Author: Tammara Webber
Narrator: Tara Sands
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
My friend Jenn Renee kept telling me how awesome the audio for Easy was, and since I hadn't been able to make time for the ebook I purchased earlier last year, I decided that it was probably the only way I'd ever get to it. Audiobook purchased, I was well on my way to seeing what all the fuss was over this book when it first released last year.
When I first started listening, I wasn't sure that I was going to like Tara Sands as the narrator. There was a hard edge to her voice and she sounded a bit more mature than I pictured the main character. However, after listening for awhile and especially when it came to dialogue, it was a completely different story. Her voice was that of a college sophomore, reliving the worst moments of her life for an audience of one. I was as transfixed by her narration as I was by the story.
This novel deals with some tough subject matter, and it left me feeling squicky at times. It is an earnest depiction of a traumatic event and it might be too much for some. It was for my sister, who attempted to listen along with me but gave up after the attack, which happens very early on in the story. She likes gritty stories, but when it comes to trauma of a sexual nature, she draws the line. In the past, I might have given up on this novel, as well, but time has taught me that sometimes you have to dust off the dirt to get to the beauty beneath. The same is true of this book. Get beyond the gritty, distressing events and you'll find a beautiful story at the heart of it.
Easy is a new adult romance novel. Aside from the aforementioned traumatic events, the romantic entanglements are the focus of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the Lucas/Landon storyline, though I think it would be obvious to anyone with a pulse how it's going to play out. Even Jacqueline reprimands herself for being so oblivious. Still, it made for an entertaining story.
I may be late to the Easy bandwagon, but I'm glad I finally gave the book a chance. I left my comfort-zone for this book, and it was well worth it. I've heard great things about Tammara Webber's Between the Lines series, as well, and I hope to give those books a fair chance in the near future. As luck would have it, those novels are available in audio, too, so maybe their chance will come sooner rather than later.