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 more so than the ones that stab you in the back.
I had very high expectations for 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!!
Easy by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Pub Date: November 6th 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
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 :)