Heidi’s Review: There is just something about a man who saves the day . . . or your life.
For Jacqueline that night happened two weeks after her d.bag boyfriend dumped her. We all know college is a chance to spread your wings, learn to fly and all that happy jazz, but when your high school girlfriend tells you she’s following you to college, you break-up than, not during the semester because you want to test the waters from the nearby sorority. Yeah, that is exactly what Jacqueline’s boyfriend did . . . good riddance.
Back to the knight and shining armor, Lucas, who was a definite wake-up call for our girl here. Although Jacqueline acted a bit over the top with her drama, it’s well earned after we encounter the slimy ex known as Kennedy. When you have to do a side by side comparison, Lucas vs. Kennedy, you’ll be saying, Kennedy who!
Lucas is a man’s man. And in all likelihood didn’t intend to be, until a tragic night forced his hand. When he comes to Jacqueline’s rescue, he wants nothing more than to help her anyway he can and get to know her. He does the most swoonworthy thing to get her attention!
When Jacqueline realizes Lucas is in her Econ class, one that she’s failing, she moves away from Kennedy to sit near Lucas, if only to gain his attention.
Enter Landon. He’s been assigned to help Jacqueline raise her failing grade in Econ. Although they never meet, they flirt, laugh and converse a lot through email.
Between the two boys, she’s feeling strong and independent, even if Lucas confuses the heck out of her.
Kennedy has a coming to life moment and realizes he made a mistake when he broke up with his Jackie, but she’s not dumb, she’s seen the grass on the other side and it is sooo much greener.
Torn between Lucas and Landon, residual feelings for Kennedy and the looming trouble around the corner, Jacqueline takes steps to protect herself and her heart and tells one of these guys that’s she’s head over heels in love.
Yvette’s Review: At some point in our life we all come across a Guardian Angel when we are least expecting it. Whether it be helping us to pass our exams, or being our lucky charms, our keeping our loved ones safe and away from harm. In Jacqueline’s case, her Guardian Angel comes in more than one guise and this is told in EASY the new YA novel from Tammara Webber.
Thrown in to the action from page 1 we meet Jacqueline in terrifying circumstances and we meet her Guardian Angel not long after. Saved from what could have resulted in a terrifying attack, Jacqueline’s knight in shining armour is tall, dark, mysterious and, it turns out, a dichotomy of sorts.
Struggling to get over her breakup from her (dare I say, dipstick) boyfriend, Jacqueline finds herself falling behind in her economics class and she is put in touch with a TA who, after a bit of a bad start, she finds herself warming to – and not just because he is helping her with her studies. Add that to that the fact that her BFF’s has convinced her that she needs to employ OBBP (Operation Bad Boy Phase) and the conquest of said Operation just happens to be Lucas and Jacqueline finds herself having feelings for both the men that have made a very sudden appearance in her life. As she gets to know Lucas more and more (with their paths crossing more than once – sometimes in unexpected circumstances) Jacqueline realises that her Guardian Angel needs some protecting of his own.
This is not just a story of a supposed love triangle, however. With a very real sub plot, this story has a serious message that everyone should take note of. EASY goes far deeper than being yet another YA romance, it experiences dark themes of trauma and pain that are not just experienced by Jacqueline but by Lucas too – and just as things seem to be going swimmingly between them, the secrets of their past may cause the devastation of their future.
I am a big fan of Tammara Webber’s Between The Lines book series, she knows how to capture her audience not only with her storytelling but by creating main characters that you care about. While EASY is a step in a darker direction it does not detract from the fact that Lucas is definitely a heartthrob that will make you simultaneously weak and the knees and empowered at the same time. And while Jacqueline is very much a distraught girlfriend at the start, it is her strength and her heart that makes her a very credible heroine.
If you are looking for a quick read that will have you hooked from page 1, gives you a male lead that’s to die for, has a protagonist that lives through a very real situation, and has a mix of romance and drama, then I would fully recommend that you add EASY to your reading list.
Author: Tammara Webber
Published: Out Now
A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem–their only interactions are through email.
Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees–hoping for more.
Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.