Series: Contours of the Heart
Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
The New York Times Bestseller by Tammara Webber
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, 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.
I know a book made an impression on me when I remember exactly what I was doing the moment I flipped the first page. I read Easy over a year ago. I decided to buy it while sitting at Reagan International Airport, waiting for a flight. I figured I’d get the sample and check it out… Checking it out turned into buying the book, which turned into ignoring my friend for the rest of the flight. He wasn’t too happy about it but I was, I had fallen in love with Lucas, Landon, Easy and Tammara Webber.
Falling in love with this book was easy… Incredibly Easy.
This story is told from the heroine’s point of view. Jacqueline, a sophomore in college who had her future figured out until her steady boyfriend of three years decided he wanted to sow his wild oats and experiment before graduating, throwing Jacqueline’s life for an unexpected spin. Now faced with the realization that she followed a boy she thought she could count on, to a college of his choosing and put her own dreams on hold for someone who wasn’t worth it, she must pave her own way and decide what her next step is.
“‘This is your idea of letting me down easy? Breaking up with me so you can screw other girls? Without feeling guilty? Are you serious?’
‘As a heart attack.’”
The story opens with a rather intense scene in which Jacqueline is attacked and nearly raped by one of her ex’s frat brothers. Saved by a kind stranger and rattled to the core, Jacqueline is now having to come to grips with the sudden turmoil that is her life. She is failing Econ class, the only class she shares with her jerk of an ex, Kennedy, whom she had avoided for two weeks after the breakup. In an attempt to help her make up the grade for a major exam she missed while away, her teacher, Dr. Heller, provides the name of his class tutor so she can follow his instruction sessions and get one-on-one tutoring.
Enter Landon Maxfield, the somewhat mysterious tutor who starts course-related correspondence that soon turns into a friendship. Landon understands a part of her that no one else does, he is kind, smart, intellectual and they seem to have a lot in common. She feels a strong connection to him even though they’ve never met.
Then there is Lucas, the kind stranger, the dark knight, her savior. Lucas is sexy, also mysterious, and withdrawn. He sits in the back of her Econ class and draws the entire hour, he has tattoos and piercings and those grey-blue eyes that will hypnotize you. He exudes bad boy and Jacqueline knows she should stay away from him, but the draw she feels towards him is too strong to be denied.
“Eyes blazing, he looked down at me. “Jacqueline?”
I blinked. “Yes?”
“The night we met- I’m not like that guy.” His jaw was rigid.
“I know tha-” He placed a finger over my lips, his expression softening.
“So I don’t want you to feel pressured. Or overpowered. But I do, absolutely, want to kiss you right now. Badly.”
If you look up the definition of hero, I’m sure you’ll find a picture of Lucas there. His past is so tragic that your heart breaks when you find out what he’s been through. His story makes you want to hold him and never let go. But he has learned to overcome it by teaching women self defense classes, thus giving them a fighting chance in the event they’ll need to defend themselves. That’s what makes him a true hero in this story and you can’t help but fall for him.
I was in love with this book from page one as I’ve said before. The writing is phenomenal and easy to follow, with characters that feel real and circumstances I believe a lot of girls can relate to. The book does touch the heavy subject of rape, but Tammara Webber does it with class, while sending a positive message of solidarity between women. This is an empowering story, as we see the heroine overcome the obstacles in her path and find the strength to rise above it all. The love story was touching and heartwarming. The twists and turns will surely leave you breathless and I honestly couldn’t hope for a more perfect ending.
I was utterly in love with Lucas. Oh Lucas! Every look was mesmerizing. But I had a soft spot for Landon as well. Oh Landon! His words were captivating.
Two perfect boys, what’s a girl to do….hum? There is a surprise!!!
You will Fall in love with Easy just as we did because it is impossible not to. This story set the bar for most New Adult books out there as it was one of the first in its genre and it still holds strong today.
About the Author
Author of Breakable, Easy, and the Between the Lines series.
I’m a former undergraduate academic advisor, married to my high school sweetheart, mother to three adult children and four very immature cats.
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The highly anticipated prequel Breakable is coming out in May 6th. If you haven’t read Easy now is your chance. Enter the giveaway below to win a Print copy signed by the lovely Tammara Webber herself.