“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.”
“I can't really explain it, but I was hooked by this book from the first chapter and I read the whole thing in three hours. I couldn't put it down until the story was resolved and I knew how this characters - these charmingly flawed characters - resolved their issues.
As a general rule, I don't read many romances, and New Adult is such a relatively new concept that I can't say I have much experience with it. However, this book made me more curious (even as it made me feel incredibly OLD since my college days are gone and never coming back).
A perfect way to spend an afternoon. ”
“3.5”2.0 wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After seeing some of the raving reviews for Easy, I felt it might be something that I would really enjoy so I ordered a copy. I did enjoy this book, but I didn't love it as so many others readers did.
I really can't explain what was so off about this book to me because I don't really know. I just can't exactly put my finger on it. I guess just overall (characters, storyline, writing) just didn't reach out and grab me.
One thing I will say is that I read Easy the same week I read Colleen Hoover's Slammed, and I absolutely LOVED that book. I think that maybe I would have liked Easy more if I wouldn't have read those two books in the same week.
Although I didn't love Easy, it was an enjoyable story and I will definitely read more of Webber's books in the future.
“Lucas and Jacqueline
Jacqueline moved away to go to school to be with her boyfriend Kennedy, they were together for 3 years. He tells her one day that its over because he wants to get with other girls.
Jackie left a party early and didn't realise she was being followed until she opened her truck door and was propelled into the car by a body. She realised it was buck, he was drunk and wouldn't get off her. He started ripping her clothes and tried to rape her. She tried to get him off but couldn't manage it and then he's gone, some guy comes out of no where and knocks him off her and beats the shit out of him. The guy took her back to her place as she didn't want to call the cops and made sure she was ok.
He's names Lucas and he's in her economics class. Lucas is in the class as he is the Tutor that the professor calls Landon. She thinks there 2 different people. She starts to have feelings for Lucas but looks forward to emails from Landon, not knowing its the same guy.
She has a few more altercations with buck which she doesn't tell Lucas about. But he ends up attacking her again near Lucas's house big mistake.
I really enjoyed this book. It had it all i was laughing and crying. Lucas was sexy, smart, strong tattood and pierced, oh my hero!”
“I read good things about this book on-line. I was happy to see it was half price at Barnes and Nobles. It was a good read! I liked the characters!”Carol W wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a book that gripped me early and held on until about halfway through. Unfortunately the heroine made some really idiotic decisions that frustrated me into almost not finishing the book. But when I finally decided to keep reading I saw the author had pity on her and those bad decisions didn't lead to everything blowing up in her face as it easily could have. So I got over it.
Other than that it was a good love story with a great plot. The hero is an awesome tragically broken ex-bad boy turned savior. Doesn't get much hotter than that.”
“Because of my immense hatred for the term "new adult," I really did not have any plans to read this, though I did put on my GR to-read shelf for what that's worth. However, Jenni of Alluring Reads read this very recently and praised it to the skies, which prompted a Twitter discussion. Both Jenni and Steph of Cuddlebuggery insisted that I should read this book, but, because of a recently instated book-buying ban, I doubted that would happen anytime soon. At the book club's white elephant party, I "stole" a gift that included the paperback of Easy. Let's just say that I will definitely listen when Jenni and Steph tell me to read things.
First off, this writing in Easy was amazing across the board. I have no complaints about this book being so immensely popular. Webber knows what she's doing and I can only hope that having been picked up by Penguin will make all of her books easier to get a hold of for people like me who do not like to buy ebooks. In case the fact that this used to be self-published worries you, do not be worries, because this has been both well-written and well-edited. Oh, also, can I say how incredibly thrilled I am that the email and text conversations in this book did not involve any text speak?
Initially, Jacqueline frustrated me. Her newly ex-boyfriend, Kennedy, was so obviously an awful human being. Their relationship reminds me in every way of that of Elle Woods and her high school boyfriend in the movie Legally Blonde. A handsome, preppy guy heading for a sleazy career (lawyer/politician) dumps his beautiful, devoted girlfriend so that he can sleep around in college. On the plus side, that's better than cheating, but I had no patience for Kennedy whatsoever and could not fathom why Jacqueline stayed with him.
Thankfully, Jacqueline proves herself again and again. After the dumping, Jacqueline reverts to using her full name in place of the nickname "Jackie" that he gave her, a reference to the president he was named for and his wife (UGH, seriously, why did she not know he was awful before?). When he inevitably comes crawling back, Jacqueline's much more mature about it than I could ever be, remaining civil but consistent in her lack of interest. Heck yes, girl!
As is pretty well known by this point, Easy begins with an attempted rape, and that is a main theme throughout the book. Another reason I struggled with Jacqueline as a heroine at first was that she did not report the guy. However, I know that's completely realistic behavior. Thankfully, with the help of her completely supportive BFF, Erin (who I totally loved btw), Jacqueline manages to take charge of herself, finding new mental and physical strength. I loved that. Also, though there's a depiction of the dark side of the Greek system on college campuses, Webber does not malign it entirely. She kept everything fair, and I appreciate that, even though I'm one heck of a GDI and want nothing to do with frat guys myself.
Please, please, please do not judge the romance in this book off of the blurb. The whole bit about how "He watched her, but never knew her" sounds creepy as hell, and, seriously, Lucas is not like that. He was in her class, so he would watch her there, the way people do when they're bored during a lecture. Since she was cute and smart, he would take note if he saw her on campus. This is completely normal and non-stalkerish behavior, okay? Lucas is not that guy; he does nothing a normal college student wouldn't do in the course of an attraction.
Obviously, I love Lucas or I would not feel the need to defend his honor thus. He's just a great guy. He does do a couple of questionable things, but, honestly, I'm glad about those because they made him real. Otherwise, he would have been in manicpixiedreamboy territory. He's got some darkness and makes stupid decisions sometimes, which is much better than if he were purely perfect. As with all the best heroes, he empowers Jacqueline, and helps her to be better in every way. Plus, he does not pressure for sex at all. Speaking of sex, wow. Webber can write a sizzling scene. Much as I love YA, I do get to missing a well done sex scene, and Easy definitely scratched that itch.
In case you didn't figure this out by now, I ended up loving this book, so much so that I devoured it in a matter of hours. I only hope I can figure out how to get my hands on her Between the Lines series soon.”
“Easy does it.
In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have read this straight after reading Slammed by Colleen Hoover as it has a similar storyline, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I thought it was quite steamy for a New Adult novel! Emphasis more on sexual tension than actual sex, but it was still pretty high on the smut-o-meter. The romance side of things was good and often sweet, but, being the twisted sister I am, I would have dearly loved for there to have been more emotional drama and turmoil. From the blurb, I was expecting it to be more of a gut-kicker than I ultimately found it to be. Oh well.
I enjoyed both main characters, Lucas and Jacqueline, and indulged in a nice bit of righteous indignation on Jacqueline's behalf when her ex delivered his "It's not you, it's me" speech right at the top of the story. Oyyy, what an asshat he was. [/span][/span]As we join Jacqueline in the present[/span], it's been about 3 weeks since this happened and she's still feeling a very raw and is having to adjust to the fact that all her friends were actually all his friends, so the split has disrupted her world in more ways than one. [/span]But, on the plus side, this leads her to attend a party where she meets someone who thankfully wasn't an asshat, and that was Lucas. He was an interesting character with a mysterious, troubled past that is slowly uncovered by Jacqueline. While I enjoyed reading Lucas' story as it unfolded, I thought the ultimate reveal, the big showdown conversation, was incredibly rushed causing it to lack any real impact. I thought he forgave very easily and it was resolved too quickly.
I would definitely recommend the audio version. The reader was very good and sounded age-appropriate. I should also warn that it features an attempted rape that is described in detail, so definitely a book for older teens.
3.5 Stars ★★★1/2”
“It seems I am reading more Young Adult/New Adult novels lately. I admit I was reluctant to read this genre because I worried about relating to college students. But really a good story is a good story, no matter what age the characters. It really isn't any different than the young debs in a Regency historical, just a different setting. At any rate there was quite a lot of chatter about this book, and I'm glad I read it.
First of all, the characters of Jacqueline, Erin, Lucas, Landon, Benji, Kennedy, and Buck were all fully fleshed out. I felt as if I knew them, would recognize them on the street. Everything about them felt real from their dialogue to their actions.
The writing style was easy to read (no pun intended). Although I am not a fan of first person POV, it worked for me in Easy (as well as Beautiful Disaster).
I liked Jacqueline, and it was refreshing to see a heroine with a backbone, self confidence, and intelligence without being irritating. I had a couple of hiccoughs with a couple of her actions, however. First, I didn't enjoy her low spirits over Kennedy even though I understood why she was moping. It WAS a three-year relationship that ended, and I got that. Secondly, i really hated that she poked around in Lucas' past. He would have told her eventually. I just wish she had given him the patience and compassion he gave her when she was attacked.
I love Lucas. Even though he has tats, a lip piercing, and rides motorcycle, Lucas is much more than what you see. He is smart, funny, compassionate, caring, and one of the most lovable heroes ever.
The subject matter of rape, assault, stalking is not light and frothy. The author handles these dark subjects very well. I liked that Jacqueline empowered herself by taking self- defense classes and speaking out when it mattered.
Between the attack on Jacqueline ad Lucas's dark and tragic history, I was very thankful for the parts that were lighter. For instance, the emails between Jacqueline and Landon were funny and provided much needed comic relief. I confess I figured out the Landon mystery before it was revealed, but I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I felt it added something, another layer to all the new relationships Jacqueline was experiencing.
Easy was a terrific book, and I am glad that I put aside my YA/NA snobbishness to read it. ”