The Synopsis from Goodreads:
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.
5 out of 5 for Easy by Tammara Webber. This is the kind of romance older teens plus should be reading.
This book held me captive from the first part and didn’t let me go. The book opens with our heroine, Jacqueline, running to her car from a party when she is attacked by one of her ex boyfriend’s fraternity brothers. He attempts to rape her – my heart was racing as I read this scene, jittery discomfort washing over me – until he is forcibly stopped by a stranger. *wipes hand across brow with relief.*
Suddenly her stranger is everywhere – in one of her classes, the coffee shop, the club. And he is hot. There is a mutual attraction between them, but Jacqueline has just come out of a long term relation, one she didn’t want to end, and is unsure if she’s ready for a relationship. Though her friends think he would be the perfect rebound guy.
At the same time, Jacqueline has to get tutoring after missing weeks of class after her break up. The thing is, her schedule and Landon’s (the tutor) are never in sync and they end up just doing tutoring sessions via email. Jacqueline finds herself enjoying the emails, which have become flirty, and Landon seems more like her type than her tattooed savior, Lucas. (Love triangle haters still give this a try because it’s not what you think.)
Jacqueline has made some huge mistakes – including following her (ex) boyfriend to college, but she learns the hard way what a horrible idea that was. She is young and flawed, but like any good character, she grows throughout the book. It’s her flaws that make her so easy to connect with.
Lucas is far more broken than Jacqueline could ever guess and is in need of a savior as much as she is.Lucas is the kind of guy you want, he is the definition of swoon worthy. He is protective, strong, sensitive, and happy to let Jacqueline be her own person and make decisions for herself and no one else. I loved finding out who he was, why he had so many odd jobs, and what his secrets were.
Buck, the guy who attempted to rape Jacqueline, doesn’t give up and continually tries to finish what he started – Jacqueline ends up taking self defense lessons and after reading this book I want to get them too. Rape is not something I enjoy reading about, but I thought Webber handled it very well. You shouldn’t put off reading this book because you are squirmish about reading about rape, there are no violent or too graphic scenes, a few will make you uncomfortable, but that’s it. Although rape is the driving force behind this book, it’s the characters and how they handle everything that make you unable to stop reading this book. For all the sad, heart breaking things in this book, it’s just as much an uplifting book, as strange as that sounds. And empowering. It was an advocate for a strong, healthy relationship in which a guy respects you and your choices and is willing to put your needs above his own – and if that sounds unrealistic, it shouldn’t, why shouldn’t girls aim to get a guy like that?
Anyway, that’s what good fiction does, makes you think. And just because a book is classed as romance doesn’t mean it’s shallow and that it can’t make you think.
Just as a warning, encase you do/don’t like reading steamy scenes, there are a few in this book — and when I say steam I mean steam, wow. Well written steam too. Not on the Erotic level, but hot enough.
All I can say is that I loved this book and it was worth the read and that if you love romance, especially romance with depth, then this is a must read.
You can add it to your goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16056408-easy