Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Impact Of You Review

The Impact of You
Author: Kendall Ryan 

Needing an escape from her past, Avery chooses a college where no one knows her. Keeping a low profile was the plan, falling for the intense frat boy, Jase wasn’t. Yet she can’t deny how alive she feels when he’s near. Even as common sense implores her to stay away, her body begs her to get closer.

Jase, numb from his own family drama, has grown bored with weekends fueled by nameless girls and countless bottles when he meets Avery. Helping her cope with her past is better than dealing with the bullshit his own life’s served up. Determined to drive away the painful secret she’s guarding, he appoints himself her life coach, and challenges her to new experiences. Getting close to her and being the one to make her smile are simply perks of the job. 

But when Avery’s past boldly saunters in, refusing to be forgotten, can Jase live with the truth about the girl he’s fallen for?

Recommended for 17+ due to mature themes and sexual content.

I gave The Impact Of You five fantastic leaves! Okay, so the only other Kendall Ryan book I’ve read is Resisting Her, which I thought was pretty good. But, wow, I completely adore Impact Of You. I started it on Sunday, expecting a light, quick, average read; I was so wrong. This book sucked me in, and I loved every second of it. I’m obsessed with the New Adult genre, and if this is Kendall Ryan’s first try at it, I say venture on in! It captured all the qualities that I think make a freaking awesome book: the strong heroine, the hot bad boy, the undeniable attraction, the forbidden love, a college setting, dark secrets, hot scenes, emotional issues, simple plot, and of course, Kendall Ryan’s personal flair.

Avery is one of those pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it girls and Jase is our typical sexy man-whore. Only Avery is hiding from her past, and trying to blend in. Jase was a frat guy notorious for his looks and sleeping around, but after his mom’s suicide attempt, he has learned to appreciate life and is now looking for something to make him smile again. Even from the very beginning of the story, we can see the undeniable attraction between Avery and Jase. They are two people who have been burned by life, and not sure how to live again. That is the basis of their connection. Jase takes it upon himself to teach Avery to be open and to trust again. Avery insists they stay friends, despite her body’s obvious yearning for him. Jase agrees, even though he definitely wants more. He issues her challenges that range everywhere from flirting with a guy at a frat party to looking up her birth mom.

I truly liked Avery. She had been through a lot, and although I didn’t agree with her decision to hide from the world to try to escape her past, it was definitely understandable. She starts off as stiff, shy, and scared; however, by the end of the book, she completely amazes me. She showcases her smart, witty, and beautiful personality. She is confident and can go after what she wants, all it took was a little coaxing from Jase. Jase *le sigh* is one of my favorite book-boyfriends. He has the looks, the confidence, the mouth, and even the brains. He befriends Avery not just to sleep with her, which is completely unheard of with his old reputation. The scenes where he showcases his mama’s boy side melt my heart, the scenes where lusts after Avery make me swoon, the scenes where he takes care of Avery make me want to cry, and the way he almost unknowingly fell in love with Avery sealed the deal. I love how their instant chemistry created a beautiful best friendship first, even though a relationship was obviously in their future.

Kendall Ryan does a great job of bring attention adoption and cyber-bullying in her book. This book wasn’t crazy intense or emotional. It was just right. It is impossible to put down due to its perfect combination of sweet, heart-wrenching, adorable, and sexy. It caught me off guard, and I highly recommend this as your next summer read. 

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of steamy romances. She’s addicted to reading and writing romance novels brimming with tension, kissing and alpha males. :)
She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband and two naughty puppies, one of which may be part monkey.

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