I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Catching Liam by Gennifer Albin
Series: Good Girls Don't #1
on July 8th 2013
Genres: NA, Romance
Source: the author
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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.
“A couple of weeks ago, I had what’s called an off episode. It was brought on by stress and eventually it led to me being hospitalized,” I began. I wasn’t actually sure where to start. This had started much earlier than that, if I was being honest. It had started with waffles in the kitchen after a one-night stand. It started with a mother who wanted to coddle me and push me away at the same time, unsure how to have a relationship with me. It had started with a surprise diagnosis two years ago that had rocked my world and left me unsteady and unsure of my future.
Poor sexy Liam. I truly wish I could have given my full attention to his sexy bod and his even sexier Scottish brogue, but I was suffering from a severe case of book hangover. I wasn’t really in the mood of a sexy NA, but I’ll do my best to be subjective and fair.
The title is oh, so ironic. Catching Liam, when it seemed more like Jillian was the one being caught. She didn’t stand a chance against Liam’s superior waffle making skills and his washboard abs. What I wanted to know was what Liam saw in Jillian that kept him coming back for more! She did her best to scare him away, being distant and downright aggravating, turning him down and avoiding him at all costs. Jillian is the epitome of unlikable protagonist, and yet I still found myself rooting for her. Why? Because I felt like she had a damn good reason for being that way!
Jillian is suffering from an illness which is slowly taking away her ability to live a normal life. She keeps everyone at a distance, including her own family. Watching her struggle with her future choices is what made the book for me. It made a simple mother-daughter relationship into a confusing and complex battle of wills. Her relationship with Liam wasn’t easy either. I actually found myself getting frustrated with Jillian because she’s so darn stubborn. Liam is such a great catch! Snag that man!
The story had its weak points, as most do. In this case, I kept getting her best friends mixed up. The story would have been stronger had they been combined, since the only purpose I could see to having two of them was to make Jillian feel like she was surrounded with couples. I believe their secondary character statuses will be getting boosted to primary in the series sequels, so I am looking forward to getting to know them better.
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