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Posted March 28, 2014
Hadley is in college, working for her dream when she meets Jack, the guy trying so hard not to dream of anything. When things don’t exactly go the way Hadley had planned, she decides to live a little at the encouragement of her roommate David and with the help of her new friend Jack. Jack treats life like a vacation. Hadley is driven, focused and unwilling to compromise her dreams. The moment they meet a fire is ignited and they’re both left wondering what they’re missing.
The storyline had me hooked from beginning to end. Just when I thought I knew how things were going to turn out, it took a turn. I enjoyed watching their story unfold, having no idea where they would eventually end up. Audrey Bell wrote some fabulous scenes. I loved how Jack and Hadley met. It is the ultimate romantic moment, and they don’t even know each other! Why do these things not happen in real life? Just like life, this story isn’t perfect. The characters face some rough times and Audrey Bell brings to light some complex issues. She manages to address these issues while maintaining an overall positive feeling and I applaud her for that.
My favorite part of this book was the dialogue. Audrey Bell can write some fantastic exchanges between characters. There is nothing I love more than witty repartee and sarcastic returns. The banter between Hadley and Jack just felt so genuine and fun that I couldn’t help but feel like they were two of my college friends. Jack and Hadley’s story is the whole package. I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot.
Posted February 11, 2014
This is the first book I have read by this author and I really liked the characters, the story, just everything about the book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2014
Love Show is my first experience with Ms. Bell and I have to say that it has been quite enjoyable.The characters had flaws, yet they weren't dysfunctional which is always refreshing.
I will admit the the first 25 - 30% moved somewhat slowed my interest in the story did not fade. I couldn't get enough of the angst between Hadley and Jack, the crazy relationship that David could not see was toxic. This was honestly a feel good read through and through.
Hadley is in the words of Jack "something else". She's focus, but yet manages to have some spunk. Her one down fall for me was her obsessive need to believe that she didn't need anyone to make her whole. I wish that she could see past her parents mishappenings, at times it was down right annoying how she tired to hide what she was feeling.
Jack, I feel like I didn't get to experience enough of him. He kinda had this blah attitude in life about what he wanted to be when he grow up, which really didn't take away from his I adore him factor. I loved his I won't back down attitude when it came to love and he wasn't a borderline stalker. He was a real boy...I think I might tear up.
If my experience with Love Show has any indication of how my 2014 reading experience is going to be. I believe I'm off to a good start.
**Huge thanks to the author for providing me with an arc copy in exchange for my honest opinion**
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Posted January 11, 2014
The blurb was short and catchy. A boring girl who did something out of the ordinary, and the guy who made her do so.
Hadley Arrington is an intelligent girl, a career-driven editor-in-chief of the university’s paper and was not really a firm-believer of falling in love. She had watched her mother jump from one man to another, and getting a divorce like it was just an ordinary thing to do. Not really a good example for her. Now all she ever wanted was to graduate, and work as a war correspondent.
Then Jack Diamond comes along. She met him when she kissed him in the rain, then right after that when she was in search of the leaders of the fraternity who was harassing her staff. Little did she know this guy who had given her the best kiss of her life, would change her life.
She didn’t want a relationship, and he was really attracted to her – they made a deal to become friends-with-benefits. But as the time goes by, as they get closer, one or both of them might start to fall. What happens when a girl who doesn’t want to fall in love, suddenly found herself in deep? Would she run away or take the risk?
We are also introduced to her gay friend, David. He was her number-one fan and cheerleader, until it was his time to finally need her. My heart goes out to him. Sometimes when you love someone so much, you get to be so blind about his or her short-comings and you wouldn’
This was not just an ordinary love story between a boy and a girl, this book also discusses controversial social issues with regards to alcohol-abuse, relationship-abuse, gay-relationships, and bullying.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I had enjoyed reading this book. She was hardcore and he was totally p*ssy-whipped. It was something else. It was somewhere between a little bit fun and heartbreaking seeing her fight against her feelings, and him trying to be nonchalant about the rejection. She is the type of girl, who despite being intelligent, can be oblivious at times. I was glad Audrey Bell didn’t made Hadley give up her dreams – she made her experience it for her to finally make the right decision in the end of the story. It had taken long enough for her to realize it, but it didn’t matter because everything ended well.
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Posted January 8, 2014
I beta read this book, so I won't be writing a formal review. However, I felt the need to share my thoughts. I loved the characters and I loved the author's vision of the story. That's what drew me in. I really got lost in Jack and Hadley's world.
This book is a great pick for readers who enjoy NA Contemporary Romance. It has a different edge to other NA's out right now. Definitely worth a read.
Posted January 5, 2014
Oh, how I absolutely adored this book! Love Show caught my attention with a strong, driven protagonist, an amazingly awesome best friend and a completely swoon-worthy love interest. Add in fantastic writing and a plot that kept me guessing and I couldn't put it down. It made me feel all the emotions. Every. Single. One.
Hadley is my favorite kind of heroine. She was strong and determined, yet vulnerable and flawed. She was serious and studious almost to a fault. She was also incredible stubborn. But she had many layers and I enjoyed seeing them slowly peeled back during the course of this story. Editor-in-chief of her university's newspaper, her life's goal is to be a war zone journalist. When her family and friends, and then Jack, question this goal, she stands by it. No one's going to change her mind. I applaud that, even though I personally think she's absolutely crazy for wanting to do that.
Jack was sheer freaking perfection. He was sweet and honest and very obviously had deep feelings for Hadley, despite their issues and differences. It took awhile for the romance to develop, but I wasn't disappointed once it did. Sure, I wanted to smack Hadley a couple times for the way she was treating Jack, but when they were on they were on. They worked so well together. They had great, strong chemistry.
As much as I loved Hadley and Jack and their relationship, the other relationship in this book that just put a huge smile on my face was the friendship of Hadley and David. I loved David. A gay man, he had what I feel was a very realistic struggle. I watched my friends in college go through similar struggles (thankfully not ALL of them or I would have probably murdered someone for hurting one of my friends), so I saw a lot of my friendships in Hadley and David. So often, gay characters end up as a cliched stereotype. David wasn't that at all. *I* want to be friends with David.
This book tackled a lot of serious issues, but did it in a way that was relatable and easy to read. I blew through this book in one sitting. While the story was complete at the end, I still was left wanting more because of the connection I had to the characters. This book had humor and heart and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 5, 2014
Deep, emotional, and romantic, Love Show was a fantastic New Adult read. This one is definitely a tear-jerker. I really liked this book. It was a wonderful romance.
Hadley was a good heroine. She was very determined and driven and I liked that about her. However, she was the weak point of the book for me. I didn't like her very much, for two reasons. One, I understood her determination to follow her dreams, but she was too stubborn about it. She saw her parents' reluctance to let her go the the war-torn Middle East as a reporter (a notoriously dangerous job) as them trying to hold her back, and it got even worse when Jack showed that he wasn't crazy about the idea either. She never considered (or perhaps didn't understand) the obvious: they were worried about her getting hurt. So, she could have been more understanding about it. Two, I didn't like how she was so determined to not label her relationship with Jack as just that: a relationship. She was so averse to it, that she frequently hurt Jack. And since Jack was nothing but sweet, that bothered me. I don't want this to sound like I outright disliked her.I just didn't particularly like her. Overall, though, I was okay with her.
Jack, on the other hand, was amazing. He was so sweet and utterly adorable. I loved how determined he was to make Hadley happy, even if it didn't necessarily make him happy. I just adored him. He was perfect.
The romance was lovely. Even with Hadley's reluctance to admit to a relationship, their feelings for each other were clear. I thought it was so sweet how they slowly came to fall in love, despite all the obstacles. And, the chemistry between them was hot.
The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. This book was very emotional and it's guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings. I thought the emotions were brilliantly portrayed in a way that really made me empathize with the characters. I really enjoyed this story and the ending was a perfect wrap up.
Love Show was a fantastic New Adult read. Very emotional and romantic, it's a book that will draw you in. Romance lovers, this book is one you'll want to check out.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Posted January 3, 2014
Posted June 25, 2014
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