Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: Anything More Than Now by Rebecca Paula

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she's frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what's next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been. 

Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he's lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family's ranch in Montana. 

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.

Natasha’s Experience:

“Falling apart was never some slow wreck for us. We were combustible from the start.”

If you’re looking for a New Adult read that gives you all of the feels, then you need to meet Reagan Landry and Noah Burke. I read the first book in this series, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and immediately knew I had found a gem in the New Adult world. Rebecca Paula left me reeling after that story so I was beyond ready for ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW. Going into this story, I was definitely skeptical; Reagan isn’t exactly likeable. She’s stone-cold one second, then a fiery ball of rage the next. Noah is a mystery you can’t wait to figure out.

“I was always running away, always searching for something. There has to be something more to life than what I’m chasing.”

Noah and Reagan have a tumultuous friendship/relationship. I loved every single one of their interactions. Noah is patient, yet wants what he wants and isn’t afraid of letting Reagan know that he wants her. Reagan isn’t ready for love – she’s not looking to find anything that isn’t in New York. That’s her next step after college: head to New York and make a name for herself.

“That’s the thing about Reagan—she’s full of fire not because she’s spirited, but because she wants to watch the world burn.”

What’s wild about this story is how absolutely layered it is. Both Noah and Reagan have a past riddled with dark secrets that they have no intention of letting see the light. They are both prideful and stubborn. But when they let themselves love and be loved, it’s magic.

“Love, lust…it’s all fleeting. It wanes, it ends, it vanishes. Then there’s Noah.”

I wasn’t expecting the real heartbreak these characters went through (although I should have expected it, especially after having read BEAU and being completely wrecked). Noah and Reagan both go through so much, yet continue to surprise me with their unbridled strength. They are the kind of characters whom I will continue to look up to and admire, long after their stories are over (but are they ever really over?) Another incredible read from Rebecca Paula. Cannot wait for the next installment in this series!

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About the Author

Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.

She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW.

Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books at www.rebeccapaula.com.

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