The hero in this book was kind of an ass the whole time and it wasn't really endearing. And the stupid shit he says to the heroine at the end of the bThe hero in this book was kind of an ass the whole time and it wasn't really endearing. And the stupid shit he says to the heroine at the end of the book grated on my nerves. The girl should never had taken him back. Hmph! And the sexy times were "meh" for a Brazen book. All in all, quite the disappointing read.
Well color me surprised! This was completely addicting and I had a hard time putting it down (I would sneak read the book at work!). Now that the 3.5/5
Well color me surprised! This was completely addicting and I had a hard time putting it down (I would sneak read the book at work!). Now that the romance has taken more of a backseat, the author took her time to expand the world and give more life to her characters. I saw that ending coming but OMG! Evil cliffhanger alert! I'm excited to read the next book!
I was interested in picking up This Ordinary Life because of that adorable and striking cover and the promise of the main character being a radio host I was interested in picking up This Ordinary Life because of that adorable and striking cover and the promise of the main character being a radio host. Not to mention, it sounded like it had a sweet romance and you know how I can never pass up a sweet romance. This Ordinary Life was everything that I expected it to be. By the end, it left me filled with hope and a goofy smile on my face.
The protagonist, Jasmine, lived in a very dark home at the beginning of the book. Her mother was an alcoholic who was selfish and didn't see beyond on her own need to get drunk and she had a brother, who was sick and frequently suffered from seizures. Throughout this all, Jasmine was the person who shouldered every burden and responsibility of the family, everything that her mother should have had to take care of. I felt for Jasmine, but I simultaneously thought she was incredibly brave and selfless to pick up the pieces of her home. I loved that she did it all without ever making her brother feel like he was an obstacle to her dreams of obtaining an internship at a radio show in New York. She showered him with love and was always there when he needed her. Their bond was really sweet and made me love Jasmine even more.
She was also very passionate about radio and she worked incredibly hard to try to achieve her dreams. She faced other obstacles besides her sick brother such as being cheated on by a boyfriend because she wasn't ready to sleep with yet. I had lots of colorful words for that guy, but I thought Jasmine handled the situation in a classy way with her head held up high. Good thing she had the support of an amazing best friend who was as supportive and awesome Jasmine herself.
Then there was Wes, the sweetheart of a boy that Jasmine meets at the hospital while her brother was there. Wes gave Jasmine hope that her brother too could live a happy life even with him being sick. I adored Wes with every fiber of my being. Their romance was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the story for me and I couldn't get over how cute it was. Jasmine was a little bit reluctant to get into a relationship with him at first, rightfully so, but he pursues her and chases after her and that made my heart so happy. Despite being ill, he was nothing but constantly joyful.
If I had one complaint, it would be that I wanted to feel a stronger emotional connection the story and the writing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but I felt like there was a missing spark somewhere and I can't exactly pinpoint what. That being said, I did end up consuming this book because of the characters and the romance and I'll be picking up more books from this author in the future.
This Ordinary Life is for all of you YA contemporary lovers who not only crave strong and resilient characters, but also romances that leave your heart fluttering all over the place. Definitely check this book out!...more
I don't think there's ever going to be a book by Tessa Dare that I don't love! This one was a bit angstier than I expected, but so very swoony! I adorI don't think there's ever going to be a book by Tessa Dare that I don't love! This one was a bit angstier than I expected, but so very swoony! I adored Kate and Thorne together....more