Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Review: Easy by Tammara Webber
Released: January 3rd, 2013
"I took a deep breath and exhaled it slowly before turning around. It was Lucas who stood there. His gaze was penetrating, not wavering for a moment, and my pulse hammered under his silent scrutiny. I couldn't remember the last time I'd been so full of pure, unqualified desire." Lucas is the stranger who saved Jacqueline from an attack by a fellow student - she'd never noticed him before then, and now he's everywhere. But can Jacqueline trust him - or will the secrets he's hiding come between them?
Wow, wow, wow! I loved this book so much and I can't believe I had it sat on my Kindle for months. To think I've been missing out on Lucas Maxfield all this time! Anyway, I've righted it now and I'm joining Tammara Webber's fan club. She has one, right?
Easy is yet another New Adult book I'd heard great things about, so I dutifully bought it. It was then announced that Penguin were publishing it in the UK, which made me think it must be good. Those Penguins were right because Easy is hands down one of the best books I've read for ages. I can't stop thinking about it!
I was hooked on Jacqueline's story right from page one, when she was almost assaulted in a car park. Lucas came to her rescue, which set in motion a string of events that would bring them closer together. Webber's writing was so easy to read and get lost in, I actually can't believe she's that talented. Just brilliant. Every character was believable and realistic, and I'm head over heels in love with Lucas. He's my new favourite book boy!
Easy isn't all romance and light stuff though, far from it. Serious subjects are broached, none more serious than that of rape and assault. It's an inspiring read for girls, one that I definitely won't forget. It carries with it an important message - that rape is never the victim's fault - and it's also made me want to take self-defence classes. I hope anyone reading this book takes something away from it, even if it's only to be more aware of your surroundings or to make sure your car doors are locked at all times.
Now, on to Lucas! And, err, the rest of the main players. Jacqueline is, for me, one of the standout protagonists to recently emerge from YA/NA fiction. She's strong and determined, both physically and mentally, has hobbies outside of work and boys and is generally a breath of fresh air. And Lucas, well, what can I say about him? Brooding, standoffish, tattooed, pierced, protective, thoughtful... I could go on. I love him. I was warned about how brilliant he is, but I didn't think I'd lie him this much. Hehe. New fictional boy crush, ahoy!
Also, I don't usually mention covers in my reviews but I have to say that the cover models are *exactly* how I imagine Lucas and Jacqueline to be. Seriously, it's like staring straight at Lucas, with his messy hair and tattoos. Sigh...
As with most New Adult fiction I've read so far, Easy features some mature language, themes and sexual content, so it's probably best aimed at anyone aged 17+ and anyone who enjoyed The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines. I loved that book too, but dare I say Easy is SO much better. Check it out, meet Lucas, and enjoy. Then spend hours of your life wondering if boys like him actually exist. I know I will be!