This is Now – Maggie Gilbert

19193570Title: This is Now

Author: Maggie Gilbert

Summary: A gritty, urban New Adult Cinderella story where the princess can do her own rescuing — she just needs someone to believe in her.

Sister to car thieves, ex-girlfriend to a drug dealer, high school dropout, no-hoper and loser — Jess is on the sidelines, watching her life become one epic fail. Her dreams of university are fading fast, as the people in her life fight to confine her to their own expectations.

Then she meets Sebastien, a gifted cellist from a very different walk of life. Sebastien is clean and strong and talented. He likes and respects her, but he too has expectations. Sebastien seems to think she can do anything, and Jess, despite her fears and the secrets she hides, is starting to believe him.

But just as Jess dares to hope, the secrets in her past and the lies in her present catch up with her. All seems lost and she has to make a choice. Between past and future. Between home and hope. Between now and never. And this is now.-Goodreads

Review: This book was graciously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In some aspects this book was what I expected and in others I was surprised. All around though I enjoyed the read.

Jess’s life has not been easy and she is struggling to find a new path while failure seems to be chasing her down. Life isn’t easy and it seems to be reminding her at ever turn she should accept the lifestyle she was born into; that is until gifted cellist Sebastien walks into her life. He comes from a world of wealth and opportunity and their attraction is instant, bringing them both into the others world.

I think my only real hiccup with this story is that I wanted more angst and shown the issues with Jess’s life. We got snippets of it but I still wanted more. Between her flaky Mom and her shady brothers there was a lot to work with. It left me longing for more. There were things Jess did for straight survival purposes but we were never shown why and I really wish Gilbert had.

Despite that little hiccup I enjoyed the read. I didn’t stay up late reading but I enjoyed Jess and Sebastien’s tale.

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