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

Access Denied by Jacqueline Roth.

12445699Kindle Edition, 344 pages

First Published 11 October 2007

As the world ended, a selection of people got to move to the Sanctuary. There, the Community controls a lot of stuff, including relationships. Each person is given ten chances to find love, before settling into a life of solitude. For three months, these carefully chosen matches live together. After that time, either person can reject the match. Then they do it all again.

Leah is onto her seventh match assignment. She is amazingly empathetic, and remains close friends with most of her previous matches, but she is very plain, and her physical appearance has hindered any longer attachment with any man. She doesn’t expect to ever find love, and now simply goes in looking for friendship.

James is lonely by choice – haunted by his past. He is unimpressed when he sees the unattractive woman, his latest assignment, appear on his computer screen. He’s intends to get through the three months with as little attachment to Leah as possible.

But as the weeks pass by, James can’t help but be touched by her kind nature. Will the two learn to let go and love? If they can, will the Community even let them be happy?

 

Access Denied is a romance with a dystopian backdrop. The whole end of the world thing is not heavily focused on too much. Throughout the book, little pieces about the Community are dropped here and there. But the romance takes precedence.

I think that Leah is pretty easy to identify with. She’s never experienced love and goes into these three-month assignments with her speeches about just being friends ready to go. You’re sad on her behalf because she is so sensitive to how others feel, and she has so much to give, but just because she isn’t conventionally beautiful, no man wants to marry her.

James is a beast. He’s all grouchy and shut off. He’s been burned and hurt before and has written Leah off before she even walks through his door. It’s nice to see him open up over the course of the novel.

I liked the dystopian elements in Access Denied. The Community is kind of like Big Brother. They do control quite a few things – the relationships, and how people have to exercise, stuff like that. But it doesn’t have an oppressive feel to it, except for maybe later on when you learn more. Towards the end they take the stage a bit more.

I quite enjoyed this book. I’d recommend it to people who enjoy some of Nora Roberts more out there books, especially Time and Again (two full length novels about time travel – I thought that the vibe there was similar to Access Denied).

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5

Rush Me by Allison Parr.

17203923New York Leopards, Book One

Kindle Edition, 246 pages

Published April 8th 2013 by Carina Press

When Rachael loses her friend and stumbles into the wrong party, everything changes. She’s in publishing and would prefer to read than have anything to do with sports, so when she meets Ryan Carter, star quarterback for the New York Leopards, she has no clue who he is. And even though she is seriously attracted to him, he is a perfect jerk, and she doesn’t have any intention of meeting him again.

But when some other young guys in the team take a liking to her (in a friendship kind of way), a series of events keeps putting Ryan and Rachael in each other’s path.

It’s ridiculous to think that a millionaire pro-footballer would be interested in a twenty-something academic-type (who has to temp to make up for the fact that she can’t seem to land any paying positions in the publishing industry), but the more time the two spend together, the more they seem to like each other.

Will their relationship survive her five-year school reunion, his fame, her brother’s horrible girlfriend, or trips to meet their parents?

 

Rush Me was such an enjoyable read. It’s told from Rachael’s perspective and is very fun and easy to read. It’s also smart, with more interesting conversations among the characters than I’ve seen in other New Adult novels. Rachael is very well read, so there’re lots of little snippets about this and that here and there.

I just adored the way she got on so well with all the other players; it was like a brotherly love, and was very cute. And the way that her and Ryan start out as two bickering people but gradually start to actually like each other was very well done. Rush Me is a really good romance.

The most notable way that this is different to other New Adult novels is the lack of swearing and copious sex scenes. There was only a little of both here, and I really liked that. I’ve learned to deal with the massive amounts of swearing in other books, but it still bothers me. It offends me a little on the characters behalf, because I see swearing as a lack of vocabulary, and I think that the characters I read about are smarter than that. Maybe I’m generalizing, and should just shut up, because people can cuss if they want to. But do they have to do it so much? It doesn’t automatically make you more adult or mature. If nothing else, the lack of it in Rush Me was a breath of fresh air. And as for the sex, I guess that depends on personal taste. If you like books with a lot of it, then you might miss that here. But if, like me, you think that less is more, than you’ll appreciate the way Rush Me has been written.

I thought that this was a standalone novel, but now that I realise it isn’t, I look forward to reading about some of the other players in its companion novels. I really liked the sports backdrop, and I think I’ll find more books like this to read.

If you’re into New Adult, for just a few dollars, you really can’t go wrong with Rush Me.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.89/5