Author: Riley J. Ford
Release Date: July 6, 2013
Publisher: Riley J. Ford
Source: Literati Author Services
Review by: Nahomi
Before I ever fell in love with Bryce, there was Hayden. Hayden was my first love, the kind of love that takes your breath away and you remember forever. My love story with Bryce came later. Much later, after everything had happened. Avery Hill and Hayden Stuart are high school sweethearts and each other's first true love. When Hayden is accepted to college in Los Angeles, Avery intends to follow him so they can build a life together. After a tragic chain of events ruins their plans forever, Avery is left to pick up the pieces. Will she survive all that was lost? And will she forgive the man who destroyed her and Hayden's dreams forever?
3.5 stars out of 5 stars
Oh the feels… take out a box of tissues because this story will have you crying in no time. This story was a wonderful read. The beginning is sweet and heart warming and everything that is a first love. The narration is what really caught my attention the main character is retelling the story of her first love; obviously something went wrong because they aren’t together anymore, but we don’t actually find out until later on in the story.
The story just kinda sucked me in, I was able to finish it in one sitting. I really love stories that are about first love so I was enjoying reading about how Avery and Hayden were best friends and then it turned into more. They were so sweet making plans and sneaking around. Then the shoe dropped, so to speak and man I certainly wasn’t expecting the unfortunate turn of events. There is so much pain and devastation going on in the second part of the book that I was crying like a little baby. My heart was torn in two for Avery, it’s just too much to handle.
Just Us was an easy read in the sense that the pacing and dialog were good. The ending though felt abrupt. Just as I was getting into the book and just as Avery was recovering that was it the end, she decided what she was going to do and bam the book ended. I get that there is a second part to the series but I would have liked a little more closure for this book. All in all it’s a good story.
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Riley J. Ford is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She graduated UCLA graduate with a degree in English and taught at both the high school and college levels for a number of years before turning to writing full-time. Her non-fiction books are used in college classrooms around the country, and her essays have been featured on such websites as MSNBC.com. She is the author of seven fiction books, INTO YOU, a new adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy caper, FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire, CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS, a thriller, SIMONE: ADVENTURES IN DATING, a romantic comedy series, JUST US, a contemporary romance, and JUST YOU, a new adult romance. When on vacation, she enjoys running with the bulls in Pamplona and downhill skiing.
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