Review: You're the Reason by J. Nathan

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

"So, I was the reason for your bad attitude?" 
He stood, grabbing my hand and pulling me to my feet. "You were the reason I smiled for the first time in a long freaking time and meant it."

I admit it: I have a thing for J. Nathan's writing. There's something about her storytelling that's always made me sit back, get comfortable, and simply enjoy the literary ride. I've read every single one of her books, and my addiction to her novels shows no signs of waning. (Knock on wood! I wouldn't want to tempt fate.) Her latest release is a new adult college romance with a touch of mystery and suspense. The book feels like a standalone, but I certainly wouldn't mind if it turns out to be the first in a brand-new series. I did mention I was addicted to this author's work, remember?

Transferring to Crestwood University from the University of Maine was exactly what Sophia Galloway needed. It brought the nineteen-year-old back to her home state of Texas and a mere forty-five minutes away from her mother rather than across the country. Focusing on her studies is her main goal, but making a few new friends certainly wouldn't be a terrible thing. Unfortunately, she seems to have snagged the attention of a couple of people, and it's not the positive kind. The queen bee of a sorority doesn't appear to think too highly of Sophia, but it's recent transfer student, Chase Reed, who seems to not want to have anything to do with Sophia... or does he?

This is the sort of book that you could go into blind and enjoy the heck out of reading it. Seriously, feel free to skip the official blurb and simply dive into Sophia's story. She may only be nineteen but she's got a strong backbone and refuses to back down to anyone or anything. She speaks her mind and puts people who think they're all that in their place. I liked seeing her flourishing friendship with Valerie and her back and forth with Chase, who truly tempted me into slapping him upside the head in the first few chapters of the book. One of my absolute favorite things, however, had to do with the mystery aspect. There's a death that occurred less than a year prior to Sophia's transfer, and how everything ties together took me by surprise in the best way possible. J. Nathan leaves me impressed again. Five-plus stars for You're the Reason.

Release Date: 24 June 2020

Date Read: 20 June 2020

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