Published November 2012
Series: Contours Of The Heart #1
Genres: New Adult
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When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. 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, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night - but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
Jacqueline Wallace is still trying to adjust to a life without Kennedy, her boyfriend of 3 years. After leaving behind a promising future at Julliard or even Oberlin in order to attend the same college Kennedy chose, he dumped her seven weeks into the semester stating that he wanted to saw his wild oats, and quite obviously leaving her heartbroken.
As she decides to leave a Halloween party, she is assaulted by a guy on the parking lot of the frat house. If it wasn’t for Lucas, who hit the guy unconscious, she would have ended up raped. She didn’t know Lucas before, but quickly notices that he sits in one of her classes and has extra-curricular activities scattered everywhere across campus, from being barista at Starbucks to trainer at a self-defence class she is attending. And she can’t help but feel attracted, and above all, intrigued by his broody and mysterious ways.
But in the meantime, Jacqueline’s grades are suffering, especially in Economics, but her professor suggests she gets in touch with tutor Landon Maxfield to catch-up on the coursework. Unable to meet him face to face due to her busy schedule, she starts regular e-mail conversations with Landon, being just intrigued about him as she is about Lucas…
Okay, so this ranks as the New Adult book any self-worthy New Adult fan must read, amongst the likes of Beautiful Disaster etc. And now unlike the aforementioned which didn’t really strike me as a revelation, I really did love Easy by Tammara Webber, and must say it deserves its praise well.
Easy is written from Jacqueline’s point of view only, and that’s already a lot to take in (there’s actually a sequel from Lucas’ point of view, but we’ll get to that later). We learn about how she deals with her boyfriend breaking up with her, the attempted rape, and finally wanting to get over everything – perhaps using her attraction for Lucas act as a catalyst.
Tammara Webber’s writing is really good and not at all the kind of writing you would find in your average romance paperback. Not only does it revolve around the consequences of a breakup from a girl’s POV and her finding new love. No, it also deals with the sore subject that is physical abuse in a very mature way and goes beyond by diving deeper into the consequences of guilt-complex, and speaking up loud vs. keeping it all to yourself.
Story wise, the suspense was not outstanding as I absolutely expected what the story was around Lucas, but I was quite clueless as to what was revealed towards the end of the story, which suddenly gave a lot more meaning to the characters actions and states of mind.
As far as the characters go, I loved both Jacqueline, Lucas and Landon, as well as I did Jacqueline’s quirky roommate Erin and her gay friend Benji. And Lucas is a total hottie with his black mussed hair, blue eyes, tattoos and lip ring (think Camden McQueen from Sins & Needles) and happens to be the perfect book boyfriend. His many talents, caring attitude and loveable character will even make you forgive his brooding and mysterious nature. Yet, he has his story that will be revealed towards the end of the book.
I was however a bit disappointed that although I was able to imagine Lucas in every detail, I couldn’t really picture Jacqueline because there was a huge lack of detail concerning what she looked like. And looking at the book cover (which I really don’t like) it looks like a 12-year old guy kissing a 35-year old woman. No, thanks.
I must say this book is full of passion and building sexual tension between Lucas and Jacqueline, yet I was disappointed to not read any actual steamy scenes in the book at all. Even though there are some foreplay scenes, the act itself is hinted at and there’s no graphic (or written?) representation of it. (Yeah I’m such a horndog to be expecting this in every book I read, aren’t I?)
Again, as in many books I have been reading lately, I felt the end was coming on too abruptly. I wanted to know more about what’s in store for the characters, even though the air had definitely cleared and revealed a happy ending. I saw that there was some kind of prequel/male POV re-run of Easy published in May 2014 and called Contours of The Heart, and even though I am sure Lucas’ POV will be enticing, I am not sure it is worth reading it ?