**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
This was suuuuch a good book, I enjoyed reading it so, so much. The Design is my first book by R.S. Grey, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but it had everything I’m looking in a book. It had a funny and sassy girl, a frustrating, yet heart-melting book boyfriend, and yeah, it had a little bit of drama.
When I first saw the cover of the book, I don’t know what if was, but it completely pulled me in. It got my attention and then, after I read the book description, I was intrigued. So I’ll just say, it didn’t disappoint. This book has a gorgeous cover and a really entertaining story.
The Design is part of R.S. Grey’s series, about the Heart sisters, but it can be read perfectly well as a standalone. The characters develop in their own way, at their own pace, and you don’t need any reference from the previous book to understand what’s going on. The author managed to include a little bit of the character’s pasts, so you can understand the context of their relationship and everything else.
Ok, so… This is my first time meeting Cammie Heart. She’s the sister of the pop star, Brooklyn Heart, and she’s always been behind her sister’s shadow. After their parents died, Brooklyn took the role of mother and father, and did her best to take care of her little sister. Cammie has always been the rebel one, the one who snuck around, dated a lot, and did whatever she wanted. That was until she met Brooklyn’s friend, Greyson. Without even realizing it, he made her think of how she was living her life, and made her want to be someone, do something. He inspired her from the very start. She never was anything but Brooklyn’s little sister to him, though… Or that’s what she thought. After graduating from college, she got an interview at Cole Designs, with none other than the godlike Greyson. But this job is more than just a job, this is her way out. This will help her step outside of her sister’s shadow and be her own person, do things on her own. She only needs a couple of months to earn some extra money, and then, she’ll get out. So, when Cammie gets the job, she didn’t realized it was going to turn into something more than her means to an end. It’ll soon become a game neither of them will want to stop playing.
Let me tell you a bit about the characters. Well, Cammie is just insane. She does whatever she likes, and takes whatever she wants to take. She’s funny, and strong, and seems to have more confidence than anyone else, but underneath all that, there’s a part of her that’s not entirely sure about everything. I really liked her style. She doesn’t care about what people may think of her, and she stands for herself. She won’t take crap from anyone, not even Greyson. I loved that about her. And I enjoyed how much she got under his skin. She made him nervous, and made him mad. That was different, because we’re always so used to the guy being the one who gets under the girl’s skin.
“He was the Mr. Darcy to my Elizabeth Bennet, the Prince Charming to my Cinderella, and most importantly, the Ron Weasley to my Hermione Granger.”
(I can’t believe she said that. All of her book reference were THE BEST.)
Now Greyson. Oh well, if there’s an asshole I like, it’s him. He’s intimidating, and kind of scary, actually. I imagined his voice being super strong, like, anything he said, had to be done exactly as he said it should. I’m not that into dominant kind of guys, and Greyson may first appear as one, but… as I got to know him a little better, well, I saw something completely different. Yes, he’s determined, and strong, and bossy, but every time he slipped, and his interest showed, you knew he was a goner. I enjoyed seeing how much he liked Cammie, and the way he tortured himself (and her) by not giving into those feelings.
I really, really, reaaaaally enjoyed this book. I think I’ll read The Duet soon.