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5.0 out of 5 starsWho knew math could be so sexy?!
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017
I like anything Tammara Webber writes. This is one of my top novels of 2017. I really don't want to give too much away other than the character and plot development was fantastic. The fact that the author addresses current issues that half our country is starting to recognize while the other half is in denial added authenticity and depth to the story. This isn't just a wonderful love story, which it is by the way, but also a gut check if you are aware and addressing prejudice when you witness or experience it and being a true advocate as well. Erin and Isaac were just so darn likable and I couldn't help rooting for them both. They are both a breath of fresh air. I read a lot of romance books so I am so over the cocky man whore cave maning over the insecure virgin. However, the agnst reaches off the charts status when these two characters interact with each other. It was a slow burn and wholly satisfying with great precision once it all happened. Erin's uncensored struggles of trying not to be attracted to Isaac was so relatable and hilarious that I literally laughed out loud and also made me wish I was friends with her. Isaac is so stinking swoon worthy but in a more controlled, humble, poised, intelligible, nerdy, subtley humorous way! I really enjoyed reading this book. I will be recommending it to all my reading buddies.
3.0 out of 5 starsCute, Quick Read...Plot Twist Not Quite Twisty...And Noone I Know Spoke Like That...Not Even in 2014
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2018
I liked this book, but I had the "plot twist" pretty much figured out a quarter of the way through. I didnt know the exact logistics, but I figured what it was so I wasnt very shocked. One thing that did annoy me about this book was the way that Isaac spoke sometimes when he was supposed to be relaxed and comfortable and letting "loose". Some of the vernacular he used was written like I would expect a caucasian author would think a black character would speak. I could BARELY contain my eye rolls at times. You can tell the author was trying really hard to be inclusive. Sometimes in ways that didnt fit, like when she mentioned cisgendered individuals. It almost seems like she was trying too hard to show how much she "got it" and felt for the plight of usually marginalized people. Also, I understand that this is a romance novel and that the characters are supposed to fall in love at the end, but I was still shocked when they pronounced their love for each other. When did that happen? Why did it happen? Why do they like each other? The process of them falling for each other certainly wasnt detailed in the book. I couldn't help feeling like I missed whole chapters in the book. Other than that being shoved down our throats, it was a cute and quick read that I would recommend.
3.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable Book!! But Needed More...
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2018
I really enjoy Ms. Webber’s writing style. She has a wonderful way of making you feel the emotions of her characters. I absolutely loved the three prior books in the series and have read them numerous times. They are on my Keeper shelf. I loved Erin from the prior books and I was so excited to read her story. This story had a lot of serious subjects from racism, grief, to betrayal but she didn’t explore these issues deeply with the characters themselves. It felt more like we were watching these issues from afar and it lost some of the emotional impact. Overall, the story could have really benefited from reading Isaac’s point of view. Even by the end of the story I really didn’t feel like I knew him and I really wanted to know him. This wasn’t my favorite book of Ms. Webber’s because of these deficiencies. I finished reading and felt dissatisfied. I gave it 3 stars only because she really is a beautiful writer. I just wish she had done more to include Isaac in the story. He still remains a mystery and the ending felt incomplete.
I enjoyed this one and part of me isn’t sure of why, because not a lot happened for the majority of the book, it it didn’t stop me wanting to continue and find out what happens.
I have loved Erin from the very first book, she and Jacqueline have a wonderful friendship and it was great to see that even though they struggle to connect, the friendship is still there, and Jacqueline knows when Erin is needing help. I enjoyed that she questions her chosen field, and struggles with what happened with Chaz
I enjoyed seeing Mindi and how she rebuilt her life.
Isaac was a hard character to get to know due to his quietness and the fact that we were only really seeing him from Erin’s point of view. I figured his connection from the second chapter but wasn’t quite sure how it fit, and knowing didn’t effect my enjoyment.
4.0 out of 5 starsI love Easy (Contours of the Heart
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
I love Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1), and have read it multiple times. Brave follows along years after, and I liked the glimpse into some familiar old characters.
In the beginning, I wasn't sure what I thought. Erin going home to work for her dad, and the set up of not getting along with her boss. But the tension there was fun ... I loved seeing them try to resist each other, and the times they spent out of the office, seeing another side. All the family dynamics were interesting, too.
This book is heavy hitting tackling racism and sexism. These are big important topics, very timely, and can be so hard to do well in fiction. Often it feels forced. I didn't find it so with Brave. Erin sits back, staying quiet, and realizes that makes her part of the problem. I think so many of us have been there! Her struggle is relatable.
In the end, I liked it, and wished it had been longer! It flew by. Ultimately this is a sweet, sometimes sad, encouraging book. With characters you want to root for. (Also, Isaac, being kind, smart, strong, and patient, is the ultimate book boyfriend, thank you very much).
5.0 out of 5 starsthey know that I am kinda in love with Tammara Webber and her CONTOURS OF THE HEART ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2018
Now, if anyone knows me, they know that I am kinda in love with Tammara Webber and her CONTOURS OF THE HEART series. They will also know that I’m Jaqueline/Lucas trash and no matter how awesome the other stories are, no-one will ever top those two. I basically live for all the mentions of them there are in SWEET and BRAVE.
Anyway, that didn’t stop me from enjoying BRAVE so much that it took me only two sittings and I stayed up until 2am to finish it. I loved Erin in EASY. She’s so fierce and loyal and sweet, and when I heard about this novel, I couldn’t wait.
It was breathtaking. It’s told from Erin’s POV as she deals with finding her way in life again after a certain tragedy tore it apart. I loved the messages in this book, and especially with how the black LI was handled. Issues were raised, the MC learned to check her privilege and it was done in a way that didn’t demonise POC/black people.
The romance was adorable. It’s kinda like enemies to lovers but not really, cos they’re not really enemies? But it’s at least dislike to friends to lovers. I adored it. It was such a slow burn romance. I did feel that the ending was a little rush - that after the big Revelation, everything happened a little too fast between the two characters? But that didnt stop me from nearly crying when it ended and when I read that epilogue.
Honestly, I recommend this series to anyone. One of my favourite books of all damn time.
5.0 out of 5 starsLike all of Tammara’s books takes a while to get ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2018
Like all of Tammara’s books takes a while to get into. All the characters are layer out and sometimes it can be a trifle confusing, but hang in there, it is well worth it. A dynamic, well written, explicit novel. Subject material, very well researched. Awful to think in these so called enlightened times, families with wealth and the legal system can be racist. In all walks of life. This story is full of betrayal, revenge, a dish best eaten cold, romance and bigotry. Issac an incredibly intelligent, architect, fells the need for revenge against Erin’s family. With justification. However he discovers that parts of the family and friends are rancid, and although he falls in love with his quarry. His initial desire has already been started. The results are the same, but two people that deserve happiness achieve their outcome and all is well. Love Pete, great name for a dog as well as Jack who seems one spoilt mutt too. A great read. No spoiler alerts. Fantastic Author