This is one of the books I listed on my Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2013. It definitely lived up to all of the hype it has received and more than earned its five star rating from me on Goodreads.
The book contains a page turning romance, but also deals with some very difficult issues. Jacqueline is a freshman in college and has recently broken up with her boyfriend of three years. Soon after the breakup, she is the victim of an attempted rape at the hands of a "friend". Fortunately another student, Lucas, came upon the incident and intervened before things went any further. Lucas had previously seen Jacqueline around campus, but she was not aware that he was in her economics class until after the incident.
Lucas and Jacqueline start seeing each other, but she is conflicted. She is also interested in her economics tutor, Landon, whom she has only corresponded with via email. There are some very humorous twists and we soon learn there is far more to Lucas than his good looks and ability to be in the right place at the right time. He has some dark secrets in his past that still haunt him. He is reluctant to become involved in a serious relationship because he doesn't think he can share his past. Jacqueline slowly begins to gain his trust and together they are able to help each other overcome their inner struggles.
This book is considered to be New Adult (NA), which means the main characters are post high school but under 30. The romance was definitely turned up a notch from the young adult books I am used to, but is not something I would be embarrassed to read at the office....i.e. 50 Shades. I actually enjoyed the fact that not EVERYTHING was left to the imagination. After this fabulous introduction to this genera, I picked up another NA book at the RT Convention last weekend. Mary INSISTED that I would LOVE the Vincent Boys by Abby Glines, so I took her word for it.
Here I am with Tammara Webber this past weekend. Of course I had a few questions for her about the book, one of which was why she selected Jacqueline for the name of her main character. She has always liked the name, but there wasn't anything more to it than that. As you can see from the second picture, I let her use my "real name" when signing my book. Only a very select few get to call me that and it seemed fitting in this case :)