Title: Emancipating Andie
Author: Priscilla Green
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: NA Contemporary
Published: April 5, 2013
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind - and paid the price for it - she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.
Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.
About the Author:
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she's feeling sophisticated, she'll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she'll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry's, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. You can contact her at email@example.com
My Thoughts and Review:
I am a sucker for this type of read. I really can't explain what draws me in. Is it the allure of the hot bad boy that you just know has a heart of gold? The sexual tension sure to be found within the pages of the story? Or maybe just the thoughts of two damaged people coming together to become something neither of them expected or saw coming? Either way they do suck me right in and I just can't help myself, I get caught up in the story and refuse to let go until their story is over.
I couldn't help but like Andie because I saw myself in her. The young woman trying to always do what is right. The girl who is a little bit sarcastic, sometimes blurts things out in the heat of the moment, always looking for something “safe” in friends and family, and the girl with a slight OCD control issue. That just might be me..maybe. A little bit. Maybe sometimes more than I like to admit. Either way, I liked Andie right from the beginning. Don't get me wrong, she had her moments of “duh” that I wanted to shake her a little bit and make her see what her heart was trying to tell her all along but really, she was a great character. Flawed and imperfect like all great characters are.
Chase. Yum. I really liked Chase. I liked Colin too but Chase had my heart. I loved how they were best friends but couldn't have been more different from one another and really, in my mind, there was always only one choice for Andie. I couldn't help it.
I loved that this didn't have a happy go lucky ending to the attraction between Chase and Andie. There really wasn't an easy answer or an easy way out. Green made the confrontation and relationship between them all very much real and even emotional for all concerned.
This is the second book by Green I have read and she continues to amaze me at how easily she draws me into her stories and into the lives of her characters. She knows how to write a strong female lead and a swoon worthy male.
She is definitely an author that I have on my auto buy list for any books that she writes and after this read will continue to be that way.