Monday, May 15, 2017

Before It's Love by Michelle Pennington {Review}

Before It's Love by Michelle Pennington

Moving to Arkansas is hard for Lauren, but it’s worth it to be near her boyfriend and pursue her art degree. That is, until she meets Jake, the guy her roommate is in love with. Now she’s stuck on a merry-go-round of love triangles, and someone is going to get hurt.

Jake is focused on juggling his two careers and taking care of his feisty grandma. The last thing he needs is a serious relationship, so when Lauren moves in, it's okay that she's dating someone else. Until being her friend is no longer enough.


My Review: 4 Stars

Moving to a new state and jumping right into college wouldn't be easy because I guess it's because I'm just not a risk taker. Lauren grew up pretty isolated on a ranch and the attention of her new boyfriend, Nick, is a good reason to get her to move. That and the added bonus of a great art program. This is where the multiple love triangles begin and boy, do they pop up!

The characters are written in a frustratingly realistic way. There were times when I wanted to do whatever it took to break a couple up and other times when I wanted to just come right out and tell everyone the matter-of-fact truth. Screaming at my Kindle didn't work, haha. They say love can be blind and that definitely proves to be true in a few different cases. However, when you're the one in the middle of the situation, it's not as easy to see the reality of the relationship clearly.

Jake and Lauren's attraction is portrayed in a gradual way and really showed the angst and dilemmas they faced by recognizing their feelings. Grams, Jake's grandma, is sweet and feisty and a great addition to the cast of crazy characters.

The thing I like best about this book is the way Lauren develops. She's a naïve ranch girl at the beginning, but grows into a confident young woman by the end and that's empowering.

Content: mild romance

*I received a copy of the book, which didn't affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*

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