point out about this book are included here. I didn't want to include them with the first part of the review for fear of ruining the story for other readers. First off, I love the way this author makes the main character appear as the villain for much of this book. With two loving and wonderful guys chasing her it is easy to sympathize with her current situation, but it is also possible to lay blame where it is due as she leaves a trail of unresolved issues along the way. She knowingly opens her arms to this disaster, although I don't quite blame her; but this open the door for the avalanche that will follow. Lucas perceives himself as the "bad guy" of the story, but at no point was I capable of viewing him as such. It is obvious from the start that this was never an affair or a fling. Readers will endure her rollercoaster relationship, but silently find themselves in love with one. Some characters true colors remain hidden for a majority of the story, but in the climax of the story true identities emerge unfold the deeper meaning in the story. As everything begins falling apart readers will find themselves furious with the situation and at the reality of the choices proving just how unfair life can really be. This story is not only a romance, but a realistic display of finding yourself and being true to yourself. I loved every second to this story, and recommend it to everyone. If you are desperate to read something you can feel this is the book for you.more

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I am so angry....I have this huge TBR pile and I wasted my entire day on this book. It was so not worth it. I just can't read this book anymore. I am at page number 80 and I am fed up with all the drama. My main problem with the book is the female protagonist Irelyn (what is the deal with her name?). She is a selfish, stupid and a big-fat liar. She doesn't think about anyone other than herself. And yet, everyone seems to love her. When you don't like the main character, it is really hard to like the book. I still tried.In short, the plot is that, Irelyn cheats on her boyfriend(Dustin) then feels guilty and then cheats on him again. And she does this for almost the entire book (Atleast, for as long as I could bear to read it). Lucas is the guy she is sleeping with. He is supposed to be a one-night stand but she cannot control herself around him. (Really?) She doesn't even have proper conversation with Lucas. Granted, he is hot with a sexy Australian accent but cheating is never cool and it makes me sad that books like this are trying to justify it.At one point when she thinks that she might be pregnant, she is ready to lie to her boyfriend and tell him that the child is his. The book and the characters were really getting on my nerves so I decided to not read it any further. IF, I were to rate the most stupid book that I have ever read this would be on the top. What surprises me is that the book has such a high rating. It even has a sequel. *breaks down and cries* Maybe, something is wrong with me.(I knew this day would come!) I liked thoughtless, so I assumed I would like this book too.(If you haven't guessed, I didn't)I don't like giving bad reviews. But I truly hated this book. *hmph*more
I added All the Wrong Reasons to my list after finding it reviewed as a must read for Beautiful Disaster Fans. I concur whole heartedly with this statement, and I am frustrated with myself for overlooking this book for so long. The cover for this novel, while fitting, does not do this story justice. All the Wrong Reasons is fast paced and effortlessly sucks you into the story. Irelyn's life resembled that of a caged animal; as she constantly tries to live up to the expectations of her prestige Grandparents. As she stands on the brink of adulthood; this young girl should be living and experiencing life, but it is apparently obvious that under watchful eyes she must scrutinize her every action. As Irelyn embarks on her first year in college she finds herself enjoying the freedom and friendship, but when she willingly walks into arms of one HOT lead singer in a local band she begins to question where her future is heading and just who and what makes her happy. This is an incredible story about self discovery, betrayal, and love that refuses to release you even after the last page. I never thought it possible to hold my breath through an entire book, but All the Wrong Reasons proves it. Be prepared for the rolling coaster of emotions as this story unfolds.**Stop here to avoid spoilers**Some details that I would like to point out about this book are included here. I didn't want to include them with the first part of the review for fear of ruining the story for other readers. First off, I love the way this author makes the main character appear as the villain for much of this book. With two loving and wonderful guys chasing her it is easy to sympathize with her current situation, but it is also possible to lay blame where it is due as she leaves a trail of unresolved issues along the way. She knowingly opens her arms to this disaster, although I don't quite blame her; but this open the door for the avalanche that will follow. Lucas perceives himself as the "bad guy" of the story, but at no point was I capable of viewing him as such. It is obvious from the start that this was never an affair or a fling. Readers will endure her rollercoaster relationship, but silently find themselves in love with one. Some characters true colors remain hidden for a majority of the story, but in the climax of the story true identities emerge unfold the deeper meaning in the story. As everything begins falling apart readers will find themselves furious with the situation and at the reality of the choices proving just how unfair life can really be. This story is not only a romance, but a realistic display of finding yourself and being true to yourself. I loved every second to this story, and recommend it to everyone. If you are desperate to read something you can feel this is the book for you.more
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