Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber
Published by Berkley on 11/6/12
Genres: New Adult, Tough Issues
Format: Paperback
Source: The Smashtastic Library
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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.

#insixwords: Beautiful story yet an uneasy read.

I am really, really happy that I decided to read this. Isa gushed about it at Book Bash, and since Tammara was signing, I said “Why the hell not?” Listening to Isa tell Tammara her feelings about the book was super special, and it pushed the book to the top of my TBR pile. This isn’t my typical genre, though I love tough issue books. And it seems I am liking contemporary romance a bit more these days. Is it pregnancy hormones or just a shift in my reading preferences? Who knows, but I’m enjoying the ride…16056408

Easy isn’t an easy book. It’s full of pain, terror and guilt, but it’s also full of passion, healing and awakening. It has equal doses of love and horror, but that is what makes the book gripping. I read it in two sittings, though to me, it was really one. I barely dug into it in the first sitting before I had to put it down. When I picked it up the second time, I was engrossed. I halted plans to visit family until I was done. I did not want to put it down, yo!

I think one of the best things about this book is the growth in Jacqueline. At the beginning of the book, she appears to be exactly how she feels: arm candy for her now ex-boyfriend of three years, Kennedy. She didn’t appear to have much self-confidence, and I could completely relate. I had a moment in early adulthood where I let a guy become “my world.” I was no longer as important as he was, or our relationship. I did everything to make it work, even when the odds were clearly stacked against us. I lost a lot of myself in the process, and I’m still thankful for the day when I WOKE. UP. I feel like Jacqueline definitely goes through this kind of awakening, though her experience and situation were far different from mine. Regardless, it was the catalyst for change, and change she did.

I love the mystery behind Lucas, though I guessed his situation early on. He is the White Knight in Shinning Armor of this story, but he is hard to figure out. The only thing I was certain of was that he liked Jacqueline, in a big way. He was like her Guardian Angel. It’s really hard not to fall in love with a guy who saves you from physical and emotional torment, even if he is mysterious, broody, and aloof. I had no insight about his past, and when it is revealed, Lucas’ support of Jacqueline and women’s safety, in general, made so much more sense. As he helps Jacqueline heal, Jacqueline returns the favor ten-fold. This particular piece of the story is the most heartfelt. It is the part that made my heart smile, though I was quite tearful through it.

Tammara is writing a book from Lucas’ POV, which makes me super giddy. She states that it has some prequel bits and some Easy overlap, but it is ultimately his story.

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