I read this as my January book for my 2017 Reading Challenge/Book Club. The theme was ‘Read an Indie Author’, so I picked this book that got rave reviews and had been sitting on my TBR pile for a while.
A New Adult Romance about a young woman trying to atone for her wild first year in college. She moves in with the college stud – whom she happened to hook up with the previous year – but ends up falling for his best friend.
This is usually the kind of book I avoid. Firstly, I tend to hate first person POV. And secondly, angsty New Adult Romances generally have dickhole “heroes” and “broken” women that the guy can get protective over. But I’d heard that this book wasn’t like that – and they were right. Despite me being unsure at first, Crosbie turns out to be adorable. Nora is flawed, but determined.
Julianna Keyes is a skilled writer. I really felt all the pain and awkwardness of Nora’s situation and everything she goes through. I did think that she made too big a deal out of some things, and determinedly stuck to her course for a bit too long. But it was in character and consistent with what I knew of her. If I had one complaint about the book – which is so minor as to be insignificant – is that maybe I didn’t feel the joy as strongly as I felt all the pain.
This book overcame all my reservations and made me feel a whole bunch of things – so it gets 5 stars.
Did I learn anything by reading this:
I certainly learned what a difference a cover could make. I wasn’t interested in this book at all based on the first cover. And though I don’t love the second cover, it’s not nearly as off-putting. Mostly because it doesn’t imply a love triangle.
Would I read in this genre again:
In New Adult? Hmmm, probably only if the book is highly recommended by someone that really knows my reading tastes.
An Indie Author? Of course!
Read it if you like beta heroes, college-aged characters, and feeling all the feels.
Which Indie Authors did you read this month?