Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee.

17854029Escaping, Book One

402 pages

Published July 3rd 2013

 

After catching her boyfriend stepping out on her, Whitney decides to spend the summer with her mum and sister in the country. Their easygoing, loving ways are so different from life with her rich father and socialite stepmother. Whitney can already begin to feel herself unwind.

When a tattooed stranger rescues her from an embarrassing heatstroke pass out, Whit’s mum is quick to suggest her daughter find this guy and find a way to thank him.

Cole doesn’t think a girl like Whitney could ever go for a guy like him, and is determined to keep her at a distance. But it isn’t long before they are succumbing to the sparks flying between them. They have a whole summer to be together – but maybe one summer isn’t enough.

 

Escaping Me was a very enjoyable read. The drama was never over the top, and the romance plodded along nicely. Plus, the country-style setting really worked for me.

I loved the fact that instead of Whitney’s mum freaking out about some tattooed crew-cut guy bringing her daughter home unconscious, she tells Whitney how ‘yummy’ he was, and suggests that she track him down.

I thought that the dialogue between characters was really engaging, and had me not wanting to put the book down. The characters themselves were great – I really liked them. Cole is definitely a ‘bad boy’ and Whitney is a sorority chick, so they have a nice little opposites attract thing going for them.

By the time I’d turned the last page, everything that stood in the way of their relationship had been resolved. And that’s always good.

This was a nice, light New Adult read. I’m keen to get into the next book, which is about Whitney’s younger sister.

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.98/5

Reckless by Devon Hartford.

18189224The Story of Samantha Smith, Book Two

eBook, 385 pages

Published October 8th, 2013

Reckless continues the romance of Samantha and Christos (Adonis).

Sam has decided to change her major to Art, but when she tells her parents they totally flip, but still manage to find a way to use the situation to their advantage. Suddenly, Samantha has to fight a whole harder for her dreams.

Christos is very busy with his painting, and is making a good name for himself in the art world. But there’s something he has been hiding from Sam, something that has the capacity to ruin their future together.

 

Reckless tackles the part of a relationship that a lot of books probably don’t show: what happens when the honeymoon phase ends. Though they love each other very much, real life is calling and Christos and Sam have to answer. They have less time for each other and have to find ways to deal with that.

The tone is more mature than in Fearless – Sam has grown up a lot. There’s also a lot more graphic content (!). The plot is very loose, and single events are explored in great detail.

Samantha has matured a lot, and her confidence is much higher in this book. She’s finally finding the pluck to stand up to her controlling parents and chase her dreams.

Christos writes from his point of view at times throughout the book, and we get to enjoy the fact that he really is a one-woman man now. He continues to give dreamy soliloquies to Samantha that speak volumes of his undying love. He is very dramatic and comfortable in his own skin – totally confident. But you also see his darker side…

Reckless was a good follow up to Fearless, and sets up the next book really well. I can’t wait to get stuck into Painless!

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Rating: 4.26/5

Easy by Tammara Webber.

Paperback, 310 pages16056408

First published May 25th 2012

Jacqueline’s boyfriend of three years, Kennedy, broke it off with her just weeks ago, so that he could sow his wild oats and get it out of his system now, at college, rather than later, when he’s a politician and it could ruin his career.

When leaving a party one night, Jacqueline is almost raped by a fellow student. Luckily, she was rescued by Lucas. Before that night, she had never noticed him. Now, he seems to be everywhere.

Her friends, who don’t know about the attempted rape, urge her to have a fling with Lucas. They think that a bad boy like him is just what she needs to get over her good boy ex.

Lucas and Jacqueline grow closer, but he has a dark past that he isn’t willing to share, as well as some secrets that affect their relationship in the present. Meanwhile, Jacqueline is still being threatened by her would-be rapist, Buck.

Easy blew me away. I loved all the characters – Lucas would have to be the hottest literary leading man that I’ve encountered in quite some time! – and Jacqueline is strong and likeable. Some of the subject matter is quite heavy, but it’s dealt with really well. The romance aspect was fantastic.

I just loved it!

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.26/5