Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: NOT YET by Laura Ward

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: July 28, 2014


Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons. 

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.
Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.
Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.

Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn’t good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn't know how to lose.

Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she's always dreamed of?

Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren't looking. And once the heart gets involved, that's when the real learning begins.



I'm so happy to have found this book, it was such a beautiful and delightful read! Stories like this one really get to me because aside from getting a sweet romance, I also got to feel inspired and truly touched by the message behind the story, a message about the powers of kindness and how it can turn lives around. 

In Not Yet I met Emma Harris, a young lady with an inspiring story. Emma has an older sister that she adores, she and Evie have been very close since forever and they together with their mom have a wonderful relationship. But life hasn't been easy for the three of them as Evie was born with Down syndrome and their father took off before Emma was even born; therefore, since very young Emma learned to be very protective of her family, particularly of her sister. She'd rather appear tough and be perceived as bitch before letting people hurt her family. Well, that was before a very handsome young man appeared into her life and made her question all her life lessons.

"Short stuff… will you be bad with me?"

The hero of this story is Landon Washington, an irresistible, sexy, and charming guy who's used to getting any girl he wants. He meets Emma that summer when the two of them work as life guards at the pool of a country club and when he sees her for the first time he's mesmerized. She's so beautiful and very different from all the girls he's used to which only makes her that much more fascinating to him.

"Although my rule was that I never chased girls, this one was different... and something told me, worth the effort."

The dynamic between these two at the beginning was so funny and charming. Emma keeps trying to put up her walls higher and higher so Landon wouldn't see the real her but she slowly fails as she can't stop feeling that pull towards him. Landon on the other hand, keeps getting more and more captivated by Emma as he gets to know her he's delighted by what he finds out about her. He senses that beneath that tough exterior of hers there's an incredible girl that he knows he won't be able to resist for much longer. A girl that teaches him kindness in a way he never thought he could ever offer to others.

"It took just one. One person. One friend. One act of kindness. Just one summer to completely change my world."

I loved watching these characters slowly surrender to their emotions for each other. Their connection was beautiful and it was filled with moments of fun, vulnerability, understanding, and trust. This author was exceptional at creating that hesitant-romance between the characters which only served to make me crazier about them when they finally got together. I really loved their romantic and passionate moments, they were very meaningful to the story and I really felt them.

"I wanted to beg. I wanted to plead with him to touch me. To kiss my ear. Something, anything, to take this edge off. I needed it and I didn't do needy. My stomach knotted and I held my breath."

When things were getting cozier between Emma and Landon that's when the big unexpected twist of the story occurs. It was so unexpected that I really never saw it coming and I loved being surprised like that. The new turn of events though leaves the characters lost and heartbroken because what happens to them is not just bumps on the road for their relationship, it's actually a big stop sign for them that prevents them from being together any longer. . .

From here on the story gets more emotional and angsty. The feelings of longing and heartbreak between Emma and Landon were palpable and my heart broke a couple of times for that. I really had no idea how things were going to work out for them because yes, there was that big obstacle between them but there was also disappointment, resentment, and doubts to overcome. Fortunately, this beautiful story always kept an essence of hope throughout so while Emma and Landon couldn't yet be together, they learn a lot of things from being separated and realize that what they had was more than a simple summer romance. It was a truly special connection so worth waiting for.

"I pressed my forehead to hers before I pulled away. “Remember… it’s just not yet for us.”

I don't want to give away any possible spoilers so I'm stopping here with the story telling and just say that this story was beautiful! Yes, very beautiful and captivating. I loved Emma and Landon, they were sweet, intense, fun, and totally genuine to me. What I liked most about their story was that it was different and refreshing and of course the element of surprise in the story totally did it for me. The other side characters were fabulous too; they were funny and inspirational in their own way and contributed to the story beautifully. Now my favorite part of this book was the ending. I loved the way things came about at the end giving me that HEA that I was so craving for. It was just perfect!

"Sometimes it's the wait...the not gets of life that are the very best lessons of all to learn."

Favorite Quotes:

"Short stuff… will you be bad with me?"

"It took just one. One person. One friend. One act of kindness. Just one summer to completely change my world."

"I pressed my forehead to hers before I pulled away. “Remember… it’s just not yet for us.”

"When you've found the one worth waiting for? You wait."

"She was my comfort, my passion, and my confidence. She was home."

"We bent together and never broke."

"Sometimes it's the wait...the not gets of life that are the very best lessons of all to learn."


About the Author:
Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels. 

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