Genre: New Adult - Contemporary/Romance
Publishing Date: July 8th, 2013
Page Count: 380
Source: InkSlinger PR
Description from Goodreads.com:
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.
Catching Liam was a really emotionally tugging book. This wasn't just a story about taking a chance on love it was a book about accepting and loving yourself, which I really liked that there was this second story line.
Jillian and Liam were a really good match for each other. I think that their characters complimented each other very well. I loved Jillian's snarky, sarcastic attitude and that it was Liam chasing Jillian and not the other way around. It was so cute to see Liam showing a soft and tender side that didn't exactly match his bad boy look. The rest of the characters that are in Jillian's life were very well developed and I hope to see more from them in the future. I know the second book in the series is from on of Jillian's friends POV, so I'm pretty excited to read that and hope that it will answer some questions I still have about the other characters lives.
The very beginning of the book was very interesting, but I do wish there were a little more examples of Jillian taking guys home. I wanted to see some dialogue between Jillian and some of the other guys she bagged. What was her charm like, and I wanted to see how she got Liam to come home with her, because he kind of just dropped into the story.
It was also a little unbelievable with how quickly Jillian changed her ways after meeting Liam. She cut down on partying, she didn't bring any guys home (or even talk to any other guys), and she started having feelings for Liam very quickly. I'm not saying that it's unbelievable for this to happen to someone, but it just didn't seem to fit Jillian's character. She had dealt with clingy guys before and maneuvered around them easily, so why was Liam so different? I also think that Liam and Jillian's feelings formed a little too quickly. I wish there was a bigger time gap before becoming official. And another thing, I don't think it was realistic to fall for someone so fast, but to not talk about the issue that he was on a Visa. Anytime it was brought up the characters would agree to not worry about it till that time came. What procrastinators!
The last problem I had with the story was Jillian's mom. I didn't understand how she could keep flip flopping her feelings with Jillian. One moment she hated Jillian, the next she was crying and telling Jillian how much she loves her, and then she's back to hating her. It just felt too flippant. I wanted their to be a relationship resolve that happened.
There were a few things that didn't click well in this story, like how fast the relationship formed, how quickly Jillian changed her ways, how they avoided the issues of Liam being on Visa, and how crazy Jillian's mom was, but I really did enjoy the rest of the story a lot. It was a very cute story that had a lot of characters that were weaved very well together. I think this story had the right amount of complexity, but just really needs to be polished a bit more. Regardless, I enjoyed the story a lot and I plan to read more from Gennifer Albin in the future, especially the future stories in this series.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5
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