Review: Because of Lucy by Lisa Swallow
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Ness's parents are shocked when she turns down her place at Leeds University and takes on a full-time job in a call center. Determined to begin her adult life the way she wants, Ness moves to Leeds to live with her best friend Abby.
One night she meets Evan, who is everything she hates about guys. He may be hot but he's also drunken, arrogant, and on top of that, he apparently has sex with girls and forgets about it. But Evan isn't what he seems and Ness soon discovers they have more in common than she thought.
Evan is struggling to escape from his past too, and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Unsure if she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, Ness makes a decision about her future which pulls them apart.
When their new lives don't go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices.
All because of Lucy...
What I thought:
I really, really liked this one even though I couldn't connect with the characters throughout the entire book, I got a little confused towards the end..
I love Ness's drive to be independent and I love how sure she is of herself. She's not perfect but she makes rational decisions, and I see way too little of that in books these days.
I like that we get to see all sides of Evan, first he comes of as a grade A bitch but then he starts quoting poetry. Oh how I wish someone would quote me poetry. He has a lot of weight on his shoulders and I get that the easiest way to deal with it is to fend people of, hence the attitude. But I love how he is with Ness, they're good together.
Their relationship got its ups and downs but they're still solid. Then Lucy shows up and throws them both off balance. She is how she is for a reason (I'm trying so hard to avoid spoilers here!) but she's a little bit too much for me to sympatize with her and it kind of ruins her point. I do feel a huge amount of empathy for Evan because of her, which I guess would be the other reason for her appearance in the book.
Even with too much of Lucy I loved this book up to a conversation Ness and Evan have toward the end. They try to patch things up between them, and they're both saying the same thing but hearing things so completely different they walk away for each other. I don't get it. They are saying the very same thing and both are saying, in an honest way, what the other one wants to hear and they still walk away. My brain hurt with all the thinking and rereading I did I at that part trying to figure out what happened.
But still, this is a seriously good book and really recommend you pick it up!
About the author:
Lisa was born in the UK and she moved around Europe with her military family before completing a BA (Hons) in English at the University of Leeds. Her home is now in Perth, Australia with her husband and three children. Lisa has written since she was a child - moving from writing poems and short stories aged nine to writing novels in the last few years. With the encouragement of her family and local writers group, Lisa found the confidence to share her latest paranormal romance series with the world.
In between running her home based craft supplies business, looking after her family, and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. She even leaves the house occasionally, enjoying walks with her dog and time with her family. She loves all things from the Whedonverse and preferred vampires before they sparkled.
Lisa enjoys reading both classics and modern fiction. Her favorite genres are gothic, paranormal and urban fantasy, but she also enjoys contemporary new adult. She is currently working on more books in the Soul Ties series, and has other projects lined up waiting.
Find Lisa online:
Web Site: http://lisaswallow.net/
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