“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: This book is filled with romance and real life issues that made it so good I honestly couldn’t put it down.
Opening Sentence: I have never noticed Lucas before that night.
Jacqueline followed her high school boyfriend to college instead of following her dreams and going to a really serious music school. Now that they are sophomores, her boyfriend Kennedy has decided that he wants to play the field and live a little. Unfortunately for Jacqueline, she made Kennedy take an Economics class with her and she hasn’t been able to face him for the last two weeks so she skipped class. She ended up missing her midterm and is going to fail the class, in a last attempt to save her grade the teacher suggests she get some help from a tutor — Landon Maxfield. They correspond through emails, and Landon is very sweet and smart. Jacqueline finds herself looking forward to receiving emails from him, and can’t help but be attracted to him even though she has never met him.
Shortly after her break up with Kennedy Jacqueline’s roommate drags her to a frat party where Kennedy and all of his friends are there. Jacqueline decides to bail out early and ends up leaving the house alone. When she gets to her car she is attacked by one of the drunken frat boys and he tries to rape her. Then out of nowhere Lucas arrives and saves her. She has never noticed Lucas before that night but it turns out he is also in her Economics class. He is a bad boy to the core with piercings and tattoos to prove it. He is totally hot and Jacqueline can’t help the feelings he brings alive in her. But Lucas has secrets and she doesn’t know if she can trust him with her heart.
I absolutely loved Jacqueline. She felt so real to me and was someone I could easily connect with. At times she does make some dumb mistakes, but they are mistakes you see people make all the time in real life. She has her heart broken by the boy she thought was her future and now she is left to pick up the pieces of her life. She deals with this like most normal girls do and she eventually gets through it and is a better person because of it. After she is attacked, yes she is scarred but eventually she opens up and talks about it. She even takes a self defense class with her roommate to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I loved that this was a New Adult book, sometimes in YA books the characters can be so immature. It was nice to read from a little bit older point of view.
Landon is a fun character. You don’t get a lot of interaction between Landon and Jacqueline because their whole relationship is through text and email. His emails are always informative with a hint of flirtation in them and I loved it. You know he is smart and sweet, but you don’t know what he looks like which makes him mysterious. Jacqueline obviously likes him, but she needs to meet him before their relationship can really go anywhere.
You can sum Lucas up in one word — HOT!!!! I always love a tortured bad boy. The relationship between Jacqueline and Lucas is very steamy and was fun to read. At first they both play a little hard to get but eventually they can’t deny their attraction. The buildup and anticipation is done perfectly. At first Jacqueline wants just a rebound to help get over Kennedy, but as she spends more time with him she starts to really fall for him. But Lucas has a past and he doesn’t open up easily to anyone. Can Jacqueline break through his walls and make their relationship work?
This was such a good book. The writing and flow of the book was perfect. I picked this book up and couldn’t put it down until I was finished (which was 2 in the morning). The book covered some very real issues that happen in today’s society, and it really helped me to connect with the story. Everyone has let downs and hurt in their lives, but how you deal with them is what makes you the person you are. I felt that this book nailed this perfectly. The characters felt so real and the way they react and fix their problems felt very genuine. This book was an emotional roller coaster ride and I loved it. I wanted to add a warning that there are some sensitive subjects in this book like rape, sex, vulgarity, and underage drinking so if any of these subjects bother you I would maybe steer clear of reading this one. I honestly can’t say enough good things about this book, so if you are a fan of contemporary books you should really pick this one up.
From the corner of my eye, I watched his mouth twitch up on one side. “Do you really want to talk about that?” He maintained the closeness, our torsos pressed together chest to thigh, ostensibly waiting for my answer. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been so full of pure, unqualified desire.
I swallowed. “As opposed to talking about what?”
He chuckled, and I felt the vibrations of his chest against mine. “As opposed to not talking.” His hands at my waist gripped a little tighter, thumbs pressing into my ribcage, fingers still at my lower back.
I blinked, one moment not understanding what his words implied, and the next knowing unreservedly.
“I don’t know what you mean,” I lied.
He leaned closer still, his smooth cheek whispering against mine as he murmured, “Yes, you do.” Struck again by his scent-clean and subtle, unlike the trendy colognes Kennedy favored, which always seemed to overpower any scent I wore-I felt an impulse to bring my fingertips to his face and trail them over his freshly shaven jaw, the sexy scruff from yesterday gone. His skin wouldn’t redden mine now if he kissed me, hard. I would feel nothing but she mouth on mine-and maybe that slim ring at the edge of his lip…
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley provided me with a copy of Easy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”