Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Until Alex by J. Nathan

Until Alex 

J. Nathan 
Pub June 17th 2014 
by Author Self Pub 
ARC for Review 


On the outside, Hayden is every girl's fantasy, brooding and devastatingly gorgeous. He spends his nights losing himself in alcohol and faceless girls, but it's all just a facade. An elaborate cover for the emotionless shell of a man he is. One who harbors too many secrets and destroys lives the way his was destroyed. It’s the reason he avoids relationships and keeps everyone at arm's length…

Until Alex

Alex’s life just shattered into a million pieces, leaving her with more grief than she knows what to do with and guilt so deep it’s destroyed the carefree girl she once was. Now she’s hundreds of miles from home, living with an aunt she doesn't know, finishing senior year at a college she’s never been to, and trying desperately to get through a single day without breaking down. She's never felt more alone in her life...

Until Hayden

The trouble with Hayden is who he wants to be and who he is are in constant flux. And though he’d die before letting Alex learn the truth about him, he can’t be sure he's strong enough to let her in…or push her away. She’s the one person who just might see the real him.

When Souls Are Destined They Will Not Be Denied

As far as contemporary new adult is concerned Finding Alex is super swell. I really enjoyed this read. The main characters Alex & Hayden have experienced some pretty earth shattering situations. I wasn’t sure whether I would like this title or not but I can honestly say I was delightfully surprised. Hayden and Alex’s personalities were to die for! They had me eating up everything they said! Nathan’s writing was very entertaining and engaging. Until Alex played like a movie reel in my head and I did not want to put the pages down. This is a standalone I believe but would not be surprised if down the line we see more of this power duo.

U-ncertainty, Hayden has been alone for most of his life taking care of himself but something about the new stranger in his life is pulling at his emotions.
N-otorious, Alex knows the guy next door isn’t the type of person she should affiliate with but being near him brings her a sense of peace like no other. Something about him affects her in a deep unexplainable way.
T-rust, as much as Hayden wants to change he knows he cannot let down Remy. These two have been friends a very long time and Hayden would never betray what he and Remy have.
I-llusion, Alex has seen so much of Hayden’s hot and cold act she can’t take it anymore. Just when she is ready to cut all ties with him a near tragic event will have these two colliding again.
L-oss, the thought of not having Alex in his life is enough to make Hayden re-think everything and he will fight for her and protect her.

A-lone, knowing how unpredictable life is and that at a moment’s notice everything could fall apart or end suddenly Hayden will do the unthinkable.
L-ove, somewhere along the way Hayden and Alex realized that they belong together. Something stronger than the both of them has made their paths and hearts unite. Knowing this they will fight and do what it takes to be together.
E-xchange, the person no one suspected became Alex’s greatest danger. Hayden knows where his heart lies and all of the fallacies of his past have come to light. Things have changed drastically and Hayden will surprise those closest to him for his one true love.
X-citing, lol x is a tough one cut me some slack ;) Alex and Hayden have endured so much pain throughout their lives but being together happy and in love ready to embark on a new adventure is all they can think about. Together these two are ready to face whatever comes their way.

The ending was full of action till the near last pages. Nathan closed this story nicely but not every t was crossed or every i dotted. Nothing that really took away from the story but some of the side events weren’t closed. Some of the characters just basically disappeared and I like to know what happens with everyone I read about. Like I said nothing crazy but I did experience a couple of hm I wonder what happens with so and so? Other than that I thought the end was solid. Over all this was an enjoyable read. Nathan provides a fresh and fun new voice that I could not get enough of, her characters were absolutely delightful. Did this puncture my heart into my inner core? No. It didn’t have to though because all throughout I was entertained.

My Rating
4.0 Bench, Pool, Neighbor, Coffee Shop, Voice, Tryouts, Beach, Cup, Hospital, Close Call, Enemy, School Alert, Shock, Job, Gun, Jail, Austin, Ex, 4 Days, 8 Months, All consuming rip your heart out love filled starts.

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About the Author 

I'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. Happy endings are a must. Don’t leave me with an unexpected cliffhanger or someone dying in the end. I’ll be depressed for days. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of my existence. My family, friends, sangria, and watermelon margaritas are the light…

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  1. This author is new to me, but I always love when you do these acrostic reviews Ria

  2. Books that entertain you are a good thing.


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