Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Embrace)|
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Date: August 8th 2016
|Description from Publisher:|
| I'm used to going for the easy things in life. |
The easy A in school.
The easy lay in bed. The easy life my trust fund affords me.
Until I met Shelby.
Never in my life have I found retro T-shirts and ChapStick so damn sexy.
She's exactly what I never knew I wanted.
And she's *anything* but easy.
But suddenly, easy is overrated.
Only one damn problem... For Shelby, *hating me* is easy.
For the first time in my life, I have to work for something. And though she may not be easy...she'll be worth it.
Going into this, I imagined a more typical "bad boy"/goody-two-shoes story (which is a guilty pleasure of mine), but this delivered so much more than I could have hoped!
The relationship between Shelby and Tate is so intense in all the best ways. He shows his depth fairly quickly, being my favorite type - the cocky but sensitive guy you cannot help but love. His patience and understanding is ao very heartwarming and just plain awesome. His character really shines here. His warmth and depth is almost surprising, considering the Devil-May-Care attitude we initially encounter. And Shelby is such a fiery sweetheart herself. I didn't feel like she was as understanding of Tate's situation, but her issues being what they were (Trigger Warning: Sexual Abuse), it makes sense. Her strength and courage is admirable, as much as her quick wit.
This didn't rush things between the two, and I liked that it did things a bit differently. Things like Tate's patience with bedroom activities and the lack of InstaLove were refreshing. Honestly, I also loved how the sex was atypical. It added such a fantastic and real layer to it all. And the cuteness of Tate's research?? Totally swoonworthy.
The mystery of Shelby's past was well-shrouded until the reveal too. It didn't bother me that it was alluded to with only a little revealed at a time. It kept me trying to guess (though I guessed at how she was connected to Harrison). Her reactions to things felt spot on, especially her grieving over the recent passing of her mom (the anger, longing, and guilt).
The banter and overall interactions between tge couple, their "families," and their friends all felt very natural and everything flowed really well. The characters felt appropriate for the New Adult genre.
I found the pacing to be good, chugging along just right. The last 20% sped up some, pace-wise, but was still satisfying.
Loved this. So much. Or, I should say, J'adore beaucoup cela! ;)
|I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.|
|About Katana Collins|
|Katana Collins grew up in a lot of different places. She has called PA, NC, GA, FL and NY all her home. Pretty much in that order, too. Her dream was to always be an author. A photographer. A teacher. A veterinarian. A dolphin trainer. A ballerina. And an actress. She’s proud to say that a few of these even came true.
Katana attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she took only one writing class–but it was the class that changed the course of her life forever. One amazing professor and one semester later, she emerged with a new set of skills and was finally able to develop what was always a passion into that of a career. Or in Katana’s case, one of many careers. She showed up her first day of undergrad in overalls and flip flops…and graduated in a strapless silk dress and a pair of Manolos. She has never since worn overalls. Though, she does admit to the occasional flip flop.
Katana’s “double life” entails photographing portraits (boudoir and glamour portraits, pet portraits and baby/kids/family photographs). Katana currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a newlywed with her husband and two rescue dogs…one mastiff and one chihuahua.