Judging Books Review
Title: Judging Books
Author: Shay Savage
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Shay Savage, LLC
The debutante path is a fairly straight track: who you are, who you associate with, and whose label you are wearing become priorities. They define you. They are the aspects by which you are judged.
Ashlyn’s world has been one of enlightenment and finesse, and now she is ready to take on the financial world at her father’s company just as he had always planned. Her future had been scripted long ago, but a chance meeting with a beautiful boy on a bicycle gives Ashlyn a new outlook on life.
Ethan is far too young, far too tattooed, far too pierced—just far too everything—to ever fit into her world. He has issues, too—major ones. Ashlyn knows he will never be accepted by her friends, let alone her overbearing father, but there is something about his live-in-the-moment outlook that keeps drawing her back into his arms.
Ashlyn must make a choice. Can she forgo the family dynasty and live life to the fullest with this fascinating but damaged young man?
Shay Savage is someone that can ALWAYS make me enjoy a book. She gives all her characters a depth that makes them jump off the pages. I have never been disappointed by one of her books- each one is unique and special and this one is no different.
I absolutely loved the fact that Ethan was YOUNGER than Ashlyn. It is always the other way around and it gets a little tired sometimes. It was so refreshing to have the trope of a well established businessman and a young life-loving woman flipped! It was so much fun reading.
Ethan is a sweet "kid" who really is still childlike in many aspects but he was also very much a man in others. He was able to pull Ashlyn out of her straight-laced mind set with a beautiful smile and sweet eyes. He is completely adorable. You truly can’t help but fall hard for Ethan’s sweet and charming personality and his almost rose-colored view of the world.
You can’t help but love Ashlyn as well. She is just trying to do everything in her power to make her father happy. Then she meets Ethan who turns her entire world on its side in the best way possible. As soon as Ashlyn meets Ethan the story really takes off and you can’t help but be taken away with it. Ashlyn’s character arc is great and is totally inspired by her meeting Ethan. He encourages her to be herself even in the face of her uptight dad and friends.
The entire book is told from Ashlyn’s POV but I wish I could have gotten Ethan’s POV as well. But that’s just my personal preference. I love back and forth POV, however, having just Ashlyn’s POV does not take anything away from the story. I don’t think Savage has the power to write a bad book. And no matter if her stories have one POV or multiple POV they are all amazing!
Overall, this is a sweet contemporary romance that gives you all the feels! Ethan and Ashlyn have this immediate chemistry that sets the pages on fire. Every woman that reads this book is going to wish they had an Ethan of their own, if they don’t already. I was seriously sad when the book ended. I just wanted it to keep going- I wanted more of Ashlyn and Ethan! Serious book slump accrued.
If you already love Savage- you will love this book, if you’ve never read Savage- you HAVE to read this book and every other one she has ever written. This might be my new favorite sweet romance.