Friday, October 26, 2012

Easy: Review + Giveaway!

Tammara Webber
310 pages
Releases: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Source: the publisher

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Jacqueline is nineteen years old and has just been dumped by her high school boyfriend, whom she followed to college.  When she's attacked outside a fraternity Halloween party, she's saved by an attractive guy she's never noticed before, but now she's noticing him everywhere.  They're immediately attracted, but Lucas has a secret past he's not sure he wants to share...

Gah!  Easy totally got me out of a little reading slump I've been in for a few weeks.  I absolutely loved everything about it, including the fact that I was hooked by page one and stayed up until two a.m. before I had to put it down more than halfway through.  I eagerly finished it up after work yesterday.

The book starts with an attack outside of a fraternity Halloween party.  I barely knew Jacqueline at that point, but for some reason (probably the nature of the attack) I really felt afraid for her.  When Lucas saves her I breathed a huge sigh of relief and remained on the edge of my seat for the remainder of the novel for two reasons.  First, Lucas and Jacqueline have this intense chemistry together and I couldn't get enough of it.  Second, her attacker isn't done just because Lucas punched him in the face.  That part of the plot was heartbreaking and I was really waiting for things to turn right.

Yes, Jacqueline is saved by a man at the beginning of the book, but that doesn't mean she's a weak female character.  In fact, the by the end of the book she's holding her own, kicking ass and taking names.  I was really proud of how her character grew through the novel.

There are a couple twists in Easy.  The first one I caught on to right away and couldn't believe Jacqueline didn't.  The second one twist, regrading Lucas, was definitely less obvious but really explained why Lucas was the way he was as a person.

Now, I do want to mention that Easy is from the emerging genre "New Adult," which falls somewhere between YA and adult novels.  The characters in Easy faced the same coming of age issues characters in YA novels often do, but Jacqueline's problems were a little more serious and she and her friends acted their ages, which means there's sex and alcohol in Easy.  That doesn't bother me at all, but I thought I'd mention it for those of you who prefer to avoid those subjects.  This was the first New Adult novel I've read and if others in the genre are anything like Easy, I'm totally on board.  If you aren't opposed to adult themes, I highly suggest you give this one a try.

Five stars!  This book was amazing and I didn't want to put it down.  Easy is a standalone and I'm a little devastated there won't be a sequel just because I loved the characters so much.  I will definitely be checking out the author's other works.

And now's your chance to win!  Berkley Trade has graciously offered up a copy of Easy to one of my followers, so enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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  1. Slammed by Colleen Hoover and Avoiding Commitment by KA Linde are some of my favorites!
    Lacey T

  2. I totally agree with Slammed by Colleen Hoover! :))

    Happy Reading!

  3. Glad to see you loved this one and that it got you out of your reading slump. Easy is one of my all time faves! My go to recommendation for New Adult is actually Easy lol but if you liked this book then you will probably like The Wild Ones or Down To You by M. Leighton, although Down To You is real adult, it gets very steamy. Providence by Jamie McGuire is another good one and that one has a paranormal twist to it. Then there is Crash by Nicole Williams, which borders YA and New Adult. Okay I think I'm done now, sorry for rambling!

    Awesome review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  4. Thank you for all the awesome suggestions, I'm definitely going to be looking into some of these!!

  5. So I really love New Adult so here are some of my favorite: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Losing It by Cora Cormack, The Moreno Brothers series by Elizabeth Reyes (I LOVE this series, it's really good;highly recommended!!), Because of Low and While it Last by Abbi Glines, Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt, Lengths by Steph Cambell and Liz Reinhardt and Fade by A.K. Morgan (It's a paranormal New Adult and if you don't have a problem with a sexy possessive Alpha werewolf then you'll love this. It's really good!)

  6. The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #1) by Jessica Sorensen was veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery good. :)

  7. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book! Yet I still haven't made to get it. I love those books that help pull you out of reading slump. I've had a lot of those lately. I'm also kind of bummed that it's a standalone novel. When I fall in love with a story I always want more! Great review :)

  8. Check out Love Left Behind by S.H. Kolee. It's like a more grown-up version of Beautiful Disaster and an awesome read.

  9. Just For Now by Abbi Glines!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Good review too, Easy is definetly a must read! Anything Tammara has written I've loved.

  11. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is really good

  12. Beautiful Disaster, Slammed and Crash (if that one is new adult). Thanks!


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