Friday, May 6, 2016

Jem's review of shh! By Stacey Nash

Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t masturbate all night — the only thing she does is sleep … right? Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He's pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn't, the perfect life she's worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan. What do you do when you’re asleep? 
Shh! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life's unexpected difficulties. NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.

Wow, I loved this book a whole lot more than I thought I would. I found myself getting so pulled into the story that I forgot everything else around me (not so good when you're travelling on public transport & forget to get off at your stop)

To start with I'd just like to say how glad I am that this story is set in Australia & that the author didn't give in to the pressure to set it in America. I get a bit bored of so many books being set in the US, particularly if the author is not from there, that it was refreshing to read a story set in another country for a change.

Stacey Nash has picked a very difficult subject for this book, one which I'm pretty sure 90% of people are not aware of as I certainly wasn't. I think the subject, the surrounding fall out from it & the way the main character, Olivia, deals with it is highly commendable.

I loved Olivia's friends, they are the kinda friends that everyone deserves to have and Logan, oh my! He is sexy and caring with a little bit of the bad boy thrown in too, he's my very new book boyfriend. Also, that kiss! I think that is probably one of the most hottest kiss scenes I have ever read, and it was a very tame scene compared to a lot of books, it was just hot.

There were also characters to hate in this story and the ones I disliked the most were Olivia's parents. I hated them and wanted to bash their heads together so hard that hopefully it would knock some sense in to them, sadly I don't think that would work, but it would definitely be worth a try. Stacey is very good at giving some depth to even the minor characters which to me is always a sign of a good author as there is nothing worse than a flat character in a book.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I recommend giving this one a read as I don't think you'll regret it.

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