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K.M. Neuhold's debut book brings forth a wide range of emotions, delves into some deep and serious issues and fits right into the New Adult genre! Don't miss out on the start of this series.
I love that this book essentially takes on the concept of "Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover" - the whole hot sexy alpha man - Ethan - who is a womanizer but is always upfront about it actually is going for his PhD in philosophy, works at a book store and loves Dr. Who. The heroine - Abby - is the prickly and sassy roommate to Ethan's sister and is totally an enigma: she doesn't like to be touched but wants to cuddle, she has no confidence and tons of insecurities with her life and appearance but she took up kickboxing and is teaching self defense classes, and she has the sass and witty comebacks but there's also a softness to her.
A lot of this book deals with personal demons and may be a trigger for some readers. Most of the events are told in flashbacks as Abby is trying to figure out how to get on her own two feet and figure out her way in life and relationships. Abby's past is revealed slowly throughout the book and it's as if the author is slowly peeling away each layer or knocking down the walls around her heart and soul. As a reader, you slowly get to know her the same way Ethan does and understand her fears of love and sex and qualms with people touching her.
Ethan has not been ashamed to be known as a womanizer until he happens to run into his sister's roommate. He's never really cared about a woman and he admits that kissing is not an act that he will commit because it's too personal. He's always upfront with his intentions but with Abby, he genuinely cares for her and his feelings are different than they've ever been. He tends to blow through his rules and bend/break them with her. He wants to understand her and help her but he also wants to overcome his own fear. His fear of commitment comes from his past as well and it's touched on lightly throughout the book. But their journey makes them face their past and demons. They have to decide if they want to live in the past or take a leap of faith and learn to overcome it.
I have to give Ethan props for being so patient and kind with Abby. I also have to commend him for making a very hard and tough decision when he's faced with either choosing himself or being walked all over and used. I want to applaud Abby for finally dealing with her past and demons and seeking professional help. I cheered excitedly when she decided it was finally time to stop holding back and taking the leap to find something truly happy and joyous in her life.
Here's a few things that I had issues with/wanted more about and why I chose to give it only 4 stars:
First, the grammatical errors are numerous throughout the book and noticeable as I was reading. Sometimes I would stop myself and correct the word in my thoughts so it deterred from the pace. With that being said, the story was still amazing and I kept reading. I just wish there was more time spent on editing.
Second, the one secondary character named Sarah that is in Abby's self-defense class is very odd and something happens to Ethan regarding her and then she finally confesses to Abby. I feel like this whole thing is somewhat glossed over and how Ethan feels about it is never really addressed. I feel like there could have been a moment between Ethan and Abby where they connect over Abby's past and Ethan's situation with Sarah. And how it felt for Abby to find out the revelation and where her mind was at.
Third, the ending leaves me hanging somewhat. I wanted more! I hope that we get to see this couple in the next book and find out what's going on with them.
Abby and Ethan’s story in Worth the Wait is great. I do agree with some other reviewers that it could have used some edits, but overall there was nothing that distracted me too much to enjoy the whole book. Abby and Ethan are both nerdy. I loved Ethan’s understanding and patience with Abby for what she was going through from her past. This book reminds me of several others that I have read in this genre, but it has its own unique story that makes it different from the rest. I look forward to seeing what the rest of this series has to offer.
Really enjoyed this series. Passionate writing that really pulls you in. Hot new adult romance. Read the second in the series too. Only thought the nerdy element was a little forced, like thrown in to make it fit a nerd trend. So, that felt a little unrealistic. But the whole book was amazing to read overall. Really couldn't put it down.