Review: Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted July 23rd, 2013 in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 12 comments

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Good Girls Don’t Series #1

by Sophia Bleu

Publisher: Self-Published (July 8, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (Novel length)
Source: Free book from blog tour host for honest review
Purchase: Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn’t just a game for Jillian and her friends, it’s a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you’re bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can’t—or perhaps won’t—take a hint.

Study abroad student Liam doesn’t want to be another notch on Jillian’s bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa’s set expiration date means he can’t promise her forever. That doesn’t mean he’s going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they’re playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

At A Glance
A really great romance with fun and serious elements. I just wish the main character was more likable.

The Good
I walked away with a big ol’ smile after reading Catching Liam. This book had everything I needed: strong characterization, a heartfelt but funny story, and sex! 😀 Oh, and of course a Scottish boy who makes waffles in the morning after a night of hot sex. Can’t forget that studmuffin.

Okay, okay. I am going to have to restrain myself from not making this review into a Liam worship-fest. With those strong arms, six-pack abs, lilting accent, rough but soft hands, irresistible smirk, sexy confidence, cooking abilities… Crap, my mind wondered. Sorry. Liam does that to me. With his thoughtful ways, kind heart… NO! Stop, Jennifer. Get it together. Okay, okay. Let’s try this again.

Jillian is a complex character. She’s stubborn to the point you want to pull your hair out. She’s a brat and she treats men like used tissues. She is only looking for a good time. But when Liam sticks around after they do the dirty, Jillian can’t help but feel conflicted. Jillian is a tough cookie and has a lot of issues. She has a…condition that we get hints of but is only revealed farther into the book. Once all is revealed, you can’t help but feel for her. She has had a rough life and it’s only going to get more complicated. I’m just happy we finally understood why she pushes people away. I think I would too if I was in her position.

But Liam will not be pushed away. He sees something in Jillian he wants, and he gets what he wants. He may be in America temporarily, but that doesn’t matter when he sets his sights on Jillian. I was surprised by how persistent he was with Jillian despite her rejections. But Liam isn’t a pushover either. He doesn’t let Jillian always get away with her attitude. But really, Liam is just one, big sweetheart. He is every girl’s fantasy. Because when things got tough, Liam stuck around and supported Jillian in her times of need.

The side characters blew me away the most in Catching Liam. Jillian’s friends were amazingly supportive but also had their quirks. They weren’t perfect. It was obvious they had their own lives and problems they were dealing with. Jess is the one that really made me smile. The things she did for Jillian were amazing. Then there was Jillian’s mom. What a horrible biotch! No wonder Jillian was so closed off. If I had a mother like that, I would be too. But Bleu somehow made us actually feel sorry for Jillian’s mom from time to time despite her wickedness. Now that surprised me.

Bleu definitely has a way with words. Her writing flowed well and the pacing was perfect. I loved the mix of humor and seriousness. I never knew much about the condition Jillian had and now I feel more educated on the subject. Bleu is amazing at characterization. That’s her strong suit. And that’s usually my favorite part of any book: characters with depth.

The Bad
I just wanted to remind everyone that 3.5 stars is a good rating when I am concerned. I have really high standards for 4 stars books and I only give books 4 stars if I would reread them. So yes, I really, really liked Catching Liam but it’s not a book I would reread. Not because it wasn’t good, but because nothing significant happened that would make me obsess over it.

My biggest gripe about this book was Jillian. It took me forever to warm up to her. She was a brat and kind of rude. If I was a guy and some girl treated me the way Jillian treated Liam, I would be so donezo. Later on, I got why Jillian was the way she was, but it still irked me.

The Snuggly
Though I think Jillian was pretty mean to Liam in the beginning, their relationship did grow on me. They are super cute together and it’s obvious they have real feelings for each other.

Expect some detailed sex scenes that get steamy. Bleu did not hold back on the sex, and I like that in an author. lol. Don’t act so surprised, you guys know my brain is always in the gutter.

Final Thoughts
I have no reservations in recommending this book to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance. Be ready for some awesome characters and a heartwarming story. I will for sure be reading the next book in the series. Very much recommended.

“What are you doing?” I asked. “Are we getting all Fifty Shades up in here?”
He shushed me. “Nothing that dangerous. You won’t need a safe word.”  

“We call them kilts, and we wear them so we can let our enormous c**ks breathe.”

“Making a beautiful woman breakfast after a night of debauchery is the definition of polite.”

I’d spent the last two years of my life trying to escape the future by pretending to live in the moment. I’d been running for so long that I didn’t even see it until now. This precise second was the only one that mattered.

Author Bio
Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between.  In real life, I’m likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is.  Life is pretty good.

There is till two days left for my giveaway for swag for Catching Liam:
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Win a a Kilt Checker tote bag filled with Catching Liam swag and a $25 amazon gift card.

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12 Responses to “Review: Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Ashley Robertson

    Another contemp romance….This one isn’t catching my interest as much as some of the other ones I’m reading about. Though I do like the cover. Thanks for the review, Jen 🙂

  2. Giselle

    Omg yes I loved her friends and all the side characters! I also agree about 3.5 being good, too often people tell me too bad I didn’t like a book when it’s a 3 star rating and I’m like “if you read my review you would have seen I DID like it!” GAH! haha. So I’m glad you liked it, Chickie! Jillian is definitely not easy to connect to at the start with her cold shoulders but I totally got her anyways! It makes her a hit or miss for some. Still to me that’s a sign of good character development! Great review, doll!

  3. Ashley

    YAY A SCOTTISH BOY!! I lol so hard when my BF does a Scottish accent. It brings the biggest fit of giggles out of me. It kind of sucks that Jillian was so unlikeable though D: Ugh that drives me nuts. That’s definitely something that can break a book for me, even if the plot is awesome.

    Great review!! I might give this one a try. It sounds like it’s totally up my alley.

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