We meet Jacqueline one night as she’s leaving a party. Unfortunately, as she is leaving, she is almost raped. (Please note that this book does contain scenes describing sexual violence). Thankfully, a good Samaritan stops the assault, but Jacqueline is now dealing with her Freshman year in college, being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and an attacker that keeps turning up like a bad penny. I admit that I was frustrated with Jacqueline’s lack of action after the attack, but unfortunately I think that inaction is probably very realistic for a lot of young women. As Jacqueline tries to rebuild her identity as a single college student, she meets Lucas and has email interactions with Landon, her tutor. Both are intriguing guys and each helps her to see that she is still the same person she has always been. She also finds the support she needs to bring her attacker to justice, but it is not an easy path for anyone involved.
There is a lot to like about Easy and I think that the New Adult genre has a lot to offer older teens and adults, alike. This is a solid romance with a story that sexy, emotional and sweet. I thought it captured the uncertainty of early college years very well, and I appreciated the tough time that Jacqueline went through when she realized how much she gave up for her ex-boyfriend. The issue of sexual assault was addressed unflinchingly and I think it made the story very relevant. The plot, which was a bit predicable at times, meandered in the middle and there were a lot of scenes and interactions that I felt were very repetitive. Overall, I thought it was a very entertaining read and I am looking forward to reading more books in this genre.