NA Blog Tour: For The Win by Brenna Aubrey

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Title: For The Win
Author: Brenna Aubrey
Series: Gaming the System #4
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Silver Griffin Associates 
Release date: 16th June 2015

Millionaire bad boy Jordan Fawkes has problems. Big problems.

That molten-hot intern he hooked up with at Comic-Con is now his assistant. No one can know they’re the stars of the cosplay sex tape that broke the Internet.

Business school hopeful April Weiss has drama. Big drama.

Working under the CFO of Draco Multimedia should be the opportunity of a lifetime for her, but Jordan Fawkes is the boss from Hell—a sexier-than-sin boss from Hell who holds all the cards for her future career.

And then there’s the small problem of a certain video…

Review

It wasn’t too long ago that I read the first book in this series, At Any Price. I couldn’t wait to read another book by Brenna Aubrey and luckily, this one can be read as a stand-alone as it focuses on different characters.

For The Win did not start how I expected it to after reading the synopsis. I was expecting for the story to begin with April and Jordan meeting at Comic-Con and to go from there. Instead, the book starts with April waking up to find the secret sex tape she made has been broadcast over the internet and has gone viral! I really enjoyed the beginning of the book as it started off with a bang and got right into the good stuff.

While the issue of the sex tape is quite a funny one Brenna Aubrey does also bring in details of how something like this could really affect people in the workplace and I appreciated this. It wasn’t a topic that was written about and then made to sound as if it was an okay thing to do.

April is the one that filmed them having sex at Comic-Con but she has no idea that it’s Jordan who she slept with. As they were both in costume she wanted it to be an anonymous night of excitement. After realising that the video was somehow uploaded onto the internet and gone viral, she’s so embarrassed and doesn’t know what to do. The company she works for knows about the video and that it was an employee, if not two who starred in it.

Jordan has had a thing for April since she started her as an intern and the sexual tension between the two is amazing. Jordan comes across as a hard ass boss but only because he’s trying to stay away from April. He doesn’t seem able to keep himself away from her no matter how much he knows he should. Jordan knows it was April in that video and lets her know so but this ends up with him having a kind of power over her. Not that he blackmails her or anything but she feels like she has to put up with him because of what she knows.

For The Win is a really fun and intense novel. The characters were great and together they were even better. The plot focuses on April finding out about the guy in the video and also her attraction to Jordan. I really enjoyed the ‘we shouldn’t but we’re going to anyway’ aspect of the plot because it meant there was a hell of a lot of tension between April and Jordan so when anything did happen it was hot as hell! I thought that Mia and Adam were hot in the first book but April and Jordan certainly rivalled them in this department.

I can’t get enough of Brenna Aubrey at the moment and wish she had another book out soon!!

Thanks to Rock Star PR for letting me take part in this blog tour!

NA review: Where I Belong by J. Daniels

Title: Where I Belong
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Alabama Summer #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 27th June 2014

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid. 

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead. 

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process. 

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister. 

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him. Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be. 

Review
Protagonist Mia grew up in Alabama but hasn’t been back for quite a long time. She’s looking forward to spending the summer there with her best friend but she is not looking forward to seeing her annoying brother who caused her hell as a child. Tessa is a bit more wild than Mia and she doesn’t want to spend the summer with her still being a virgin so she sets out to have one incredible night and she does, leaving her to spend the summer having fun. 

For the most part, I really liked Mia apart from maybe in the beginning of the book. It’s quite clear from the start that Mia is not like her best friend Tessa who is boy crazy and doesn’t really have a filter on what she says. Mia feels like she should be more like Tessa so goes off to find herself a one night stand to lose her virginity. From what I got of Mia to begin with it wasn’t really something it seemed like she would do. Once she gets to Alabama though she was a good character with lots of personality. 

Obviously Mia’s childhood enemy and Tessa’s brother Ben is the guy she ends up sleeping with. It has been years since they have seen each other so are unrecognisable to each other and they have a night without names. The chemistry between the two for that one night was amazing and the scene written really well. I couldn’t wait to get more of Mia and Ben after this. 

Once Mia and Ben realise that they slept with each other they have very different feelings about it. Mia is so frustrated while Ben wants more. Mia has to battle her conflicting feelings for Ben while he makes it his mission to make sure she knows he isn’t the same, childish little boy she used to know any more. I really enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and to get to know how they really felt about each other. There is a lot of fun banter between them and that lightened up the story. 

J. Daniels writes characters that you can relate to and a plot that keeps you hooked. I really enjoyed this one. 

NA review: At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]Title: At Any Price 
Author: Brenna Aubrey
Series: Gaming the System #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Silver Griffon Associates
Release date: 9th December 2013

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

Review

When looking over books for review on NetGalley, this one immediately caught my eye. I’m surprised it was on there though seeing as it was released quite a while ago. The reason why I was drawn to this book was because of the plot summary.

Protagonist Mia is a self-confessed geek. She’s a blogger, gamer and a struggling student. I used to be a gamer, I am a blogger and I have been a struggling student so this sounded right up my street. The thing about Mia is that she’s still a virgin and comes up with the idea to auction off her virginity after comparing it with the fact that this has been done in most cultures over time. Now, I can’t say I was impressed with this aspect of the story as it really did seem like prostitution to start with (and yes, people tell Mia that)! However, the story isn’t all as it seemed at first so I could overlook that quickly.

After the auction ends, Mia’s best friend decided on which guy is the best suited out of the two highest bidders. This is millionaire Adam Drake, the guy responsible for Mia’s favourite online game. The minute she meets him she’s not impressed. He’s arrogant and full of himself and she can’t see the deal working out between them. It was only supposed to be a one night deal but the more time she spends with Adam the more she thinks she was wrong about him.

Both Mia and Adam are far from perfect and that’s what I loved about them both. Brenna Aubrey makes it possible to be able to relate to both characters, even if you really have nothing in common with them. I mean, how many people can compare themselves with a millionaire!?

Mia is so strong willed and knows her own mind. The decision to sell her virginity was not a decision she made lightly and sometimes she really struggled with it. She also fights to be in control of the situation the whole time but quickly realises that you cannot control everything. She’s also so geeky it’s adorable. Add in some Firefly quotes and I fell in love with her.

Then there’s Adam. He own’s his own company and is filthy rich. Like Mia, he feels the need to be in control because of his career but he also has to learn that there is a lot of give and take and not everything can be one sided. He has to realise that there is a lot more to working himself into the ground and that there is a happy life out there waiting for him. He goes from being a hard ass to completely adorable.

The plot was extremely exciting and tense. There is so much chemistry between Mia and Adam and I loved watching them get to know each other better, especially as they weren’t supposed to get to know each other at all. Adam’s financial situation means that there are some exotic locations which was great as it broke up any monotony of being set in a city and it also made it possible to really see what his lifestyle was like.

At Any Price is the first in a series but it can be read as a stand-alone. The book ends well without a massive cliff-hanger which I appreciated. It means you don’t have to carry on with the series if you were happy with this book.

I loved At Any Price and can’t wait to read more from Brenna Aubrey.

New Adult review: Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula

Title: Between Everything and Us
Author: Rebecca Paula
Series: Sutton College #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 19th January 2015

Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty. 

Review
Wow. This book! I’m going to try my hardest to write a good review but I have a feeling that I won’t do the book justice at all. 

Matisse (Mati) and Beau share an apartment with two others although they live upstairs, leaving Mati and Beau on the same floor. If Mati’s parents knew she was sharing with a boy they’d flip but she doesn’t care. Mati barely has time for anything but school and her three jobs but somehow Beau gets under her skin. He’s a pain in the arse but there’s this banter between them that she can’t decide if it’s good or bad. The more she tries to resist, the stronger the pull towards him is but he’s hiding something and holding back. 

I really liked Mati. After failing out of her previous school she has a plan and she’s determined to stick to it no matter what. She works numerous jobs just to pay the rent and the rest of her time is spent working for school. I loved her determination to make something of herself after failing. She knows she needs to work harder and she definitely does that. However, it was a bit sad that she had so much pressure put on her to do well from her parents. 

Beau sort of broke my heart immediately. He’s a drop-out and pretty much wallows in his room most of the time. I know this sounds like it would be pretty depressing but he has his reasons and they’re good reasons. Beau has been through a lot and has given up everything. He doesn’t believe in himself and he doesn’t believe that he has a future because of certain things so he stops caring. I desperately wanted him to care. I wanted him to see things differently and I wanted him to keep trying. 

There is a lot of tension between Mati and Beau. They live together and Mati really can’t be doing with drama or complications. The banter between the two characters was fantastic and it kept their interactions with one another real and interesting. Men and women living together do bicker about certain things and Rebecca Paula gets this spot on. There is no falling for each other within the first couple of chapters which is something I appreciated. We really get to know both Mati and Beau and to figure out what both of them are all about before getting to get to know who they are together. 

The plot was wonderfully raw and emotional. It is certainly a slow burner in the romance department but that’s not a bad thing at all. The characters are given a lot of time to work through their very complicated issues and figure out their lives. Beau especially has a lot of growing to do and I loved seeing how he progressed over the course of the book. 

I was not prepared for this book at all and it’s the first in a very long time that has made me cry. I couldn’t put this book down and I need to read more from this author now. 

New Adult review: Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee

Title: Escaping Me
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Series: Escaping Me #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 30th July 2013

All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere – she couldn’t.

He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.

Review
As I’m on a bit of a run with New Adult novels at the moment I purchased a few cheap ebooks from Amazon and this was one of them. 

Protagonist Whitney Vandaveer comes from a wealthy family and her dad expects her to be perfect and do everything right in her life. When she finds her long time boyfriend in bed with another girl though she knows something needs to change which is how she ends up in a small town staying with her mum and sister who she hasn’t seen in a long time. They live a very different and more relaxed lifestyle and Whitney really feels out of place to begin with. But, she’s read for the summer but she isn’t ready for Cole Pritchett. 

Cole was an interesting character who I liked for the most part. He’s the black sheep of the family and is trying to sort his life out and get himself together without getting into trouble. He clearly wants to make something of his life and works hard to do better which is something I admired. He had the typical smouldering bad boy thing about him so it was easy to see the attraction between him and Whitney. 

The first half of the book was pretty good and it held my interest. I enjoyed watching Whitney and Cole get to know one another and they had great chemistry too. Whitney begins to learn who she really is and what her life could be like without her controlling father and Cole learns that not everyone thinks he’s bad and a waste of space. 

After about half way though things went downhill and fast. There was far too much insta-love going on and Whitney and Cole had barely known each other for five minutes and there wasn’t much chance to get to know each other properly because they spent a lot of time doing other things. A story that could have been believable and real turned into something quite immature and annoying, which was a shame. 

Escaping Me is an easy read but there was too much about it that annoyed me unfortunately. 

New Adult review: The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Consequence of Loving Colton 
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Consequence, #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Skyscrape
Release date: 21st April 2015

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smouldering fire fighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Review
Let me say that I was not prepared for this book at all. 

Protagonist Milo has been in love with her brother’s best friend for years but when she tried to kiss him a few years ago all that happened was she ended up being embarrassed. She now has to go back home for her brother’s wedding and face Colton, something she’s really not ready to do. Her best friend Max thinks she needs to up the stakes to make him realise what he’s missing or give up on him for good. 

The Consequence of Loving Colton started off being a really light and quite humourous read. You quickly get the feeling of Milo’s family being really fun and easy to get on with and that there is always something going on in their house whether it be a movie night or competitor between Milo, her brother Jason and Colton. I found the movement of the plot to be quite refreshing to begin with because it was so different and funny. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t really like Milo and liking the protagonist is a big deal when reading a book. She was quite immature not only in regards to her feelings for Colton but in general. Instead of being honest about anything, she played games and had secrets. She acted like a 14 year old instead of someone who is at college and growing up. 

Colton wasn’t much better either to be honest. Like Milo, he played games and wasn’t honest about anything until the end of the book. Not only did he make Milo feel like crap the first time she kissed him but he carried on doing it. He played the ‘you’re like my sister’ card way too much even after kissing her himself. Milo should have told him where to go! Then, there were some other extremely stupid things that he did which I won’t go into detail about in case you do want to read this book. 

Rachel Van Dyken gives us a really slapstick kind of comedy with a sort of messed up romance mixed in. While I found the crazy situations the characters found themselves in funny to begin with, it all just got far too silly. There was one thing happening straight after another and the book is only set over a short span of time. Had there been more focus on the romance instead of fun and games and I think it would have been better. 

However much the characters annoyed me and there was way too much going on, I did enjoy this book. It wasn’t the best I have ever read but it wasn’t the worst either. There are quite a lot of enjoyable moments throughout and Milo and Colton do also have some redeeming features at certain points in the story. I will still be interested in reading the second book in the series about a different character.

NA review: At the Stars by Elisabeth Staab

Title: At the Stars
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 5th May 2015

Until the day she was attacked in her local and favourite music store, Cassie was just a normal teenager. When a family tragedy happened Cassie knew she couldn’t stay in her home town any longer. The only option she has is to get in her car and drive, no destination in mind. Cassie’s car breaks down just outside of a small town called Evergreen Grove and that’s where she meets Jake, the most unexpected event on her trip. 

Review
At the Stars begins full of tension and excitement. It’s the middle of the night and Cassie is stood in the middle of the road facing off with on-coming traffic in the rain. She know exactly how it looks; crazy. She doesn’t care though because she feels free and it’s not like she’s trying to get herself killed. Before she can move on her own though a big lump of a man knocks her out of the way. That’s Jake. Cassie should feel threatened due to her past but she doesn’t. Jake his this calming presence about him and actually seems to care. 

Circumstances are what throws Cassie and Jake together. Cassie’s car has died and Jake works as a mechanic in near by town Evergreen Grove. The fix will be a long and expensive one forcing Cassie to stick around in a motel for a while before she can get back on the road. She even manages to get a job in the bakery for the time being until she can get herself sorted. I really enjoyed the small town feeling in this book. It’s a place where people seem to know one another quite well and a place where people cared about each other which was really nice. 

Cassie and Jake do not get along well at first so there is no insta love relationship here. There’s a lot of tension between the two characters for various reasons but I enjoyed the back and forth between them. Each character has issues from their past that they need to work through before they even think about starting something together. What I appreciated the most was that each of the main characters were very distinct on their own and they didn’t need to be in a relationship to define them or to make them stand out as someone special. 

The plot explores both Cassie and Jake’s pasts although it does focus on Jake quite a bit more. I wouldn’t call At the Stars exciting exactly but there is certainly enough going on and the plot moves along at quite a steady pace. Jack has a lot of secrets about his past and they throw a lot of spanners in the works. Jake is such an interesting character because of his past. I loved watching him unravel and for certain realisations to sink in. 

At the Stars was a really enjoyable read full of emotion and tension. Elisabeth Staab gives readers fantastic characters, a slow burning romance and enough mystery to keep things interesting. 

New Adult review: Nova and Quinton: No Regret by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Nova and Quinton: No Regrets
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #3
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release date: 7th April 2015

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter’s new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She’s the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he’s not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova’s life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life’s dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova’s heart?

*As final book in a series, this review will contain spoilers. 

Review
Jessica Sorensen is one of my automatic read authors. I have her books on pre-order and I’ll read her newest release before anything else. I had been dying to read this final instalment in the series since finishing book two!

Protagonists Nova and Quinton have been through a lot, both together and separately. Nova has had to get over the death of her boyfriend and Quinton has spiralled so far downhill that he now has to work to sort his life out. At the beginning of the book Quinton is just getting out of rehab and ready to start over only he has no idea who he is without the drugs blocking everything out. He isn’t ready to see Nova though until he’s sorted himself out properly but he can’t stop thinking about her. 

The previous books in this series have been especially dark but this one is a little bit lighter for the most part. However, it’s still a very complex and emotional read. Quinton has been such a fantastic character and his development has gone a long way. Now he’s trying to get his life back on track, figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life now the drugs are gone. Slowly, his life gets better but at the same time, Nova’s is slowly breaking apart. Normally she is the strong one, being there to fix things, but now it’s is turn if he can handle it. 

No Regrets was quite a strange book because Nova and Quinton spent most of the book apart. As I said earlier, he isn’t ready to see Nova to begin with but there is still communication between them. They’re still there for each other through phone calls and they begin getting to know one another again sober. The first two books are so tied up in drugs and the thought of losing yourself in them that Quinton was a bit of a mystery. You never really know the real Quinton before this book so I really enjoyed getting to know who he really was. 

Unfortunately, as much as I loved the characters, the plot was a bit of a let down in comparison to the first two books. It wasn’t that the story wasn’t good though, it was more that it just wasn’t as exciting or dramatic as I was expecting. I wanted more from Nova and Quinton’s final story and I didn’t get that. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to see how each character moved on and made a better life for themselves but the tension was missing. 

I wish I could have said this was a 5 star book but it would only be 3 for me.

NA review: Reckless by Priscilla West

Title: Reckless
Author: Priscilla West
Series: Forever #6/ Reckless #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 31st July 2014

Riley has known her fair share of bad boys but no one like Jax. After her first meeting him at one of his band’s shows, she knows she should stay away but she can’t help how she’s drawn to him. 

When Riley’s newest job places her as the accountant for a rock band about to go on tour she doesn’t really think anything of it apart from it being a great opportunity. What she doesn’t anticipate is it being for Jax’s band and the trouble she’s about to get herself into. 

Review
Now, I’m not really one for the rock star type story but I’ve been on a bit of a kick of reading new authors recently so thought I’d give this one a go. 

Protagonist Riley is a newly certified accountant but don’t let the job fool you. She’s far from a typical accountant and she has a wild side to her that she isn’t afraid to show. At the beginning of the book she’s on a night out with a friend with a band, The Cocks, throw an impromptu show. Riley has never heard of the band but as soon as she hears the singer’s voice she’s drawn to the stage, even if it means pushing people out of the way to get there. Jax screams sex and Riley can’t help herself when he whispers in her ear to meet him backstage. 

The sexual tension between Riley and Jax is pretty spectacular to begin with. When Riley gets hired as the band’s accountant, both she and Jax are shocked to see the other. But, they quickly begin to play off of one another. The two play games with each other and constantly try to get one up on the other and they don’t care how far they go. This part of the book was really fun and I enjoyed seeing what they would both do next. 

However, there is more to the story than sexual fun and games. Riley spends a lot of time with Jax and the band so she gets to know Jax on a personal level. To begin with Riley thinks that Jax is a rock star through and through and he’s all about the fame and women. He’s not though and it was nice to see him and Riley get to know one another away from all of the other bullshit they’re going through together. 

As characters, I certainly preferred Riley to Jax which was quite strange for me. I normally always tend to prefer the male characters, for obvious reasons, but Riley was really something else. She’s smart and funny, she has fire in her and she’s forward to the point of really not caring what anyone thinks. Unfortunately, the plot surrounds Jax and his issues rather than Riley’s. The important plot points for Riley are sort of rushed and not as prominent as they should have been. 

Certain parts of the plot were rushed and meaningful moments are gone within seconds instead of being drawn out more. Jax was also a bit of a let down for me until the end of the book and even then I wanted more from him. Instead of the strong but enigmatic man he was supposed to be, I found him to be more of a scared boy than anything at times. 

For the most part, Reckless was a good read but not a fantastic one. I do want to read the second book though to see what happens so there is something about Priscilla West’s writing that got to me. 

NA review: Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

Title: Whatever Life Throws at You
Author: Julie Cross
Series: N/A
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: 21st October 2014

When Annie Lucas’ dad is offered a job he can’t refuse, her life is completely changed. She was too young to remember him as a ball player but being a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals is the perfect job for him… even if it means moving to Missouri. 

Annie’s new life means being at an all girl’s school with a uniform, doing homework in the locker room and trying to stay away from Jason Brody, the Royals’ newest rookie pitcher!

Review
I was a massive fan of Julie Cross’ Tempest series but I had no idea she wrote contemporary young adult novels so I was surprised when I came across this one. 

In Whatever Life Throws at You Annie Lucas’s dad ends up taking a fantastic job as a pitching coach for a baseball team which means they have to move and start over somewhere new. Annie doesn’t mind though as she and her dad are super close and she wants him to do something amazing. Annie was a really good protagonist and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her and her life. She’s 17 but acts a lot older and I think this has got a lot to do with having to grow up without a mother and her dad knowing she’s responsible. Annie always thinks about the consequences of her actions and about others around her which I liked about her. She wasn’t a silly teenager who would do anything for a boy. 

Annie finds it hard to not notice Jason Brody, especially when she first meets him in the locker room! At the beginning of the book it becomes clear that he’s not what he first appears to be. At first you think he’s a smooth talking player but there’s so much more to him than that. Brody is this sweet and caring guy who people tend to think badly of due to his past but it was so good to see him prove people wrong. 

Something that I love in books is people actually getting to know one another before a relationship starts and this is exactly what we get with Annie and Brody. They are not defined by their feelings for one another. Instead, Julie Cross gives them both fantastic personalities that you cannot help but love and make them shine on their own before they do together. Annie and Brody spend a lot of time getting to know each other before anyone acts on their feelings. 

However, the chemistry between Annie and Brody was always there and it was smoking hot. The tension throughout the book was amazing. Due to the early friendship between the two characters, there is a lot of playful banter which makes things both fun and funny at the same time. Each character gives as good as they get and the build up to anything happening was quite dramatic and full of suspense. 

Whatever Life Throws at You is not just about Annie and Brody though. There is so much more going on than that which is what made this book so good. It’s refreshing to read something that isn’t just about a relationship or sex. 

I’ll definitely be looking out for more like this from Julie Cross.