Series: Love Unplugged #1
Genres: New Adult
Source: ARC, NetGalley
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.
What drew me to this book was the ‘future president’s daughter’ aspect. I LOVE that. I adored the movies First Daughter and Chasing Liberty as well. Seriously, if you haven’t seen them, they are adorable! Anyway, I grabbed All the Ways You Saved due to my love of those movies. The book doesn’t have the happy, campy vibe though, so presidents daughter aside, they don’t have anything in common.
The story is told in dual POV, but Ian’s POV is of his past. Seeing only glimpses of Ian’s past makes him an even more intriguing character because you can’t figure him out. Its obvious something is troubling him and piecing it together slowly was torturing me (in a good way). You get to a point where you can SEE what is about to happen and everything about Ian clicks. Its heartbreaking. Bianca is a well written character because you feel empathy for her. Her parents suck, but as a reader, I could still see why getting their approval was so important. From the outside, its easy for people to tell her to forget about her parents and just be her own person. However, that is easier said then done. This made me feel for Bianca and I could totally understand her struggle. Add to it the press always watching her grow up, people judging her, etc and I wanted to beat the crap out of her parents for being so cold.
This is an emotional story! You will certainly get all the feels! All the Ways You Saved me is one of those books that sticks with you after you finish reading! While this was my first Jamie Howard book, it most certainly won’t be my last! I am excited to see where Howard takes this series. (I would LOVE a book about Ben and Rachel!)
- POV: dual 1st (past and present)
- Tears: no (but some people might!)
- Trope: famous, on the run, tortured hero
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, and the epilogue….oh the FEELS « Hide Spoiler
Beneath Broken by CJ Pinard, Thief of Hearts by LH Cosway, Empire by Rachel Van Dyken…then you will probably like All the Ways You Saved Me!