I am feeling really upbeat today cause I have been listening to Panic! At The Disco, after a hiatus of having not really listening to them so I’m in a good mood from going back but anyway,
Today’s post is another If You Liked This, Try…
To sum up the basic premise, I select a couple of books that are similar in the ways of X, Y and Z and it gives you a way of finding books that are similar to some of your faves while also giving you a rough guide of what I thought of the books too, without having to read a full review.
Let’s hop right in shall we?
This time I am comparing two books which I would class as a dark romance, so you have all the cuteness of a romance, but with a very overarching dark past/present for the main protagonists. The first is Easy by Tammara Webber. The second is Nothing Left to Lose by Kirsty Moseley, which I did a cover reveal of a couple years ago.
They are similar in the way that The are both Contemporary Romance’s set in America. They are both told from the first person, with Easy having only Jacqueline’s perceptive and the sequal being Lucas’ perspective; while Guarding the Broken jumps between Ashton and Anna’s POV’s. The thing that really reminded me of each other was the backstory of the females, and how they eventually deal with what they encounter. There is themes of rape in both books, and is hard to read, but incredibly respectfully written in both cases. As for the relationships, you get the impression that there is a higher power forcing them together in random situations, because in both cases they seem unable to escape each other and avoid their attraction.
They were also pretty adult in the sexually explicit nature of them, they were not erotica, but they also weren’t PG13. Both books had me laughing at certain moments, they often lifted the serious moments with light and tasteful humour, and I thought it was very well done.
Something else they have in common – I gave both 5/5 stars ❤
Here are their Goodreads Descriptions:
E: Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love. A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.
NLTL: I was broken, numb to want and desire, but then he came along… Three years after the tragic events of Anna’s sixteenth birthday which saw her boyfriend killed and her kidnapped by his sadistic murderer, she’s no longer the happy-go-lucky girl that everyone used to know and love; she’s now cold, hard and suffers from night terrors.
Carter is currently serving time for the murder of Jack–a conviction that Anna helped secure–but his retrial is coming up because some key evidence appears to have been tampered with.
Needing to ensure his daughter’s safety, presidential candidate, Senator Spencer, tasks in Ashton Taylor, a newly qualified SWAT agent, to guard the broken girl and keep her safe until the end of the trial. For three years Anna has refused to feel emotion or pain. Can Ashton help her rebuild her life and finally deal with the grief of losing her childhood sweetheart? Will he be the one to make her see that life is, in fact, worth living and that not all men will hurt her?
If you are interested, here are my Goodreads descriptions from when I read them. If you don’t want spoilers that’s really the end of the post. So that’s my comparison. I don’t have one to recommend over the other because I loved both so if you’ve read neither, then you need to read both!
I hope you’ve had a good day and I will see you on tomorrow 🙂
If you are interested in my quick reviews, continue below:
E: This book was amazing!!!
I adored the plot, the characters and the writing style.
Webber’s use of mirroring through beginning to end was incredible and kept me reading throughout. The plot wasn’t jumpy and misplaced; every scene in the book was necessary and used to continue the plot.
I loved the main character. I can often find female protagonist’s annoying and stupid; Making silly decisions often. Jacqueline was anything but she took her attack and wanted to change her vulnerable situation; she was logical and calculated and I loved it. I also adored her relationships with both Landon and Lucas both separately and together. Lucas’ back story was also great and fueled the plot sufficiently. I did feel like it was rushed in a little but to be fair I never wanted this book to end so it could easily of been that. Overall I give this five stars! it is officially one of my top 10 books of all time; Webber fully captured the risk and danger of life without to much gruesome details. The intricate characters accentuated the plot and its themes. Couldn’t recommend this book more; sad that its not a full series and just the same book but Lucas’ POV but I am going to read it straight away. I will never get enough of these characters.
Part 1 – I loved this, it was adorable while mixed with a sad side and I just fell in love with their story.
I am excited to read part 2 as that’s why I marked it down to only 4 stars because it was such a long build up, it was mainly subplot and background to really develop everything for the next part.
I love Kirsty Moseley and have read quite a bit of hers before and I enjoyed it just a much.
Part 2 – I can’t believe it’s over!😭
I absolutely adored this series and now its gone. The relationship between Anna and Ashton was so heartfelt and emotional and Moseley made me hate carter with such a strong passion.
Jack wasn’t nearly mentioned as much in this book but he is still an integral part so I’ll mentioned him anyway. Anna’s love and guilt for jack was so realistic (something I often say about a lot of Moseley’s writing)
This series brought both tears if sadness and joy to my eyes, beautiful story.
Easy, 5/5 stars.