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Shocking. Disgusting. Deceitful. That's how some might have described Daniel Revelstoke's behavior even before he fell in love with his first cousin.

Previously a don't-tie-me-down Don-Juan type, Daniel doesn't know Julie is his long-lost cousin when he meets her and starts trying to lure her away from her long-distance boyfriend. And by the time his mum drops the family-relation bombshell in his lap, he already loves Julie and it's too late to switch off his feelings. But dishonest habits die hard. He reckons if he can keep Julie from finding out they're related--just a little longer--he runs a better chance of winning her over. He's never loved anyone before, and if she's the one, she's worth a little deceit. Love can do dangerous things to your head. And worse things to your family.

195 pages, ebook

First published September 11, 2011

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Molly Ringle

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[Aug. 2022 note: I'm going dormant on Goodreads and moving over to Storygraph. Find me there! I'm under username mollyringle and would love to connect.]
Bio: Molly Ringle was one of the quiet, weird kids in school, and is now one of the quiet, weird writers of the world. She/her. Perv on the page, demisexual panromantic in RL.🏳️‍🌈

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278 reviews302 followers
October 28, 2011
OMG this is the awesomesauce! I'll write a real review a bit later, but wanted to enthuse, gush, emote and rave about this warm, intense, twisty, clever, winsome and lovely book while I'm still euphoric. Molly, you've written some good books before, but this one is a doozy!

So that was my initial reaction, written in the first blush of excitement after finishing this last night. I've spent lots of time chatting and thinking about it since then, and want to write a more elaborate and complete review.

Brief summary: Daniel Revelstoke and his parents are moving from England to Oregon. Dan will be starting nearby as a college freshman, and he soon meets another entering student there, the lovely Julie, girlfriend of an employee at the resort his parents manage. They become friends as they experience the challenges and fun of freshman year together. Meanwhile, Dan's parents, particularly his Mom, are acting kind of weird, and it's clear that something troubling is happening with her. As the year goes on, Dan, heretofore a self proclaimed love 'em and leave 'em type, finds himself drawn to Julie in ways that aren't consistent with her attached status, and his formerly cavalier relationship style. When they both land parts in a college production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Dan comes to realize that Julie is "the one," but her feelings remain somewhat opaque to him. When Dan's Mom finally opens up about the unforeseen consequences of an old family secret everything goes up for grabs, in the story, and in Dan's life. Dan's love for Julie is intense and all-consuming, which is a good thing, because it's going to tested by circumstances neither could have imagined.

My Review: As was the case with The Ghost Downstairs, this is a tricky one to review, because there's a twist that changes everything you thought you knew, and seeing it happen is a big part of the fun. I'll deal with that in the spoiler section, below. Meanwhile I'll just talk a bit about the characters and some of the elements I loved. Daniel is the MC and narrator. I really hadn't expected to like having a male pov, (girls are just so much nicer!), but Daniel, despite his pretensions to cad-hood, is an awfully nice guy. Like many Molly characters he's not without his flaws - he's a bit self-absorbed, manipulative with women, can be heartless when it's time to move on (which, as it happens, turns out to be pretty regularly). But he's also generous of spirit, kind, funny and a good friend. He's actually a bit naive, and as Molly has said elsewhere, there's a good boyfriend in there waiting to come out. He's good company to spend a book with. He's got some great lines, too: "Sexual tension, back at last! How I missed thee!" In short, a great MC you relate to, empathize with and root for all the way.

Julie, charming, but somewhat enigmatic. It's so weird in this genre to know what the boy is thinking, and not the girl. Girls in books always perceive boys as so inscrutable, so it's nice to see the tables turned. Julie is also not without her faults. Her fidelity is a bit shaky, her judgment sometimes impaired, and she's got a few family secrets in her capacious closet as well. In other words, she feels real, vulnerable and mega-crush worthy. And happily for us, Daniel is up to the task! He can crush like nobody's business, seriously. And of course the old "shoes on the other foot now, Mr. Heartbreaker," is part of the schaden-fun.

One thing I love to think about and explore is the meaning of character names (at least in a book where there's enough going on to make it worth it, and that's def the case here) so here goes nothin'! Dan and Julie are star-crossed lovers, no doubt about it. And once you've said that, the name Julie made me think of Juliet. And Daniel as Romeo? How bout this quote?

"Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night's revels and expire the term
Of a despised life..."

It was at those "revels" that R&J met, and Romeo "stoked" the fires of love from the torches he references when first seeing Juliet. So maybe the characters' names reference not only two great lovers, but the issues between their families they must confront. Or maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but a fun one, I hope (hey, I'm on a roll, here!)

The side characters here are fun and fully developed, especially Sinter, Dan's gothy theater major roommate. Dan's family, with all their painful and hidden past are well drawn, especially his grandmother, quite a character, with a few twists of her own to reveal.

The device of including Cyrano as part of the story is also inspired, what an intensely passionate romance it is, and the story captures that spirit beautifully.

Sigh, that's a lot of words, and I feel I've failed to capture the fun, cleverness and intensity this novel delivers. I love all of Molly's books, as you can see by my reviews, but I think this one really kicks it up a notch, and I can only encourage you to experience it first hand.

I'm still not going to reveal the precise nature of the obstacle fate has thrown at our couple. But apparently it's sufficiently transgressive that it has put off some readers (I'm still looking for those reviews, btw!). Maybe it's me, but I found it just added a bit of forbidden frisson to the already superhot relationship between these two. Daniel makes a good case for why it should be irrelevant, and I was persuaded, and Julie seems to have reached a similar conclusion on her own. It's a theme in lots of books, and obviously has quite a pedigree in the classics, too. I loved Molly's blog post on cheating in romance novels, and I think the same kind of issues are relevant here. I hope it doesn't limit the audience for this book, it sure deserves a big one!
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356 reviews472 followers
May 30, 2016
DNF @ 63%

Proceed with caution/contains spoilers****

It took me a very long time to digest this book, and after coming back to it I know now why I couldn't finish it....
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For starters, the main leads are not likeable and their friends followed the same category....

Let's proceed with the Hero. He's only 18 years old, but already earned himself a reputation of a player: "already kissed 50 girls, Fifteen at the heavy-snogging level, twelve at above-the-waist petting, nine at below-the-waist" (his words) YUCK..just thinking about "what sort of girls he put his tongue in makes me puke, and the heroine said "impressive? Are you kidding me? What about STD?...then we have to hear his "adventure" at the age of 12 with some girl who invited him to her house for a snogging session with kisses..ARE YOU JOKING ME? AT 12 YEARS OLD? DO I WANT TO HEAR IT? That sounds like "paedophilia."

Secondly, upon arriving at American University, he met the heroine and felt immediate attraction..it did not stop him from taking "an opportunity" to kiss another girl and sneak out into her room because she was feeling lonely...yeah, they did not have sex, but kissed and I was already "in a dislike him mood" after that." In fairness, the heroine had a boyfriend, but, all this plot was wrong and hypocritical! Not only the Hero is a biggest player and was somewhat intimate with another girl and not the heroine when she was already in the picture, that very heroine has a boyfriend and was no better than the Hero himself! She was giving him mixed signals, like she was interested and another time she was not...she accused the Hero being a big player, but what was she doing herself? She was a big hypocrite! Was she not cheating on her boyfriend? Because as sure as hell it looked that to me...then, one of the Heroes roommate friends who also had a girlfriend who happened to be the heroine's roommate kissed the heroine and she let him? Double cheating? I just could not have any liability towards her..she had a boyfriend, but she was leading the Hero and then cheated on the Hero with his friend? And that friend also had a girlfriend, but cheated on her with the heroine? And don't make me started on the confession of the heroine on the "whole open relationship" with her boyfriend....REALLY? What a caricature characters...all of them were shallow and uninspiring....I just could not continue with this joke of a romance!
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9 reviews12 followers
November 29, 2011
It's fun to get a break from all the paranormal and check out a new YA contemporary novel...and this baby does not disappoint!

First of all, this is not your average high school drama. This book comes from this new awesome emerging genre where the characters are a little older and doing the whole college thing. This makes for an exciting read, especially for older audiences that really enjoy all that YA fiction entails, but are ready for a little more mature characters. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book.

Also, this story is presented from the guys point of view....I mean...HELLO! That like...hardly ever happens! It was fun to get Daniel's perspective on life, love, and happiness...I mean, after all, I already know what a girl thinks about those things! Plus, who doesn't love it when it's the guy that falls hard for the girl! On the other hand, the author doesn't really hold back when it comes to what guys generally think about girls...on the physical side if you get what I mean. So, I was taken a little off guard a couple times, thinking, "Yeah...thanks, Daniel, I really didn't want to know that." But, if that won't offend you, I overall really enjoyed getting things from his perspective.

When it comes to the characters in this book, there's a little something for everyone. The sweet, innocent Julie, the British not-so-great-a-reputation Daniel, the gothic Sinter, and the hardcore Clare. Plus, if you're a theater nut, you get to experience all the awesome drama on and off stage in the university spring production.

Though on my own personal book scale, this one probably sits on average, I really think this book could be a hit with a lot of readers. It has a lot to offer in the way of plot, characters, and setting....as well as a steamy romance that will keep you turning pages until the very end!
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396 reviews67 followers
January 16, 2012
I really like the style of writing. This is my first book by Molly Ringle and I like her style. It's light and funny and well editted.
This book is a romance story from a guy's point of view.
Daniel is those funny and charming guy who never take relationship seriously. He's not a chauvinist or anything. He respects women, he just avoids commitment at all cost. Now, he fell in love with Julie who actually has a boyfriend and seems faithful to him. The love and relationship build in a believably slow pace. It's not like some of the romance story when the romance happen immediately.

Now, the twist in the story actually makes me laugh aloud. It's just such a korean drama twist, you see. It's a bit silly. But the author has made me fell in love with the characters and the story so I can cope with that story twist.
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166 reviews8 followers
April 4, 2012
Firstly, I would like to give a big thanks to Molly Ringle for emailing her editor and making it possible for me to receive a copy of Relatively Honest to review, when she read how much I wanted to read it!!!THANK YOU!!!

This book had me hooked just on the blurb!....I did not see the plot twist coming until a few sentences before the big blow and have to say i just ate it up!...I wasn't really appalled in the tiniest bit by the twist in the plot and was actually rooting for Daniel!..I hope that isn't too twisted of me, i am a huge sucker for forbidden love and all that!

I always enjoy books that are written in guys POV and was not in the least bit disappointed with Relatively Honest's style. I loved Daniel's internal banter and and he really wasn't a bad guy at all, i didn't even .....Now i really really want to meet Daniel Ravelstoke....marry me is more like it!!!

I hope Molly Ringle writes another book soon and i hope we get to hear more about Sinter!!!...I really liked him!!
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326 reviews41 followers
October 27, 2011
Well I'll be! That was quite a ride. I haven't felt that twisted and torn since I rode Boomerang at Knotts Berry Farm.

First off, there's a short list of books with male narrators I've managed to finish and to love. Relatively Honest is now among them. It's something about writing the male POV that lacks the genuine emotion you get from reading the girls, and not all authors have been able to replicate it. Ringle did it flawlessly with MC Daniel. He was a multidimensional character who I instantly liked. Though he considered himself somewhat of a cad, he wasn't afraid to talk openly or show his emotions.

Love interest Jules as Daniel calls her, was something of an enigma to me. She tended to keep her feelings close to her which made it hard for Daniel to maneuver the relationship in the direction he wanted. As the story progressed her character began to open up and soften, allowing us to see more of her to like. I also loved how she managed to flip the script as they say, on Daniel from player to played.

Daniels roommate Sinter.... Adorable! Can you say spinoff? I would love to revisit him bashing about London.

Now for the twist... Whoa! Timed perfectly and laced with the right amount of shock value, I loved it! I can see where some people may hem and haw over it's taboo nature, but I loved the conflict it created not only in our MC's emotions but in the sub character's reactions once it was revealed.

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Author 8 books66 followers
September 30, 2011
I read this in two days - I couldn't put it down. Being the mother of two young men, I often wondered what was going on in their heads, especially when they looked at girls, and girls looked back. I remember what it was like to be 18, and Molly gives a fresh, real, look at the torture of being on the verge of complete independence and adulthood, in a new environment, and suddenly in love - yeah, not lust, but love, and discovering that it's wonderful and painful. All of the characters are delightful and I felt like they were my family and friends. The plot kept me guessing and I was glad - one of the reasons I couldn't put it down. Just when I thought something would happen, it didn't. Something else comes into play. There were a couple of WHOA! moments and that were absolutely delightful and surprising. The dialogue is fresh, realistic and funny.

I'm not saying a word about the plot other than Daniel is deterimined to get Julie. To let you know any more than that would spoil it. This may not be a book for everyone, and it just might offend some, but I found it funny, poignant and some of the best writing ever. I'm hoping Molly will do a sequel.

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831 reviews20 followers
March 12, 2012
Sweet, amazing book for your heart's delight written from the boy's pov, and I loved the point of view of that particular boy - Daniel was charming and adorable! I liked the pacing of the story, romantic tension and all the characters. There were many amusing episodes and funny situations, I grinned a lot reading it. Great style of writing - fluent, smooth, pleasant, sparkling and compelling. Highly recommended!!!
121 reviews2 followers
January 8, 2012
Another of Ms. Ringle's fun books! As previous reviewers have said, the male characters are so true-to-life. She knows how the male mind works. :-) I didn't see the plot twist coming at all, and it's handled very well indeed.

As I've read her books over the years, Ms. Ringle is clearly perfecting her craft. I really am looking forward to her next book!
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121 reviews2 followers
August 28, 2014
let me start by telling you that i'm a very open-minded person and even though i wouldn't do what Daniel and Julie did, i don't judge them. It's love after all. All i can say is that all throughout the book i kept thinking "You are going to get caught you crazy SOB and then what?"
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950 reviews81 followers
April 1, 2013
Review Posted on Reading Lark 12/23/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...

There is just something about Molly Ringle's writing that I love. Her stories are compelling, her characters flawed yet lovable, and her writing flows. I was a bit nervous to tackle this one after loving What Scotland Taught Me so much. Sometimes authors can fail to live up to the expectations they set in previous books, but this isn't the cause with Relatively Honest. I loved it!

Relatively Honest took me by surprise as well because of the nature of the romance in this one. Its certainly a unique type of love story and I don't want to spend too much time in the review on the topic because it could spoil the read for you. However, a bit of caution, fair reader, do be expected to pause when the twist is made known. Trust me though - fight through your initial reaction and continue to read. I do love how Ringle has my mind going in one direction and then smacks me around forcing me to go somewhere else entirely. She is the master of the old bait and switch - leaving out titillating breadcrumbs of information that lead to places I never could have predicted. It makes for one truly enjoyable reading experience. Furthermore, it is impossible to read this novel without laughing. I love that Ringle is always able to balance serious issues with some humorous moments.

At its core, Relatively Honest is the story of Daniel, a young Brit, who moves to Oregon for university. During his early days in the states, he meets Julie, another college bound student. The two become fast friends and the book mainly focuses on their friendship and navigating the rocky currents of the freshman year of college. Daniel and Julie are great characters that you can't help loving in spite of Daniel's womanizing ways and Julie's secretive moments. The supporting characters, Sinter and Claire, were also a lot of fun.

This was a short, highly addictive read. Ringle just has a way of sucking me into her plots and refusing to let me go until the last word has been digested. I also loved all the English lingo and culture I learned from reading this book. I admit that there were several things I had to look up, but in the end it made the read more authentic. There is also a segment of the book that takes place in London - which was probably my favorite part of the book - that just made me want to hop on the next plane heading in that direction. It is obvious that the UK holds a special place in Ringle's heart and I love how she showcases that for her readers. She also includes the strong Pacific Northwest element that I have come to expect in her works.

If you are looking for a book with a nontraditional romance, then Relatively Honest is the way to go. After two solid works from Ringle, I would read any of her work without hesitation. She is quickly becoming one of my top 5 favorite Indie authors. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for me to read next.

One Last Gripe: I want Sinter to get his happy ending, but I feel like everything with him was left unresolved. Perhaps he'll get his own book someday!

My Favorite Thing About This Book: Daniel's emotional evolution and his humor - you can't help but love the boy even though you know he isn't the sort of guy you should be rooting for all the time

First Sentence: "Daniel, I'll miss you so much!"

Favorite Character: Daniel

Least Favorite Character: Patrick

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Author 93 books247 followers
March 10, 2013
STORYLINE: Daniel Revelstoke is all about fun and games in the relationship department. That’s until his family relocates from Britain to America and he falls in love with a family member. Things become even more complicated since his cousin doesn’t know she’s his cousin and Daniel hopes she won’t find out until she’s in too deep to end their relationship.

Daniel Revelstoke is eighteen and a girl’s man, who doesn’t tarry long in relationships. He first comes across as shallow, but doesn’t deliberately hurt other people’s feelings. He does, however, go after what he wants and can be charming and devious while he’s at it.

Julie French is a sensible girl who doesn’t fall for Daniel immediately. She knows what to expect from him and becomes friendly with him over time. She’s a strong young woman, who eventually makes the decision that’s best for her, despite opposition.

It was interesting watching Daniel move from a guy who treats relationships lightly to one who genuinely cares about his friends and the girl in his life. It was also touching to see his concern over his mother as he tried to figure out what was going on with her. Although confident, Daniel has his own insecurities which makes him less than perfect.

Relatively Honest also does a great job of demonstrating that making good decisions involves hard work. Then there’s the matter of determining sexual preferences and coming to a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals.

I had plenty of anxiety that came from seeing how things would work out for Daniel. I also had anxious moments over what would happen when Julie found out about his secret.

COVER NOTE: The models on the cover hint strongly at the fact that the book is targeted at young people, which works well for the story.

OVERALL COMMENTS: I haven’t read a lot of fiction about people at college age and wondered how serious people at this age can be about each other. Relatively Honest helped to convince me that the younger set can, and do, feel deeply when they find someone they genuinely care about. I’ve read other books from Ms. Ringle and look forward to reading more from her.
153 reviews17 followers
November 3, 2011
Eighteen year old, Daniel Revelstoke, is fresh out of England and about to go half way across the world to America to attend the University of Oregon. He’s ready for parties, college girls, and new experiences. Daniel’s a huge player; he’s not into the whole relationship, commitment type of thing at all. But when he sees Julie French, everything changes. Unfortunately, Julie’s got a boyfriend, Patrick, who is a bit of a jerk. But while Julie and Daniel are at University of Oregon, Patrick will be thousands of miles away in Boston.

Julie doesn’t intend on changing her relationship with Patrick any time soon, but Daniel is willing to wait. When he goes back home for break, he notices something is off with his parents, and soon learns a secret that just might keep Julie and him from ever being together. Daniel begins to keep a few secrets and surprisingly, so does Julie.

I did like Daniel’s character. Him and his roommate Sinter’s character, really held a lot comedy. As I have this HUGE goal of going to England one day, I loved the fact that Daniel was from England.

I thought this book was just going to be your average chic-lit type of read, but it ended up having a pretty unexpected twist to it. I’ll admit, this book really got my interest in the synopsis, but the over all story, just didn’t really hold my attention. I liked it, but I did not love it. Overall, this book was an average okay.

May <3
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1,885 reviews29 followers
February 7, 2016
I had really low expectations when I began reading this book and I am really happy that I read it nonetheless!!!
It is a very sweet love story that takes place over the period of a year. It is about family, love, friendship and ethics, as well as secretiveness. You don't drown in drama or have to read about annoying and idiotic lovers (I feared both), it is a lovely story which makes you think about your ideals.

Daniel had several girlfriends and knows his way with girls, but no relationship lasted longer than a month and he never loved any of those girls. When he moves to America with his parents he encounters Julie. As soon as he meets her, she is his new goal. She is beautiful, doesn't fall for his charm and is in a serious relationship. Luckily they are not only freshmen at the same college, they even live in the same dorm! They become friends and spend a lot of time together as a group with their roommates. Their friendship deepens and so do his feelings for her. But then he encounters that she is actually his cousin and his mother is searching for her family for a reunion... How can he give up on her now that he is in love! How will she react if she learns the truth? What is he supposed to do?
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Author 14 books271 followers
December 22, 2011
This book was bizarre, but good.

I will say that it was fun to be surprised about plot twists, not just once, but several times.

There were some tiny things - like every once in a while the girl would say something that sounded very british, so it seemed like their "voices" should have been more distinguishable.

But it definitely kept me guessing.

I hovered between three and four stars, but I always swing up.
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87 reviews
May 22, 2012
After all making out/falling in love with your first cousin I was worried how it will it end.But after all you got satisfied ending.Its a good book.But at some point it take some fall than again come out.
overall enjoyed=)
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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1,153 reviews
October 2, 2011
Daniel Revelstoke is leaving London with his hotelier parents, and kicking off his college life abroad. It’s perfect timing for Daniel, since his latest one-month girlfriend was getting a little too clingy (and even used the ‘L’ word), and Daniel has a particularly delicious weak-spot for American girls. Bring on the University of Oregon!

In his first week in the States, Daniel meets and begins an infatuation with Julie – a beautiful and sweet girl whose boyfriend is working at Daniel’s parent’s resort. Luckily though, Julie’s boyfriend is attending university inter-state, and conveniently leaving Julie all on her lonesome, with Daniel’s shoulder a prime place to dry her eyes.

But an incriminating ‘Don Juan’ email from Daniel’s last London ex has Julie wising up to his flirtatious ways. And as if things aren’t bad enough . . . Daniel’s mother is acting strange and keeping secrets and the family will not be prepared for the explosive reveal that’s to come.

‘Relatively Honest’ is the new contemporary romance YA novel from Molly Ringle.

This was a great, fun read. It’s a contemporary YA romance novel about a British ex-pat moving to America and discovering family secrets while falling in love for the first time in his life.

I initially had a small problem with the novel’s tepidness. The first line of the blurb labels Daniel as a young ‘womanizer’ – and that word instantly had me picturing a very particular kind of teenage boy. Except Ringle’s Daniel Revelstoke is the furthest thing from a ‘womanizer’, and when compared to real-life teen boy anecdotes he comes across painfully tame. Daniel is a self-confessed Casanova, admitting to putting a one-month cap on all his girlfriends and never getting too attached to them.

I wandered down the corridor, feeling high as a transcontinental jet. God, I loved the beginnings of flirtations. At such times I almost believed I could be in love – not that it ever turned out that way.
Not so far, at least.

Except as the story unfolds you realize that there’s a disconnect between Daniel (and Ringle’s) idea of a modern-day teen ‘womanizer’ and the reality of teenager’s sex lives today. Daniel admits to Julie, with much embarrassment and self-consciousness, that he has kissed (/snogged) fifty girls. Gasp! More than that he has had a ‘home run’, gone all the way and sexed up . . . four girls! Scandal! Daniel is eighteen, and just come from a fast-track London life. I honestly wasn’t raising eyebrows at kissing fifty and shagging four. That’s exceedingly tame, and aside from a few probable bouts of glandular fever, not terribly titillating. Considering some of the sexcapade stories I have heard from my male friends (beginning when they were sixteen, if not younger) I really wasn’t impressed by Daniel’s revelations. Other teen authors have written modern-day YA ‘rakes’ a lot better – Simone Elkeles, Jamie McGuire and Kody Keplinger to name a few.

On the flipside of this complaint, is the fact that Daniel is really likable. I was all prepared when I saw the word ‘womanizer’ to have to slog through chapters of his misogynistic revelries until he finds his heart (which is what happened with the books of those above authors). But Daniel isn’t really a womanizer at all – so he’s instantly adorable and fantastic to read. The fact that he’s British is half the fun – being Aussie, there’s a little less ‘dazzle’ attached to Daniel’s nationality, but I still found it great fun to read the Oregon girls reactions to Daniel’s use of the word ‘jumper’. It was too cute!

There is a BIG ‘twist’ to the book – concerning a family secret that will drag Daniel and Julie into its orbit. I did not see this twist coming . . . and while it was a little over-the-top, I still got completely caught up in the big reveal and found myself with a death-grip on my Kindle during the dénouement.
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140 reviews34 followers
October 27, 2015
I cannot believe that, I enjoyed this book as much as I did, considering the iffy taboo plot/subject in here. I was expecting to have to give up just in ten pages but I am glad I didn't. It really is a brilliant read. Though its the humor that did it. I am a sucker for sarcastic humor (especially) and this read is packed with it.

I mean here are some quotes-


"Still a virgin, I hope? Just gave him a nice little "welcome-back" handjob?" (Crude, I know and really I'd usually feel like slapping a guy for thinking like this but not Daniel)

"I've given her signs! I've given her plenty of signs. What does she want me to do? Slap him across the face with my glove, and challenge him to pistols at dawn."

"Oh, yes, I really think you ougth to run away to Boston, darling. It's clearly the best choice. Cheerio! Godspeed!"

Omg, Daniel! IDK what to say about him but simply put that he is a jackarse, but a sweet one at that. I really really enjoyed his personality and his narrative was very entertaining.

It's packed with scandals (obviously -_-), intrigue, drama and surprisingly well done unexpected but should have been obvious surprises.

I really did get sucker punched at these moments

-Julie not being that blind (for the lack of better word)

-Julie's mother's heritage and love triangle

-Those Sinter Kisses

I mean I still don't really agree with cousin romantic relationships (really I was raised to consider its incest, and its hard not to) and am iffed up about it whenever I come across a couple but I do have an open mind (more like a contradictory/indescive mind really) on the other hand which says hey, it's not me it's not my life and people have the right to do whatever in their personal life, as long as it doesn't harm neone else. I went in this book for social reasons alone and wanted to see the repecrussions of what such a relationship might have. I sure as (well) hell hadn't even really considered modern white people (I mean no offence here) to well at least openly attest to cosuin romance. I mean I knew it happens or happened but really never thought about it and was really really intrigued.

I didn't really get the serious complexcity of the situation, I was hoping for. But that was alright. This book is really just a humorous read of a young boy and it was very entertaining. Despite it not meeting my expectations, I was not disappointed at all, which honestly really surprises me. I don't recommend to take up Daniel and Julie as some prime example of something... but I do recommend anyone to read this book and enjoy it for whats good abt it. Despite the cousin issue being so forefront even in the book itself, really it was an endnote (there but not exactly) as Danial said.

Overall Mollie Ringle you are so very much talented. Yes indeed you are for not only having me kept reading your iffy taboo plot book but for also making me thouroughly enjoy it. You dear deserve Five HUMONGOUS Brilliant, standing ovation STARS *****.

PS- some interseting anecodote about incest relationship laws here in Canada. Apparently you can marry any blood cousin but marrying your step-sibling (or well step nething) is against the law. I was like wtf, how does that make ne sense at all and my teach gave me some very interesting response (which, I solemnly swore not to repeat). Family law sure is interesting.

PPS-Oh, I have read of step sibling relationships and those ones are taboo (ish?) but more understandable, I suppose. You see the step sibling arc in a book called Unraveling Isobel, not really that great of a read but it does get the angst with the 'step' sibling thing right.
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1,251 reviews306 followers
September 11, 2011
I definitely enjoyed reading this book which is written from the perspective of university freshman Daniel Revelstoke. Daniel is a bit of an idiot at times, but he’s just charming enough to get away with it, especially with his English slang and mannerisms. Even Daniel’s craziest decisions have the best of intentions, and as readers we can appreciate this fact. I enjoyed reading another book set in university, and I hope that more authors and publishers will continue with this trend.

I actually really liked this book for the most part, but I have to say I wasn’t completely sold on the romance. I believed Daniel’s feelings, but it seemed like we never really got to see Daniel and Julie fall in love. That fact made it more difficult to support their relationship when the crazy plot twist came into play. And oh is this plot twist crazy, let me tell you. You might figure it out or it might catch you off guard, but it definitely makes things interesting. I think it’s definitely something you’ll either accept or have a big problem with. There’s not a lot of in between.

Basically if you’re looking for an interesting contemporary story with older YA characters, then definitely give ‘Relatively Honest’ a chance. Daniel’s narration is amusing and his transition in thought from playboy to man in love was interesting, if not completely realistic.
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Author 4 books417 followers
March 7, 2013
Relatively Honest is told from Daniel's point of view, which I thought was unique and fun. I am ever curious about what goes on in the male mind. Daniel's voice is likable and endearing, and I really liked Sinter, his can't-quite-decide-what-I-am-but-I'm-going-with-it roommate. The characters felt real, as did the college setting. I could easily picture myself there, especially in the theater scenes, having done a fair amount of plays myself.

The Cyrano parallels lent themselves to the story line nicely and were well threaded throughout. But this one has a happy ending, which I was ever so thankful for! If you're looking for college-aged romance that is different than the rest, give this one a try. I enjoyed it, particularly because it wasn't like every other story out there.
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2,234 reviews54 followers
October 6, 2017
Really liked this book, these situations always please me even though I'd never do so in my case, I'm WAY too close to my cousins for that. But in the case of the book....eh, no biggie.

One quote really got me amused, (and I also just love Hardy):

"Romantic turmoil does run in our family, doesn't it?"
--"We're like a bloody Thomas Hardy novel, darling."
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2 reviews4 followers
February 14, 2012
Relatively Honest is relatively good*. Which is probably pretty darn good given I read it the week while my beloved cat slowly slipped away. Written by seasoned Seattlite, Molly Ringle and published online by ireadiwrite (the same inspired people who signed Iain Thomas of hauntingly beautiful I Wrote This For You fame), it's a romantic, quirky coming of age tale about young Casanova, Daniel Revelstoke.

A veritable homme fatale with a penchant for American gals, the bad boy Brit leaves London with a tear stained trail of discarded hearts to immigrate en famille to the US of A where he hopes to seduce one eager yank after another (it's that British accent, ladies). But as is life's wont, things don't quite go the way he planned...

Ringle's writing is neat, witty and watertight. She has a knack for capturing quintessential college characters as well as the rather rough rite of passage university encapsulates. I found myself laughing aloud somewhat manically (think Ed, the loco hyena from The Lion King) a few times - I swear the cats thought I'd lost what little remains of my rational mind. I related warmly to the four students - typical campus archetypes distinguished by their faculty `traits' (tough lawyer, romantic historian, hospitably extrovert, eyelined thespian). Daniel's like any half good-looking womanizing commitment phobe (yeah, takes one) while Sinter, the emo-goth tortured-by-talent drama majoring roommate, bears an uncanny resemblance to Dream King as I'd imagine him in his heyday. The storyline reads a little like a 21st century's Midsummer Night's Dream and revolves, predictably, around love, misunderstanding, family secrets, misplaced affection and the requisite degree of complication to ensure the path `never did run smooth'. How does it end? Well, let's just say London, a cathedral, black eyeliner and rain feature heavily. Yup, you'll just have to read it!

* when I say relatively good, realize I'm not exactly its target audience: the book is designed for a considerably younger readership. Had I found this when I was a teenager, I would've devoured it by torchlight like a guilty contraband pleasure. Get it for your, erhm... cousin, baby sister, niece or daughter. Can't quite picture a schoolboy reading this but then again, my brother, Cameron liked to watch Home and Away (growing up we used to fight over prime-time TV - he wanted trashy soaps and I wanted a-hah! moments with Oprah: each to his own!) >> Rating for YA = 4 stars

~ SN (scarletnguni.com)
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514 reviews135 followers
December 29, 2012
Daniel Revelstoke fell in love with his first cousin.

Because of that words I wanted to read this book so bad. I ever read about siblings who fell in love but then get caught and be secluded. It was a sad case. I kind of hope that this one will have a happy ending.

Daniel Revelstoke is the type of guy who hardly heard 'No' from girls for his entire life. So yes, this guy is so full of himself and the bad news is he knows it. Daniel doesn't believe in 'love at first sight', but he fell instantly in love with Julie when he met her for the first time. Julie had a boyfriend Patrick and Daniel doesn't want to get involved with love triangle or worse, in love with someone's girlfriend.

He used to get whoever he wants easily. But now Julie doesn't even look interested with him and it hurts his pride. However, it motivates him even more to make Julie fall for him. But does Julie has the same feeling?

Daniel and Julie went to the same college, while Patrick studies far away from Julie. Daniel's roommate Sinter is kind of dark and always wears black clothes. But at least, he gets to date Julie's roommate, and makes Daniel feel even more miserable.

As though it wasn't enough, Daniel had to accept the truth that Julie is his long lost first cousin. They say when you are falling in love with somebody, you tend to do anything to impress him/her. And I'm sure that anything related to the impression isn't involved with "Hi, I love you but you are apparently my first cousin, do you still want to date me?" kind of thing. So, in order to keep the secret, he has to create lies. . . .

Is it normal to tell lies to your couple nowadays?

Although I hate it so much but I guess it depends on the circumstances. Recently I read books which characters told lies to their romantic partners, and I tried not to judge them directly, instead I tried to put myself into their shoes. Sometimes people tell lies just because they do not know how to deliver the truth to the person without hurting them, or they made unacceptable mistakes and are afraid of being resented as the result, etc.

Anyhow, I still prefer to tell the truth though. As long as you tell the truth, no one will get hurt, and even if the truth hurts, it hurts just for a while, but lies hurt forever (Am I bubbling right now? Hope not :D)

Overall, I enjoy reading this book, it's relatively good.
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1,287 reviews98 followers
August 14, 2014
“Relatively honest” è finito nelle cose da leggere perché consigliatomi dalla mitica @fallsofarc, con cui ormai ci scambia consigli di lettura come fossero ricette culinarie. Io non so cucinare, ma sicuramente non dico mai di no ad un libro. Ammetto anche che lo avevo iniziato a leggere un po’ a scatola chiusa perché avevo dato solo una scorsa veloce alla trama e che avevo naturalmente rimosso quando ho iniziato la lettura. Peccato che non sia rimasta per niente soddisfatta e che abbia fatto fatica a finirlo. E mi dispiace perché la storia aveva un bel potenziale.
Il segreto intorno a cui gravita tutta la storia è davvero sconvolgente a livello di trama anche se poi effettivamente io lo avevo mezzo indovinato dall’inizio. Il problema del libro secondo me è Daniel, il protagonista dal cui punto di vista è narrata la vicenda. È un personaggio totalmente insipido, che non è né carne né pesce, che fondamentalmente è un bambino e che avrei massacrato per la maggior parte del tempo. Ha dei comportamenti super infantili e anche quando cerca di fare il simpatico casca in un caso di prevedibilità unica.

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Profile Image for Carrie Secor.
Author 2 books10 followers
March 27, 2013
Well, it got a little better than I originally anticipated. At first, I could not figure out why Daniel was so interested in Julie at all. She was super judgmental about everything he did, particularly his "womanizing" ways, so I didn't understand why he wanted to be with her so badly. I warmed toward her eventually, but then she turned out to ALSO be lying to Daniel about multiple things, AND cheating on her boyfriend. I don't think she was a great character, so I had a hard time buying into Daniel's infatuation with her. I think it would have been easy to walk away (and I almost did).
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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280 reviews
November 23, 2012
A fluff read. While it poses some interesting questions of social norms, this is ultimately just another round about romance. Nothing of the story is really new and the writing was just average. Not a bad read, just nothing special.
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434 reviews46 followers
Want to read
December 24, 2011
What's with the cover? Can't they produce something slightly more original?
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