Welcome to this week’s
Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!
This week features
The Effortless with You series by Lizzy Charles!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.
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My ****4.5 Star**** Review
This is one of those books that you just can’t put down! It is emotionally gripping. Raw. Powerful.
Meet Lucy. She’s bratty, annoying, immature, and cowardly. She is full of issues and I just didn’t like her at all.
Meet Justin. Lucy thinks he’s cocky and egotistical. But, is he really? Lucy’s about to find out. She got in trouble. Now her summer will involve a job, a job that involves Justin.
As much as I abhorred the character of Lucy in the beginning, you would have never convinced me that I’d like her so much in the end! The slow growth you see in her as a result of a long summer full of work is amazing, believable, and truly inspiring!
You will encounter the enexpected. Lucy will just leave you cheering her on! There are some deep issues that Lucy and Justin will have to face. Some very scary moments. You’ll be frightened at times and swooning at others. Oh, and I even almost woke my husband in the middle of the night because I could not contain my laughter!! At one point I was clapping my hands with excitement! Then there was a moment that brought tears to my eyes.
This isn’t just a romance. It’s a story that deals with relationships (romantic/familial/friendship) and personal growth. This is a wonderful mature YA read that would be great for mothers to discuss with their daughters. There is just so much goodness here.
4.5 Very Strong Stars! Such an amazing story!
Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.
But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.
For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.
Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.
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My ****4.5 Star****
If you haven’t read Effortless With You then skip this review for now. It will be spoilerish.
This book picks up shortly after where book 1 left off. It’s only been a month.
You see a slow pull on Justin in the form of his father, Alex. You’ll see it coming, and it’ll be soooo frustrating. He’s hardly present for anything anymore. That’s especially scary concerning him and Lucy as there’s another guy willing to step in and pick up the slack.
This book will leave you feeling all the emotions you felt in the first one. You will laugh. You will be heartbroken.
You get both perspectives in the book, and that’ll just add to the impact.
While the first book revolved around Lucy’s growth, this book focuses more on the flaws and growth of Justin. He loses himself to a world of pressures. The lessons to be learned are mostly his and his families.
This story will leave you begging for more! Yes, I want more!!!
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.
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