Sunny Shelly’s Review: For Emery, by J. Nathan

 

Title: For Emery

A For You Novel

Author: J. Nathan
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance

Release Date: February 4, 2019

Blurb
Emery
I’ve loved
Jordan Grady since I was eight. 
Since he
became my protector.
Since he
became my safe haven each night. 
But I was
younger.
Off
limits…
Until high
school when he finally kissed me. 
And for a
few fleeting moments, everything was right in the

world. 

Then I was
forced to do the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…
Disappear
from his life without a trace.
Grady
I’m
Alabama’s star right tackle—and a real prick. 
I live my
life by a few solid truths.
Life isn’t
fair.
Don’t let
anyone get too close.
And those
who claim to care about you can up and leave. 
But you
know what they say about things that disappear….
But Emery
Pruitt had never been mine.
Even if she
had returned after four years.
Older.
Confident.
And more
beautiful than the night she vanished.
But it
didn’t erase the fact that she’d left me.
So, why
find me now?
Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

For Emery is a really cute childhood best friends/YA romance. I loved how the reader really gets to know the sweet, protective nature of Jordan and Emery’s relationship as kids, to how she develops a hero worship of him as a preteen and then to their evolving, confusing feelings as teenagers. The one kiss they share is so sweet and pure, and has the possibility of so much more… but then Emery disappears into the night without a trace.

The next four years change Jordan. He’s hardened as a result of losing his best friend, and I don’t even think he realizes how much her absence from his life has affected her. He’s been lashing out, become a bit of a playboy and is a big man on campus at Alabama State, where he is somewhat of a football god. For Emery, Jordan has never been far from her mind. She’s followed his football career and watched every game (just as she said she would), even if it’s had to be online from states away. But finally, she’s able to be back in Alabama with Jordan… and their reunion does not go as expected.

As Jordan and Em piece their friendship back together, I felt like I traveled that road with them. I saw a lot of growth in these characters, and I was rooting for them to finally get on the same page and realize that they’ve had each other’s hearts from the time they were little kids. There is some outside drama in this story that deals with domestic violence, so reader beware. But I think that J. Nathan did a great job of handling the abusive stepfather situation, and I really liked how the periphery characters from the previous books in this series came together to support Jordan when he’s facing disciplinary action from the football team as a result of his actions with Emery’s stepdad.

For Emery is the fourth book in the For You series, but reads as a complete standalone. I have not read any of the previous books in this series, and while a few of those characters make appearances in For Emery, they are not directly involved in the storyline. Except, I suppose, that Sabrina has become Jordan’s close friend during the years that Emery was away.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Excerpt
Emery stood there, her eyes dancing with amusement. Her skinny jeans
and sparkly black tank top made her fit in with the rest of the girls in the
crowded bar. But she wasn’t just any girl. “What’d you do?” 
My eyes narrowed. 
She ticked her head over her shoulder. “To make her ditch you in the
middle of the dance floor?” 
“I told her I wasn’t taking her home with me.” 
Emery stared at me, her brows drawn. “Why not? Isn’t that what you college
football players do? Get girls to go home with you?” 
I shrugged. “Not sure. You wanna come home with me?” 
She laughed and her entire face lit up like it did when we were
younger. And that right there. That was the reason the other girl wasn’t coming
home with me. She didn’t look at me like Emery did. 
The thought hit me hard, nearly leveling me. 
I wanted to be looked at the way Emery looked at me—like she saw the
real me. I deserved that. 
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

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Author Bio

J. Nathan
is the author of new adult and sports romances with cocky heroes and sassy
heroines. When she’s not writing, she’s a total romance junkie! Add an alpha
male who’s unlikable in the beginning…even better. She loves guys in backward
hats, country music, the summertime, and her amazing family and friends.

 

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