21 August 2013

Title: This Love (University of Branton #1)
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Publisher: A&A Literary, 346 Pages (June 25th, 2013)
From: Purchased on Amazon
Format: eBook
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Synopsis: She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.

He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.

They didn't know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket--her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.

Atticus Grimes needs help--the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he's got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.

When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she's thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can't happen--he's a professor and she's a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

Review: 4 Stars - This Love by author Nazarea Andrews is her first novel in the ever exciting “New Adult” category. It’s a quick read, told in alternating view points between two characters who are trying to escape their pasts.

This Love is about a forbidden romance between a college student and a professor and what happens during one summer when the two work together on a research project. Atticus doesn't want anyone’s help in completing his research but he knows he needs it. He’s a professor in the history department and is dealing with a bad break up. Throughout the novel we find out exactly what happened between him and his ex and the emotional scars that he’s afflicted with.

Avery is looking for a part-time summer job to help pay for a ticket to her sisters destination wedding. When she comes across an ad for a research assistant she calls and sets up a meeting with the professor. She’s dealing with emotional pain from the past and wants nothing more but to stay away from home, heal and move on.

The two are hurting; the wounds are deep and any attraction the two develop must be buried for each other’s sake.

One of the things I loved about this title, as it’s always a HUGE draw for me in books, was the alternating points of view. Atticus and Avery are both dealing with the issues from their past, they both have scars that run deep and when dealing with characters who are hurting emotionally it makes the story whole to hear the thoughts of each instead of just focusing on one character. As a reader I needed to hear both sides for an understanding of actions and emotions and Andrews provided the readers with understanding by the page full from beginning to end.

The characters and sub characters all have layers to them that make them more than just broken people in a story; it makes them extremely interesting and real. I wanted to find out what made each and every one of them tick, to find out exactly which parts were broken and to watch them try to rebuild again, to heal.
This Love is one of those books that I didn't want to end. I enjoyed the writing, the plot, the characters, setting and the dual points of view. I pretty much devoured this title in one sitting, it’s that good, it’s that quick to read, and it’s that absorbing.

Andrews writes realistic female and male characters in one of my favorite categories – “New Adult” and seeing as this is the beginning of a new series I’m thrilled to read more set in this world. I’m looking forward to reading about new characters and to see what this authors writes next. I highly recommend this title to anyone who loves “New Adult” (Or are looking to give the category a try!) and a great contemporary tale with two broken characters and forbidden love. Happy Reading!

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  1. Lisa, this sounds like a great book and I've added it to my ever-growing TBR list. I'm curious, though, since you seemed to like it so much, why didn't you give it 5 stars?

    1. It's not all THAT often that I give a book 5 stars. It has to be PERFECT. If I've rated a book 4 stars I pretty much always still love it, it just could have been a bit more. You know that "X" factor. :) I hope that answered your question and enjoy it once you do read!


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