Title: Love Show
Author: Audrey Bell
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Hadley Arrington is the career-driven editor-in-chief of her university’s prestigious newspaper. Jack Diamond is a laidback student whose good looks have made things even easier than they need to be. She’s the girl who came out of nowhere and kissed him in the rain. He’s the boy who made her do something crazy.
When the stakes seem too high, they have to decide if they’ll let their love show or if they’ll walk away for good.
Love Show is a story about living your dreams. Dreams come and go, they grow and they change and if you’re lucky, they alter themselves to include everything you never knew you needed. Hadley is in college, working for her dream when she meets Jack, the guy trying so hard not to dream of anything. When things don’t exactly go the way Hadley had planned, she decides to live a little at the encouragement of her roommate David and with the help of her new friend Jack.
“It’s funny how quickly you begin to talk yourself out of your own dreams.”
Jack treats life like a vacation. He doesn’t take anything seriously and he just wants to have a fun college experience. He has his reasons; he has seen loss and knows how quickly everything can fall apart. Hadley is a girl after my own heart. She is driven, focused and unwilling to compromise her dreams. She will get what she wants. She has worked too hard to give up or lose focus. The moment they meet a fire is ignited and they’re both left wondering what they’re missing. I can only describe their relationship in one way: friction. They’re moving in opposite directions and both so determined not to bend, despite their incredible attraction, that sparks were bound to fly.
“I just thought I knew exactly what to do to get exactly what I wanted, and I never really considered that maybe it wouldn’t work out.”
The storyline had me hooked from beginning to end. Just when I thought I knew how things were going to turn out, it took a turn. I enjoyed watching their story unfold, having no idea where they would eventually end up. Audrey Bell wrote some fabulous scenes that had me desperate for more. I loved how Jack and Hadley met. It is the ultimate romantic moment, and they don’t even know each other! Why do these things not happen in real life? Just like life, this story isn’t perfect. The characters face some rough times and Audrey Bell brings to light some complex issues. She manages to address these issues while maintaining an overall positive feeling. I applaud her for not shying away from some of life’s harsher realities and for allowing them to come through in her story.
“Anyone who tells you that you should wait for that guy who makes you weak at the knees should be shot.”
My favorite part of this book was the dialogue. Audrey Bell can write some fantastic exchanges between characters. There is nothing I love more than witty repartee and sarcastic returns. I found myself laughing a lot. The banter between Hadley and Jack just felt so genuine and fun that I couldn’t help but feel like they were two of my college friends. I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot. Jack and Hadley’s story is the whole package. Their journey is one of humor and heart.
Jack walked me to the door quietly. When we reached it, he set a hand lightly on my back.
“Sorry, sorry,” he said. He held his hands up where I could see them. He looked at me. “Look, this is really bad timing.”
“What’s bad timing?”
“This,” he said. He bit his lip. “After tailgate I spent a while trying to figure out who you were. But nobody could tell me.”
“Probably because I don’t ordinarily act like that.”
He smiled. “Oh. Well, that’s a shame.”
“For you, maybe.”
“For me, definitely.” He laughed. “So, can I ask you to dinner or is that going to piss you off?”
“I don’t think now’s a good time to talk about dinner.”
“Yeah. I know. Bad timing.”
“It’s always bad timing,” I said.
“That’s too bad.”
I stepped out of the door.
“Can I ask you a serious question, though?” he said. “Why’d you kiss me?”
I shrugged. “My roommate dared me.”
His face changed. Not dramatically, but enough to know that what I said had been hurtful.
He laughed. “Ha. Of course, of course.” He nodded. “I should’ve thought of that.”
I stared at the mixture of surprise and hurt on his face and swallowed. He’d leave me alone if I left now. But, I wouldn’t like the unsteadiness in my stomach.
I put my hand on the door to keep him from closing it.
“I mean.” I swallowed. “He dared me to kiss someone. And I chose you.” I flushed, as something else crossed his face, and I pulled the door shut before I could say anything else.
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