Author: Sarah Darlington
Published: March 4th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Two girls. One Leo.
Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather's world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.
But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo... which girl will win his heart?
Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing's for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong.
I was lucky enough to read this early on, so I had to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the next few chapters. Maggie and Clara each tell their side in alternating POV. Their story intrigued me from the start--pulled me down into their world like nothing else. At first, I empathized with Maggie due to the fact that Clara seemed to be a wicked sister. But, since there are two sides to this story, you begin to see why things appear a certain way.
Enter Leo, the boy they grew up with. Leo and Maggie are best friends, but Leo and Clara? Not so much in the friend department. When a twist of fate lands Leo and Clara in the wrong place at the right time, she doesn't know what to think anymore. He invites her to come with him to New York, and she accepts the invitation. This trip opens up the doors that appeared closed in the past, and leads to a little bit of romance.
Maggie, on the other hand, is dealing with Dean, a boy she used to know years ago that has suddenly returned. The feelings she once had for him are there, but his life has become something much different than it used to be when they were kids. Then Maggie finds out about Clara and Leo, and everything she believes to be true changes when she realizes she has feelings for Leo.
He Belongs With Me is so full of love and humor that you'll be begging for more. It may seem this story is one huge love triangle, but it barely is. There's a lot more to it revolving around family and friendships. You fall in love with the romance, and you're rooting for both Maggie and Clara to get their happily ever after. Sarah Darlington weaved this story perfectly, creating amusing scenes and realistic romance. Can't wait to see what else she has in store.