Good Girls Don't #1
Coming Summer 2013
Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.
So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.
Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.
Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.
About the Author
Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between. In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is. Life is pretty good.
Bleu has done an excellent job in producing writing that is engaging and and suspenseful. She does this by hinting at the reason why Jillian reservations about men exist, then skillfully dances away, always teasing the reader with the answer that is just out of reach. That kept me reading, desperate to know why she would push away such a hunk of a man like Liam. The dialogue between characters flowed well and felt natural which increased the overall experience of the novel. There is nothing worse than bad dialogue.
I like the diversity of the characters in Catching Liam, and love the way that they interact and mesh together with their different personalities and attributes. Jillian appears to be every man's dream, looking for a one-time-thing hookup with no cuddling required. But Liam doesn't want that. Brought home by Jillian as a conquest, he is having none of her wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am attitude and is determined to make something more of it. I really have to hand it to the guy, he really wouldn't take no for an answer. Each wall that Jill throws in his path, he just climbs on over, getting ever closer to the reluctant Jillian. I thought it to be quite sweet how hard he tries and rather jealous of Jill, as I wish someone would try that had for me ;) But Jillain and her stubbornness, *sigh*. I found myself yelling at the book, 'JUST GIVE HIM A CHANCE!' Man, I was grateful when she finally listened to me :P
Jess and Cassie, Jillian's two best friends. They make quite the group and I had to wonder how such clashing personalities became such good friends. But for some strange reason, they work. I think Jess and Cassie work as a counter balance to Jillian, with their work ethic and her lack there of. But at the heart of the matter, they love one another deeply and that's what makes them work.
It just has to be said: waffles. After reading this book, trust me, you will have a new appreciation for them. I'm not going to go into details why - I don't want to spoil things for you! - so you'll just have to read it and find out.
Jillian's sickness is the elephant in the room for about three quarters of the novel. It is a serious issue with real victims out there and I feel Bleu does a great job of shining a light on this topic that many would rather not think about. She shows us the effects that it has on that of the diseased and those in their life. It is an emotional roller coaster that they are on, and Bleu makes you join them for the ride. I was enlightened and now have a great deal of respect for those that have to deal with the disease in real life.
Catching Liam is a well paced novel about the inner battle to love and accept. A book that I would definitely recommend* and I cannot wait to see where the next installment will take us.
*Please Note: This novel has sex scenes and high amount of sexual references. Due to this, I would only recommend Catching Liam to mature readers.
4 out of 5