February 23, 2013

Review: Every Which Way by Calia Read

Series: Sloan Brothers 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: November 13, 2012

Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Taryn (My Secret Romance Book Reviews)
Genre: New Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Severine Blake has seen far too many friends taken down in the crossfires of dating. She devises a precise course of action to protect her heart. The plan is working very well...until she meets Thayer and Macsen.

When the Sloan brothers come into her life, nothing is the same.

Thayer is self-possessed, arrogant and used to getting what he wants. Being near him leaves Severine unsteady and shaken. He makes her question everything.

Macsen contradicts his brother in every way. His calm personality captivates her. Severine is drawn to him instantly.

But Severine quickly discovers that when you want something, that want can turn wicked. Giving in is not always easy, especially when your heart refuses to give up the fight.

What little illusion of love Severine has is soon destroyed. Every option is broken, and the protection she has built around her heart instantly crumbles.

There's just no right way with the Sloan brothers.
It's very rare that I'd meet and fall in love with the author first before I dive in to their books. After interviewing Calia Read for Crazy, Stupid Love, I know I have to read her Sloan Brothers series. I have to admit, I do have a creepy Girl Crush on Calia Read which made reading EVERY WHICH WAY extra special. Putting fangirling aside, the book was really good, the character names alone are beautiful, the sexual tension palpable from page 1 and the conflict-resolution is heart wrenching I slept at 2AM because I can't sleep without finishing the darn tome!

EVERY WHICH WAY has all the trimmings of a great New Adult novel or series: dysfunctional, emotional, angsty and impulsive. I am not the biggest fan of love triangles but Calia Read really planned and plotted every angle as far as Severine Blake, Macsen and Thayer Sloan are concerned. Theirs is a perfect triangle. As a reader you'll truly empathize with Severine as she goes through a slew of emotions from her relationships with Macsen and Thayer. The plot is pretty simple, Severine is in college who had the misfortune of meeting a pair of ridiculously gorgeous and magnetic brothers, the Sloans, who both had the hots for her and she in turn was attracted to Macsen and Thayer in different ways but with equal intensity. The hook lies on how they're going to sort out their messy love lives with as little damage as possible. Well they managed to straighten out their pairings and the toll it took was catastrophic to say the least. 
"Good luck. Honestly, hey both sound intriguing. I think it would be interesting to see you with the 'nerdy brother'," her mom paused, "although, the other brother is a lot like you. It'd be funny to see you get a taste of your own medicine."
I know my little plot summary make Severine Blake appear a little slutty for getting involved with not just a pair of random guys but BROTHERS for chrissakes! But she was far from one and I actually like Severine, in fact she reminds me of one of my favorite heroines, Katherina Minola (Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare) with her sharp tongue, haughty attitude and indomitable wit. Her relationships with the Sloan brothers weren't cookie-cutter, she fought, she lost, she kept on fighting until she won. There's so much more to the story than a simple sibling rivalry and the usual  accouterments that involves love triangles. First of all, the main characters comes from a place of familial pain and that baggage spilled over to how they handle their relationships. As for the romance part, Severine was actually a casualty of sorts as CRead slowly detail the many reasons why the tension between Macsen and Thayer is thick and sharp. At one point she appeared to be a prize that the brothers are fighting over until it evolved into something more serious that jacked up the stakes and really messed up what's left between Macsen and Thayer which made Severine raw and vulnerable. To say that they left the match burned is an understatement. I say it'll get worse before it gets better. 

Now when I interviewed Calia Read, she said that the Sloan brothers are incredibly tall and very gorgeous. She didn't exaggerate on that point and throughout the story I kept on imagining the Hemsworth brothers, Chris and Liam in particular, as Thayer and Macsen. The former is a jock with brains, a player, very outgoing, while the latter is more preppy and introvert. Both very attractive in different ways, both have intense presence, it's quite difficult to choose between the two. The circumstances they found themselves in made Macsen sort of the antagonist and Thayer the hero but I'd like to hold off any form of judgment until I've read Macsen's story in Breaking the Wrong because from the backstory shared, I feel like Macsen is the more broken of the three. Obviously the animosity between the brothers, eldest brother Mathias included, is deep and they all have wounds that festered with time but I'd like to read Macsen's POV. The boy is in desperate need of redemption after this.
"Sometimes I think together we are the worst kind of calamity."Thayer grinned back. Severine's lips burned. "Then I've never wanted to be destroyed so bad."
EVERY WHICH WAY's multi-layered love stories will draw you in with its complicated twists, sad backstories and bursts of emotions from CRead's characters. Severine's situation and her decision making process was smart and organic. EVERY WHICH WAY is a carefully plotted novel that allowed the characters to tell the stories themselves. CRead gave them free reign to respond according to their personalities which resulted to a very enthralling love and family story. The conflict-resolution was well drawn out and I love how Severine didn't lose herself entirely to her challenging predicament. Even Macsen and Thayer shed their tough guy exteriors to give the story more depth. There were a lot of memorable and quotable encounters between these three but my favorite has to be the cheating bust and the angry sex. My eyes were bulging out of their sockets on that part, I felt their pain, frustration and brokeness, I was so into the story on those two points I wish I could read myself in. Even the secondary characters were delightful to read starting with Severine's BFF, Lily and Anna, and Chris, the Sloan's roomie.

So if you're a New Adult fan, I highly recommend you read EVERY WHICH WAY for all the points I highlighted and more. And though there's some closure at the end of the story, CRead inserted a new twist which prompted a lot of questions from my end. Starting from what will happen to the characters now and who the heck is Emilia Wentworth?! As for you who've read EVERY WHICH WAY, CRead just released a teaser in her blog. I wonder who he's talking to...

You can win a Signed Paperback copy of Every Which Way here


  1. I was sold at the mention of Taming of the Shrew, my fave from Mr. Shakespear but then you go on about Hemsworth I think I need to break my no buying books this week. Damnit. Ooh, if I wait until tomorrow to buy, it will be a new week. Rock on!

    I'm intrigued by the plot twists. Sounds like a solid read.

    1. OMG Ali, I think you'll totally have a blast with this. The tension alone will have you pulling your hair out!

  2. I LOVE this book!! I'm so glad you enjoyed Every Which Way. I'll admit that I'm totally Team Thayer but I'm really interested in reading Macsen story because you can tell there's more to his story. Great review! :)

    1. Yes, definitely! Macsen needs to be redeemed. I want to know where all that spite is coming from. I mean it seems like he dug his own grave but I still want to hear his story.

  3. See when I come over here I spend money!!! SOLD! $2.99 on this review Kaching!! Love the review , bought the book. Simple!


    1. p.s I am going to tell hubs it is your fault because I am getting addicted to clicking buy on Amazon and hubs is seeing all these little monetary amounts on the credit card, lol!! I kind of say I stopped drinking coke this is now my coke as in cola :) But dang, if you girls don't have me spending money!!



    2. Bwahaha! Having a brand new reader doesn't help matters too! I feel you that's why if I can get it for free I shoot for that.

  4. I like the sound of a multi-layered love story. Thayer Mac and Mattias all sound like they have their merits :)
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. These brothers will have your head spinning 360.

  5. After reading your review, I've downloaded the first chapter on Amazon yesterday...
    Now, I'm almost at the end and I totally succombed to the charm of the Sloan's brothers. But Severine is the best with her saucy, strong and fabulous attitude.
    But Braine, stop posting good reviews that make me want to buy more books!!!


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