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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Catching Liam by Gennifer Albin

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review3 Comments

Review: Catching Liam by Gennifer AlbinCatching Liam by Gennifer Albin
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Published by Self-Published on 25 June 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 378
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Also by this author: Teaching Roman

Place(s) Traveled to: Olympic Falls, Washington

First Line: Monday was boy catching night.

Good Girls Don’t Series Order
Book 1 – Catching Liam
Book 2 – Teaching Roman (November 2013)
Book 3 – Reaching Gavin (TBD)

Catching Liam is the debut new adult title from a popular young adult author writing under the name of Sophia Bleu. Its a fast-paced contemporary that I really enjoyed reading and read it in just a few sittings. The story is told from Jillian’s POV and while she’s not always a likable character, for she can truly be a royal b!tch, she is genuine. Jillian is dealing with some difficult things, not the least of which is a horribly overbearing mother, but a medical condition on top of all the usual college stresses. Now, I’ve seen a few reviews that say that Jillian’s condition just came out of no where but I don’t agree with that. I saw hints and clues that something was up right from the start. Once you learn just what it is she is dealing with you can understand why Jillian builds up this wall around her and pushes people away.

Enter Liam, Scottish exchange student, and a one-night stand that doesn’t want to be pushed away. And why would Jillian want to, I mean the man makes her waffles. Waffles!! That in my book makes him a keeper right there. But of course, if Jillian fell for the waffles at the start then there wouldn’t have been much of a story. Overall, I really liked Liam’s character. He was smart and funny and he really did put up with a lot from Jillian. If I was with a guy doing the things she was? Well, you can be sure that I wouldn’t have the patience to deal with all of that drama.

Catching Liam is further fleshed out by Jillian’s two BFFs who add in some humor and realism to the story. They aren’t afraid to call Jillian on her crap but are also among the first to support her when she needs the help. In this book, they are also one step away from being Smug Marrieds as Bridget Jones might say. They are both in committed relationships, and on the surface they are happy, and they want Jillian to be the same. The thing with a Smug Married is that if are in a happy relationship then they want there singleton friends to be too. So they often push Jillian to give one a shot and when Liam comes along champion his suit. Which is both cute and annoying at times and causes some stress between friends. Though they all bond together when Jillian’s mother shows up. I loved that she truly and deeply cared for her daughter but I didn’t like how she refused to listen to what Jillian said. She was a very domineering woman and more often than not I wanted to smack her.

Where this book started to love me was the end. The scene in the classroom was just so awkward and forced. I literally cringed though those dialogue scenes and couldn’t wait for them to be over. I don’t see how what transpired fit the letter of the assignment that Jillian had nor do I see how she passes since those with her seemed to do most of the talking. For me, that scene and section of the book was just so awkward and painful that it dropped this story down from a 4 to a 3.

Catching Liam is a cute, quick read, and while the title is a bit misleading as Liam tries to catch Jillian I really enjoyed it. I liked the world and the characters and I was sad when it ended. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Teaching Roman, and hope that Sophia Bleu has more time to spend on it soon so we can get this story in 2013. If you are looking for a fun contemporary then you might want to give this one a shot. You won’t be wasting your time.


3 Responses to “Review: Catching Liam by Gennifer Albin”

  1. Vivien

    I always hate it when something in the book changes and my feelings go from 4 to 3. Those reads for me, tend to get lost in the mix after I’ve read a few books. I tend to feel disappointed when this happens. But it’s good to mix them in every now and then.