April 16, 2014

Book Review: Choosing You by Allie Everhart

Choosing You by Allie Everhart
(The Jade Series #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.

Series description:
The Jade Series is a New Adult Romance that follows the relationship of Jade and Garret in their first year of college. In Choosing You, (book 1), Jade and Garret meet on Jade’s first night at Moorhurst College and despite their strong attraction to each other, they’re not allowed to date because of the strict rules that control Garret’s life. In Knowing You, (book 2), Garret breaks the family rules and begins dating Jade. Their relationship grows deeper but issues from Jade’s past complicate matters. Loving You (book 3) shows Jade and Garret growing closer as a couple but also hints at the trouble that lies ahead in Promising You (book 4), in which a new challenge emerges for Garret that could interfere with the future he wants with Jade. Originally, book 4 was the end of the series, but fans wanted to read more about Jade and Garret, so Allie is now in the process of writing Forever You, an all-new, full-length follow-up book to The Jade Series releasing later this spring!

Choosing You (Jade, #1)Choosing You by Allie Everhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this book. It is technically a New Adult book, but there was so much to it than the usual angst and drama associated with that genre. There was an actual plot, and the two main character actually built a friendship and had a real relationship, without ever having sex! While I like a really steamy and sexy book, sometimes it's refreshing to read a good story that doesn't revolve around a physical relationship.

Jade and Garrett were awesome characters. At first I wasn't sure about Garrett. He was almost a little too good to be true. Super rich, super hot, super nice - what are the odds that he's not secretly a d-bag? Well, he's not a d-bag, but he does have some secrets that he is keeping, and a family that doesn't approve of his choices, or his relationship with Jade. Jade has her own horrible past that she feels like she is moving away from, and is close to overcoming. However, in a twist that I did not see coming, her past rears up and threatens to overtake her new life.

Sometimes I don't like when a plot twist totally takes me by surprise, because it usually feels forced and like it doesn't really fit with the story. I think this one worked nicely, and really added an element of intrigue and suspense to an otherwise formulaic plot.

This book does end on a cliffhanger, and I will definitely be checking out book two to see what happens with these characters.

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Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.

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1 comment:

  1. I feel the same about a lot of twists they often feel forced like they try too hard to be shocking. It sounds like this one was really well done though and it intrigues me! Glad you liked it, Jessica!


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