Sunday, April 10, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: In Too Fast by Mara Jacobs

3 Stars

Bribury College freshman Jane Winters,19, was once the center of political scandal and all she did to cause it was be born.  She hasn’t necessarily had a privileged life but she’s also no stranger to an elite existence.

Stick,21, is a local boy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and whose life also hasn’t cut him many breaks.  But when the events from the first book in the Freshman Roommate series, In Too Deep, place Stick deeper in Jane’s world, their differences aren’t as vast as they might think.  

Stick is like a bad ass boy who's really vulnerable deep down. I adored him for the majority of the story and thought he had a ton of potential. The sexual tension between him and Jane oozed off the page. If I’d have had a boy like him at that age I’d have totally learned to drive stick too. ;-)
“‘It really is like sex. The early gears are foreplay. In fourth and fifth gear you’re trying to maintain, to make it last, make it build. Sixth and seventh, she…you know.’”
Told via Stick and Jane's first person point of view, they were totally hot together and I was completely enthralled with this story. It kept me glued to the pages, loving how the story  stayed focused on Jane and Stick’s developing romance….until it didn’t. And then what was an amazing story was ruined by a completely out of nowhere twist that I very much loathe and made the story loose its punch. I largely skimmed after that as their romance felt cheapened. The ending was rushed and abrupt and I wondered what happened to a story that had soooo much potential.  It could have been a really well done new adult romance but it fell prey to too many unoriginal and trite troupes.

Very disappointing last third.  All in all, I’d give it 5 stars for the first roughly 70%, but only 2 stars for the climax/resolution.

Lily and Lucus from the first book make appearances, but honestly I felt they should have played a much bigger role. Perhaps then the story could have stayed on track.  

Each book can be read as a standalone.  I'd recommend book 1 for readers wishing to avoid OW/OM drama.

Check out book 1, Jane's roommate, Lily, and Stick's friend, Lucas's story....

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