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Before Hadley by [Nathan, J.]
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What's worse than a cocky new guy at school? A cocky new guy with a killer body and the attention of every female around. Hadley can tell the minute she lays eyes on Caynan that he's someone to avoid. He may have looks and charm, but he's also got heartbreak written all over his pretty face.

Unfortunately for Hadley, Caynan has his sights set on her. She's the one girl who doesn't want him. The one girl who's turned off by his charm. The one girl who challenges him like no other. And, though she couldn't possibly know the truth about him, she seems to be the one girl who really sees him.

But with Caynan, things aren't at all what they seem. His secrets have secrets and everything out of his mouth straddles the line between truth and fiction. He knows better than to get involved with anyone, especially with his time limited in the new town, but he just can't seem to get Hadley out of his mind. Too bad for him, secrets never remain secrets for long.

*New adult/Contemporary Romance - Recommended for 18+ due to language and mature content

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3804 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AVHZ0GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had So Much Potential !!! 25 March 2016
By Verneen Summers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
3.5 stars.

Before Hadley was a refreshingly original story centered on two very different people from two very different worlds who collide together like lightening!

One of the greatest things about this novel was Hadley. I loved her character. Raised by a cop as a father she was tough but surprisingly not emotionally withdrawn. Her realistic personality drew me into this story. She was kick-ass with a sarcastic mouth but so very charming and witty. Smart, creative and kind. Her character was very well developed. I loved how she was rough around the edges but vulnerable at the same time.

I enjoyed reading the progress of Hadley and Caynan's love. There was something so sweet and endearing about it. To see this hardened criminal fall for a tough cookie like Hadley was cute. Even though as the reader you know Caynan's intentions you can't help but fall for him. You can't help but feel so sad for the life he was forced to live. Dare I say it when their relationship came to a screeching halt I felt more emotion for him and more anger at Hadley for turning on him.

The novel splits to 3 years after their blowup and that's where the 3.5 star rating comes in for me. The second part seemed forced and glossed over. Hadley's character became very indecisive which was annoying. Her treatment of Connor pissed me off to no end. Not one of Hadley's emotions or actions in part two were compensated. Her character seemed to jump from one emotion or action to the next without any explanation or thought behind them. It made the progress of story confusing. At one point I didn't even think this novel had a HEA. At the second to last chapter of the book Hadley is confused as ever when it comes to her feelings for Connor. As the reader you think she'll never be able to forgive him for hurting her and then BAM on literally the next page she's waiting for him so she can "try" to forgive him and have sex with him. WTF !!! It's like you've missed something important because that turn of events came from no where. I felt like the potential, the story, the characters, the emotion, the realistic aspect of it was there for the author to take and turn into a 5 star rating and yet it fell so flat. Like she just didn't care to put in the extra time or effort to fully complete the rest of the novel. Even the epilogue was weak. It didn't leave me with a happy feeling because the characters found their HEA, it just left me even more confused with no insight into nothing. I would have loved to know how the couple over came their obstacles ... How Hadley found it in herself to eventually forgive Connor, how Connor overcame his criminal past. What about how Connor's and Vik's relationship continued because clearly she became an important person to him. But nope, nothing. The author gives you absolutely nothing to end this story but a filed attempt of resolution.

I read Since Drew and didn't really like it. I read the first chapter and the last then and breezed through the rest. The characters and the storyline itself felt pointless with no character depth or development. Even with that thought in mind I still purchased Before Alex and shockingly I actually enjoyed it. I loved both Hayden and Alex. It seems with this author she is either a hit or miss. Before Hadley was right in between. It started out good by declined the closer it got to the end. When it comes to this author I'm not sure if I'll read anything else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book triggers Bad Mom syndrome ... 17 March 2016
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I found J. Nathan last year when I read Since Drew. Which was amazing, by the way and you need to read it or you'll be cursed with reading bad books for a decade. This is a real thing. Believe me.

Before I gush over this book and the author for a few paragraphs, let's have a moment of silence for this cover. For the love of everything holy, please let every single book from J. Nathan have a cover as amazing as this one. Amen.

I'm starting to see a trend with J. Nathan's books and it's not just the sexy beast on the cover. The characters are amazing and they are ones that will stick with you well into the next book that you're reading. I just loved Hadley from the very first moment I met her. She's so in control and wary of everything around her and when Caynan walks into the picture, she sure as hell wants to make sure he's not the one to shatter that control. I really enjoyed watching their relationship do nothing. Is that a strange thing to say? I think it was just the pursuit that was entertaining to witness. Hadley puts up a fight and it just makes for an interesting back and forth between her and the tenacious Caynan.

There was quite a bit of intrigue that I hadn't expected. And the turmoil that surrounded every page in this book was gripping. I had no idea what was going to happen next. Hell, I think that was one of the biggest pluses in this book. You never were truly sure what (or whom) was going to strike next. And that was just for part one!! You get to part two and all bets are off. I got to part two and it was time for me to play Bad Mom. Bad Mom doesn't strike often but when she does, the kids get ice cream for dinner and Netflix gets turned on so that I can read (mostly) uninterrupted.

I'm afraid that I've given too much away already but I have so much more to say. Here's the deal ... if you enjoy an amazingly addictive romance novel, J. Nathan is for you. This book is for you. You need to read it. You'll thank me later. So stop reading this and go get it. Pronto.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars!!! 15 March 2016
By Book Freak [cha] - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Caynan was an irresistible force to everyone in school. He’s the new guy with a swoon-worthy body and a killer English-accent. Hadley knew he was nothing but trouble, and but he was making it hard for her since she caught his attention.

Unlike any other girls, Hadley seemed to be immune to his charms. She doesn’t want him, but she’s also the girl who challenges him and makes him forget every problem he has with their banters.

But Caynan has secrets of his own, and it wasn’t the type of secrets he’d be eager to share to anyone. He didn’t need friends, most especially he didn’t need to get close to someone. Like any other town, he’d be here temporarily and soon he’ll be gone. But Hadley was different, she was amazing: pretty, intelligent, has a big heart, rich and so wrong for him. But every day, he couldn’t help himself to fall.

What happens when she discovers the truth?

I totally loved it. Right from the start: his cockiness, arrogance and self-confidence were just over the top and yet you couldn’t help but love him. He’s nice – but his secrets weren’t. It was the thing that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was the thing that kept my heart beating so painfully against my chest – what happens when it was discovered? Does he trust her enough with her secrets? Or they’re already doomed from the start?

So many questions, and the answers weren’t easy. It was hard, it was painful, and healing needed time. Maybe, when they were finally ready, when everything has been made up for, everyone apologized and everyone was forgiven, maybe, just maybe second chance was possible, because these two were the best thing that happened to each other.

Would forgiveness come easy? People make mistakes, and people deserve to be love whole heartedly by someone. I think this book makes us realize that. Not everyone is perfect, and if we truly love someone, we see behind every single imperfection they have, no matter how grave it maybe. (I am so tempted to put some spoilers, so I’m going to stop right here!!!)

To end my rant, what I wanted to say is that this book was a really great read. It’s emotional, it’s real, it’s steamy, it’s romantic and most especially it gives you a whole lot of (good and bad) surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seats. It's a story of love, life and second chances. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, your hearts will ache, your hearts will pretty much get broken, but Caynan sure knows how to fix it. You should not miss this! Another 5-star read from J. Nathan!

Rating: 5 Stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-clicked by accident turns out to be one of my favorites 30 March 2016
By Pauline Manolo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As the headline suggest, I accidentally one-clicked this book. I was reading the blurb on Amazon mobile when my phone slowed down and instead of scrolling down, I one-clicked it instead. Immediately, I tried to cancel it but my phone wasn't having it. It is not responding anymore.

Grudgingly, I read it to get my money's worth and I was in for a big surprise. I liked it - no, I loved it. True to its title, it tells the story of boy before Hadley (heroine) and a few chapters after Hadley. The plot is not that overwhelming but the somehow I liked it. It is funny and cheesy which is fine with me as they are high school students. What I like is the climax part, the big reveal. Throughout the story, I'm racking my brains on how it will be revealed.

All in all, I loved it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be 19 March 2016
By Shelby (Book Lovers Have More Fun) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book I've read by this author so I didn't know what to expect. The blurb and cover definitely intrigued me. This book was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I'm keeping this short. I really liked that this book was so different than I expected. This book had a refreshing quality about it. This book was split up into two different parts. I wished the second one was just a little bit longer though.

I'll definitely read more from this author in the future.

This book was told in first person through the hero and heroine's POV.

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