Tuesday, 5 February 2013

REVIEW: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber

Publication Date:November 6th 2012
Publisher:Berkley Trade
Paperback, 310 pages
Useful Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Book Depository

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.

When I picked up Easy I was in a mood to read something fresh and cute and from the summary as well as all the raving reviews, I was quite certain that this was just the book for me. But, picking up a book with high expectations once more didn't work out for me, I'm afraid.

Not that Easy was a bad book, not by a long shot. But it simply wasn't what I expected from all those 5 star reviews. And it's my fault entirely, but somehow, I just can't stop reading reviews only because from time to time I create unrealistic expectations for some books.

Let's take things from the beginning and let me tell you first of all what I liked about Easy. I have read previously another book written by Tammara Webber, so I already knew that the writing style would be fresh and "juicy". Easy is one of those books that are so smoothly flowing that you don't understand when you reach the last page.

The story also was another point I really enjoyed in this novel and especially the way Webber handled the delicate issue of rape and attempted rape. Let's face it, rape isn't an easy topic to handle and especially if you intend for your story to be focused more on the romantic part rather than in the dramatic one. But Webber somehow managed to handle the "hot" topic of rape in a way that didn't take the focus off the romance in the story, didn't "steal" the humorous tone of some scenes and at the same time highlighted not only the consequences but the way one should deal after a rape or an attempt. That part is maybe my favorite thing about the novel and if I should rate it based on that alone, it would be a 5 star review, believe me.

But, apart from the good parts, I had some serious problems with Easy as well, and mainly with the characters. To put it simply, I just couldn't connect to anyone in this novel, not the main characters and definitely not with the secondary ones. For some reason I felt detached from them, I just felt that I didn't have enough to get to know them and as a result I simply read their story without being able to feel their emotions.

Both Jackie and Lucas somehow felt... distant. I couldn't understand their reactions to things, because simply I didn't have enough info to understand them as characters.

Jackie, acts all responsible in one scene and then goes and does something completely out of character. Lucas the same. He did some things that even if explained, the explanation somehow isn't exactly explaining things.

The plot on the other hand, even if the subject is interesting, is far too predictable for my taste... I mean Lucas' secret was apparent almost from the first moment, so there weren't any big surprises. And the drama by the end was again too predictable and the resolution far too quick.

So, although there were definitely some good parts in Easy, still it was a book that I won't remember for long I'm afraid. Even if the story was interesting, the characters were underdeveloped for my taste, lowering my overall appreciation of the whole book I'm afraid.

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