Subject to Change (Picturing Perfect #2)
by: Alessandra Thomas
A New Adult novel
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.
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Heat Rating: Steamy!
Subject to Change was not only an enjoyable story, it also delivered a great message! I love that Alessandra Thomas addresses self-discovery, stereotypes, and self-acceptance with Joey and Hawk. When I closed the book, I felt like the characters were in a good realistic place and had grown during "our time" together (maybe it is the Mom in me). I felt that both characters learned that you never know what anyone else is dealing with just by looking at them from the outside and that the only person you should worry about making you happy is YOU.
I really liked the characters in the book; Joey and Hawk. Joey is uptight, stressed and high maintenance on the outside and at first you don't want to like her, but then you see her "real" side and realize that your heart breaks for her. Hawk comes off as a slacker, player, bad-boy but again outside appearances are deceiving and he is a hard working guy trying to keep it all together and get an education to better himself. You learn fast in Subject to Change that the characters have layers and you can't judge them too harshly or fit them in a certain "type". Alessandra takes her characters through the process of finding their own way in life, something that I think a lot of college aged students go through; you have to learn to walk your own path, not a path someone else paved for you.
I read Subject to Change without reading Picture Perfect first and I had no problem, this is a complete, stand-alone book (no cliffhanger either!) My own weird quirk is to absolutely know everything about all the characters and I have to read series books in order, but somehow this got by me and I didn't feel like I was missing any references or inside knowledge. I will be backtracking and reading Picture Perfect in the near future, because I need to know Cat's story now and because Alessandra Thomas is one of those authors you want to read everything she writes. If you are a fan of New Adult you are going to love Joey and Hawk's story.
Author Info:Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since that’s sadly untrue, 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.
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