TITLE/AUTHOR: The Only Exception by Magan Vernon
AGE GROUP/GENRE: New Adult
PUBLISHED: April 9th 2013
REVIEWED BY: Joanne
SOURCE: Review copy supplied by Publisher
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Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor’s son, Trey Chapman.
No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.
A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.
The story starts with Monica Remy just about to move into a new apartment having just transferred to a new College. In the hallway she runs into a large security guy, who is there for the Governors son, Trey Chapman. Trey is living right next door to her, which isn’t something Monica relishes as she hates Governor Chapman and his politics.
When Trey introduces himself to Monica, she tries to keep her distance, but finds it hard when he seems to keep showing up wherever she is – at work, in class, in the library and of course in the hallways at home. Trey is very persistent, and eventually she relents and takes him up on his offer of a date, hoping that once will be enough for Trey and that he will stop bothering her. Monica soon finds that this won’t be the case however, as she is just as much attracted to Trey as he is to her and when they are thrown together in debate class, this only serves to push them closer to each other.
Monica’s reluctance to get into a relationship with Trey stems from a few things – his fathers’ politics, the fact that Trey is a Frat boy, and most importantly a traumatic event that she is recovering from, which is also the reason she transferred from her old school. As they get closer though, she begins to trust Trey, yes he is in a fraternity, but he is not your typical college guy – he doesn’t drink, doesn’t have a history of being with lots of different girls, and she likes how he challenges her intellectually.
I liked the story, however it didn’t quite grab me – Monica is likeable enough, she has been through a really traumatic experience (we get the impression of what it was through a few flashbacks, and then she eventually tells Trey her story) and has come back out the other side determined to get on with her life. I liked Trey too – he was a really sweet guy, and is a rare breed, something you don’t see much of in these books. I felt sorry for him, he had to take the brunt of Monica’s frustration about his fathers politics. However there were a few points in the book that made me think ‘now hang on a minute’ and shake my head, (I can’t really say much without giving away spoilers) but one of them was the declarations of love so early in their relationship (like weeks in to it) and that kind of spoiled the book for me.