Curve by Nicola Hudson

April 13, 2014 Author Bio, Review 1 ★★★★★

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.
Curve by Nicola HudsonCurve by Nicola Hudson
Published by Self-Published on 25th October 2013
Genres: Issues, New Adult
Pages: 364
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Cass is seventeen and never been kissed, let alone touched, when two boys become interested in her.  Flynn is the older brother of her best friend, yet Cass has never considered him as anything other than that.  Rob is the school sports star and becomes obsessed with Cass when he loses a bet because of her.  As the relationship between Cass and Flynn develops, Rob's interest becomes increasingly malevolent.  One night changes Cass's life and threatens to destroy her relationship with Flynn, as well as her future.

review Reviewed by Joanne

Imagine you’re 17, you’ve never been kissed, never had any boy pay you much attention then suddenly the hunky rugby player at school is asking you to dance at the Christmas disco. You’re on cloud nine; this is the best night of your life! Then you find out he had ulterior motives, he only asked you for a bet. You would be devastated, humiliated and never want to show your face at school again.

Well this is what Cass is facing when the story starts, and my heart went out to her straight away. Luckily she has her best friend Neve to console her, and also her very own knight in shining armour in the form of Flynn, Neve’s older brother.

Before that night, Cass had never taken much notice of Flynn. Now, she is viewing him in a different light. Feeling like a spare part in the home she shares with her mum, step dad and young sister, Cass spends a lot of time at Neve’s house, and after staying up one night talking to Flynn she realises that she likes him. A lot. Unfortunately for Cass, Rob (the hunk) isn’t too happy that he lost the bet, and he’s not going to walk away quietly.

The story is everything I love about mature YA/NA stories.  Those butterfly feelings you get at the start of something new, the excitement of your first love, and feeling that nothing will ever come between you. Flynn evokes all of these feeling in Cass, feelings she’s never had before and she embraces it all. I loved Cass, she was so sweet. She lacked the confidence to believe that a boy would find her attractive but when she spends time with Flynn she started to blossom, I could feel her positively glowing! And as for Flynn, I fell in love with him big time! The way he was so gentle and patient with Cass, not wanting to rush her into anything made my heart melt.  He knew just what Cass needed, when to say the right thing, when to take a step back, and when to step up. The little things they did together were so sweet, especially the scene in the park. I’ll never look at a packet of Minstrels the same way again!

I don’t want to spoil this story for you by saying too much, but there is some… how shall I say… unpleasantness for Cass and Flynn to deal with, and it threatens to tear them apart. My heart broke for the pair of them, I wanted to reach into the book and give Cass a hug and to tell Flynn to hang in there. I was rooting for them to overcome the obstacles because they were perfect for each other.

This was a great debut from Nicola Hudson, and I’m very happy to learn that she is writing a second book about Neve and Jake (Flynn’s friend). I’ve added Heart to my ‘to-read’ list and I’m secretly hoping there’s more of Cass and Flynn in there too!

*After you’ve read Curve, click here to go to Nicola’s blog to read a little snippet from Curve in Flynn’s POV*

About Nicola Hudson

Nicola Hudson is a British writer who discovered what was becoming known as New Adult fiction the same week she downloaded the Kindle app; within a week she was hooked into a one-clicking frenzy. After reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and Easy by Tammara Webber, the urge to write her own novel, but with a British slant, was overwhelming.

Her first novel, Curve, was published in 2013 and her second novel, Heart, was published a year later. Although romance is an important part of Curve and Heart, readers will know that Nicola also writes about serious, some may say dark, issues and their impact on young women. This theme continues in the final book of the Define series, Fault. She works full-time with teenagers and so it seemed like a natural step to write about them as well.

Nicola lives close to Birmingham, England with her husband and cat. When not writing, she is reading. When not reading, she is probably reading about reading, flicking between social media sites and Goodreads. Probably with a bar of chocolate at hand.

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