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This was a fantastic read and one that I really enjoyed. While I'm not usually a fan of contemporary fiction, the characters had such depth and personality that I was just blown away. I can't wait to read more books by Tammara Webber, as this one was a page turner!
The story follows Jacqueline, a university student with a broken heart. Still recovering from the break up with her long-term boyfriend, she ditches her friends and leaves a party early. Taking advantage of her vulnerability, another student attempts to rape her but is thankfully stopped by a handsome stranger.
Still afraid of what would have happened if Lucas hadn't rescued her, Jacqueline refuses to report the incident. Yet now she seems to be running into Lucas all over the place and as their attraction to one another turns into something more, Jacqueline learns that Lucas may not be the white-knight she thought he was. He has secrets of his own, but the more he tries to push her away, the tighter Jacqueline clings.
Lucas was never meant to be more than a re-bound, but no matter how hard she tries, Jacqueline can't help but fall in love with him. But will his dark past ruin everything? Or can Jacqueline prove love conquers all...
This story captivated me from beginning to end. Not only is it a great love story, but the plot contains darker elements that will draw you in and make your blood boil in anger, while your heart will sing with compassion. It explores the issue of rape, but does so in a sensitive way, while leaving the strong message that the victim is never at fault and the best thing to do is to speak up about it. It is a book that will hopefully inspires girls to make good decisions!
Jacqueline is an average kind of a girl and an easily relatable kind of character. As the story progresses, you see her evolve from a meek and quiet girl into a confident and self assured woman. One who is set on moving on and forward with her life, refusing to be held back by her past relationships.
Then there is Lucas. An artist with tattoos and a motorbike, he is a total bad boy and heartthrob. But with a sweet, protective side that makes him utterly delicious! Still he is secretive and a little broody and Jacqueline's reluctance to trust him is justified. Therefore it was nice watching how their relationship developed. It was a slow burn sort of romance with plenty of steamy scenes that left you unable to put the book down.
A thrilling story of love and trust, Easy is a gripping read! An overall brilliant book, 4 ½ stars!
About the book
Easy is a New Adult novel by Tammara Webber. It was published by Razorbill on 3rd January and the book is 304 pages long.
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com)
Jacqueline seems to have a knack for making the wrong choices. She followed her boyfriend to his choice of university, disregarding her preference. Then he dumped her. She chose a minor she thought she could combine with her music studies, but she's falling behind. And then, leaving a party alone one night, she is attacked. If it wasn't for the timely intervention of a stranger, she would have been raped. Now she must make a choice - give up and give in, or toughen up and fight on. Only the support of the man who is tutoring her and the allure of the guy who saved her from the attack convince her that it's worth fighting on. Will Jacqueline now have to make a choice between them too? And can she make the right decision? It's not easy . . .
What I thought
Easy was the second of two New Adult novels I read in one day. This, along with The Vincent Boys was the most recommended and I couldn't wait to get around to reading it.
Easy does not start off nice and slow. The book begins with protagonist Jacqueline leaving a party and nearly being raped by one of her recently ex-boyfriend's friends. While I was quite shocked at the beginning of this book, I also think it was one of the strongest and most memorable openings I have read in such a long time. The content is a little graphic, and a little uncomfortable to read, but it makes the situation so real and so scary. The opening of Easy also introduces the other main character, Lucas, who saves Jacqueline from a terrible ordeal. I loved that Tammara Webber tackled such an important issue so early on in the book and it doesn't stop there, the themes of rape and consensual sex run throughout.
I really liked Jacqueline. Although being put in a terrible situation to begin with after already going through a hard time due to the break up, she springs back well. Yes, her attack scares her and she isn't quite the same person after that but she doesn't let it ruin her life. This shows just how strong of a person she is which was something I loved about her. She's also not an idiot. She's very aware of what is going on around her and with the people she knows. Jacqueline is also such a normal girl. She goes to college, parties with her friends and has gossip sessions. She isn't full of herself or arrogant but instead, she's quite a lovely girl.
As much as I liked Jacqueline, I loved Lucas so much more. Knowing what Jacqueline has been through, he is the most sensitive and gentle guy although a bit distant and weird at times. He's also quite a mystery, especially to Jacqueline. Lucas doesn't really let on too much about himself and he ends up being the boy sitting at the back of class with his lip ring, tattoos and sketch book. I loved the mystery surrounding Lucas though because it made me want to find out about him so much more. He's a complex character who is super-hot and super nice at the same time. What's not to like?
What I really loved about this book though was that it wasn't just a love story. Yes, there were strong elements of that throughout and some quite steamy scenes to go with it, but Easy has such a strong plot. Tammara Webber writes difficult themes beautifully and most importantly, she makes them real and easy to relate to. Although the rape issues are a strong part of this book, there is also so much more going on. Easy has so much to enjoy within its pages and I couldn't put it down.
As you can probably tell, I completely loved this book!