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1. This is a book that I randomly purchased for my kindle because I thought the cover was cute. But really, isn't it? I know it's bad to judge books by their covers but sometimes I just can't resist.
2. This is the story of Jade, an eighteen year old girl who has overcome a rough home life, graduated valedictorian of her high school class, and has received a prestigious scholarship to go to college at an East Coast University. She doesn't drink (because her mother was addicted to pills and alcohol) but does her best to make friends and be a typical college student.
3. On the day that Jade moves in to her dormitory she and Ryan (who is like a brother to her) meet Garret, a pretty boy swimmer who is completely unlike any guy who she's ever spent time with. He's rich, a serious athlete, and she's sure that he's used to getting whatever he wants. Or is he? She denies his advances at first but the two settle into a comfortable friendship. She reminds him constantly that they are "just friends". But as the two get to know each other better and better and Garret's wealthy parents get involved, will the two be able to still see each other?
4. I thought Allie did a really good job pacing this novel. The development of Jake and Garret's "friendship" moves at just the right pace to make it ridiculous. I do think the two of them are kidding each other at some points but in a realistic way where you're like, "Ahhhh young love!" haha.
5. Let's be real here. There is a pretty serious cliffhanger at the end of this book and I am so so curious to find out what happens next. The Jade series is a long one and I can't wait to keep reading and find out what happens to Jade and Garret.
It is a talent to write books with a great plot line, characters that aren't cheesy, but interesting and talk like normal people. I say this is a talent because there are so many people out there now in the electronic book world that are"trying" to be authors, but don't know how to execute it properly. This author does!!!! I couldn't put it down and boy did she have my emotions on a roller coaster ride that I didn't want to end. Buckle up - it is that good!
I cannot wait for the next book! This book didn't end with me going, "geez another installment I have to buy to read this entire story" Nope. It left me feeling like a kid eager for Christmas to come so I can unwrap the next gift. Because believe me, this author has a gift for writing.
I love the characters - Garret and Jade are so complex and two totally broken characters. However, even though each are broken for different life reasons and circumstances, they fit with each other and for each other. I felt for each of their struggles and I am totally rooting for them.
I will for sure buy the next book and anything else this author writes. This author deserves this five star review and if I could give bonus stars I would! This is a must read, two thumbs up, totally worth every penny and second of your time book. Hit buy and enjoy!!!!
I confess that I have a fondness for the cliché and overused lame rich boy/poor girl trope in my romance. Yes, it’s cheesy and stupid, but I can’t help it. So, overall, because of this I took up this book and it’s a cute read, but also has some parts that I’m not really over the moon about.
Let’s start with the heroine Jade. She didn’t really speak to me much because she was simply too, well, jaded (bad pun). It was difficult to warm up to her and I sincerely hope she gets better and isn’t such a pile of distrusting disillusioned misery anymore.
I also wasn’t too wild about the way the pace was handled at the end and the mayor cliffhanger. The overall pace was nice and reasonable, but suddenly in the end it picked up tenfold and it was like BAM, the plot arrived. Beforehand, I could guess that something fishy was going on with the scholarship, but I didn’t really get a confirmation.
Also, it’s not really only the issue of this book, but so many new adult books seem to suffer under this. Why are all girls apart from the heroine so incredibly superficial and bitchy? Ok, there was one friendly girl, but all others were basically slutty bimbos. Ok, it had to be said.
I did like, however, how the relationship between Jade and Garret developed and wasn’t rushed. The focus of the book was almost entirely to build up their connection and it flowed smoothly, sweetly and believably. They spent a lot of time together doing various things, going to various places and simply got to know each other. There was also some spice to them and it was displayed by the sarcasm, teasing and banter they had going on. So I was grateful it wasn’t all mushy sap.
The whole mystery surrounding Jade and the whats, whys and whos was quite interesting and I predict the future conflicts and revelations will probably be emotional, dangerous and hard on the couple. I, however, can’t wait to get to the bottom of everything. It seems that Garret’s family has some skeletons in the closet as well and there were already intriguing hints given. Any answers are fine, but please don’t let them go through the OMG-we-might-be-siblings trope! I don’t even have any basis for this, but for some reason this came to mind. Maybe I’m totally barking up the wrong tree, but you never know.
As already mentioned, Jade wasn’t a heroine to my liking. She had some bright moments and I liked her conversations with Garret, but overall, she simply wasn’t likable. I am, however, quite excited on how her family history mystery (rhyme!) gets solved and what becomes of her.
Garret was rich and privileged, but didn’t have the douchey factor that usually comes with that and all the overconfidence and ego. He came across as a decent guy and though he made mistakes, he tried to do the right thing and was basically, well, quite likable. Nevertheless, he was slightly boring, having not much take him apart from other such heroes. But again, I’d like to follow on where he ends up with and I predict it will be a difficult road for him and Jade both.
There are parts that I enjoyed reading about and which will have me pick up the next books in the series, but as always, there were things I didn’t really like that much. Luckily, the good outweighed the not so good, so I should get on with the second book. It’s an ok new adult story that I think will only continue to get better in the upcoming books.
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