Book Review: All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard

All The Ways You Saved Me
Love Unplugged #1
Author: Jamie Howard
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: November 1 2016
Review Source: Macmillan

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend's unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It's while she's checking off her first item on the list--buy coffee for a stranger--that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he's a complication Bianca doesn't need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she's buried under what's expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she's willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Bianca has her life planned out. Go to college, get her law degree, take the bar, please her parents. But when her best friend dies in an accident there's only one thing to do - finish her bucket list. In finishing her bucket list it creates a whole new world for Bianca to live in - one that includes Ian. But Ian is a beautiful man who has his own demon's haunting him, a past life that got cut short.

Bianca makes you realize that you shouldn't do things to please others. And Ian makes you realize that there is always room to grow, room to let others in. When you first meet Bianca you feel that she's smart, that she's the kind of person you are more likely to meet in your daily life. But when her best friend passes away it makes things difficult - as it would. The book I feel made her move too quickly about getting things done. I realize that we only have a book to get through and you don't want to spend too much time focusing on her heartbreak over her friend. So you move forward. I'm thinking Howard should've pulled a New Moon. Did the few months on each separate page. When I read New Moon that hit me right in the gut and I cried harder than I ever have over a book. I get that it didn't quite work with this story, but I feel like the story should've slowed down once that pivotal point was made.

Ian. Oh man. New book boyfriend. It's tough with Ian. He lets you in on his past. You get to see who he was before, and who he was after. And it's tough. You want him to only be meant for Bianca...but when you start learning about his past you want that life for him. You want him to stay in that perfect bubble. And Honestly, the last thing Bianca crosses off of the bucket list. It made me cry. That's all I'll say about Ian's past.

This is a great little romantic story. If you're one who wants to have all the feelings, this is the book for you.

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