Publication Date: May 10, 2015
Spencer Locke has been in love with Dalton Greer since she was twelve. She’s been saving herself for him, but at almost eighteen, she’s starting to give up hope. Dalton has loved Spencer just as long, but he doesn’t want to drag her down into his complicated life. His willpower is put to the test when Spencer says yes to a date with another guy. When Spencer finally gets the reaction from Dalton she wants, things couldn’t be better.
Until they’re not. When Dalton breaks her heart, Spencer is left confused and angry. She has no choice but to move on.
Dalton’s doing what he has to do to be a better person–even if it means leaving the one person he loves behind for a while. He just hopes Spencer will still love him when he returns to her life.
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed Dalton and Spencer’s immediate connection as young adults. Their histories were very interesting. I liked the connection they had with each other. The relationships they had with their best friends also added a nice touch to the story.
The plot was very original. I definitely wasn’t expecting a romantic suspense story from reading the back of the book. I was surprised at how intense the story was.
What I didn’t really care for was the pace and set up of Under the Influence. I felt like rather than break it into five years, it would have been smoother if it all happened in one year or if the book was more evenly distributed between before and after. 73% of the book was before and 27% was after. There was a huge set up for a small amount of conclusion. I didn’t mind that the storyline was intense, but the slower pace of the story kept the tenseness of the story dragging on. It kind of stressed me out. I also thought Spencer forgave Dalton too easily. I don’t care how much you love someone, five years of being angry isn’t going to evaporate in one evening.
Those things aside, I did think the story was good. I would suggest Under the Influence to New Adult readers that like romantic suspense novels.