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
Release Date: June 24, 2020
A life will be lost.
Giveaway from the author!