Maybe it's You

Maybe it's You

by Christy Hayes

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ISBN-13: 9781625720160
Publisher: CAH LLC
Publication date: 02/04/2019
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Maybe it's You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Nicnac63 11 days ago
Maybe it’s You, a new adult book by a new-to-me-author, is edgy and stimulating. It has a true-to-life feel, with all the mottled emotions, desires, and rough edges of twenty-somethings. As Reagan and Dash try to discover their own spiritual, career, and life paths, former mistakes and pains threaten to derail them. Reagan Bellamy is not super likeable in the beginning of the story, but she grows on you. She keeps others at an arm’s length and is focused on her education. The problem is she is insanely attracted to the party-boy, love ‘em and leave ‘em, band-playing neighbor that lives in the apartment two doors down. She’s made mistakes with boys like him in the past, so she pushes down the flames of attraction and tries to avoid interaction. Dash Carter is adorable, both physically and heart-wise. (I think I have a wee bit of a crush.) After becoming a Christian, he is overcoming his many downfalls and trying desperately to stay on track by a self-inflicted one-year sabbatical from dating. This proves especially difficult when his arduous and judgmental neighbor keeps pulling at his resolve like an unrelenting magnet. Reagan and Dash both evolve throughout the story, revealing their soft underbellies (so-to-speak) and I found myself pulling for them. Their relationship is unique and so believable. Because you become a Christian, it doesn’t mean you don’t face temptations, make mistakes, and cause hurts. I love that their desires and pitfalls aren’t sugarcoated. I enjoyed their growth and their progression throughout the story. This is a raw and earthy story showcasing the aches and pains of finding your true self. The author doesn’t gloss over the sticky parts, delving deep into the painful pitfalls of growth and the mucky climb from the past. Upon finishing this book, I sighed. Like, a long, deep, satisfied sigh. The plot was edgy, the spiritual journey was realistic, and the characters forced me to love them. Author: Christy Hayes Publisher: CAH LLC Genre: New Adult Pages: 363 Opening Line: Reagan Bellamy picked the wrong night to wear the right boots. I received a review copy as part of Prism Book Tours.
Phyllis_H 12 days ago
An edgy story of life choices and changed lives Maybe It's You was an interesting book and not what I was expecting. While the story-line was exactly as the synopsis described, how the story was written was the surprise. I didn't like Reagan at the start of the story. In fact, after I read the first couple of chapters, I went back to read the synopsis again, afraid that I had agreed to read a book for a tour that wasn't the clean story I had thought it was... Then I saw that, yes, this is New Adult Christian fiction and I even saw a review by an author I respect, Sarah Monzon. Whew! Okay to continue. Edgy is a good description for this story. Dash had been quite a mess before the story opens. He was into drugs, women, and was on the road to destruction. He came to his senses and was now following the Lord. Reagan was almost as unchurched as you can get. She had made some bad choices and thus the first two chapters which had me squirming. The book deals a lot with the temptations that Dash and Reagan face as they walk the road following the Lord, primarily related to their attraction to one another. It is frank in its portrayal and may cause the reader some uncomfortable moments. There was a situation where Dash inadvertently corned Reagan into accepting an invitation to a Bible study. The way that he tried to redeem himself and to help her not walk in totally ignorant of the Bible was pretty cute, and even a little clever. I wonder if the author has ever employed this method. . . I appreciated getting a fresh perspective on what it is like to be unfamiliar with much of anything related to the Bible or Christianity and then be thrust into the world of the ""churched"". Readers who enjoy stories a little rawer than what I typically read may enjoy this more than I did - it was good but not a good fit for me. The story is clean yet is very open about lust and drunkenness, more about the attempt to make right choices than why they are bad choices. I would not recommend it for a younger audience. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
MelissaF 13 days ago
You never know what to expect from a new-to-you-author.  But from the first chapter I knew this book would be real.  Christy didn't hold back on the truth and what an unbelievers life looks like. I was so Reagan at one point in my life. Coming home with hangover, puking at inconvenient times. Not proud of it. But that was me lost.  Dash is a great hero. He too has come from a lot of mistakes but he is on the journey to growing deeper in his faith. He was a lot like me when I first came to know Christ. I wasn't always so tactful and Dash had a little issue early on.  Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you are looking for something real I recommend this book.  A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 
BrittanyMc 13 days ago
Maybe it’s You was a refreshing read that felt very real and unpretentious. It was on the edgy side, in a college setting, and there were some situations that these characters got into that may make some Christian fiction readers uncomfortable. In my opinion, all was handled in an appropriate manner and I found this story to be realistic in the trials and temptations that these characters faced. The main character, Reagan, spent a good portion of the book as a non-believer. I really enjoyed her faith journey and the reality of the way she viewed things. Dash was a very new Christian when the book opened and he had his own personal struggles and temptations that he dealt with throughout the story. I loved the attraction between these two, yet the problem for Dash that was posed by the reality of Reagan being a non-believer. His balancing act in his life was shaky at times, but I appreciated that his heart was in the right place. I also liked that Reagan and Dash, although trying to make good decisions, sometimes found themselves in situations that made it hard for them to keep their eyes on God. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy or this book. All opinions are my own.
onemused 14 days ago
"Maybe It's You" is an inspirational romance that follows two college-aged neighbors, Dash and Reagan. Dash has recently found religion and is on a dating sabbatical while he fits into his new religious life. Before that, he was a rockstar with all the trappings, including alcohol and drug abuse. Realizing his life wasn't going the way he wanted it to, he found the church and God, which helped him to separate himself from that life and find a new path forward. He has had a crush on the girl next door, Reagan, for a while, but he is dedicated to his new life and sabbatical. However, when he gets the opportunity, he invites her to his upcoming gig- at church. Reagan lives the typical college life, and she's not always happy with it. She is dealing with a lot of hurt over things in her past and a general feeling of loneliness. She has her friends- and a great new job as a research assistant for a law professor, but there is definitely something bigger missing. When Dash invites her to a gig, she's surprised when it's early on a Sunday- and feels ambushed when it happens to be at a church. To add onto it, her new boss is there and his wife ropes her into a bible study. As Reagan begins to approach the group with caution, she starts to learn more about God and how He fits into her life. While there are some elements of romance, the bigger story here was about Reagan finding God and religion. This was the main theme of the book, as we watch her go from skeptic to believer. She also finds the solidarity and support from other church members that help to fill her life with more love and understanding. In that capacity, I think the book was interesting as it follows a new journey to faith. The romance was an added bonus with a few mishaps along the way to finding a relationship for both of them. Overall, it is a well written and interesting read about finding God when in college- plus a touch of (clean) romance (only kisses). Please note that I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are my own.