⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mysterious and engrossing

It’s not often that I’m so taken aback by a twist that it makes me look back at every scene with fresh eyes and contemplate rereading the book immediately, but that’s exactly what happened with this one. Nathan did an excellent job laying down the foundation, ratcheting up the tension until I was on edge, and then making all of the pieces fall into place with ease. There’s a level of mystery to the book that will both intrigue and irritate you – I wanted to slap the hero several times, demand answers, and understand where his head was at. So even when I wasn’t 100% confident in my love for him, I was still absolutely hooked on the story. My advice to you is this: trust the author. I’ve loved everything that I’ve read by Nathan in the past, so I was willing to let things play out, and it was definitely worth it.

The story follows Sophia, a college student who just transferred to a new school. Her new roommate is a sorority sister without a home, because a student died last year under questionable circumstances. While at a party, Sophia runs into Chase and they clash immediately. He’s moody one minute and likable the next, so Sophia never knows what to expect from him. The two continue to run into each other – he’s in some of her classes, casually dating her roommate, there to lend a helping hand when she least expects it. It’s not long before that friction sparks into something else, but Sophia can tell that Chase is still holding back.

I really had no idea what to expect from this when I started reading, and I think that’s the best way to go into it. My experience with Nathan’s writing comes from her rock star series, so this was very different but still features some of the same elements – a light feel with shots of angst, tension, compelling characters, a slow burn executed very well. But this one is decidedly New Adult and based on a college campus, complete with mean girls, frat boys who do dumb things, and everything else that comes with that (plus a little bit of TRIGGERING content). It’s mysterious and engrossing, making me stay up late to see how everything turned out. And I’ll tell you right now – I did not always love our hero. Nathan pushed me to my limits a few times, making me want to shake him and demand answers. Had there not been a twist, my rating likely would’ve been different but I was invested in the story from start to finish. Not having Chase’s perspective on events was exceptionally frustrating at times, but everything clicked into place towards the end. So does this one have some elements I didn’t love? Yeah, definitely. Am I happy with how it all worked out? Absolutely. If you’re in the mood for a romance that will put you through a range of emotions and keep you on your toes, then this is the one for you. I received an ARC via Give Me Books and am voluntarily leaving a review of this intriguing New Adult romance.



Title: You’re the Reason

Author: J. Nathan
Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2020

Blurb

Welcome to Crestwood University…
Where smiles conceal secrets.

Gossip runs rampant.

And everyone hides the truth.
Sophia Galloway has no idea what she’s walking into when she transfers to Crestwood University.

Returning to Texas was her only goal.

But nothing could prepare her for stepping foot on a campus where no one is what they seem.

In a world where frat guys think they can do no wrong.

And sorority presidents think they run the show.

Sophia’s about to find out what happens when she unknowingly crosses the wrong guy, pisses off the wrong sorority sister, and refuses to play by anyone else’s rules.


A life will be lost.

Lies will be told.

Hearts will be broken.

And secrets…well secrets are meant to be revealed.


Is there anyone she can trust?


Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3dkJqEI
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/31dW066
AMAZON UK / CA / AU



Giveaway from the author!



Excerpt


I heard footsteps behind me and realized I’d failed to elude him.

“What are you doing?” Chase asked, his hands gripping the straps on his backpack.

“You know what I’m doing.”

He released one of his straps and slipped his hand into mine.

My eyes shot down to where his big hand was linked with mine. I clenched my teeth. “Let go.”

He shook his head as I tried releasing my hand.

“So, it’s been you all along?” I said.

“What?”

“The one I need to be careful of.”

He scoffed, before leading me away from the elevator.

“What the hell are you doing?” I asked, trying to resist him but he wastoo strong.

He said nothing.

My eyes shot around. There was no one around to help me if I screamed. I’d seen enough movies to know you never go to a second location with your kidnappers.

He moved us through the high shelves filled with old books until we werein a deserted corner of the library.

My heartbeat thrashed as he backed me into a wall, my backpack softeningthe hard wall behind me. His hands landed on the wall above me and he kept me still with the weight of his body.

“You are the most infuriating girl I’ve ever met,” he said, his blue eyes staring into mine.

As nervous as I felt, I wouldn’t let him see my fear. “Then let me go and you never have to see me again.”

“Oh, I wish it were that simple.”

I swallowed around the lump that had shot to my throat.

“I can’t stop thinking about you, Soph.”

My eyes widened.

“And it’s driving me fucking crazy.”



Author Bio



J. Nathanis the author of new adult and sports romances with cocky heroes and sassyheroines. When she’s not writing, she’s a total romance junkie! Add an alphamale who’s unlikable in the beginning…even better. She loves guys in backwardhats, country music, the summertime, and her amazing family and friends.


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