Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Since Drew by J. Nathan

22709310Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: April 23rd, 2015
Publisher: self published
Synopsis:All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when an accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and about each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

What I Thought:

I decided to read this book based on the blurb. I love stories about athletes and ones that feature a female athlete at the top of her game even more so.  I was hoping for something that would grab my attention and be different at the same time and this book met both those requirements.  While my expectations were met, I was also surprised by the story as well.

I liked Andi from the moment I met her. She's driven, passionate, and focused on making the Olympic Team.  She's so close she can taste it when she experiences something that changes her life forever. I was so heartbroken for her when she realized everything she'd sacrificed for wasn't going to happen. It was devastating.  When it came to Drew, I liked him for the most part.  He's a tormented and confused man. He's on top of the world and seems to have it all, yet he doesn't. I felt like he had the power to change how he felt yet was powerless to.

The story was really interesting. I was all into it and very excited about how Andi and Drew were doing, especially since they met in the hospital after her accident. Then the story took a twist that I didn't see coming and it really threw me off.  There were no hints that I could see that would suggest the twist was coming.  It seemed to throw the book into a totally different dimension or genre and there was no clear explanation given as to why this twist took place, or more importantly, how it took place.  

After the twist, the story picked back up, but it went in a different trajectory and I was once again immersed in Drew and Andi's story.  There were no more huge surprises and I finished the book satisfied but with lingering questions. I enjoyed J. Nathan's writing for the most part. I really liked the concept of this book.  I look forward to being surprised and enjoying more books by her in the future.

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About the Author

J.  NathanI'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. Happy endings are a must. Don’t leave me with an unexpected cliffhanger or someone dying in the end. I’ll be depressed for days. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of my existence. My family, friends, sangria, and watermelon margaritas are the light… 

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*Thank you to the author for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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