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5* Book Review of Choosing You by Allie Everhart - BLOG TOUR

Have a  look at this fabulous series with Choosing You being the first. A fantastic new adult read that has everything.


Choosing You (Jade #1)

by Allie Everhart
Released: 23rd September 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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 Garret, 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 when 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.



My Review

What a fantastic new adult read. I hadn’t heard of this series before and I absolutely love it. After reading Choosing You I couldn’t get the characters out of my head and picked up book two shortly after. Allie Everhart has a fantastic prose and the premise was unique and fun. Ms Everhart is certainly added to my buy now list and favourites.

Jade Taylor is an 18 year old that had a terribly upsetting childhood. Hiding from her feelings and not dealing with the death of her mother, Jade doesn’t make friends and keeps to herself. Receiving a scholarship to a private college that she didn’t even apply for was definitely a surprise. Now moving across the country, away from her guardian (Frank) and for intents and purposes brother, Ryan, Jade is feeling so very alone.

Moving into her dorm room, an extremely hot boy comes to offer help. Garret introduces himself to Ryan and Jade, but Jade doesn’t want his help. Ryan accepts and together the three of them unload the small amount of belongings Jade brought with her. Garret doesn’t give up and tries to befriend Jade, asking her out to dinner and parties, but she refuses.

To relieve stress, Jade runs and runs and runs. Garret spots her and tries to join her, with their competitive streaks they race. Jade wins of course! Now Garret has shown he isn’t a sore loser, Jade agrees to go with him to dinner and a party.

This is the beginning of their very complicated relationship. Jade doesn’t want a boyfriend, but will accept being friends. The more time they spend together, the more their feelings change into something stronger and the more they want to spend with each other. With Jade’s mother stuck in her mind, it is difficult to form a relationship as Jade keeps hearing her mother’s warning about boys. Garret is determined to support and help Jade deal with her issues, but with Garret’s father trying to keep them apart, will they ever take it to the next step?

On Jade’s 19th birthday, Frank and Ryan send her a parcel full of presents. Inside is a rather unusual gift, a letter from her mother. It was written just after Jade was born and describes how Jade was conceived. Jade is in shock and has conflicting emotions, could her mother really have loved her? But now she is getting threatening phone calls to have the letter destroyed.

Can Jade work out what is going on and why this letter is so important? Will Garret stay with Jade even through the complications and against his Father’s wishes? Will they take their relationship further and become a couple officially?

I absolutely loved this book, there were so many elements and intrigue; the hardship of Jade’s childhood and conflicting emotions all added into a fabulous read. I highly recommend this book and fabulous start to the series to all new adult readers.


Other books in the 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, (book 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, (book 2), Garret breaks the family rules and begins dating Jade. Their relationship grows deeper but issues from Jade’s past complicate matters. Loving You (book 3) shows Jade and Garret growing closer as a couple but also hints at the trouble that lies ahead in Promising You (book 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 to read more about Jade and Garret, so Allie is now in the process of writing Forever You, an all-new, full-length follow-up book to The Jade Series releasing later this spring!



About the Author

AllieAllie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.


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