Without a Doubt by Lindsay Paige
Publication Date: December 2015
Emerson Montgomery loves his high school sweetheart, Kelly Price. He’d do anything for her, including agreeing to a break where they’ll see other people as he heads off to college. Struggling with the break and guilt over dating other people, Emerson meets Eva, a beautiful, funny, easygoing, and nosey junior.
Eva Harvey chose this particular college with the hopes of fulfilling her own fairytale and falling in love at the same college where her parents met. She does her best to go with the flow and simply see what happens, but Emerson simultaneously causes her to fall in love while making her second guess everything along the way.
There’s some things you know without a doubt. However, Eva causes Emerson to doubt everything he believes about his future while he causes her to doubt what’s right in front of her. Can they find a way to erase all doubts or will it tear them apart in the process?
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Before I started reading this book, I expected an average book that would be filled with clichés and angst. Happily, I didn’t get much of that.
Emerson and Kelly have something profound going on between them; so when Kelly makes Emerson promise to put their relationship on a two year break and date other girls during that period, Emerson is very heartbroken. A year into the break, Emerson meets Eva, and he has to choose between his first love and his new love.
In my opinion, Without a Doubt is one of those books that you read not because you want to know who ends up with whom, but because you want to know how they’ll end up together (and what demons they have to fight to get there).
One thing I really like about this book is the sweetness of the characters and the romance. There is no overflowing of angst, and most of the interactions between the characters are quite believable. The beginning of the story and how Emerson met Eva did leave me wanting, but not so much that I couldn’t take it. I did get a bit frustrated with not knowing why Kelly insisted on the two-year break, so I skipped to the last few pages, where I was able to better understand the situation (before going back to continue from where I had stopped).
I like the fact that there are no star quarterbacks, insanely beautiful people who don’t know how beautiful they are, or snobby campus royalty; just normal college students living their normal, average lives. There is a rather annoyingly large use of the title phrase in the story, but again, it’s nothing I can’t take.
I can’t say much else without spoiling the whole story for you, so I’ll just end here. 🙂
Overall, I don’t have much to say apart from the fact that Without a Doubt is a pretty tame read, with sweet characters and an even sweeter romance.