I am doing something a little different with this one, instead of me rambling on about what goes on in the book I am including the blurb/synopsis ( whatever you want to call it) so the reader can get straight to the goods.


Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Age: 18+

Recommendation: No, but you should read the review to decide for yourself.

Type: Stand-alone

Summary: This story really irked me in some ways and in others caught my attention. + good female lead -predictable -unrealistic plot


What’s worse than a cocky new guy at school? A cocky new guy with a killer body and the attention of every female around. Hadley can tell the minute she lays eyes on Caynan that he’s someone to avoid. He may have looks and charm, but he’s also got heartbreak written all over his pretty face.

Unfortunately for Hadley, Caynan has his sights set on her. She’s the one girl who doesn’t want him. The one girl who’s turned off by his charm. The one girl who challenges him like no other. And, though she couldn’t possibly know the truth about him, she seems to be the one girl who really sees him.

But with Caynan, things aren’t at all what they seem. His secrets have secrets and everything out of his mouth straddles the line between truth and fiction. He knows better than to get involved with anyone, especially with his time limited in the new town, but he just can’t seem to get Hadley out of his mind. Too bad for him, secrets never remain secrets for long.

Full Review:

To start off with, lets talk about the things I liked about this book. I enjoyed the fact that the lead female character Hadley has some girl balls. She is presented as an intelligent girl that knows a bad guy when she see’s one. She was the best character in the book by far and I liked the overall alpha presence the lead male character Caynan gives off.

Now for the uncomfortable part of the book review, the things that I just couldn’t get down with. This story is takes place when both Hadley and Caynan, are eighteen and are still in high school. Right away, Caynan is presented as an overly sexual lady killer and all the females in this high school are shoving their goods in his face trying to get in his pants. All the teenage girls are portrayed as hyper-sexual and that is what makes our lead female so different is that she isn’t ripping her clothes off to get at him and all his ridiculous good looks.  I think if the setting were changed to even freshman year in college I wouldn’t have been so grossed out by it. I wasn’t all that crazy about the writing either, I realize that advanced reader copies are unedited for the most part but it wasn’t the editing as much as it was just the way the writers thoughts came across. It felt a bit disorganized.

This story takes place in Georgia. The entire book is riddled with these so-called underage seniors gallivanting about at parties with kegs and getting wasted. There is no mention of parents, sneaking out or avoiding curfews. I get that teenagers drink but it felt really unrealistic to me, and I am from the South..parents are a different breed down here.

Without going into much detail, I can tell you the plot was also unrealistic. Caynan does things that aren’t discovered for a while, that would be more than obvious in the real world. Not to mention, that Hadley can’t win at all in this book. She stands her ground, people tell her she isn’t giving things a chance, when she gives in she gets crushed, repeatedly. I just can’t relate to the ending either. Again, with the unrealistic.

Even though J. Nathan gives us a strong, sexy male character in Caynan, I was completely turned off by his actions and his constant manipulation. This is a new one for me because I actually like my so-called book boyfriends to be a little on the douche side because it makes it that much better when they come around. I just can’t get behind a relationship with a character that is so blatantly selfish.

Overall, I hate to say it but I would probably pass on this one. Unless, you only read books based off the cover and if that’s the case go for it. The cover on this one is a win.

On Amazon: Before Hadley

On B&N: Before Hadley

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for a honest review. Thank you, J. Nathan.