14 March 2016

Book Review | Before Hadley by J. Nathan (@jnathanbooks)

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1W2KS0i

What's worse than a cocky new guy at school? A cocky new guy with a killer body and the attention of every female at school. Hadley can tell the minute she lays eyes on Caynan that he's someone to avoid. He may have looks and charm, but he's also got heartbreak written all over his pretty face.

Unfortunately for Hadley, Caynan has his sights set on her. She's the one girl who doesn't want him. The one girl who's turned off by his charm. The one girl who challenges him like no other. And, though she couldn't possibly know the truth about him, she seems to be the one girl who really sees him.

But with Caynan, things aren't at all what they seem. His secrets have secrets and everything out of his mouth straddles the line between truth and fiction. He knows better than to get involved with anyone, especially with his time limited in the new town, but he just can't seem to get Hadley out of his mind. Too bad for him, secrets never remain secrets for long.

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Caynan was an irresistible force to everyone in school. He’s the new guy with a swoon-worthy body and a killer English-accent. Hadley knew he was nothing but trouble, and but he was making it hard for her since she caught his attention.

Unlike any other girls, Hadley seemed to be immune to his charms. She doesn’t want him, but she’s also the girl who challenges him and makes him forget every problem he has with their banters.

But Caynan has secrets of his own, and it wasn’t the type of secrets he’d be eager to share to anyone. He didn’t need friends, most especially he didn’t need to get close to someone. Like any other town, he’d be here temporarily and soon he’ll be gone. But Hadley was different, she was amazing: pretty, intelligent, has a big heart, rich and so wrong for him. But every day, he couldn’t help himself to fall.

What happens when she discovers the truth?

I totally loved it. Right from the start: his cockiness, arrogance and self-confidence were just over the top and yet you couldn’t help but love him. He’s nice – but his secrets weren’t. It was the thing that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was the thing that kept my heart beating so painfully against my chest – what happens when it was discovered? Does he trust her enough with her secrets? Or they’re already doomed from the start?

So many questions, and the answers weren’t easy. It was hard, it was painful, and healing needed time. Maybe, when they were finally ready, when everything has been made up for, everyone apologized and everyone was forgiven, maybe, just maybe second chance was possible, because these two were the best thing that happened to each other.

Would forgiveness come easy? People make mistakes, and people deserve to be love whole heartedly by someone. I think this book makes us realize that. Not everyone is perfect, and if we truly love someone, we see behind every single imperfection they have, no matter how grave it maybe. (I am so tempted to put some spoilers, so I’m going to stop right here!!!)

To end my rant, what I wanted to say is that this book was a really great read. It’s emotional, it’s real, it’s steamy, it’s romantic and most especially it gives you a whole lot of (good and bad) surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seats. It's a story of love, life and second chances. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, your hearts will ache, your hearts will pretty much get broken, but Caynan sure knows how to fix it. You should not miss this! Another 5-star read from J. Nathan!

Rating: 5 Stars
Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1W2KS0i

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