Joey made her dad a deathbed promise that she would become a doctor, and dedicate herself to fighting the very cancer that took his life. There’s just one problem -three years into her pre-med classes, she's struggling to stay on top of the curve, let alone prove she's dazzling enough to earn a spot in an Ivy League medical school. In a Hail Mary move, she throws a basic Business 101 class into her semester schedule, banking on a perfect score to boost her GPA.
by Alessandra Thomas
Published: June 25, 2013
That is, until she’s paired for a final project with Hawk, the bartending, motorbike-riding, gorgeously bedheaded loser who falls asleep in class and communicates in one-word sentences.
Hawk does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which sets Joey on edge – in every possible way. As they get to know each other, her urge to scream at him is curbed only by her fantasies of tearing his clothes off. Soon those fantasies become reality, and Joey realizes Hawk makes her feel more fully herself than any of the rich boys her mother and sorority sisters approve of.
But the promise to her father hangs over her head, and the harder Joey tries to succeed in her chosen career, the faster everything falls into a hopeless tailspin of bad grades, broken promises and guilt. It doesn't help to have Hawk sitting like a devil on her shoulder, insisting she should be free to live however she wants to live - like he does.
The only thing Joey knows is that her neatly organized life is crushing her - and Hawk's bad attitude might be the only thing that can save her.
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My Review: I loved Alessandra Thomas' novel Picture Perfect, so I was really excited to delve into Subject to Change, the second novel in her Picturing Perfect series. Subject to Change can also be read as a stand alone if desired. This is Joey and Hawk's story. Joey is the best friend of Cat, from Picture Perfect. If you have read that novel, then yes, we get to see a little of Cat and Nate - yeah! We also get to meet Hawk, and OMG is he ever hot. Joey is in her third year of pre-med at college and it is kicking her butt. She is trying her hardest to stick it out, because she believes that is what her father, who died of cancer when she was a teenager, wanted her to do. It is also what everyone expects of her, and she has always does what everyone expects of her. She winds up in a business class, which is where she meets William "Hawk" Hawkins. He is everything she is not.....a badass, bad boy, biker, with tattoos and an attitude, and is hot as hell. They wind up getting paired together for a class project. Joey automatically makes the assumption that Hawk is a loser, simply because of how he dresses, acts, and his appearance, yet she is drawn to him like a magnet. When hottie Hawk kisses her, it is all over and she knows she can't stay away from him. She learns that all her assumptions about Hawk being a loser were false. The more she finds out about him, the more she wants to know, and the more she is forced to look at who she really is.
Hawk has a lot of baggage and has responsibilities that no one his age should have. He is still a bike-riding, badass, hot as hell bad boy, but there is so much more depth to him, even if he is rough around the edges. He causes Joey to look at who she is and what she really wants from life. In fact, he understands her better than she understands herself in many ways. In reality, she has just as much baggage as Hawk. Their relationship isn't easy by any means. The chemistry and passion between them is electrifying, and the sex is mind-blowing. On an emotional level, they get each other, but they both also have issues, challenges, and obstacles with family, life, the past, the present, and the future, that threaten to destroy them. Joey and Hawk both have to learn to go for what they truly want, be willing to compromise, and be willing to admit when they are wrong. Subject to Change is a great contemporary romance that also deals with real-life issues that face those in the new adult age group. I loved the story and the journey Hawk and Joey take as they discover that Love isn't easy, it requires compromise, and being willing to admit when you are wrong, and being willing to do what is right for yourself, and for those you love. Overall, I really enjoyed Subject to Change and I would definitely recommend it.
Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since she's not, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time. When she's not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.