JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.
Reactionby Jessica Roberts
I’ve previously had that in my life, but only once, briefly, a while ago. It was during the time I’d started my first year of college. My own apartment, a new old car, and a life free of deadbeat stepfathers, all of which was fulfilling enough. But if it wasn’t, I also had a best friend, soul mate, and boyfriend all
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I’ve previously had that in my life, but only once, briefly, a while ago. It was during the time I’d started my first year of college. My own apartment, a new old car, and a life free of deadbeat stepfathers, all of which was fulfilling enough. But if it wasn’t, I also had a best friend, soul mate, and boyfriend all in one. Yes, life was near perfect.
But one stormy night can change everything…
For many months I rested in a prolonged sleep, fighting for my life. Well, more than fighting for it, also dreaming of it. Dreaming of him. Thank goodness, the dream is over and I’m back in the real world now. And all I want is for everything to return to the way it was. But nothing’s the same; most of all, us.
Once again, I find myself at the crossroads of a ruthless battle, this time not for life, but love. Do I fight for the guy I twice fell for, or do I let her take him away?
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I was soooooo excited to start Reaction by Jessica Roberts. I said it my review of Reflection, and I’ll say it again…I love the story of Heather and Nick. The story in Reaction kept my emotions right on the surface, with tears constantly sitting in my eyes blurring my reading experience, and embedded itself into my heart. If you thought Reflection was an unforgettable story, what you will find in Reaction will blow you away. Basically starting right where Reflection left off, we witness the jerky attitude of Nick, when Heather comes out of her coma thinking that their true love was still just that…true. But Nick went ahead and ripped her out and pretty much tells her he doesn’t love her anymore, that things have changed, and to basically go away and leave him alone. Ohhh the heart ache! I’m sure those of you who have read Reflection are pretty anxious to find out how he could be such a douche to a girl who just came out of a coma due to no fault of her own. Heather attempts to try and get her life back on track. Go back to college, make amends with her friends, and possible salvage what she and Nick had. But when Heather goes to confront him at his home out in the country with his aunt and uncle, it’s not the welcome she was hoping for. Nick is engaged to another. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything for you with that bit of news as you find it out pretty early in the book. As you continue to read, you witness a lot of the bits of information from her accident, to her dreams while in a coma, to the people who are part of this story, come full circle. Little pieces of the puzzle come together to form this whole new twist in this story of Heather and Nick. And can I just say that I love her friends? The way in which they supported Heather during her time of heartbreak? To try to make light of the situation she is in? The way in which they helped Heather get her “fierce” on in hopes of grabbing Nicks attention? Sing with me “They’re the three best friends that anyone could have! They’re the three best friends that anyone could have!”… Like in Reflection, Reaction had me on my seat the entire read. I needed to know if Heather and Nick would finally be together, or if it was too late for them. It broke my heart every time Heather put her heart out there for Nick to see, and just see if get crushed time after time. I’ll be honest with you. I heart Nick. Like, literally heart him! But there were moments in this book where I said through unshed tears “Stop being a jerk, you jerk! It’s not her fault that she was in a come! Give her some benefit of the doubt you jack nut! Arghhhhh!” Truer words were never said. Author, Jessica Roberts, does what she does best. Grab the attention and heart of the reader, and take them on an unforgettable rollercoaster ride of emotions. One minute I was sad, the next I’m laughing, then I’m anxious, and back to sad. In Reaction, we get to see more of the real side of Heather, and why I love her character. Her ability to roll with the punches, to never stop believing, how she can be strong when her world is shattering all around her. Such a beautiful role model for girls everywhere. What did I learn in this book? Never give up hope when it comes to true love. Grab it, hold on to it, and should it not end how you wished it would, it is a story worth remembering. Now run! Grab your copy and find out what happens with Nick and Heather. Do eeeet!
Oh my goodness, first let me say, it was just wonderful to come back to Heather's and Nick's story because I remember reading Reflection, and towards the end, there are just so much realizations on Heather's part because she realizes that she has been in a Coma for almost three years, and her boyfriend, the love of her life, had no idea she was in a Coma, and thought of some silly theory that she ran away to get married to Heather's best friend, Creed. Oh. My. Word. Really? Well, because of that theory, Nick was actually deeply hurt and heartbroken and it wasn't an easy three years without Heather, but in that last year, he ended up meeting a nice girl (he thinks) and actually proposed to Paige, (NO!!) Yeah, so you can just imagine how Heather feels when she wakes up and weeks later, learns about this, and she is just shocked that Nick would move on like that, and as Heather is going back to College, trying to go back to the way things were, it's just hard, because Nick's not there with her...he's with Paige and it's hurting Heather so much, and now as she continues to live her life, does she let Nick back in? Or does she let him go...forever. This was phenomenal! I loved Reflection and Reaction was just as wonderful. Instead of Heather recalling memories, she is now living her life again, with some memories here and there, that pop up in her mind. I felt there was strong character development with Heather, and especially Nick. I was just amazed on how much emotion/feeling he shows Heather. At times it's just beautiful and then other times I just wanted to smack his arm, because in ways, Nick took a hard toll when he 'thought' Heather had deserted their relationship and Heather is just like 'Whoa, I was unconscious for almost three years, geez!!" Well that's what I felt anyway when reading their scenes together ;) Anyway, I felt there was a great flow, and reading from Heather's POV was really nice and I felt for her, all the time, because she starts out as who she was when she was 18, but as the story goes she matures to the 21-22 year old she is and gains remarkable strength, and it was great reading how she does that. Now, I don't want to say too much, because I feel you have to read this, to just grasp the beautiful writing, the incredible story, and just so much more. Jessica Roberts is one truly amazing Author and it's just been awesome reading her first two novels, so you can say I'm a big fan of hers now, and look forward to her next story! :)
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: This was a good sequel and conclusion to this series. It wasn't a book that I had to read every free chance I had. But it kept me engrossed enough to want to read through it in a short amount of time. *This review will contain SPOILERS if you have not read Reflection. You have been warned.* We have the same cast of characters as we met in Reflection. Heather is trying to find her way back into the world after waking from her long coma. She does experience a reaction which was very interesting and very unexpected. That little twist was nice. Nick is kind of in the picture but he is still angry and hurt and unsure as to what he should do especially since he now has Paige, his fiance. Creed and Liz are Heather's best friends. It was great to see Heather and Liz reconnect to quickly and easily. That's how true friends are...you can not speak to each other for years but pick up just where you left off. Some of the situations, specifically the romantic ones, I found a bit unbelievable. Not because it couldn't happen, but because of their ages. Heather is only 21...she was 18 when she went into the coma. That seems awfully young to be so sure of someone else. And Nick is only 23 or 24, also young. Reaction - and Reflection for that matter - is a great concept. Definitely a concept that I haven't read before. What would you do if you had to pick up where you left off even though everyone else's life kept moving forward? Would I recommend it: If you read Reflection, then you should read Reaction. It is a good ending to that story. Will I read it again: I will not.
When I received Nereyda’s email for the Reaction blog tour, I was screaming and jumping up and down (don’t you love when a book can make you do that?). I loved Jessica Roberts’s first novel Reflection. In Reflection, Roberts had me in total suspense, wondering what the truth was in Heather's life. But with Reaction, Roberts put me on an insane, emotional roller coaster. I didn't know how Heather's love for Nick would turn out, not till the end. Reaction made me scream, cry, and beg for Heather. Robert's even had me going the other way for what I wanted to see happen for Heather. I love when author can change my mind about everything I thought I wanted in a story. There's no doubt that Jessica Roberts is an awesome writer and storyteller. There wasn't a character I didn't love in the Reflection series. Heather had me rooting for her; Nick had me in love with him, and wanting to kick his but; Creed also had my love for him; Liz made me want a happily ever after for her; Peter just had me laughing period. And I even loved Barbie doll Paige…well, I love to hate her. I'm not going to get into long review; I don't feel like I have to with this awesome series. I’m just going to tell you that you need to read Reflection and Reaction. I know you’ll fall in love with this series, too, and I can't wait to read more from this amazing author. Reaction is the nail-biting, hang-onto-your-seat finale to Jessica Roberts’s awesome Reflection series. I highly recommend Heather's amazing story as one you don't want to miss. I would like to tell Jessica Roberts, Thank you so much for the laughs, screams of anger, tears, and for one of the most beautiful, heart-touching romance I will ever read. Reflection and Reaction definitely a must read!