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Review: April Showers by Karli Perrin

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April Showers (April #1)
   by: Karli Perrin

Publication Date: June 14, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Purchased
Page Count: 271 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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 enrolls 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.

I first heard about this book from a couple of my fellow bloggers and they both really enjoyed it! Naturally, I had to jump on the train and see what it was all about! I am happy to report that I really enjoyed this one and I found it to be really cute!
I really enjoy Karli's writing style. It's quite realistic and I like that she doesn't go overboard with description. And I won't even lie- I love the Britishisms! (Is that a word? I made it up...) It's really fun for me as an American to read about knickers and jumpers. LOL. It makes me giggle and I really like that.
For the most part I liked our protagonist April. She did drive me a little crazy with her overanalytical brain and I wanted to shake her a little bit because I knew who I wanted her to be with! April is in her first year at University and she is very driven and cares about her coursework. She literally runs into Isaac on her first day and is completely captivated by him. I admit, I'm not a fan of insta-love, but I was able to look past it because the dialogue was just that good. However, it becomes clear early on that things with Isaac are going to be complicated. That same first day April also meets Lukas, a boy in a lot of her classes. Lukas is a really sweet, good guy and I knew that we were going to have a love triangle on our hands.
I was Team Isaac all the way. I liked Lukas ALOT- he was great, but I just didn't feel that April felt that spark she did when she was with Isaac. In the beginning it seems like April is trying to convince herself to give Lukas a shot. Spending an evening with Isaac really ruined her for other guys because of how quickly they connected with one another. April spends the majority of this book torn between these two guys. Her brain is constantly at war with her heart and the poor girl couldn't decide what to do. This did end up grating on my nerves a bit. I realize April was afraid of the consequences that would come with being with Isaac, but I still wanted her to make her choice and stick to it sooner than she did. Isaac is definitely one sexy beast, and I loved that he didn't give up on April, even when she kept pushing him away.
I really liked April's best friend, Katie. Their friendship reminded me of me and my best friend- and I love how Katie would call April for every little detail. Katie is a lot more outgoing than April and I felt her personality really balanced April's more sweet, tame nature. They were just fun to read about and I loved their banter with one another.
While I enjoyed this, I did feel the plot was rather simplistic. There wasn't a whole lot of drama or angst to move the book forward. We had some surprising plot twists and one hell of a cliffhanger, but overall, I just felt it was April trying to decide between Isaac and Lukas. She has feelings for both, and she really learns that you can feel things for more than one person. However, watching her sort out her feelings for both boys is one thing I liked because it showed maturity on her part. Her best friend was a constant source of encouragement and I liked that she told April that she had to really look deep down inside herself to find out who she really wanted to be with.
Overall, I felt April Showers was a cute, entertaining read filled with fun lingo, witty banter, and two incredibly wonderful guys!

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  1. This one seems to have drawn a lot of feelings out in you, and that's almost always a good thing. Great review!

    1. Thanks Andrea! It was definitely a cute read!

  2. Haha, Britishisms, I love it! I do love a book with witty banter and incredible guys, altho Idk how I feel about how the plot progresses. Good thing April didn't annoy you either lol. It's so hard for me to like female characters for some reason. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

    1. Haha! April did drive me batty that's for sure- and I agree. Female characters are very tricky to write in my opinion! As for the plot, I didn't feel it was anything earth-shattering, but I still was able to enjoy it at face value.


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