“ Paperback: 234 pages / Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform / Published: 18 May 2013 „
'Her mind was churning over why she was going out of her way to spend time with Matt again. It was undoing everything she'd accomplished by dating Eric. She'd built an impressive castle wall and then lowered the drawbridge.'
20 year old Sara Jensen is a student in her second year at Thatcher College in Arizona. After a disastrous and embarrassing Summer, all Sara wants to do is get back to her studies and her roommates, and forget all about it. But when she meets Matt Constanello at College, it's clear that Summer doesn't want to be forgotten, because Matt brings up all those awful memories.
It's clear that Matt has feelings for her, everybody can see it, but can Sara overcome her fears about Matt, or will she push him away until he stays away for good? Even dating somebody else doesn't keep him away for long. What will it take to keep him away for good, and is that what Sara really wants?
I was given a free Kindle copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. So, I'm going to be as honest as I can, and say that while I enjoyed the book, It's not up there on my list of favourites. The story was nice, it was lighthearted and fun, but it was also quite slow. It's good that Matt and Sara didn't instantly fall in love, like in some books. I enjoyed that they didn't put all of their feelings out in the open within the first few chapters; it's nice when the characters hold something back sometimes. But while we're waiting to see if they get together, there's not really a lot else going on. I mean, some of the other characters are meeting people, dating, going out to parties, playing pranks on each other, but other than that, the characters don't seem to be doing anything else.
Most of the story involves Sara going to her classes, going to Church, babysitting, and going out running. Occasionally she'll go to a College dance or a game night with other students, but sometimes I got a little bored and felt like there wasn't a lot going on. That being said, I liked the fact that the Romance moved slowly. I liked that it was clean, obviously being religious, Matt and Sara don't believe in sex before marriage; this isn't communicated in the book, but didn't need to be. It's obvious that they're both devoted to their religion, and since the only thoughts they have about each other is about kissing, we know that they're sticking to their principles and values, and I thought this was nice for a Romance novel. Most Romance novels have sex within the first chapter or two, and while there is definitely a market for it, and I do read books with sex in them, I enjoyed reading one that's different. I liked that Sara wasn't about to jump into bed with Matt after knowing him for a few weeks, she clearly has respect for herself, for him, and for their religion.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to read and review it. I'm only giving it three stars, because I felt that maybe something more could happen as well as what was going on between Matt and Sara. The book also needs to be checked over, there are a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes that need to be corrected, but this didn't take away from the story.
I'm really grateful to the Author, Rachel John, who gave me a copy of this in exchange for a review. Rachel is a new Author, who writes LDS Fiction, also known as Mormon Fiction. If you're looking for a clean read, among all of the Erotic books that are fashionable now, then I recommend this book. Although it's religious themed, it's still enjoyable for those of you that aren't religious, and well worth a read.