Series: Good Girls Don't #1
Publisher: Self Published on July 8, 2013
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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.
“‘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.’”
“I cut into the waffle and took a bite. Butter. Syrup. Vanilla. Despite myself, I moaned. ‘Somebody likes your waffles,’ Jess said, smirking at me. ‘I have a high proficiency in moan-inducing,’ Liam said without missing a beat.”
“Wednesday was boy catching night.”
My Musings: My interest was first piqued when I saw the newly revealed cover for this novel. I love the cover—it’s simple yet efficient. And then I read the synopsis. And then I saw fantastic reviews. And then I saw that the leading male had an accent. I was sold.
Catching Liam follows the life of Jillian Nichols. Jillian has a philosophy—catching and releasing boys. Jillian lives for one night stands. So when her latest conquest stays the next morning and makes her and her roommate breakfast, well, Jillian isn’t sure how to react. But Liam doesn’t give up. He eventually worms his way into her heart. But Jillian is convinced that they couldn’t work out long term—Liam’s student visa had a set expiration date, and Jillian is hiding a secret that she believes will change everything. When the cat jumps out of the bag, will they be able to push through?
“‘I don’t do relationships,’ I said slowly, trying to get the words right. ‘If anyone f*cks this up, it’s going to be me.’ ‘That’s the nice thing about relationships,’ Liam said. ‘What?’ ‘There’s two people involved. If you f*uck up, I’ll be around to help you back on your feet.’”
Jillian was not my favorite character to read. At first, she came off as a slut to me. Then she came off as kind of whiny. I mean, I loved her at some points during the novel, but I really couldn’t relate to a lot that was going on with her. Regardless, she was a strong main character. It was nice to see her grow and evolve over the novel, and to come to terms with what was happening to her. She really grew up and matured over the course of the novel. It was really nice to see the relationships that she had with people improved.
“‘Making a beautiful woman breakfast after a night of debauchery is the definition of polite.’”
Liam is Scottish. He’s every girl’s dream. Hot, but not perfect. Makes you breakfast. Holds your hand. And can be swoony as all get out. And yet he had layers. He was sweet and understanding. He was persistent, even though Jillian kept pushing him away. The thing I loved most about Liam was his pet name. He called Jillian ‘chicken’ all the time. At first, I was like, ‘what the heck?’, but it really grew on me. Liam didn’t have much of a local color, other than the few mentions of his accent shining through. Although his accent wasn’t as authentic feeling as it could have been, I liked the ‘chicken’ pet name.
“She blinked back a tear as an impassive calm stole over her face. This was Dr. Jess, the girl who had a future I would never have, and she deserved it, because there was no one else that I would trust to see me like this and still love me.”
The character that I related most to in this novel was Jillian’s best friend Jessica. And that’s why I’ve decided to talk about her. Jess was the definition of a perfect best friend. She saw all of Jillian’s flaws, and she still loved and cared for her anyways. I could really relate to Jess’ character as well. Jess was pre-med. That’s what I want to be when I get to college, so I was drawn to her character. I loved seeing Jillian and Jess interact with each other. They were perfect complements. Jess was tame; Jillian was wild. Perfect! I can’t wait to read more about Jess in Teaching Roman!
I really like what this novel tackled. I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil, but I will share that Jill isn’t perfect. I loved all of the self-deprecation that went on in this novel. It made it seem very realistic. I could completely understand why Jillian kept pushing Liam away. This novel tackled a heavy topic, and the way that it was handled was beautiful. It gave the novel a realistic undertone to it, which is perfect seeing as it’s a contemporary novel. I really connected with the characters, even though I didn’t exactly relate to all of them.
Catching Liam was a touching novel filled with love, hope, and imperfect people. With a novel as breathtaking as this one, I can’t wait to see what else this budding new author has to offer.