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Author: Gennifer Albin

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin

Review: Teaching Roman by Gennifer AlbinTeaching Roman by Gennifer Albin
Series: , Book 2
Published by Self-Published on 26 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult, People & Places, People of Color
Pages: 195
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
Also by this author: Catching Liam

Place(s) Traveled To: Olympic Falls, Washington // Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

First Line(s): If your girlfriend doesn’t melt into you or burst into a waterfall of tears when your propose, its a bad sign.

Teaching Roman is the long awaited second book in Gennifer Albin’s new adult series Good Girls Don’t and follows Jessica Stone who we first met as Jillian’s roommate in Catching Liam. I liked Jessica when I first ‘met’ her and so was looking forward to reading her story and even thought the wait for it was long, Teaching Roman was worth it. I really liked Jessica’s story and how this one progressed. I enjoyed her friendship with Cassie though I would have liked to have seen more of it as it seemed like Jessica forgot about Cassie once she and Roman started to hook up. I also felt that the synopsis was a little bit misleading as both Jessica and Roman were all flirty-flirty from the time they first see each other in the airport until things get more serious. In fact, the conflict of the story seemed a bit forced and for me bogged down the story a bit.

Then there was that whole bit with that douche bag, Brett, who I would have gladly throttled if, you know, he was a real character. I really don’t remember much about Brett from Catching Liam but he didn’t seem like the jackoff that he turned out to be and Jessica was way better off without him in her life. I really liked how she was with Roman and vice versa and Teaching Roman gave me lots of those heart-achy feels that I love. I only wish that this one was longer so there there could have been more time developing each of the characters and also allowed for more interactions with the secondary characters. As I said already Cassie was very underutilized and Jillian and Liam weren’t featured much either. Which in a way is fine as this makes Teaching Roman just a little more easy to read as a standalone instead of being a dependent book in a series but I just wanted more. (Readers….we’re never satisfied!!)

What stops this one from being rated higher is that there were several continuity errors that just ripped me out of the story, like one moment Roman was described as wearing linen pants and then just a few paragraphs later, in the same scene, he was in jeans. For a finished book I expect a more polished story and this one could have done with another round of editing or two. The ending also felt a bit rushed and there were parts of the story that just seemed forced. I am never a fan of conflict just for the sake of conflict and that is part of what seemed to happen here.

But despite the things that annoyed me I did enjoy Teaching Roman. I found it to be a fast paced story and when I was reading it I was mostly sucked into it, with the exceptions of those few times when I was yanked back to reality. I enjoy these characters and I hope that Albin decides to write more in this world as I would liked to see Cassie get a story and would love to see the characters of Teaching Roman and Catching Liam again. Overall this was a fun read that is perfect for when you are sitting on the beach or by the pool. Its mostly lightweight so you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the story that is being told. Its not a perfectly written story but sometimes you can enjoy the read even with the flaws. Teaching Roman is one that I would recommend to all who like contemporary romance or for those looking to give the genre a shot. There isn’t a lot of angst or any broken characters…its a simple story with heart.

 

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BOOK SUMMARY:

Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn’t plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she’s been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

 

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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
Series: ,
Published by Self-Published on 25 June 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 378
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Goodreads
three-stars
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.

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