Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Love Unplugged Series
Synopsis for All the Ways You Saved Me (from Goodreads):
Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.
Law school? Check.
Camera-ready smile? Check.
A dull and boring existence? Double check.
But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.
It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.
With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.
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Series: Love Unplugged
Author: Jamie Howard
# of Books: 4 (All the Ways You Saved Me, The Feeling of Forever, The Way Back to Us, After All This Time)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: No, Book 3 is to be published
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: November 1, 2016 – ongoing
Source & Format: Netgalley–eARC | Thank you St. Martin’s Press!
**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
If you’ve been following my blog at all this year, you should know that I found one of my new favourite authors in Jamie Howard. Her novel, Until It’s Right is one of my all-time favourite NA reads–like I plan on rereading it over the years to come–because it is perfection. So when I was asked if I wanted to read her latest novel, I think you know what my answer was…after I jumped around like my butt was on fire!
Even if Howard wasn’t the one to write this one, the premise of All the Ways You Saved Me sounded fantastic. It promised to have amazing character growth accompanied with a heartwarming romance. And given my experience with Howard’s other works, I knew that was just what I was going to get!
What I Liked:
–The Character Growth–
Without a doubt, this is the strongest aspect of this novel. If you want a solid NA story where both characters transform before your eyes: this is it.
Bianca was a great lead! I worried I wouldn’t be able to connect with her given her family background but I didn’t find that to be the case. I think anyone who has dealt with pressures from someone else on how to live their life with empathize with her. I loved her story from start to finish.
But it was really Ian’s story that really surprised me. I didn’t expect to love him as much as I did! His story is told as flashbacks to the past and I thought that was a great method. Instead of simply getting told during some “grand reveal” scene, the reader gets to experience what he went through–and let me tell you, it is a heart-wrenching (albeit beautiful) story…
–A Romance Focused on Friendship–
What I really liked about these two together was how their relationship made them better people individually. I hate when couples get so absorbed into each other that they lose sight of themselves. That really isn’t the case here. It’s easy to see why these two work together. They start as friends that challenge each other to do things they might not usually do and it blossoms from there.
It’s just a heartwarming story that makes you believe in love.
What I Didn’t Like:
I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like. It was just a really good, solid story that captured my attention from start to finish and reminded me what I love to see in romances.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
OMG, there are so many great directions this series can go. I know I have a few stories I would like to see unfold…so I can’t wait to see what happens next!
–January 15, 2017– Book #2: The Feeling of Forever
The Feeling of Forever @JRHoward9 was PERFECTION! ?
I devoured it in one sitting today ❤️ I can't wait for the next one!
— Lauren (@SERIESousBooks) January 15, 2017
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**
Is it possible to rate a book higher than 5 stars? Seriously, this book deserves more than 5/5!
WOW, just WOW! This is one of the best Contemporary romances I’ve read recently. No doubt about it!
This story had it all for me: extremely likeable characters, a heart-melting romance and a heart-pounding plot. I could not put this one down!
Jules and Felix are just a great pair. Their relationship had a solid foundation right from the start. The way they communicate and interact with each other: swoon. It’s just a beautiful story. I loved these two so, so much.
As for the rest of the book, it was great. It had the perfect balance between the romance and the drama. And what fabulous drama it is! It just added another layer to this already great story but without overshadowing it.
Honestly, Howard has perfected her craft. I literally cannot wait for the next book in this stellar series!
My Rating: 5/5
All the Ways You Saved Me 5/5 | The Feeling of Forever 5/5
If you want a New Adult romance that is somewhat lighter on the romance but features strong characters that transform before your eyes while melting your heart: this is it!
Read if You Like: character development, books about grief
Avoid if You: want more sexual content, dislike New Adult
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