Monday, July 15, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

Joey made her dad a deathbed promise that she would become a doctor, and dedicate herself to fighting the very cancer that took his life. There’s just one problem -three years into her pre-med classes, she's struggling to stay on top of the curve, let alone prove she's dazzling enough to earn a spot in an Ivy League medical school. In a Hail Mary move, she throws a basic Business 101 class into her semester schedule, banking on a perfect score to boost her GPA.

That is, until she’s paired for a final project with Hawk, the bartending, motorbike-riding, gorgeously bedheaded loser who falls asleep in class and communicates in one-word sentences.

Hawk does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which sets Joey on edge – in every possible way. As they get to know each other, her urge to scream at him is curbed only by her fantasies of tearing his clothes off. Soon those fantasies become reality, and Joey realizes Hawk makes her feel more fully herself than any of the rich boys her mother and sorority sisters approve of.

But the promise to her father hangs over her head, and the harder Joey tries to succeed in her chosen career, the faster everything falls into a hopeless tailspin of bad grades, broken promises and guilt. It doesn't help to have Hawk sitting like a devil on her shoulder, insisting she should be free to live however she wants to live - like he does.

The only thing Joey knows is that her neatly organized life is crushing her - and Hawk's bad attitude might be the only thing that can save her.

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Josephine made a promise to her dad when he was dying. Her father was a well respected oncologist, ironically dying of cancer. He wanted her to follow in his family’s footsteps and become a doctor. He made sure there would be enough money put aside in a trust fund to ensure her dream. But whose dream is it really? 

So Joey is at Temple so loaded down with course work she has no time for fun, friends or relationships. But she knows she has to fulfill her father’s dream. She finds herself shadowing a former colleague of her father’s at a pediatric oncology facility and wonders if she can detach herself enough to do this job on a daily basis. The doctor she is shadowing seems to have little problem distancing herself from it.  

Joey’s course loads requires that she take a business elective. On her first day of class a tattooed, sleepy bed head guy walks in, late of course and takes the seat next to hers. She ends up getting paired with him for a group presentation. If he had in fact stayed awake during the class maybe she would have a better feeling about him. Hawke is a bit of an enigma. They are forced to spend some time together to work on their project. But he is always late and constantly has drama going on. He works at a restaurant and by all appearances he is a pretty good cook. He has dreams that he keeps hidden from others. He has a sister, Olivia and he takes his responsibility to her very seriously. They have loss and tragedy in their lives. The more time Hawke and Joey spend together the more they open up to each other, and in some respects the more apparent it becomes that there are fundamental differences between them. 

Hawke chose a partnership for the two of them owning a restaurant as their project. Joey wanted to do it on the medical practice she hoped to own one day. Which is the dream and which is the reality? I enjoyed reading about the progression of their romance and enjoyed the witty banter between the two of them. Like all good romances, this one has some nice, juicy angst, a bad boy who is really a good guy and lots of drama.

Barnes and Noble


a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

How to Configure Numbered Page Navigation After installing, you might want to change these default settings: