Monday, 11 July 2016

Review ~ Not Yet (Not Yet, #1) by Laura Ward

Not Yet (Not Yet, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Release Date: July 28th 2014

Publisher: Self-published

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.

My Opinion

Once again, this is another new author for me. I came across Not Yet free on Amazon and since I have no ARCs until July I dived right in. I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Not Yet is a touching read. It's an easy book to relax with, and the romance is sweet. Once again it's a book that heavily features disabilities. It's not something I read about often so the change is nice and I think the author's passion against bullying and treating them differently came across strongly. I will admit, near the start it did feel like I was being lectured a bit, but as things progressed it got better. I respected Emma for what she did for her family and her kindness. I also liked how she got through to Landon so he could change himself for the better.

Although predictable, the romance is cute. I did feel the spark and chemistry between Landon and Emma and I thought the emotions developed well. Things kept a good pace too. 

This might just be me remembering wrong, but I did think I spotted some continuity issues--namely the sport Dean and Landon played. Sometimes it was football, others baseball. The terms didn't quite cross over and remain consistent.

Overall though this was a good read and I'm looking forward to Dean's book.


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