28 Aug 2013

REVIEW: Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't #1) by Gennifer Albin


Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint. 

Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance. 

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

This is a standalone novel in the Good Girls Don't series.

My Thoughts

Catching Liam focuses on the life of Jillian Nichols, a college junior. She has rules when it comes to boys - the main one being never bring the same one home twice.

After a raunchy night with Liam McAvoy, she wakes to find him naked in her kitchen cooking waffles for breakfast. He doesn't seem to be able to take the hint to leave. After lying to him and finally getting him out of her appartment, she heads off to class only to find that she has ended up in the seat right next to Liam and they are going to be class partners for the semester!

Liam McAvoy is an exchange student from Scotland. He doesn't want to be just another notch on Jillian's belt. He likes her, and wants to continue seeing her. Noticing that Jillian is hiding something, he is determined to find out what it is. He wants to be there to help her if she needs him to.

After they finally start dating, Jillian finds herself falling for Liam. It scares her as she knows he has to leave to go back to Scotland soon. She has purposely kept boys at arms length for a reason and doesn't want to none Liam with her 'problem'.

Liam might just have what it takes to get Jillan to open up, but does Jillian have what it takes to open her heart to Liam and let him in?  

I thoroughly enjoyed Catching Liam! Sophia Bleu's writing is addictive - it captures you from the start and holds your attention the whole way through. 

The characters are loveable and I instantly connected with them. I wasn't overwhelmed by the number of supporting characters. I thought there was the perfect number of them for Jillian's little world. They each had their own important role to fulfil in her life. The situations throughout the story were realistic and believable. 

I noticed quite often that I was smiling while I was reading Catching Liam. Sophia Bleu incorporated just the right amount of humour into the story. Although there were some sad parts, and believe me when I say I had tears (both happy and sad ones), I loved the heart warming feeling of this story!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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