Thursday, June 19, 2014

CHOOSING YOU by Allie Everhart

When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She's determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garrett, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in. 

Jade tries to push him away, but she can't deny her attraction to him and Garret won't let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt with reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences. 

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she's been running from. 

Note: This is a New Adult novel and contains mature language and situations. 

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. Yes, I expected a NA book set at a college. But I didn't expect to be captivated the way I was. 

And maybe I'm mellowing in my old(ish) age because the TBC ending didn't bother me the way they tend to. Because yes, this book totally ends with a TBC. But the author made it work. Nothing was resolved yet it also felt like a good stopping point. 

I liked Jade. She was prickly and stand-offish and I just liked her. She wasn't annoying. And Garret was such a great guy. I wouldn't mind having my own Garret. And I loved all the little things he did for Jade. Especially the concession stand for Jade's movie night. That was beyond sweet. 

I also enjoyed the little twist set up in the book that will apparently play out over the course of the next few books. I can't wait to see what happens with that and who the bad guy is. 

I would definitely recommend this to anyone that loves New Adult and/or Romantic Suspense books. And I have to say it was refreshing to see a new spin put on a standard NA book. They can start to blur together after a while with the cookie cutter plot devices/twists. But I haven't read a NA Romantic Suspense yet and I'm excited to see where this is going to go. 

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Description of The Jade Series 
The Jade Series is a New Adult Romance that follows the relationship of Jade and Garret in their first year of college. In Choosing You, (Jade 1), Jade and Garret meet on Jade’s first night at Moorhurst College and despite their strong attraction to each other, they’re not allowed to date because of the strict rules that control Garret’s life. In Knowing You, (Jade 2), Garret breaks the family rules and begins dating Jade. Their relationship grows deeper but issues from Jade’s past complicate matters. Loving You (Jade 3) shows Jade and Garret growing closer as a couple but also hints at the trouble that lies ahead in Promising You (Jade 4), in which a new challenge emerges for Garret that could interfere with the future he wants with Jade. Originally, book 4 was the end of the series, but fans wanted more of Jade and Garret, so Allie recently published Forever You, an all-new, full-length follow-up book to The Jade Series. 


Now that Garret’s decided he’s no longer following the rules of his wealthy family, he can finally develop a closer relationship with Jade. Things are going well, but Jade still worries that being with Garret is only temporary. And because of that, she’s not sure how much of herself and her past she’s willing to let him see. 

Garret does all he can to assure Jade that the two of them can last, but convincing her of that is difficult when she’s never trusted anyone. So he has to show her, by being there when she needs him the most, even when she tries to keep him away.

The mysterious letter from Jade’s mom still haunts her and now she’s getting threatening phone calls. Someone from Jade’s past will stop at nothing to keep his secrets from getting out. And his number one secret is Jade.

Note: This is a New Adult novel and contains mature language and situations.

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18774732Since meeting Garret on her first night at college, Jade’s had to overcome many obstacles to be with him, including interference from Garret’s father. 

Now, months later, it seems that Mr. Kensington has finally accepted Jade dating his son, but the reason for that is unclear. After what Jade witnessed at the Kensington mansion, she’s not sure what his acceptance of her means. Is she tied to his family forever now that she knows some of their darkest secrets?

Spring semester begins at Moorhurst College and a new student arrives who has a little too much interest in Garret’s family. And a little too much interest in Jade. 

Garret continues to win Jade’s heart with romantic gestures that make her love him even more. It seems like everything is starting to work out for Jade, but as her mother used to say...Good things never last. Or do they?

Note: This is a New Adult novel and contains mature language and situations.

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When Jade first arrived at Moorhurst College, she never imagined that the guy who helped her move in would end up being the guy she wants to be with forever. Now, seven months later, Jade and Garret are starting to talk about a future together. But the people around Jade are planting doubts in her mind, questioning her decision to be part of the Kensington family. Behind their lavish lifestyle are obligations and commitments that Garret may not be able to free himself from. 

One of these obligations is something Garret never knew about. Even his father wasn’t aware of what’s in store for his son. And once he finds out, it seems there’s nothing he can do about it. 

Just when Jade and Garret thought their problems were over, this new challenge emerges. Garret learns something that could change his future forever. And Jade’s future as well. 

As the school year comes to a close, will Jade and Garret get the happy ending they deserve? Or will bigger forces intervene? Garret promised Jade he’d always be there for her. But can he keep his promise?

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Allie Everhart writes about dating, love and romance. She's also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. Before freelancing, she was a book editor for a publishing company where she worked on several NYT bestselling nonfiction books. She loves to read as much as she loves to write. And when she's not reading or writing, she's outside running, which is when she she gets her best book ideas.  


  1. Series looks good! I just started reading NA and find myself addicted to the beauty of life and love starting new.

    1. The first book was so good! We're looking forward to the others.

      New Adult is definitely addicting. There are so many good ones out there.

      Do you have any favorites so far Bette?