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Jacqueline’s life is in turmoil when her boyfriend dumps her. Together for three years, Jacqueline followed Kennedy to his choice of college, a decision she now regrets. As well as losing Kennedy, Jacqueline has also lost the majority of her friends as they side with her ex and all but ignore her. And Jacqueline’s situation is made worse when she is attacked on her way home from a party. The assailant is a friend of Kennedy’s and Jacqueline has no means of escape until fellow student Lucas comes to her rescue. Jacqueline has never met Lucas before, but she is grateful for his help. She feels safe in Lucas’ company and, for the first time in three years, she is attracted to someone other than Kennedy.
Jacqueline finds it difficult to be around Kennedy so she misses a couple of weeks of the economics class they share, missing an important test. Jacqueline fears she is about to fail a class for the first time ever, but is fortunate when her professor is lenient and gives Jacqueline the chance to catch up, suggesting she contact tutor Landon Maxfield. Jacqueline and Landon begin to exchange emails and the tone quickly turns flirty. Jacqueline thought she would always be with her high school boyfriend and was devastated when the relationship ended, but her heart begins to heal with surprising swiftness. Jacqueline finds herself attracted to two men – one who is cool and detached, but also her saviour, and a man she has never met in person. But Jacqueline can’t concentrate on her love life completely as her attacker looms, still taunting her and unsettling her.
Before reading Easy, I wasn’t sure what to expect as the blurb doesn’t give much away, but I was quickly drawn into the story. It starts right before the action begins, as Jacqueline is walking towards her car after a Halloween party and is attacked by Buck, someone she knows through her ex. I was quite surprised by the sudden and graphic attack and immediately rooted for Jacqueline. Luckily Lucas arrives and saves the day. Lucas is the perfect hero – strong and capable of taking care of himself (and any damsels in distress), toned and tattooed and moody yet caring. And then there is Landon, who Jacqueline gets to know through exchanging emails. Their email exchanges were probably my favourite part of the book; I thought they were sweet as they became increasingly flirtatious. As well as the budding romances, there is also the mystery of Lucas’ past and why he is so guarded and the on-going threat of Buck.
For me, Easy was a good mix of romance and mystery with a dash of added danger. I thought Jacqueline was a strong and independent woman but I liked how she wasn’t invincible. She needed her few remaining friends to lean on and she allowed Lucas to protect her, but didn’t rely on him completely. Instead of sitting back and allowing Lucas to become a virtual bodyguard or allowing Buck to intimidate her, Jacqueline takes steps to empower herself.