(The Jade Series #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.
Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.
As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.
**A Complimentary copy provided by author for Blog Tour**
~~ 4 Stars ~~
Choosing You is the first book in the Jade Series by Allie Everhart. I have to say that this was a great book to start the series. This is my first book by this author, but it won’t be my last. Being that this book ended with a cliffhanger….I am definitely continuing on with the series. I have to see where Jade and Garret’s journey goes. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writing style was smooth and flowed well. This was a pretty quick read but nothing seemed rushed, so you weren’t left feeling empty or missing something. I know this is classified as a NA, but I would have to say that I would classify it as a Mature YA book. I don’t know if the whole series will continue on that way, but this book, even though they are college aged, is very clean. Yes there were some themes and topics that aren’t for a younger reader to read and there is some bad language but nothing over powering. But I do understand why someone would place a warning on this book because I didn’t think it is an appropriate book for the younger reader.
I do have to say that I loved the characters in this book. Garret and Jade, I thought felt very realistic. I thought that Allie portrayed college life pretty accurately. I also thought she gave us an interesting look into what it would be like to have parents that are extremely wealthy and have certain ideas of how things should go in life. I thought Jade was a very strong and independent person…(sometimes too independent) but after everything she went through in her childhood and then after some of things that she has to deal with in college….most normal teenagers would’ve broken completely. I do hope as the series continues that we get to see Jade open up more and not shut herself off from the people who truly do care and want to help. As for Garret…..I really liked him, but I wish he would’ve grown a bigger backbone when it comes to his Dad and friends. I hoping to see him grow as well as the books continue. I loved the pace that the author took their friendship. I thought it was very realistic and believable. There wasn’t any instant love and they didn’t just throw themselves at each other….kind of like you see with the college aged characters. They actually took the time to get to know each other. Which I found very refreshing.
We meet quite a few other people who support the main characters, but we also meet some that are a big pain the butt. Each person adds their own spin to the story.
I know I didn’t talk a lot about the storyline of this book, but I didn’t feel I could, because it would reveal to much. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book with a unique storyline and an easy read. There really isn’t a whole lot of drama and what there is, is rectified pretty quickly. This book does have an element of suspense that is just brought to light towards the end of the story, so it will make you want to continue on to the next book.
Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.