4.5 stars, Viki's review

Review ‘My life with the Walter boys’

Title: My life with the Walter boys
Author: Ali Novak
Series: My life with the walter boys #1
Genres: Young adult, romance, Contemporary
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My Life with the Walter Boys centers on the prim, proper, and always perfect Jackie Howard. When her world is turned upside down by tragedy, Jackie must learn to cut loose and be part of a family again.

Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1: Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident.
Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters-her new guardians.
Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Now Jackie must trade in her Type A personality and New York City apartment for a Colorado ranch and all the wild Walter boys who come with it. Jackie is surrounded by the enemy-loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She’s not stuck-up or boring-no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents’ memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

My Thoughts

I like books where the theme of a reverse- harem comes up, but not in romantic way exactly juts the factor where one girl and multiple boys create a bond, connection. This one perfectly falls into that category and completely sucked me in by the first chapter. I was really disappointed how quickly I finished it especially that there is a rumored second book which is still not out. My poor heart I want more.

Jackie never thought that she is going to leave New York but when she loses her family in a tragic accident she doesn’t have any other choice. She moves to Colorado with her new guardian. Life with the Walter family is nothing like Jackie used to. It’s challenging the least especially since there are 12 boys under the same roof as her. Sure they are cute, even handsome but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t annoying, loud, infuriating or know the concept of personal space. But they also help her move on.

This story lets you just relax and enjoy the ride. I liked it and beside the chaos you expect from this many children the book has a really great plot to boost. It was funny with a couple of sad, emotional interlude due to Jackie state of grieving, still it made me smile a lot. They had some hilarious scenes but what do you expect when the age range is 5-21 and expect one all of them are boys. And I think its noteworthy that with so much different characters, all of them is well developed and has a decent description.

The story is told from Jackie POV and since she not really experienced dealing with boys she was kind of lost at the beginning. She gets herself into awkward situations and gets embarrassed really easily in the company of the boys, especially when this boy is Cole. I liked it a lot that she creates a distinctly different connection, relationship with all of the boys. It adds a variety to the events and I loved how she interacts with Nathan and Danny, but the focus is on her and Cole. But there is this pesky love-triangle what bothered me and complicates things unnecessarily. There are a lot of negative intentions going around regarding this relationship. Thankfully things clear up at the end.

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