Catching Liam (Good Girls Don’t #1)
written by Sophie Bleu
published by Sophie Bleu
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed most of this book. It kept my attention and I wanted to see how it ended.
Jillian has a secret that she won’t share with anyone but a very select few people. When she brings Liam home for a one-night stand, she expects him to be gone by morning like all of the other one-night stands she has had since arriving at college. However, Liam didn’t go. Instead, he made her waffles. Jillian is a distant person. It’s not that she only cares about herself, it’s that she doesn’t care about much of anything. I get the reason why once it is revealed (and I won’t reveal it here) but I think she could have a different outlook and make a few different choices.
I loved Liam. I could hear his Scottish accent while I was reading this book. Very nice. 😉 He was a catch, that’s for sure. I can’t believe he hung in there with Jillian, especially with all of her stubbornness and meanness towards him. He’s a great guy and a great match for Jillian, just what she needed.
Their relationship was an interesting one. I wish it wasn’t quite so almost-insta-love though. Their falling in love felt rushed to me. They suited each other well. They needed each other. They complimented each other. But the relationship felt rushed, like they had to get to the love part to make the whole story work.
I loved Jillian’s roommate Jess. She is the greatest roommate ever. To have to learn how to help, mangage, and deal with Jillian’s secret (again, I’m not going to reveal anything in this review) is beyond amazing for a 21 year old. I was impressed by Jess’s strength and devotion to Jillian. Cassie was a great friend as well. She was the humor and light-heartedness in this book that had some heavy issues. And Jillian’s interpersonal communications teacher was fantastic. I really enjoyed his character despite the “humiliation” he put Jillian through.
And the story did work as a whole. It was a good read. Like I said, it kept me interested and invested. I wanted to see what would happen. However, I have two issues with this book. The first is the very graphic sex scenes. The scenes were very well written for an erotica novel, not for a book being marketed as a New Adult Contemporary novel. A little too much detail for this genre in my opinion. Like I said, the scenes were well written, just too much for this genre. The other issue I had with Catching Liam is the title. I’m not sure if I agree with it. I think it would have been more fitting if it were called Catching Jillian. But that’s my opinion.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you like the New Adult contemporary romance genre. But watch for some graphic scenes. Definitely an 18+ audience.
Will I read it again: I will not. I am interested in reading the next book in the Good Girls Don’t series, Teaching Roman.
About the book: Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn’t just a game for Jillian and her friends, it’s a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you’re bound for heart ache.
So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can’t—or perhaps won’t—take a hint.
Study abroad student Liam doesn’t want to be another notch on Jillian’s bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa’s set expiration date means he can’t promise her forever. That doesn’t mean he’s going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.
Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they’re playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.
About the author: Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between. In real life, I’m likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is. Life is pretty good.
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