July 26, 2013

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't #1)

I'm excited to be included in the blog tour for CATCHING LIAM by Sophia Bleu, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out my 4-star review then enter a giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't #1), by Sophia Bleu
Published July 8, 2013
Publisher:  Self-published
Format: e-book, provided by the author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
Genre:  new adult contemporary romance
To Pre-Order:  Amazon

Rating:  4 STARS

(From Goodreads) 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.

When I think I've read about nearly every tragedy that could befall a hero or heroine in a new adult book is about when I read something new. Catching Liam was new. And, the brand of tragedy introduced here was particularly sad. Yet, Bleu managed to address it in a way that made it not seem quite so bad. And, not in a disrespectful way, either. You can tell she did her research, and that really impressed me. 

Jillian has spend her adult life in one casual encounter after another. Until Liam, an unbelievably sexy Scot who loves children and knows how to make killer waffles. Now, she can't seem to get him out of her head, which is a bad place for her to be. Jillian has a big secret that will definitely send him running when he finds out. 

Jillian's secret was hinted at pretty early on in the book. You know there are always "issues" in new adult books, right? The issue in question here turns out to be particularly depressing, because there isn't just a quick fix or some time in therapy to get over it. Once the reader finds out what her issue is, it explains a lot of her behavior from the beginning of the book. 

But, wow - in the beginning, she was such a jerk. Like, HUGE. I really wasn't a big Jillian fan. Why Liam came back, I'm not sure. It is a good thing that he did, though. 

Oh yes - LIAM. I'm a sucker for a hot Scot, and Liam is no exception. He's a great kisser, is a good cook, likes kids, and is an all-around nice guy. But that doesn't mean he's afraid to get all up in someone else's business if they give him crap. Like, when some drunk guy at a bar makes a crack about Liam's accent and asks if he shouldn't be wearing a skirt, Liam's response is to punch him in the face and say...

"We call them kilts, and we wear them so we can let our enormous cocks breathe."

Catching Liam was engrossing - I read it in a day. The characters were well developed. You couldn't help but to feel for Jillian and all she goes through. As I mentioned before, Bleu really did her research. It makes me wonder if she's had personal experience with what Jillian goes through. And, even if she hasn't it's all very believable. 

I can't wait to see what happens in the next book - Jess' book - Teaching Roman. 

About the Author

Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between.  In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is.  Life is pretty good.

Find out more about Sophia here:  Website / Facebook / Twitter


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Unknown said...

Hahah! That was the best line hands down in this book! I seriously died laughing. I just loved Liam. It's so refreshing to read about a genuine, good guy. I like bad boys, but there is something incredibly hot about a good guy like Liam who doesn't run once he knows what Jillian's dealing with. Great review Krista!

Giselle said...

Yay so happy you liked it! Liam is definitely swoon worthy and more!! LOL @ the kilt thing! Great review, Krista! :)

Stormy Vixen said...

Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a good romance.