“I was going to have to tell everyone about my new boyfriend.”
Judging Books is NA stand-alone romance by one of my favorite authors Shay Savage. Ms. Savage never fails to amaze me with her unique writing style, complex plots, and broken characters. In Judging Books she delivers a beautiful forbidden romance with a clear message about how not to judge a book by its cover and instead use your heart to search a person’s soul.
Ashlyn is a privileged young woman who is weeks away from graduating with her master’s degree. After her graduation, she will be taking a job at her father’s company where she is being groomed to take over the company. On her way to her final interview, she meets the most unlikely young man. Ethan is a tattooed, pierced, and lives life without any inhibitions. When he meets Ashlyn he is overcome by her beauty and sees something special in her. Although the two are complete opposites, they find a unique and tender connection. As a fast friendship is formed, a physical attraction blooms and the two share a passionate night together. But when the reality of what a relationship with Ethan would mean for Ashlyn, the pressures of social rules and expectations become too much for her to bear. Ashlyn and Ethan might be perfect for one another and yet, it will take courage for both to find the strength to be together.
“You want it slow, sweetheart or do you want it rough?”
Judging Books is a touching romance between two very different individuals. Ethan has learned to overcome his circumstances and thrives by living in the moment. The dynamics between Ethan and Ashlyn are explored thoroughly as we witness the internal struggle Ashlyn is facing. I felt compassion for both of them and yet, there were moments during the read that I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall due to the choices Ashlyn made. The stakes are high for them both to forget about society rules and expectations and instead embrace happiness together. In the end, her transformation is flawless as she finds happiness in Ethan’s arms.
Overall, Judging Books will appeal to readers who enjoy a tender romance of “opposites attract” with passion and smoking hot steam. Shay Savage is a fantastic storyteller and she always delivers!
*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!