Thursday, 15 February 2018

Debut Book Review: Better With You by Gianna Gabriela

About the Book

Mia Collins has an amazing life. She was popular in high school, and college is off to a great start. Everything seems perfect until she goes home for the break and everything changes... One night sets everything in motion and Mia’s world begins to fall apart. She’s stunned that the life she thought she knew was all a lie. After she loses her family, she’s forced to start over. This time though, she vows to not let anyone get close to her again - to not get hurt again.

 But life has a funny way of doing the opposite of what you ask for... Colton Hunter is the captain and quarterback of a winning team. With killer looks and so much money he doesn’t need his football scholarship, you’d think that he would have nothing to worry about. But behind his picture-perfect life lurks a dark secret - something that Colton has been forced to keep to himself for fear of what happens if he speaks out. Torn up inside by the deceit, he shuts everyone out, not allowing anyone to get close enough to see what hides behind the mask... That is until a girl crosses his path, shaking his resolve and forcing him to realize he doesn’t have to be strong all the time.

My Thoughts

Better With You is a solid debut by author Gianna Gabriela.

When the keep-your-head-down-and-stay invisible Mia Collins and college football player Colton Hunter first meet it’s definitely not love at first sight. Placed in a group for semester long project, hostilities rise leaving our protagonists to either declare war on each other or try to understand each other. With careful, measured steps they choose the latter and slowly begin to know each other and break down the walls between them.

This is not just a romance but also a coming of age story as both Mia and Colton find themselves trying to grow up with little adult guidance; Mia’s family foundation is gone while Colton’s is built on lies.

I much preferred when the focus was on Mia and Colton when they were together. When other characters were introduced, I did feel they detracted from the story because I found some of them formulaic (the perky BFF, the mean girl, the dumb jock); there to push/pull the story along but not in an altogether genuine way.

This is book one in a series and I am looking forward to reading further books to see how the author’s talent develops.

About The Author

Gianna Gabriela is originally from Rhode Island. She’s a small-town girl living in the Big Ol’ City of New York. She considers herself an avid reader and a hopeful writer. She’s been reading for years and calls it her addiction. Her favorite genre is anything in the YA/NA Romance real. She lives the saying that “a room without books is like a body without a soul.” Her favorite color is black, she loves most sports, and doesn’t like painting her nails because it takes a lot of work to remove the nail polish. 

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