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Easy by Jordan S Gray

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It’s been an entire month since Shayler Thompson has orgasmed from something not made out of silicone. If her sour mood is any indication, she needs to get laid like yesterday. So when she walks up to a sexy nerd at the bar and propositions him, it seems like a great idea. Until he rejects her and calls her easy.

Still reeling from his hurtful words, Shayler is surprised to find that the nerd, David, is a Teaching Assistant for the one college class she’s totally embarrassing herself in. When he offers to help her study, she accepts, thinking that maybe she’ll get laid after all. But David isn’t into casual sex, and Shayler refuses any sort of commitment. With enough chemistry to set his dumb Prius on fire, she’s sure one of them will eventually give in…she just really hopes it won’t be her.

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“I’ve never brought anyone here before,” she confessed. “Aside from friends, I mean. No guys.”

“Why?” He sat down next to her.

“Because if a guy comes over, it’s likely they’ll want to take a shower and stay overnight and have breakfast like they’re the fucking mouse in that kids book about rodents eating cookies.”

He pushed back a piece of her hair and lifted her chin so that she was looking at him. “But you want me here.”

“Yes.”

“Good.”

“Good? That’s it? You’re not gonna keep asking me why?”

“Not unless you want me to.”

“No, but—”

“I don’t care why you want me here,” he said, his tone firm. “I only care that you want me.”

His words simmered in her veins until she couldn’t take it anymore. Sitting up taller, she hooked her arms around his neck and brought herself closer to him. His breath was hot on her face, and his hands were even hotter on her waist. She grazed her lips on his, the tension so delicate that she feared it could be shattered.

Goosebumps ran up and down her bare arms and legs, and she shook softly. He closed the small gap and moved his mouth gently with hers. The kiss burned slowly through her, starting in the pit of her stomach and growing outward until she was sure she’d turn into a pile of ashes.

He cradled her head with one hand, but the other stayed on her waist. It was so sweet, reminiscent of a first kiss. Not the kind she’d had, when she’d gone to a pool party in sixth grade and someone had dared Jeremy Adams to kiss her, but like in the movies, when two kids knew they were meant for one another and shared a kiss in their early years. It was unsure, unsteady, but life altering.

Shayler moved forward, knocking David onto her pillows as she took the opportunity to straddle him. It was a natural position, one she was used to. But different. She wasn’t thinking about how her stomach looked, if she was working hard enough, or wondering if she tasted like the pizza she’d had for lunch.

All that mattered were his arms wrapped around her, his body underneath her, and his gaze that pierced into hers when she rested her forehead on his in order to take a breath. It was more consuming than anything she’d done before. And she had this awful feeling that all those years she’d spent thinking she was living were really spent waiting for this one moment, when she was finally alive.

David’s hands slipped under her shirt and stroked her spine. Shayler arched into him, holding on tighter. As he ran his fingers over her hips and back, Shayler let out a shuddering breath, unable to close her eyes.

He was beautiful. He was … everything. Her chest tightened, and she searched his face. Words had lodged themselves in her throat, and no matter how hard she thought, she couldn’t figure out what they were, couldn’t spit them out. They stayed on her tongue.

“Shayler,” he whispered.

She struggled to keep herself pushed up, her elbows shaking the longer she stayed there. But she wanted to keep looking at him, to keep hearing him.

“Shayler,” he repeated a little louder. “I love you.”

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  1. Loved It 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Feb 2017

    I loved Shayler's story! Couldn't read it fast enough! Better than the first in the series, and I absolutely loved it, too


  2. Fun read! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jan 2017

    Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    “And what’s the problem with being easy, anyway?” Anger flooded her veins, allowing her the energy to sit up on her own. “So what if I like sex? News-{censored}-flash, it feels good. Anyone who’s had an actual orgasm knows that. So why am I being judged for it?”

    Party girl, fun loving, college student Shayler Thompson thinks she might be losing her groove. It’s been over a month since she’s slept with anyone and it’s really getting on her nerves, especially watching her best friend be all lovey dovey with her new boyfriend. When she spots a sexy nerd studying alone at a bar she thinks he’s the just the thing that she needs to get out of her slump. What she doesn’t expect is for him to turn her down flat and call her out for being easy and therefore not his type. Shayler tries to let the insult roll off her but she can’t seem to shake it and is surprised to learn that the sexy nerd is actually the Teacher Assistant in the class where she just royally embarrassed herself. David, the sexy nerd, doesn’t want the casual sex she’s offering but he is still willing to be friends and even goes so far as to offer to help her study for the class. She accepts, even though she insists that she doesn’t have guy friends. However, the more time they spend together, the more she can’t imagine him not being in her life, even if they aren’t having sex. As the sexual tension continues to rise, it’s only a matter of time before one of them cracks and when that happens will Shayler be able to consider that maybe David can mean more to her than just a casual hookup? Or is she too set in her ways to even consider anything more between them?

    I thought this was a pretty fun read. Shayler was basically a hot mess and some of the stuff she said/did was pretty outrageous. Basically, she couldn’t have been more opposite from me personally, so in that regard it was a little hard for me to relate to her (I haven’t read Prude yet, book 1 in this series, but I can already tell that Rebecca would be more my speed!). That being said though, it was still entertaining to see her try to work through all of the changes popping up in her life. I won’t say she necessarily matured over the course of the story, well maybe a little, but she did it kicking and screaming. I really enjoyed David’s character, he was charming and sweet and he proved to be very patient with Shayler, even when she maybe didn’t deserve it. I will say that the sexual tension between these two was excellently done. There was such a build up to even just a kiss, they had a lot of chemistry and I found myself with butterflies as things progressed between them.

    I would have loved to have gotten some of David’s POV, I thought that since the book was written in third person that we would have had a blend but it ended up being all Shayler. I also would have loved a little backstory for both of them, like why was Shayler so anti-relationship and anti-love? Her aversion to these things was so strong that I would have expected something big that would have led her to those beliefs other than just wanting to be young and free. But those things aside, this was still a fun read. Like I said, I haven’t read Prude yet, but I wasn’t too lost. There were a lot of people to try to keep track of, I still don’t think I have Shayler’s roommates straight, but that’s ok. If you have read Prude, I think you will enjoy seeing the amount of Rebecca and Derek in this book. I wished there was a bit more to the ending, but perhaps we’ll see more of Shayler and David in Ansley’s book? If you’re looking for a light, fun read with a wild and crazy heroine and a sweet, unassuming hero then check this out!


  3. It’s Easy to love this book! You can’t help but root for Shayler and David. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2017

    Possible spoilers ahead…It’s also very long – sorry I got carried away. :)

    Shayler is a fun-loving, life of the party kind of girl. She’s young, carefree and she likes it that way. She sleeps around. She’s notorious for getting wasted and then spending the night/morning vomiting on whoever or whatever is around her. She’s also a good friend; loyal, patient and understanding. Shayler’s a good student and is at college on a partial scholarship that she’s in danger of losing due to her lack of direction. She’s still getting mostly good grades, despite her numerous absences, but she hasn’t declared a major. Mostly, because she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Shayler has never felt ashamed about her lifestyle and is unapologetic and unfiltered in general when expressing her opinions, but the night she met David, his words stopped her in her tracks.

    She was out for a girl’s night and ticked off that her best friend Rebecca had brought her new boyfriend to intrude on their girl time, again. Like horny newlyweds, Rebecca and Derek were constantly all over each other and continuously making sickening PDAs. Single gal Shayler needed a breather from the love-in, so she picked a target and headed over to meet her fun for the night. Hot Guy (David) was minding his own business studying and she approached him to flirt and hopefully find her next one-night stand. He was not interested. At. All. Shayler was flabbergasted and demanded to know why and the answer was one she won’t soon forget. When it happens to her a couple of more times in the coming evenings, she’s left confused, frustrated and ashamed.

    She didn’t think she was “Easy”. She thought she was a normal, fun-loving college girl who enjoyed sex. Shayler started feeling bad about some of her choices and was second guessing her lifestyle; not enough not to flirt shamelessly with the George Clooney-esque prof, but enough to pause the revolving door on her bedroom for the time being.

    David ends up being her TA in a class she’s struggling in due to her absences. After her prof tells her that he thinks she can’t handle the class and that she’s all beauty and no brains, she becomes determined to prove him wrong and David offers to help her out. Shayler is still embarrassed about him rejecting her, but they get along well and she needs the help, so she reluctantly agrees.

    The more time David and Shayler spend together, the more they like each other. They become friends, Shayler stops sleeping around completely and David starts to fall hard. Shayler is scared though. She might enjoy spending time with him, but they haven’t even had sex yet and she’s sure not ready to act like an old married couple like her friends are.

    Shayler softens to David slowly and starts letting her guard down. She’s surprised that she enjoys holding hands and making out, even without it leading to anything immediately. Don’t get me wrong, these two do eventually end up in bed and they are HOT together, but David wants to be sure that before they have sex, Shayler knows that he cares for her and loves her for more than just a hook-up.

    This book is so good. Like, so, so good.

    I have to admit, I didn’t love Shayler in Prude, the first book in this series, but now that I’ve gotten to know her more, I feel like I understand her much better and spent much of the book wishing I could take away her self-doubt and fears. Throughout this story Shayler finds herself, learns to love herself and starts to figure out where her life is heading.

    David is just a great leading man! He’s not only the sweetest book boyfriend I’ve read in a while, but he respects Shayler so much and wants her to see herself as he sees her –clever, witty, caring and beautiful. Of course it also doesn’t hurt that he’s hot, nerdy and sexy too!

    The writing by this author is so smart and funny. The dialogue and banter between David and Shayler is fabulous and the reader can feel the sexual tension seeping from the pages as they grow closer.

    This is not your run of the mill, nerd falling in love with the party girl, college love story. “Easy” has strong characters, some stomach churning angst and so much heart.

    This is a standalone novel, within a series. It’s book 2 in the series. The first book Prude was also incredible and tells Rebecca and Derek’s story, which is continued in this book. You don’t need to read Prude to love Easy, but I highly recommend reading it!

    No cliffhanger. Happily ever after. Smart and sexy friends to lovers romance.

    Sorry that this got to be so long. When I’m really passionate about something I tend to ramble on. If you made it this far…thanks! <3

    It’s Easy to love this book! You can’t help but root for Shayler and David.

    I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


  4. Great story and great characters must read! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2017

    I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review. I did not start off with the 1St book as this can be read as a stand alone. But I will be reading the 1St one because this book was amazing. The author writes with such a depth of detail.

    Easy is about a girl who is all about sex and not love. That is until she meets David who turns her down and there starts Shaylers issues. She can't seem to get anyone who wants her. She hits her dry spells.

    David has a family that could scare anyone away but when two people fall in love is that enough to make the love bloom?

    My only criticism is that to my the main guy (David) and another character (Derek) have two rather close names and at times I had to sit and remember which one Shayler was involved with. Other than that this book was amazing and kept you coming back for more and not wanting to put the book down.

    Will keep reading this authors works a must follow author for sure!!

    Review from naughty girl book blog


  5. Loved Prude? You'll love Easy! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2017

    This story featured one of the friends of the main character in Prude, and we were left knowing it would be her in the epilogue of that book.

    Shayler is our main character, she was one of Rebecca's best friends from the first book. As the titles of both books describe their main characters, Shayler was the wild, party girl, considered easy by guys. Up until lately, that's been her M.O., she goes out to the bars, picks up guys, goes home with them for one night, maybe more, but usually not. She's not looking for a relationship, and in fact just being around her best friend Rebecca and her boyfriend Derek is nauseating to Shayler.

    Unfortunately for Shayler, she's hit quite the dry spell, a whole month, where she's had to rely on her vibrator for her orgasms. She can't seem to get the guys to go home with her. Only the ones that she knows want more than just a casual relationship, and the creepy older bartender seem to be interested. So when she sees a sexy, kinda nerdy guy at the bar one night, she heads over, pretty sure he'll be a definite conquest for the evening. However, he turns her down flat, doesn't even seem interested at all when she comes over and flirts with him, tells her he's not interested in that type of relationship, or lack of relationship. He even calls her easy. And from that moment on, Shayler feels like he put some kind of curse on her. The next time she goes hit on a guy at a bar, she gets the same kind of reaction, well, they don't pay much attention to her, and they basically call her easy as well.

    But it's not only her love life that seems to be going downhill, turns out in order to stay at school with her scholarships, she has to pick a major. Shayler has no idea what she wants to do.Read more ›


  6. Easy does it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2017

    She doesn't do relationships, he doesn't do casual sex. This is a fun story, about friendship and coming to terms with who you are. I read it in one sitting because each character came to life and I needed to know to what was going to happen. He's patient, she's a handful...together they just might work.


  7. Smart and Fun Novel 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2017

    This was such an interesting book for me to read because it was so against the grain of normal romances. Shayler is an anti-heroine--in the best possible way. She's not your usual meek, virginal wallflower kind of heroine who populates romance novels. She’s a party animal and bad to the bone--yet lovable and huggable as your favorite stuffed toy. Shayler has the best one-liners. I reread a lot of them and highlighted them. She is hilarious and I loved reading her comebacks. What is notable about crafting a heroine like Shayler is that the author gets the slut shaming so prevalent in society and carefully crafts a path to avoid those pitfalls. This novel is a great equalizer of the sexes in the truthful character of Shayler. #teamShayler

    I wanted to see more of David, the guy, (which is the only thing I miss in this book) because Jordan is excellent at crafting realistic heroes. He was so real I felt like he was somebody I knew in grad school. The thought, care and detail behind Jordan Gray’s character building is just incredible. I also loved Jordan’s realistic depiction of millennials and it truly felt like I was reading about college students.

    Jordan’s writing is stunningly mature for her debut novels. She has an incredible command over the language and can shake a metaphor, slap an idiom, and twist it around better than anyone in the romance world today. I see a very bright future ahead of Jordan who had a very very very young age has managed to write two excellent novels. Five stars!!! Love the authors writing style. Breath of fresh air. I thoroughly enjoyed Easy and found myself laughing out loud several times.


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