My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
Alessandra’s Picture Perfect has been in my kindle library for a few weeks now, and I wish I had the time to read it before diving into Subject to Change. But I’ve heard that her books, while part of a series, can be read as stand-alone’s with HEAs, so I’m not terribly torn up about reading this one without having read that. Now back to the review… At some point or another, I’m sure we’ve all struggled with what we want in life vs what our parents plan for us. Something I like to call, parental pressure. For me personally, I used to want to be a doctor because it’s what my parents wanted for me. I grew out of that dream, but fortunately my folks weren’t too disappointed because I ended up becoming a nurse. So, I could relate to Joey. This struggle of hers was real, and endeared her to me. I wanted to jump into the book sometimes and help her out, but she’s such an incredibly strong young lady, that she began to change herself before Hawk the hottie was fully even in the picture. I’m glad she came to the decisions that she did, because from the beginning I loved her character and just wanted her to be happy. As for Hawk, holy smokes! He’s like a banana split. He can come across as a hot mess, complex, with lots of layers.. and even though you know it’s gonna taste good, it looks so bad for you, but it’s a freaking banana split! Who can resist that?! So yeah, Hawk’s a banana split to me. You don’t know what you’re missing til it plops right in front of you, and at the moment, I’m having a banana split craving. Anyway, I want a Hawk, because he’s just yummy and his tension/chemistry with Joey was off the charts! I hated the doctor. I don’t want to dwell on her too much because she upsets me, but yeah.. I would literally collapse in relief when her scenes were over. Moving on to better things like the epilogue. Love love love! The perfect ending.
Joey made her dad a deathbed promise that she would become a doctor, and dedicate herself to fighting the very cancer that took his life. There’s just one problem -three years into her pre-med classes, she’s struggling to stay on top of the curve, let alone prove she’s dazzling enough to earn a spot in an Ivy League medical school. In a Hail Mary move, she throws a basic Business 101 class into her semester schedule, banking on a perfect score to boost her GPA.
That is, until she’s paired for a final project with Hawk, the bartending, motorbike-riding, gorgeously bedheaded loser who falls asleep in class and communicates in one-word sentences.
Hawk does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which sets Joey on edge – in every possible way. As they get to know each other, her urge to scream at him is curbed only by her fantasies of tearing his clothes off. Soon those fantasies become reality, and Joey realizes Hawk makes her feel more fully herself than any of the rich boys her mother and sorority sisters approve of.
But the promise to her father hangs over her head, and the harder Joey tries to succeed in her chosen career, the faster everything falls into a hopeless tailspin of bad grades, broken promises and guilt. It doesn’t help to have Hawk sitting like a devil on her shoulder, insisting she should be free to live however she wants to live – like he does.
The only thing Joey knows is that her neatly organized life is crushing her – and Hawk’s bad attitude might be the only thing that can save her.
Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since she’s not, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.
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