When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.
Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.
As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.
The Jade Series is a New Adult Romance that follows the relationship of Jade and Garret in their first year of college. In Choosing You, (book 1), Jade and Garret meet on Jade’s first night at Moorhurst College and despite their strong attraction to each other, they’re not allowed to date because of the strict rules that control Garret’s life. In Knowing You, (book 2), Garret breaks the family rules and begins dating Jade. Their relationship grows deeper but issues from Jade’s past complicate matters. Loving You (book 3) shows Jade and Garret growing closer as a couple but also hints at the trouble that lies ahead in Promising You (book 4), in which a new challenge emerges for Garret that could interfere with the future he wants with Jade. Originally, book 4 was the end of the series, but fans wanted to read more about Jade and Garret, so Allie is now in the process of writing Forever You, an all-new, full-length follow-up book to The Jade Series releasing later this spring!
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Personal Thoughts: Choosing You was a really good book. Garret and Jade first meet when she is just moving
in and he helps her out. Their friendship begins on that fateful day and they slowly start to get to know each other. I liked how the author progressed their relationship and didn’t have one of those automatic meet and fall in love right away scenes. We really get a chance to see inside Jade’s head and what she is thinking throughout the story. However it does take a while to get used to Jade’s character. There is something about her that makes you disconnect from her instead of relating to her and seeing her side. I was able to connect more to Garret’s character.
The unexpected news from Jade’s past was a shocker but it made the story even more interesting and it moved it along. Up until we find out, there are times that the story line is a bit slow and you just want it to go a bit faster. Jade’s past made quite the interesting read and it makes you feel bad for her, however, she is tough and she comes through life much stronger than others would have if they were in her shoes. This part of the book made her a bit more relatable and real.
Overall the storyline was written quite well and it was a pretty quick read. I’m not really a fan of cliffhangers, but this one makes me want to pick up the next book in the series to see where Garret and Jade end up. Despite being polar opposites in terms of upbringing, they are able to overlook it and connect in ways that they never thought would have been possible otherwise. I am glad that my first read by this author has made me want to read the next book instead of being disappointed and not reading any more of her books. 🙂
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.