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Posted July 4, 2013
A Sexy, Fun Summer NA! As you may have noticed, like many readers I've joined the New Adult craze lately. Now don't worry—I still love my adult romances, and the occasional YA romance as well, but there's something about this new genre that has captured my attention right now. Perhaps it is because most NA books are covering the same age group that I am in right now (give or take a few years, depending on the book in question). As with any genre, there are some great books to be found in this category..and some not so good ones. I'm happy to say that Nazarea Andrew's This Love is a good example of this new genre!
I was hooked from page one; something about the story, the writing, and the characters grabbed me and wouldn't let me go until the end. I'll admit that there were a few places where I may have been annoyed at one character or another, or perhaps skipped a page once or twice, but overall it was a really good book. Sexy and fun, with a good deal of “ah” sweet moments sprinkled throughout as Atticus and Avery worked towards their HEA. And they did have to work for it, as these two could not simply claim their couple status and walk hand-in-hand towards the sunset. Maybe that's why I enjoyed this book so much, because even if they did fall into bed pretty early in the book, it didn't automatically mean that they were in love, and I wondered many times how things were going to work out between them. Would they be caught, would there be a scandal, would the soon-to-be-ex wife ruin their HEA? I didn't know, but I had to find out!
4 STARS! If you want to try a New Adult romance, This Love may be the one for you! A sexy young professor who falls for the girl he hires as a research assistant, followed by plenty of steamy action and passion (bonus: Atti is a bit of a dirty talker at times—yum!), this was simply a fun book to read. For me, I started it in the morning, read it whenever I had free time throughout the day, and finished it before I went to sleep that night. I didn't want to leave this book, and I very much look forward to future books by this new author! Oh, and when Nazarea told me that Dane's book is next, I * may * have done a happy dance. I'm very excited to have his story told, he was just as sexy and interesting as Atticus!
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Posted August 20, 2014
Atticus Grimes is one sexy, young history professor in need of a research assistant for his book on pirates. Oh yeah, that’s hot. Where were those classes when I was an undergrad?
Avery Emili is college student in need of some cash to attend her sister’s Jamaican wedding.
Both have been burned by love. But the sparks fly when Avery takes a summer job helping him with his book.
It starts out with a lot of sexual tension till Avery and Atticus can’t deny their attraction to each other any longer. (Who knew shopping for office supplies and apartments could be so exhilarating?)
The chemistry between them is amazing; I was rooting for them right off the bat. Both are great characters. Avery is smart and down to earth. Atticus is a tad bit of a bad boy which makes him sexy and alluring.
Their relationship is not without obstacles, aside from the professor/student dynamics. Atticus’s best friend, arrogant lawyer Dane, doesn't like her. His ex wants him back. And her ex might just be waiting for her at her sister’s wedding.
In addition to researching pirates, there’s also a steamy trip to the Big Easy as well as a few heated confrontations at the wedding in Jamaica. Yes, there is plenty of excitement to keep readers hanging on the edge as Atti and Avery struggle with the expiration date on their fling and the more serious feelings they have for each other.
Despite all the odds stacked against them, the end still delivers a resolution to their problems along with a HEA. I liked how Atticus and Avery overcame the odds to be together. The story is told via Atticus and Avery’s alternating point of view. Secondary characters (Dane and Atticus’s sister, Scout) continue their own story in the second book, Beautiful Broken, with Avery and Atticus making brief appearances.
Posted July 22, 2014
I devoured this book in under a day. What can I say, once I started I had a hard time putting it down. At first the constant back and forth between our main characters, Avery and Atticus was weird. They were hot then cold so often it was giving me whiplash. These two would flirt, then nothing would happen, then all of a sudden we were all hot an heavy… then nothing. It drove me insane, in a good way.
I wasn’t in love with Avery. I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t get her. She’s so smart and yet so so stupid. Without giving spoilers, her belief that she would be able to pull of this little family visit without spilling her beans was just unrealistic. She didn’t come off as delusional before that, so I couldn’t figure out why she was so situation-ally stupid in regards to this event.
I was a little worried for a bit that Atticus would not be able to make me love him by the end of the story, but he did. There were times that information and answers, especially regarding Atticus were just thrown at us without much explanation, but we were able to get to know him better. I was able to understand where he was coming from and why he acted the way he did. Being able to be in both Avery and Atticus’ heads helped a lot. Yes, you read that right, male point of view.
My biggest (really only) complaint would be that this is another one of those books that we have to wait till the last 90% or so before we get the couple as a couple. I don’t know the exact point because I didn’t read this on my kindle, but it was way too late in the story for me. You know how I feel about those ‘late bloomers’. I want to know more of their story. I don’t want to learn it from book two, Beautiful Broken, which is another couple’s story. I’m a skeptic I can’t just believe in the happily ever after because you tell me to, I need to see proof that the couple has what it takes to make it
Plus there were at least two big questions/story lines that were never really tied up regarding this couple. Yes, it’s things that I’m sure we’ll learn about in book two because they are big, but I want that information now before I read about someone new. I’m a needy reader I know.
This Love has the whole, forbidden love thing going with the teacher-student dynamic. But, don’t worry they are college aged and the age gap isn’t much so not one of those big taboo things.
I just couldn’t put This Love down. I read it in stolen moments during the day. Quite honestly it probably would have been a one sitting read if I hadn’t had a small child looking for me to take care of him. This isn’t one of my normal dark reads. There’s no kidnapping or car bombs, but This Love is good. If you’re looking for that sweet love with just a nice amount of drama and conflict this is the one for you to click today.
Posted April 1, 2014
****I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog****
Avery Emili is a beautiful, strong, and capable college student. She's getting ready for summer break in between semesters. But she is in need of a job or a way to come up with two thousand dollars to fly to Jamaica for her sister's wedding and she only has a few weeks to do it.
Atticus Grimes is a college professor, the youngest college professor at the University of Branton. Atticus is in desperate need of an assistant to help arrange and organize the mess that has become of his research and his life.
With the push from Dane, Atticus' best friend, Atticus meets and hires Avery for the assistant job. They are instantly attracted to each other. They fight their attraction and keep a friendly working relationship together, until a research trip to New Orleans. That's when things start to change. Will they continue to fight the attraction and remain research partners or will they push for more? What will happen when secrets get revealed and people from the past interfer?
This isn't your typical forbidden love story. It has a few extra twists and turns to keep you interested and wanting to know what will happen next. I really like all her characters. They are all strong - interesting people and you want to learn more about them and see where their stories will go. I give this book a Nerd Alert B+ or 4.5 stars. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Posted March 21, 2014
I definitely enjoyed this read! There's so many directions a forbidden love story can go. Avery is a student and Atticus a professor, so we already know why it's already a forbidden love. The synopsis already describes what the story is about, but Nazarea Andrews took it to another level with the complications the ensue when their pasts catches up with them, they both have to face a reality that they have to face. I totally fell in love with these characters.
I really enjoyed reading their growth from the beginning to the end of the book. Avery having to deal with her past, Atticus also has his demons to deal with, these two find away to fall in love without even wanting to. The character and story building was well developed and realistic. Their situations do happen...and Nazarea wrote so realistically that I even started to feel their emotional tug-of-war of a relationship. I found myself laughing, crying, arguing and falling in love with these two characters. Not only were Avery and Atticus well developed, Nazarea didn't just focus on the two main characters. All the characters were well developed. These characters, such as Dane, Scout, Kelly and others, played an important part in the growth of Avery and Atticus.
Oh, and this is definitely for mature readers! Whoa! This Love can definitely get you hot and bothered, but yet sensual and intimate. Love sure isn't dead in this romance. Yah, I'm still a sucker for a good romance. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Posted March 17, 2014
Nazarea Andrews' University of Branton series is one of those that I've seen around everywhere, but never read for myself. Until now anyhow. I'm not sure why I waited to dive into this series, but I'm glad i finally did. It was fun and sexy and romantic and I read it cover to cover (so to speak) in one sitting.
Avery and Atticus begin the book as strangers, then he hires her to be his research assistant. They share a mutual attraction, but nothing can happen between them because he's a professor at the university she attends. Ah, forbidden love. It really is the strongest pull, isn't it? They do a good job of denying their feelings for awhile, but it doesn't take too long for them to give into their urges and, let me tell you, it was hot as hell when they did. I needed a fan. Or a cigarette. Or something.
I liked both Avery and Atticus on their own, they were flawed but real, strong and complex characters. They were something special when they were together. They didn't always get along and their banter was wonderful and realistic. They communicated with each other, something that is somewhat rare in the new adult genre. You could cut the sexual tension between them with a knife. I do love a good teacher/student romance, and while Avery wasn't his student, their relationship would still be frowned upon. But sometimes it's worth taking the risk if you're chasing something real. And they were.
This Love was a fun, sweet and sexy romance. It didn't end with what I would consider a cliffhanger, but there's definitely more to these characters and their relationship and I can't wait to see what happens next.
I received a copy of this book from the author one change for an honest review.
Posted December 27, 2013
What a refreshing read this was was! Avery Emili needs two grand to get to Jamaica to be there for her sister’s wedding. Atticus Grimes needs a research assistant. Easy right? He’s a professor. She’s a student. Wrong. Both feel a strong connection, but their past keeps them from each other. Both have been hurt beyond words and falling in love is not an option. Well, at least that’s what they think.
Atticus Grimes. Be still my beating heart. This is the professor I wish I had in college during my lectures! He is young, hot, and intelligent. I loved loved his character. Avery was a strong female character. I truly enjoyed the story because of her. This was not your average student and professor story. It is way more than that. A lot deeper.
The character development in this story was great. You felt the electricity between Atticus and Avery in every scene. I found myself, rooting for them since the beginning.
I enjoyed that the plot was simple which allowed the reader to truly be enveloped in their story. You felt their struggle of not wanting to fall in love.
I enjoyed reading the story of Atticus an Avery, they were relatable and I felt their connection on every page. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a tension filled new adult read that is fun and sexy. I hope that we are given more Atticus and Avery in the future.
Posted September 23, 2013
Atticus has been a mess since he left his wife for cheating on him. He’s currently living with his friend and isn’t getting much work done. His roommate decides to put out a “help wanted” call in the local paper and pretty soon Atticus finds himself hiring Avery to help him organize all of his research information. The attraction is instantaneous but they both know it’d be a bad idea considering that he’s a professor at her college.
This is a sexy forbidden love story. There isn’t too much that really takes place in the way of drama. You know that the second the story starts that they will come across some hiccups in their relationship. Not everyone is going to approve of the relationship and their past will come back to bite them. However, knowing this ahead of time didn’t detract from the story for me. I enjoyed every minute of Avery and Atticus’ sexy love affair.
I’ve never read anything by Nazarea but I will definitely be looking for #2 in the series. I like that the author tells you about the couples day to day life but it never gets boring. I liked watching them interact with each other both in private and while out and about. Plus, the author takes the readers on a vacation to Jamaica, so the background isn’t always the same. Now if you are looking for an extreme detailed book, than this isn’t for you. The author didn’t weight the book down with details like the clothes that the characters wore every day or whether the sun was shining when they walked outside. She focused more on their relationship, and I really enjoyed that. I had when a story gets bogged down with all the miniscule details.
Like I said, I will definitely be continuing this series. I’m thinking that Atticus’ and Avery’s roommates will be next in line but we will have to wait and see.
Posted September 9, 2013
I didn’t really read this blurb again before I started reading this book, so I had no real idea what I was getting into. I do know that I loved the character names as soon as I started reading. Is that weird? I don’t know… anyhow, I really loved Atticus from the start. It doesn’t seem like I’ve read a lot of books that have the guy’s story laid out from pretty much the beginning. Usually it is the girl we are introduced to first and hear all about her story from the beginning. I felt the opposite in this book. I don’t think I’ve really noticed that before in a book – at least not that I can remember… so take that for what it is.
These characters I liked, for the most part. I wanted to shake her a few times, but what can you do – women are a pain in the butt most of the time.
Don't look at me like that - we are, you all know it.
Now on to the technicalities... Writing in this book is really solid. I had no trouble following the story. It was complicated and emotional. It followed really well together. The POVs were clearly marked and really easy to distinguish. Overall, quality is super high and the writing style is really enjoyable.
I have to say I am in love with Dane! I know he is a secondary in this book, but he intrigues me to no end. I want to know more about him and I really want to know more about the relationship between he and Atti’s sister, Scout. Even though she is a hot mess, I think I will really like her. I have been looking around and was able to read a little of their story as a teaser in the end of my review copy of This Love. SO you know I will be hunting down a copy of Beautiful Broken when it comes out this month... you should too!
I think anyone who likes contemporary romance, especially new adult, will really enjoy this book.
Check it out, add it to your TBR, and get your copy picked up!
Posted September 5, 2013
Taking another dive into the water of New Adult, This Love is ordinary yet succeeds in creating a different plot you can’t help but fall under.
Plot: So, just by reading the synopsis, you know that this plot is somewhat typical. A college professor dating his assistant. The plot flowed well from being friendly to going all out on each other. The story creates a magnet in staging moments of plot surprises and enemies. Not only do they have college lingering over them, but their pasts came at them fast like bullets.
Love: Both Avery and Atticus have had their fair share of hurt and angry. They both have similar pasts where the ones they love betrayed them badly. And both of their loves come roaring back into their life, just when they think they can move on. I like that both of these characters feel the past lingering over their lives. They both have to make decisions to move on or continue down the path of self destruction with or without each other. They are both friends first. So when crap hits the fan, they both come to each others rescue, standing up for one another.
Past: As I said earlier, both of their pasts play big parts in their life. Mostly cause both have not entirely moved on from it. The reader is kept out of the loop with what really happens so when it is finally revealed it feels complete. I had a good guess but I like that the author did an excellent job building up the anticipation of what they were hiding.
Ending: I particularly like this ending cause its not happy yet its not the end. Yet it feels….complete. They have the whole future in front of them and its theirs for the taking.
Sharing a beautiful friendship that is bittersweet yet typical, This Love is thoughtful. The woes of the characters along with the strength of a new found love brings the readers to a place of enduring moments you can’t forget. Embellished with sweet and potent chemistry, This Love is great.
Posted July 27, 2013
Posted July 10, 2013
This is a terrible book. The writing is bad. Could have been a good story but this author ruined it with bad dialog. Tell me, What guys talk like that to each other? Their MEN for God sake. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK. I suggest this author take some time to think about the fact that you win some you lose some. I would suggest she thinks of a new career. You are not a good writer. Take some pointers from sc stephens or kristen ashley.
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Posted July 10, 2013
Posted June 28, 2013
This Love is the first work I’ve read from author Nazarea Andrews and is the first in her University of Branton Series. Well, she’s got a new fan in this blogger. I devoured this book….it was famtastic!
Avery Emili needs two things during this summer break at college….she needs to make some good money for a plane ticket to get to her sister’s wedding and she needs a reason not to go home for summer break. Easier said than done when the college town you live in turns into a ghost town during the summer months. So when she finds an add for a research assistant in her area of study, she thinks she’s found the perfect job….until she sees who she will be working for. A deliciously handsome young professor complete with perfectly mussed dark hair and tattoos peeking out from his dress shirt. Surley she would be able to keep her mind out of the gutter and keep things professional….right?
Atticus Grimes looks around at the mess of paperwork, files, pizza boxes and realizes he’s desperately in need of some help. His lif has been turned upsidedown after he left his marriage and his work is suffering now, too. He’s relied on help from his best friend, which apparently included a Craigslist add for a research assistant he had no clue was placed. Unfortunately, as he sits across from a beautiful and charming applicant, he can’t be upset about the surprise ad. He’s gotta get focused on getting stuff back on track…he has a feeling this applicant may be exactly what he needs, in more ways than one.
Atticus and Avery both have there own versions of a painful past and in need of healing. Little do they know that they just may be able to find that in each other.
So, I started this book on a Friday night and was finished by Saturday afternoon. Yes, it was that good. It was flirty and fun and emotional and perfectly balanced. Atticus, or shall I call him Professer Hottiepants, is delectable. He is smart, sexy, playful and broken, all of which makes for a great book guy. Avery is equally smart, playful, beautiful and also broken. Together they just work. Really, really well. They play off of one another beautifully and build such exquisite sexual tension. The scenes between them are emotional and damn sexy…really well done *fans self* totally yummy. This is one of those books that pulls you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let up until the last page.
I cannot wait for this book to release so all of you can grab yourself a copy, settle in by the pool or on the beach, and enjoy some quality time with Professor Hottiepants and Avery! Thank you, Ms. Andrews, for an amazing story! I am really looking forward to more of the University of Branton Series! *cough, Dane, cough*
Posted June 27, 2013
*I was provided an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
Well, what can I say about Atticus....yum yum yum! Which one of us hasn't had a crush on a professor through all of our years of school? And the whole brooding personality thing, there is just something about it that makes girls want to crack that shell and see him smile I think.
I really enjoyed this book, it reminded me of Gabriel's Inferno just in the sense of the whole professor/student thing, but for me, I enjoyed this one just a little more, I don't know what it was about it, the characters, or plot or whatever, but I just thought it was just that little bit better.
Avery is a few years younger than Atticus, but I didn't find that she was naive about a whole lot, she was very determined at what she wanted, and that nothing was going to stand in her way of getting it, even if that person was Atticus. They both come in to this situation with baggage, and they are not exactly open about it, which could jeopardise their relationship even before it starts.
I found the character building to be really well done, both Avery and Atticus have things to learn, such as trust, and getting over what ever had happened in the past, and there was no rushing in the book in regards to this, it was not insta-love, and then everything was perfect, and it was really good to see. There are people in each of their lives that are trying to keep them apart and telling them that they are making a big mistake, and I wanted to strangle them sometimes, I understand that they are looking out for their friends, but there is a line that you just don't cross, you express your concerns, and then you have to let them make their own choices, even if they are bad ones, and just be there for them in the end.
I am going to give this book a 5/5 and would highly suggest it if you are interested in the NA genre, and it sounds good to you, and I am eagerly anticipating the next book, I think it is going to be just as good as this one!
Posted June 25, 2013
Sexy and sweet and oh my good lord, Atticus. This book has forbidden romance and a love story that will make you swoon. I adored it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2013
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Posted July 18, 2013
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