This was so stinkin’ cute! Ah! I read this whole thing with a gigantic smile on my face, and now I want more.
First off, Catch Me Now is a New Adult companion novella (not a novel!) to Ava Stone's bestselling Desolate Sun series. It was my first read by Ava Stone, and even though it’s part of a series, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read the others.
About Catch Me Now:
In her roommate's borrowed dress, Brynne Wright doesn't look like herself. In trying to capture the attention of a certain keyboardist, she somehow captures the interest of the sexy guy from her history class instead.
Wheston baseball catcher Nate Carey is in trouble. A failed history midterm lands him on academic probation, which puts his baseball scholarship in jeopardy. Looking for a one-night distraction from his problems, a girl at a local club captures his full attention. But when the sun rises the next morning, and he has to focus on his academic troubles, will he be able to put the sexy blonde out of his mind? Or will she capture his heart when he least expects it?
This was equal parts lighthearted and funny and serious and driven. Nate’s problem is very serious (my cousin is in the same boat), and he’s dealing with a professor who doesn’t understand, or maybe doesn’t care, he isn’t sure. Regardless, he’s flunked the midterm, he’s on academic probation, and he’s just looking to get laid.
I’m amazed at how quickly I began to like Nate. None of the back story felt forced, yet I learned all I needed to know about him in a quick amount of time. I especially loved how he rattled off percentages and history tidbits like they were nothing, showing us just how smart he really is.
I enjoyed that the story started off in his POV, though the voices could have used a little more differentiation. The cussing and wanting to beat up his buddies aside, I wasn’t always sure I was reading a guy. (Besides, I cuss wayyy worse than he ever does.)
It took me a couple POV swaps to warm up to Brynne. That said, I did start to like her. She’s smart, she’s not into letting herself be used, and she doesn’t let one bad night get in the way of doing what’s right. I’m pretty sure she & I would be good friends.
On that note, I gotta say that I read it twice in the same day. I’ve never done that before, but this one was worth it.
My rating: 4/5
Catch Me Now was a short, sweet read that I really enjoyed, and I have every intention of getting the rest of the series when I have money again lol.