The Low Down: Having dated the same guy since she was a junior in high school, and even deciding on a different college to be able to stay with him, Jacqueline Wallace is floored when Kennedy tells her that he’s been wanting to be with other girls. After their breakup, she just can’t face him in the one class they have together – microeconomics. Ironically, she only took the class so she’d understand a little of his major. Now she may fail the class because she can’t bring herself to go.
Mad with herself that her roommate, Erin, talked her into attending a Halloween costume party at the frat that Kennedy is in, she decides to leave early and go back to her dorm. What she didn’t count on was being followed to her truck and attacked. Seconds from being raped, her savior, a guy with tattoos and a pierced lip, asks if she’s OK and if she needs an ambulance. Just as he’s about to call the police, she insists she’s fine and just wants to go home. He’s not happy about it, but he complies with her wishes. She also makes the decision that she isn’t going to tell anyone what happened.
Heading back to microecon after a two-week absence, she changes seats to be away from Kennedy. Plus she notices her rescuer, Lucas, is in her class. The slacker-type, he sits at the back of the classroom, drawing in his notebook, not paying a bit of attention to the lecture. After class, she bursts into tears in the office of Professor Heller, telling him about the break-up and that’s why she has missed not only class but the midterm as well. Much to her surprise, he sympathizes with her plight. To make up her missed classes and the midterm, she must work with the class tutor and do a side project. She readily agrees.
Communicating with the tutor, Landon, via email, she finds him to be helpful, sympathetic, engaging and sweet. Though she is unable attend the tutoring sessions, he agrees to help her via email. She feels a certain amount of freedom in their exchanges, since they can’t see each other face-to-face. But she also sees Lucas everywhere, including her self-defense class that he helps to teach. She is drawn to him, and while she feels he likes her, too, there is a certain reluctance present as well. And when she goes behind his back to find out his secret, she does’t know what to do. But when Kennedy starts to show interest in her again and her attacker makes sure she know he isn’t finished with her, Jacqueline realizes that she has to figure out how to take care of herself, her heart and her future. Herself.
Best Thang ‘Bout It: The story itself doesn’t hit one false note. The characters, including the secondary ones, are well-developed and real. There is no melodrama or stereotypical behavior, and Lucas’ mysterious demeanor is well-founded, true and not over-the-top dramatic. If any of the attitudes, reactions or outcomes were presented as being histrionic or hammy, the story would have come off as cartoonish and false. Happily, they were not and did not.
I’m Cranky Because: It had to end.
To Read or Not To Read: Absolutely yes. It is engaging and real.
Easy by Tammara Webber was published October 9, 2012 by Berkley Trade.
Genre: New Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
You Might Want to Know: Due to the New Adult label, this book is intended for more mature readers. It contains descriptions of drinking, sexual activity and violence. Amazon.com recommends for ages 18+.