The First Time is the Hardest
Author: L.A. Cotton Austin Brothers #0.5
Publication Date: July 6, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Novella
Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 4/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 8/10
This book is a novella that is the start of a new Austin Brothers series. We briefly meet the brothers but the novella focuses on their sister Mila Austin. She is away at school when she receives the call that her best friend Lucas Gennery has been killed in an accident. She returns home for the funeral and is struggling to deal with the loss of her best friend. She finds comfort with Lucas’s older brother Ryan, who is the outcast of the family and town. Her brothers are not happy with the friendship they are building but only Ryan truly understands what she is going through.
This was an emotional book and one you will want to have tissues for. Although it was a short read it most definitely wasn't a light and easy one. Mila is a mess after learning of Lucas’s death. Ryan is estranged from his parents and the town sees him as the bad boy who's always in trouble. Now they are both back for the funeral. It did seem predictable at times but the author did an incredible job of throwing in some twists and turns.
Due to some confusing and unexplained things with Mila, I am unable to give it 5 stars. I was left with too many lingering questions. There were a couple other times where I felt the story was slightly choppy with the transition from one scene to the next. With a few updates and this could be a five star read. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and getting to know each of the brothers more as we only saw a glimpse of them.