Choosing You [Jade Series #1] by Allie Everhart
Published: September 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
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!
Choosing You is one of few NA books that I truly fell in love with. It has just the right amount of romance that I crave in a book. The romance between Jade and Garret felt like it grew in real time. The romance wasn’t forced upon us like I have felt with other reads.
While Jade is a character who can seem a bit standoffish at times she is just a girl who wants love but at the same time is afraid to open up and more importantly doesn’t feel as if she deserves it. She has never had anyone really who has loved her unconditionally. When she meets Garret all that she thought and felt about being afraid instantly disappeared. She doesn’t understand that sometimes as hard as you try you can’t help or stop who you fall in love with.
Although Garret and Jade have their obstacles they know they can’t deny their feelings. Life sometimes gives you these challenges and we must just throw caution to the wind and go for it. I’ve always felt you just have to go for it in life, even if you fail at least you know you’ve tried. It’s better to have a lifetime of regret than a lifetime of what ifs.
Choosing You is indeed a story of love but also with a bit of mystery. Was Jade brought to the university for a certain reason? Is someone indeed watching her? These are just some of the answers I hope to get in reading the other books in this wonderful series.
Allie Everhart gives us one of those rare reads that drawn you from the very beginning. She’s got me hooked on a couple that she brings to life like no other could. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see what kind of ride Jade and Garret take me on next, they are definetely one of my favorites couples...EVER. This is one that I will tell everyone I know about…IT’S THAT GOOD!
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Allie 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.