Review of Red Flags By C.C. Brown

01 Feb

Red Flags

3 out of 5 Stars 

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult (College), Contemporary Romance, Fiction,

Published: December 2012

 Ugh, this book.  Where do I start?? I hate giving negative reviews, but some things need to be said.

This book is about a 21 year old college student Cara Pinkston.  She meets the” beautiful and rich” Jason Bradley in class. The plot is that Cara and Jason met, have sex and fall in love.  Jason has a ton of secrets that involve his family and previous relationships.    Jason is supposed to be rich, hot and a controlling alpha, but he just comes off as creepy and not sexy at all.  And I am a BIG fan of rich and controlling alphas.  Jason left me screaming to Cara to run and hide.  Jason almost appeared like serial “something” with the way he would act.  If I was Cara, I would be checking America’s Most Wanted.

The first day they met and go back to her apartment, he is already getting jealous and looking through her closet. Then the next day he is grabbing and keeping her phone from her and telling her not to go out with her friends.   I know there are other books where the alpha male takes control immediately in the relationship, but everything that Jason did was felt wrong.  Maybe it felt wrong since Cara was in college.  I can’t put my finger on it.  It felt strange and this is coming from me who practically loves every book that has a controlling, rich alpha male.  I seek those books out.   I first thought all of Jason’s actions were wrong because of Cara’s age, but I loved 50 Shades and Anastasia was young in that book, yet that relationship did not bother me.

Their whole relationship was a complete turn off.  Jason needs some serious help. This book should be used as an example in high school and college of things to watch out for and not seek in a boyfriend.  If you boyfriend shows any of these behaviors…leave immediately.

I usually love drama in a story, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

-Did I skim? Yes, most of the middle.  You will find out everything you need to know about the plot in the last 10%.

-Did I feel connected to the characters?  I felt bad for Cara.  She was blinded apparently by Jason’s “hotness” to notice that he was a nut-case.

-Will I read a sequel if there is one? I am assuming there will be one with that ending, but I am going to pass.

-Ending/Cliffhanger: I was disappointed that I had to find out in the last 2 pages what all of Jason’s secrets and those secrets would make me run even faster.



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