Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Rescued by a stranger.Haunted by a secretSometimes, love isn’t easy…He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.
Love is not the absence of logicbut logic examined and recalculatedheated and curved to fitinside the contours of the heart.
Another NA contemporary that tackles a sensitive yet important issue, EASY grabbed me from the beginning and refused to let me go even after I finished reading it.
My favorite part of the book was the characters. Jacqueline is not a perfect heroine, but it isn't difficult to like her. She may be blinded by her love for her boyfriend Kennedy to set aside her dreams and align her academic plans with his, but I think that kind of love is not misplaced. She’s a good person, loyal to a fault and has her own identity. She has made bad decisions, but she owned them and learned from them. Lucas is a total hottie. I almost always swoon whenever I read about him. I’d probably have a hard time choosing between him and Cam (of Wait For You). ^__^ Anyway, I really liked Lucas’s character. He’s mysterious, talented and smart. He protects and looks out for Jacqueline even from a distance, but not in a creepy, stalker-mode way. And there’s more to him than meets the eye. All that angst and mystery come from somewhere and Lucas’s story is one filled with pain and grief you wouldn't wish it to happen to anyone.
The secondary characters are equally amazing. Erin is such a loyal friend. I love her wits and humor. Her concern for Jacqueline is also touching. Erin gives her strength and encouragement when she needs it the most. She stands up for what is right and is willing to give sacrifices for friends. Benjie is also a comic relief. What’s with the gay characters in books nowadays? Do they really come with built-in humor in the package? He’s really funny and adds color to the story. Kennedy, of course, is an important character. With all his flaws and jerkheadedness, he contributed a lot to Jacqueline’s change. In some way, he paved the path for Jacqueline to meet Lucas. Another character worth mentioning is Katie, president of Erin’s sorority. She’s mentioned very little, but she made such impact on me when she gave her – and the sorority’s – support on Mindi. It was a beautiful moment amidst an ugly discussion: a woman standing up for another woman who has been wronged. I really liked that part. Girl power ftw!
A major part of the book tackles the issue of rape. I understand it is a sensitive and ugly issue and one that needs to be addressed. I admire Mindi for standing up for herself, however difficult it is, and Jacqueline for finally breaking her silence. It is not an easy decision as both women faced humiliation and judgment from other people. But they made it through because they had the love and support of their friends and family. I believe it’s a major factor on finding the courage to fight for yourself: when you know that you are not alone in your fight. I think what rape victims need is someone they trust that they can talk to. And then it goes from there. The path to justice is never easy nor pretty but if you have at least one person beside you, that counts a lot.
The lines are funny and quirky at times and heartfelt and intense at others. The balance between the romance aspect and the underlying themes of social issues is very well-executed. The mystery and the background stories of the characters are also worth looking forward to. EASY is enjoyable and romantic, but also very real and honest. It does not shy away from the main issue, and even suggests a way to prevent it from happening. I really liked the self-defense classes that Erin and Jacqueline attended. Aside from the humor (courtesy of Erin’s bloodlust for balls-kicking), those classes gave the women a way to protect themselves and prevent from becoming a victim. Reading EASY makes me want to learn self-defense, too. (Of course, it wouldn't hurt if the instructor is also as hot as Lucas. ^__^)
My verdict: TOTALLY RECOMMENDED! Very good, very romantic and eye-opening, EASY goes straight to your heart and will make you wish for your own Lucas Maxfield (minus the tragic family history).