April Showers by Karli Perrin
What happens when your head and your heart pull you in completely opposite directions?
April Adams is about to find out the hard way.
When April enrols at Manchester University, it feels like a whole new life. New city, new house, new friends...new crush.
Isaac Sharpe is the hottest guy on campus - with an even hotter reputation. After a chance meeting, April quickly finds herself wrapped up in all that he is. But what if all that he is isn't what it seems?
Caught up in a battle between what she wants and what she thinks she needs, April meets Lukas Roberts. Lukas is the security blanket that she craves so desperately and she finds solace in their friendship. But what happens when she finds more than she bargained for?
April has always been a big believer of fate, but will she learn that she's in control of her own destiny before it's too late?
Join April as she embarks on a life changing journey of love and loss, which will have you laughing and crying until the very end.
There was so much I loved about April Showers; I loved the characters, I loved the romance and I loved the emotion. I also loved the fact it is set in England very close to where I live. If you are British you will enjoy that it captures life so well (onesie references ftw!) and if you aren’t then you will like that the guys have sexy English accents.
Both the two guys in this book are amazing; I am utterly torn and cannot decide who I like more out of Isaac and Lukas. With two guys comes two romances and I loved how different they both were. Love is often different and this book showed that rather than giving us two identical romances. One is all consuming lust and love with wild emotions whilst the other is strong friendship becoming something more; a love that is calmer, safer and sweet. Isaac is unbelievably sexy whilst Lukas is charming and funny.
There was one aspect of the book that stopped it being perfect was that it has insta-love. Like where the characters have only had one conversation and already they want to be together for ever and if they can’t then their life is over. Anyone who knows me will know that reading a book with insta-love usually makes me want to jump into a vat of boiling oil. I would have preferred the characters to know each other a tiny little longer before being madly in love but it didn’t spoil the book for me. It shows just how good this book was that even though it had insta-love I still loved the book overall.
April Showers has emotion, drama and twists without it being too much. There are also lots of light hearted and funny moments; April is a girl you would want to be friends with as she is smart and entertaining. This book showed a little more of University life than most NA books do and that was something I really liked. Rather than only focusing on the romance and nothing else we got to see April dealing with being away from her friends and family for the first proper time.
The ending is such a cliff hanger! I need the second book immediately! I didn’t know that April Showers would be the first in a series so a few pages from the end I was thinking “this is a really nice, sweet ending” then BAM! I did not expect that to happen. I am really looking forwards to seeing what happens next, especially as there are a few characters I don’t quite trust and think must be up to no good.
I highly recommend this book; it is one of the best contemporary romance novels I have read recently and I have a strong feeling that this authors name will soon be on everyone’s lips. You will love this if you like NA, romance, or just any book with a smart and funny main character.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
Deleted Scene (April and Lukas at the Chinese restaurant)
Our waitress came over for the third time in about fifteen minutes, "Can I get you anything else?" she asked Lukas whilst fluttering her long eyelashes at him.
I leaned back against my chair and rolled my eyes. She was starting to piss me off. For all she knew, I could be his girlfriend.
Lukas politely declined but she didn't give up, "Do I know you from somewhere?"
He turned away from her and focused on me, "I don't think so" he replied.
"Are you a student at Manchester Uni?"
He raised an eyebrow before answering, still refusing to break eye contact with me, "Yes."
I didn't understand why he was looking at me like that and why for some reason, I couldn't look away.
"Um...okay..." the waitress muttered as she walked away. She must have finally got the message that he wasn't interested in her.
"Why are you looking at me like that?" I asked him.
"Why were you biting your lip like that?"
I didn't even realise that I had been biting my lip. Why had it pissed me off that she was flirting with him? After all, he wasn't my boyfriend.
I shrugged, "Habit."
He laughed, "What about the eye rolling? Is that habit too?"