Monday, November 17, 2014

Review | Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross

Review | Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross" class="ubb-image alignleft">Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross
Published by Entangled Teen on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: author

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

So much love for this author & a big thanks to Julie for sending me a copy. 


First, there was Jackson Meyer (Tempest trilogy), then Jordan Bentley (Letters to Nowhere series), then Marshall Collins (Third Degree), and now Jason Brody (Whatever Life Throws At You). Julie Cross, you are to thank for four of my book boyfriends.

But let’s be honest…Jason Brody is pitching his way straight to the top of my literary boyfriend list.

I’ve always loved a man in a sports uniform. So putting Jason Brody in a baseball uniform who whispers sexy phrases in Spanish in your ear and I am a goner. Goner I tell you! I blushed, I giggled, I swooned, & I even found myself watching this years World Series just to support the Kansas City Royals in hopes that Julie’s fictional ball player just might exist in real life. Alas, he does not, but I did discover some new eye candy while watching.

Shifting my focus back to the book at hand, Whatever Life Throws At You is a game winning read in the YA/romance/contemporary genre. It has all of the major components that leave me anxious for more. There are so many components that make this book so enjoyable and one you will want to move to the top of your TBR pile.

1. The father/daughter relationship between Jim & Annie Lucas will make a daddy’s girl out of anyone. I love the relationship they have and the mutual respect they have for one another. They truly care about each others well being and want nothing but happiness for the other. The father/daughter aspect was so beautifully woven throughout the book & I loved seeing their relationship reach a new level as story went on.

2. The chemistry between Jason Brody & Annie Lucas is utter perfection. I loved everything about their relationship and the moments leading up to it. The way it all started and the moments in between. I believe I say this every time Julie releases a new book, but Annie & Jason are one of favorite literary couples to date. It also helps that I love these characters individually as well.

Annie reminds me so much of myself & I love when I am able to make a personal connection to a main character. As I was reading, I found myself seeing the story play out through Annie’s eyes. I’m pretty sure we both share the same sarcastic thoughts and voice. Too bad we don’t share the same flare for running. Although I am pretty sure this book gave me the cardio I’ve been needing. 🙂

Jason Brody. Where do I even start with my feelings towards Jason Brody? Let’s pretend we’re having an old fashion slumber party with all of our best girlfriends, chatting about all of our crushes. Jason Brody is the guy that leaves all the girls swooning & anxious for those precious moments of eye contact and conversation. He’s the McDreamy/McSteamy of baseball.

3. The story in and of itself is one that I thought to be realistic, but with a touch of fantasy. I mean, not every 17 year old gets to meet and fall for a 19 year old major league baseball player. It could happen though! As a longtime lover of the contemporary romance genre, this is the book to pick up and read and even reread. (I’ve already read it twice… 🙂 The storyline, the characters…it all meshes so well together. I genuinely cannot put into words just how much I love this book.

So, while I could go on and on about how much I love this book, I must stop myself and encourage you to go out and buy yourself a copy so you can join me in the Jason Brody fan club. In fact, to make your shopping experience that much easier, here are the purchase links for Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

And once you’ve finished reading, which won’t take you long at all – trust me – we can talk all things Jason Brody.

I hope you take a chance and enjoy Whatever Life Throws At You.

Five stars. (Which really means 10)

Happy reading!


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