Out of all the books I´ve read since book blogging, `Easy` (Contours Of The Heart #1) by Tammara Webber is the one I don´t have to reread in order to remember the story ( THE WHOLE STORY ).
`Easy`was published back in 2012 and I was one of the quick little chicas who got their greedy little hands on the new release. Not because the story sounded good. No. I saw the hottie on the cover and thought ” Where have you been all my life, emo kid?!”
( Some useless information: I love men with hair. I´m probably the only woman left in this hygienic, polished world who loves a man with all body hair ) The fact that the guy on the cover had hair, and rough hands, and a tattoo peaking out on his wrist ( More useless information: I´m a sucker for guys covered in ink. Ink and hair ) had me feeling all kinds of desperate.
Knowing `Easy` was a romance was a nice bonus. I just wanted to stare at hot stuff.
Needless to say- I read the book in 2012. 6 years later, I noticed I had 2 paperback copies of `Easy` on my bookshelf.
To this day I cannot remember how I ended up with 2 copies. Doesn´t matter anymore. We´re here to compare my thoughts from 2012 to my 2018 thoughts.
Are we ready for a Before & After Book Review?
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.
Back in 2012 I was high on New Adult romances. I was so into the college romance phase and wanted nothing else to read. I couldn´t get enough of the simple and charming novels authors published back then. `Easy`belonged to those reads I lived for.
I remember I had a vague idea of what the story was about. Two college kids fall in love. That was it. The book cover interested me more back then. `Easy`was so much more, though.
A slow burn romance that has a touch of innocence to it. That is- until a life changing event happens to Jacqueline ( Heroine ). Then there´s hardly anything innocent about this read. It´s about struggle and moving on. It´s about making the right choices and taking action.
And the romance. * sigh * Boy, I wanted myself a Landon / Lucas so bad for myself. He was the perfect mysterious Hero.
I remember finding this a fantastic short read with fab characters and a wonderful ending. I was in love.
Fast forward 6 years….
My feelings have changed. Not for the book cover, though. * cough * In those 6 years I found out the book cover model´s name and age ( the only book cover model I´ve ever looked up in my entire life ). My feelings towards the story changed. I´m not in my college romance phase anymore and I also have a different perspective of New Adult romances.
36 year old me thinks this is a good read. A cute romance with cute characters who deal with a realistic issue. Even the slow burn love between the characters feels different. Compared to other more modern New Adult romances, this book feels more like it belongs in the Young Adult genre than anywhere else. Because it´s way more innocent now. It´s tame. Don´t get me wrong- I´d still buy this book and I´d still love it but I wouldn´t go nuts over the whole package anymore.
With that being said…
Would I still, after all these years, recommend this book? I would. Because it belongs to one of those mandatory romance reads.
Would I reread this book? I don´t think I can. I spent a great amount of time discussing this book to death back in the day. I know this book inside and out.
The Cover – 5 Stars: The 5 stars go out to the emo kid. * sigh *
The Story – 4 Stars: It´s good. It´s romantic. It´s the whole package but less exciting.
My emotional state after finishing this read: Happy.
I remember giving this book 5 out of 5 stars in 2012. Right now, I´d give this book a 3 -4 stars, with leaning more towards 4 stars.
This book can be purchased on Amazon.com