Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

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Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Review: Easy by Tammara WebberEasy by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Pub Date: November 6th 2012
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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5 Stars

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’m happy to be today’s stop for Tammara Webber’s EASY Blog Tour!! Please check out my review and Tammara’s favorite scenes from the book below! Then enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy! You want it, trust me. :)

Also, be sure to check out the full tour schedule over at Tammara Webber’s blog for more great reviews, guest posts, interviews, and more chances to win!! Tomorrow’s next tour stop will be at ROMANCE BOOKS FORUM.

To say the first chapter of Easy is intense is probably an understatement. Easy opens up with a very intense, graphic attempted rape scene. It definitely rattled me, and I was completely not expecting it. I’ve never been in that position, but reading that definitely put me in the state of mind and it was terrifying! Thankfully, Jacqueline is saved by a stranger that night, Lucas. But he wouldn’t stay a stranger for long. I wondered if the book would be heavier than I anticipated, but I soon got my answer. It was a very well done, emotionally balanced book.

The moment Jacqueline and Lucas start to interact with one another I knew I was in for some delectable tension. Their heated stares, their quiet conversations…it was so dang sexy! Not only is Lucas hot, but he is such a good freaking person too. He’s the perfect combination of compassionate, protective, passionate, intelligent male…all wrapped in that hot exterior. I seriously melted. And his story tore the heart out of my chest and put it in a blender. So devastating!! Then there’s Landon. The super witty, flirty, intelligent Econ tutor who we, as well as Jacqueline, only get to experience through email. I seriously LOVED those parts of the book. I could have had a whole book of just emails between him and Jacqueline. And while it’s not quite a love triangle, it’s definitely an interesting and fun part of the book.

I was very impressed with how Tammara Webber shows us the different situations in which girls were raped. I think she picked perfect situations where the girls might not want to come forward for fear of blame or shame but stresses that it isn’t their fault. Maybe someone out there who comes across this book will see something of themselves in one of those stories and will get something positive from it. At least, that’s my hope.

Also, high five for giving Jacqueline such an incredible best friend. I was really hoping that it wouldn’t turn out to be one of those situations where the BFF turns their back on them only to realize later she was wrong to do so. Nope, this best friend stuck with her and stood up for her and I loved it, because I believe that girlfriends who do this are a more realistic portrayal. Maybe more so in a college environment than a high school one, but loyal best friends do exist moreso than the ones that stab you in the back.

I had very high expectations of this book. Lots of my favorite bookish people looooove it. If this is the case for you, you have no idea how dead-on everyone is. Expectations exceeded! I can guarantee Easy is a book that will take hold of you from the first page and won’t let you go until the last. I, myself, read it in one sitting. Don’t miss it!!

Tammara’s Favorite Scenes

a) What was your favorite scene to write and why?

The sorority meeting. What Katie had to say and how she said it was the definition of leadership – and it could have gone either way. After I wrote it, I walked away from the computer shaking.

b) What was the most difficult scene to write?

That’s a tie between the reveal of Lucas’s past and the opening scene. I would say the latter from a writing standpoint, because I probably set a personal record for rewrites. It had to be technically correct, emotionally truthful, and not slide into anything gratuitous (or seem to). I wanted to convey the various levels of Jacqueline’s fear and shame as she focuses her attention on something rationally irrelevant (the possibility of her friends getting busted for drinking) while in her own mind, she begins to make the assault into something other than what it actually was.

c) Most romantic scene in the book, without spoilers!

The scene just before the brownies :)

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28 Responses to “Review: Easy by Tammara Webber”

  1. Amy @ bookgoonie

    It is so hard to pick. I love the flirting and building tension as much as I like all the tender moments. OMG!!! First book ever where when she says Not Now that the acceptable intamacy continued and no guilt was hefted. WOW!

  2. Alyssa Susanna

    Well, I have already read EASY, but before I read it, I was very exctied to read the scene where he wants to draw her!!! It was a teaser, before I read the book, a longgg time ago. Anyway. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Bonnie

    The romantic scene and the sorority scene tied. I’m always a sucker for romance but love intense scenes as well. :)

  4. Ginger @ GReads!

    I’m so so so happy you loved this book as much as me! I’ve already read it twice and might have to make it a third time before the end of the year, ha!

  5. Marian

    I love this book so much. Lucas’s past was hard to read about, just because it was so tragic.

  6. Ellice Y

    I bought this as an ebook a while back, and I am anxious to get the actual book because I loved it that much. In fact, it has been my favorite read so far this year. The scene just before the brownies was one of my favorite moments in the book!

  7. Alicia

    I’m a sucker for romantic scenes :)

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

    –Alicia
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  8. Carl

    I think the sorority meeting scene sounds the most interesting to me since there’s a lot of character development involved. And…there are brownies?! That’s my write-in favorite.

  9. Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    I just finished reading Easy last night and it was incredible! Such an awesome, inspiring book. My favorite scene was definitely the sorority scene, because the part leading up to Katie’s speech made me want to hurl the book against the wall! But I think Tammara definitely remained truthful to the emotional and social impacts of rape. It’s a terrible thing, but the way people react to the girls accusations is correct and it makes it harder for victims to speak out. I’ve never been in a situation like that either, but Tammara made me feel like I was right there with Jaqueline, every step of the way.

  10. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    Oh goodness, I loved this book. I read it in one sitting too. I loved the scene before the brownies and the scenes where he opened up and told her his story, and really all of them. It’s been one of the favorite New Adult/contemps I’ve read since I started reading them. So glad you loved it too Jess!

  11. Princess Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence

    I loved loved loved this book. I had no expectations other than to think of it as a good book but nothing more. BUT I ADORED THE COVER OFF OF IT. Lucas. I want to do things to his body and talk to him for his brain. There is no better combo. AND. I see what you did there, Jess. Very sneaky.

    I loved how everything in the book was about coming full circle and healing. How that opening, like Webber said, relates to Lucas so deeply. UGH. I WANTED TO CRY BUCKETS at the one moment in that one scene. You know the one.

    So happy to hear you loved this!

  12. Cynthia

    I really need to read this one!!! I’m eager to read the whole book but i guess if I had to pick one it would be the most romantic scene, i love great romance in contemporary fiction. =)

  13. Saralyn Miller

    I’m anxious to read the most romantic scene. Nothing better than a little romance followed up with some warm brownies.

  14. Dina Virgianti

    I’m so in LOVE with “Easy” since the first time I laid my eyes on
    it’s Cover!! I even voted it in GR choice award…
    Fave scenes? I’d say: When they’re emailing each other; or Lucas were doing sketches of Jackie, and said “But I do, absolutely, want to kiss you right now. Badly”; or when Lucas told her that he was stalking her…gaahh the list is endless…, cant decide! lol

  15. Jaime

    I loved the sorority meeting! I was not expecting it to happen.. I was totally expecting the opposite. I’m so excited for the chance to read this again and thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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