Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't #1)
by Sophia Bleu
Published: July 8, 2013
Source: eARC provided for tour.
Synopsis: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.
My Thoughts: When I first saw the cover and read the synopsis for Catching Liam, I thought it looked like another good New Adult book that I would enjoy. I really didn't have any expectations going in, which I think made how much I enjoyed the book even more delightful. Jillian Nichols, along with her friends Jess and Cassie, have made a game over the last few years in college of "catching boys." Jillian's mindset was to catch them, enjoy them for the night, and then throw them back into the sea and be done with them. No relationships, because relationships break your heart, cause too many attachments, and she always ended up having to reveal "her darkest secret," whether she wanted to or not, a secret which always, always sent them running. In reality, Jillian had hardened her heart to love and the idea of it, thinking she was controlling the situation and the thing she was trying to hide the most, but in reality, it had consumed her and was controlling her.
When Jillian catches Liam McAvoy, however, instead of hooking and releasing, Liam has a mind of his own and decides he just might want to stay in the boat with the fisherman. He's persistent and doesn't easily take no for an answer, despite how bitchy and hardheaded Jillian can be, and she's learned how to excel in that area. As the hardness of her heart begins to melt, she must decide whether or not to give in to her feelings, and just how far she is willing to let things go, with "her secret" and the fact that Liam is here on a temporary student visa being major factors in that decision.
Liam McAvoy - Tall, muscled, sexy as hell, abs that make your mouth water, a smile that causes you to melt into a puddle, and get this, he's Scottish, accent and all. I don't know about you girls, but Scottish makes me think of all those historical romances with the hot highlanders with kilts, and Liam lets you know just why they wear those kilts. Not to mention, the boy can cook. I LOVED Liam, everything about him. Jillian, on the other hand, had to grow on me. I did like her, but she was really kind of mean in the beginning, but you soon find out why she is the way she is and what has brought her to that point. "Her secret," and I don't want to spoil it, so that is what I'm going to call it, is so heartbreaking, completely life-altering, and is something that cannot be ignored. I loved the way Sophia Bleu incorporated what this was into the story, and she did an excellent job of it also. By the end of the story, Jillian had won me over completely. The secondary characters were well developed and I enjoyed getting to know them. I loved Jess, and Cassie was great to. I even loved to hate her mom, Tara. She will make you want to scream. I couldn't stand her, and the author did a great job in developing her character and portraying her that way.
The chemistry between Liam and Jillian is sizzling, and the "physical aspect" definitely lives up to all my highlander expectations and then some. The romance is great, as is the flow of the story, which ended up being much more emotional that I was expecting. I loved the ending, but at the same time, I wasn't ready for it to end. I would have loved an epilogue, because I am dying to see what happens down the road with these two. Fortunately, this is the first book in a series, and even though the second book is going to be about Jillian's friend, whose story I can't wait to read about also, I am really hoping that we get to find out more about what is going on with Jillian and Liam. Overall, Catching Liam is a really wonderful romance, and is definitely one that stands out from the crowd of the many NA contemporary romances that are out there now. Check it out. It is well worth your time.
“What are you doing?” I asked. “Are we getting all Fifty Shades up in here?”He shushed me. “Nothing that dangerous. You won’t need a safe word.”
“We call them kilts, and we wear them so we can let our enormous cocks breathe.”
Being home was like finding myself in a dystopian novel, and I suspected that the end to that story included me setting fire to civilization. I didn't say it was a happy dysoptian novel.
I sauntered toward him, trying my best to pout, but failing miserably. "You look constipated," Liam told me with a laugh. "I'm being sexy," I said. "You don't need to try. You are sexy no matter what you're doing." ...."Unless I'm trying to to be sexy."
“You can’t only see the scary parts. If you do, you miss all the awesome.”
“You’re hiding things from me, Jillian, and that hurts.” His voice dropped and he moved closer to me, his body inches from mine. “Because I want all of you. The sexy part and the funny part and especially the fucked-up part.”
Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between. In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is. Life is pretty good.
A Kilt Checker tote bag filled with Catching Liam swag and a $25 amazon gift card.