When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. 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, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.
Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.
Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
Author Recommendation: Mature Young Adults (language, drinking, sexual situations)
Seriously, I loved, loved, loved this book! This was my first story by Tammara Webber and I was completely enchanted. It falls under the category of Mature Young Adult/ New Adult and for me it was a breath of fresh air as far as this genre goes. I usually don’t read a lot of young adult novels, but every now and again true gems are found in the said genre and “Easy” is an exceptionally brilliant novel.
Jacqueline, the heroine of the story, is a girl who, after coming face to face with disappointment and danger, doesn’t let what happens in her life drag her down and she decides to react, not to give up. It’s a well crafted character who readers can easily identify with. I liked her because she doesn’t hide her vulnerability and fragility but she learns how to face up to it, and to become stronger. We witness her journey throughout the story, a journey made of obstacles but also good things that happen to her, like the constant support of her friends and her meeting with the oh-so-hot Lucas.
Yes, Lucas has entered the list of my all time favourite characters – handsome and intelligent, he starts a steamy romance with Jacqueline that kept me glued to the book, page after page. He’s supportive and caring, but he seems to hide a dark past which no one has had access to until Jacqueline enters his life. Their paths cross for a reason…
There are some steamy sexy moments and make out sessions between the two of them intermingled with fade-to-black scenes, and they are so beautifully written that they made my heart pound fast in my chest, especially when Lucas wanted to sketch her…
This book deals also with some sensitive issues, but it’s always done with class and respect and most importantly shows how we mustn’t blame ourselves for the bad things that might happen to us, that it’s not our fault and that it’s better if we speak up and let other people’s support and love in. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel if we have the courage to reach it.
There are some interesting twists and turns and surprise factors that I won’t spoil for you, but that make the story very intriguing.
Tammara Webber’s writing is very catchy and engrossing and she was able to create characters whom I felt were real. It was as if Jacqueline and Lucas were conjuring up before my eyes and I know I’ve become a fan of an author if she/he can make me feel that much drawn to the characters. Webber definitely made me feel like I was literally in the story, which sweeps you off your feet from the very start. A story about love, friendship, courage, choices and the ups and downs of life that had a great impact on me and I’m sure it won’t leave you indifferent.
There’s so much to be said about this novel, but some books need to be read directly for us to fully get their greatness. I highly recommend this one and I can’t wait to read the other stories by Tammara Webber.
I give this book 5 stars.
And now some of my favorite passages:
-“Love is not the absence of logic but logic examined and recalculated – heated and curved to fit inside the contours of the heart”
–” ‘So I don’t want to you to feel pressured. Or overpowered. But I do, absolutely, want to kiss you right now. Badly.’ He trailed his finger over my jaw and down my throat, and then into his lap. I stared at him. Finally comprehending that he was waiting for a response, I said,’Okay.’ As he leaned over me, I felt a heightened awareness of every part of my body that touched a part of his–the edge of his hip pressed to mine, his chest sliding against mine, his fingers tracing from wrists to forearms and then framing my face. He held me in place, lips near my ear. When he kissed the sensitive spot, my breath shuddered. ‘You’re so beautiful,’ he whispered, moving his mouth to mine.”
-“But girls willing to share your bed don’t equal girls willing to put up with your random crap moods, listen to your exhaustive legal opinions, or support your life’s goals the way someone who loves you would. “
-“I shook my head once, my palm sliding down to press against the evidence of what his body wanted from me. ‘Don’t stop, ‘ I breathed, telling him that I wanted what he wanted, unconditionally. I kissed him back sure in the knowledge that my actions and words were all the confirmation he needed to continue.”
-“ ‘ I noticed you the first week.’ His voice was soft. ‘Not just because of how pretty you are, though of course that played into it.’ I smiled, watching our feet as we matched our steps. ‘It was the way you lean onto your elbows when you’re listening in class, when something catches your interest. And when you laugh, it’s never to get attention, it’s just—laughter. The way you obsessively tuck your hair behind your ear on the left side, but let the right side fall down like a screen. And when you’re bored, you tap your foot soundlessly and move your fingers on the desktop like you’re playing an instrument. I wanted to sketch you.’”