‘Shades of Sydney’ Review ***


Sydney West enjoys sampling summer boys, but this year, one refuses to be a one-night stand…

Twenty-one-year-old Sydney doesn’t believe in relationships. Her parents’ toxic divorce has taught her love is nothing but a sinister fairytale. So every summer she parties, hooks up, abandons her lover before dawn, and repeats.

That is until she meets gorgeous local surfer Jason King at the beach…

When Jason fails to flirt—or even give her a second glance—she decides something must be wrong with him, and it’s safer to stay away. But when Sydney and Jason’s best friends hook up and become Malibu’s hottest couple, they are forced to spend more time together than either of them cares for.

Armed with a sharp tongue, Sydney works to keep Jason at bay…

In a moment of weakness, Sydney lets her guard down and confides in Jason, realizing he’s more than just a hot guy—he’s also a friend. And when Sydney’s need for a summer boy results in her falling into bed with Jason, despite her better judgment, she runs away from him by morning.

The problem is, he won’t accept being another one-night stand, and will do anything to prove…

Love really does exist.

shades of sydney



This story is about Sydney West who every summer, goes to Malibu to stay in her Grandmother’s beach house, for sun, sea, partying and summer boys. This summer she goes again, but with her best friend Amelia, so they can have loads of fun together over the coming months, and make it a summer to remember.

Oh Sydney! How you frustrated me at times….! She definitely brought out a lot of emotions from me, but so did Jason, as a number of times I wondered why he was putting up with certain things!!
Sydney is a complex character and she has a lot of emotional baggage following a tough upbringing. Some of the things she has experienced has lead her to be a very negative individual who has locked her heart and feelings up tight and then thrown away the key. Love simply does not exist!

          “My view was that the world liked to crush you, see you burn, and then let you die. There was no point to love in the end. The only love that lasted forever was the tragic kind, like Romeo and Juliet or Bonnie and Clyde.”

As I said, negative! And I must say there were times where this grated on me a little – I did want to shout a Sydney a few times and tell her to believe in love!! In the story she makes a number of silly decisions and makes potentially dangerous choices. But there are also times when I can empathise with her and I can sort of relate to her when thinking back to my late teens/early twenties (goodness that was a while ago now!!).

Sydney and Amelia meet Jason and Hunter on the beach and commence a friendship. Amelia and Hunter hit it off right away and before long become a couple. Jason on the other hand doesn’t appear interested in Sydney in the way she expects; does he actually see more in her? He is a far more positive character.

Over all this is a slow-burn romance and is not your typical girl meets boy story. There is a lot more to it and it actually becomes a really lovely developing friendship and story and something quite different to other books I have read.  I do like a bit of drama and suspense in my books, which this doesn’t have, but it does mean it is a lovely lighthearted read with well developed characters and a good story line. A perfect easy and fun read!

I really enjoyed Brittney Coon’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her. I am also really looking forward to seeing how the characters and story develops in the next book!

*** 3.5 “Yes, Love does exist” stars!!! ***

Lou x


Purchase links:

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Amazon UK link




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