Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: NA (New Adult)
Content Rating: R for, you know…
Coffee Beans: 4
Read it. Now
Cover Appeal: Awesome sauce
Instalove Factor: None present
Spoliers: Yes, sort of. But I warn you when
A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be
broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies
can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each
other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to
the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months
into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality:
she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory,
ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time
in her life.Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by
her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place
at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that
night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching
in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a
choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but
he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and
knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
Easy is a very convoluted, detailed book. And not in a bad
way. I tried explaining it to my friend when she asked what it was about, and I
realized, at the end of my sloppy description, that there is A LOT going on in
the story. Let’s see if I can make it better this time around.
Mostly, this book is about Jacqueline’s journey through
coping with the fact that she was assaulted and almost raped by someone she
knew, and then her relationship with Lucas. But mostly her relationship with
Lucas and him helping her and her being empowered to deal with what happened to
See? Even that was messy.
Let’s get out of the way what I didn’t like (and this is a
bit of a spoiler, so skip a head if you don’t want to read this). There were
She has this attraction to Lucas, a guy in her
econ class. He’s super cute, a bad boy, and according to her friends–the perfect
rebound guy from her recent break-up. So, she toys with him. He plays along.
They make out and then at class the next day, they completely ignore each other
like nothing ever happened. Like the hadn’t even met!! That, to me, was
frustrating and a tad unbelievable. But not a deal breaker.
Because of said break-up, (and the assault) she’s
in a hot, emotional mess, and skips two weeks of her econ class because her ex
is taking it, too. The teacher says she can take up tutoring with the TA (who
she’s never met) to catch up on what she missed and then get a project
assignment to make up for her midterm. His name is Landon.
Anyone else seeing what’s being set up here? To me, it was completely obvious that they were the
same guy. Like, 100%, no bones about it. I can’t believe Jacqueline didn’t pick
up on it.
So those were the only two issues I had. The rest is all
The writing of Tammara is very, very good. It seems, with
these types of books (I don’t know if they have an official genre or not. But
you know the ones; Beautiful Disaster, Crash/Clash, 50 Shades), writing seems
to come secondary to all the other “stuff”. But with Tammara, writing and
telling the story comes first. And it’s soooo
well done. All of it.
I enjoyed the characters immensely. Jacqueline was a real
person with believable actions and thoughts, her friend Erin was saucy and
offered strength, wisdom, and comedic relief. And Lucas was actually a strong
male character in this book. And not just physically strong (cuz he was that,
too), but he was mature and reasonable and was kinda just a normal guy (thank
you, Tammara. There aren’t enough Lucas’ in YA/NA/Crossover books).
I LOVED how
Tammara talked about the importance of a female knowing that being raped isn’t
their fault. That it’s not something to be ashamed of, and it’s okay to get
help. She delivered all the important information and the truth of the
situation in a natural way and at no time did I feel like I was reading a PSA
(public service announcement).
I’ll tell you this, I’m signing up for a self-defense class
after reading this book.
One thing I do wish, that she added a little more to the
stalker element of the story. I think that would have added a bit more depth to
the plot, given it a bit more to sink my teeth into.
And I loved that this was a standalone book. Can you tell
that I’m not really into books that are setting up a series?
Happy reading, my friends!