Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Published by Penguin on October 9th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Also by this author: Breakable, Between the Lines: The Complete Series, Sweet
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.
I bought an eBook of Easy back in May when it was first released, but didn’t get the chance to read it until I acquired a paperback copy recently. (One of the drawbacks of eBook purchases is they become out of sight out of mind on the kindle if you don’t read them right away.) I happily made up for lost time though and read Easy not once but twice (and now I’m eyeing the audiobook.) Easy is one of my new favorites in the New Adult genre – I loved the characters and message and instantly felt an emotional connection to the story. When I picked it up to read one night before bed it kept me up late into the night as I told my husband I’d only be reading one more chapter. I was sad to see it end honestly and wish there were more books like this one.
Easy starts off in the middle of a traumatic event for our heroine Jacqueline. Her long-time boyfriend Kennedy recently ended their relationship (after she followed him to his college, putting her own dreams aside) and now a guy in his fraternity attempts to sexually assault her. Lucas comes out of nowhere to rescue her, and soon the tattooed and pierced gorgeous student is seemingly everywhere. As Jacqueline struggles with the aftermath of the attack and the break-up she also grapples with her growing feelings for Lucas.
Rape is an uncomfortable topic and when I started reading this book I was uneasy reading about the attack. But I like the way the subject is handled with sensitivity and I think it will strike a chord with a lot of readers. The topic is not glossed over at all and the coverage of the aftermath is realistic. Love the female empowerment direction it goes in.
The character connection is what made the book a standout for me. Jacqueline is easy to like and is a nice, studious girl who aspires to be a musician. Her ex Kennedy is such a jerk to her that it’s sweet to see such a great guy like Lucas fall for her. Lucas kind of steals the book and is better for her in every way in comparison to Kennedy. He has that emo, mysterious vibe, and is fiercely protective of Jacqueline. He has his own demons to overcome and I was rooting for the couple to heal each other and become more than a rebound relationship. They also have sizzling chemistry and Webber really teases the relationship with a slow build. Their character voices are strong and I loved seeing their relationship develop.
Even though some of the twists in the story were a little predictable, they did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. The writing is so engaging and really draws you in. I was sad to put down the book to go to sleep because I was so hooked on the story.
I’m glad that this book is in paperback now so that more readers can discover it. (And I can read it again) Easy is a standalone book, but Tammara Webber also has another series that I’m eager to try. Easily one of my favorite reads of the year, Easy cemented my membership in the cult of New Adult. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so!