{Review+Giveaway} On the Floor by Jennifer LaCross @author_JLaCross

July 26, 2014 Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult 7 ★★★

{Review+Giveaway} On the Floor by Jennifer LaCross @author_JLaCrossOn the Floor by Jennifer LaCross
Pages: 273
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 25th 2014
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
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Who knew that working together and living on the same floor with the guy of my dreams would be so hard?
Well, everyone. 


Rachel Harris has been closed off since high school, when her mother passed away. Worrying about her family has made her own happiness her second priority.
Jake Price has had family issues of his own, leaving him incapable of having anything more than a physical relationship.
When Rachel meets Jake on the dance floor, sparks fly. Fires burn. Their worlds change. 
And then he walks away with no more than a thank you...
Through a twist of fate, they are brought back together when Jake shows up the next day as Rachel’s new co-worker. They reluctantly decide to put aside their attraction for each other so they can work asfriends
But when that attraction becomes something more, will Rachel and Jake be able to figure out how to work together, be together, and open up to each other? Or will their old issues be something that destroys everything they have built?

This is the first book in the series about the members of the band, Second Story.
Some of the material in On the Floor may be considered inappropriate for readers under 17.

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Reading Challenges: 2014 Summer Reading Challenge, COYER, Summer Surge Read A Thon
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On the Floor is the first book in the new adult series, Second Story. Initially I thought Secondary Story series referred to the 2nd floor of a college dorm, but it wasn’t that at all. On the Floor takes place at a music and arts college, and the main guy and girl character are RA’s of a freshman dorm. The guy is also in a band called Second Story, so I think the series will focus on each of the band members. The first book, On the Floor is about Rachel and Jake.

The story is told from Rachel’s point of view. She is absolutely gorgeous, but kind of shy and more on the nerdy side, which made me like her so much more. One of my favorite aspects of the story was Rachel’s friendship with Jenna. It was so nice to see such loyal and true friends. They didn’t drop each other when guys came into their lives, they weren’t petty or jealous of each other. It is the way friends should be. I don’t think we see that enough in young adult or new adult books. I can’t wait to see Jenna’s story. I hope hers is what the next book is about.

The “just friends” thing Rachel and Jake went on for so long. There was insta attraction in On the Floor, but no insta love. It was refreshing watching the two of them dance around each other. Because they worked together, they didn’t want to jump into anything. Rachel is clearly a relationship person and Jake…isn’t. I appreciated that Jake was always up front about that with her, but so many times, I just wanted them to stop lying to themselves and just let the other person know that they liked each other. My only draw back with the story was that even though they were juniors and seniors in college, at times they seemed a little immature with each other. They didn’t seem immature as individuals, just the games and situations Rachel and Jake found themselves in through their new relationship seemed a little juvenile, but they eventually got it together.

I loved that while the romance in this book was front and center, there were also great back stories on Jake and Rachel’s families and the issues that they have faced in their pasts. I thought Jennifer LaCross did an excellent job building depth into the characters that way. Other than Jenna and Rachel’s friendship, the family side stories were another favorite of mine in On the Floor. I can’t wait to see more of Rachel and Jake in the next book in the Second Story series, but I am really excited to see how Jenna and Nate’s story evolves. We got hints at some of Jenna’s issues and insecurities and I can’t wait to explore that some more. On the Floor is classic new adult college romance, and is looking like it is going to be a good series to follow.

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About Jennifer LaCross

Jennifer LaCross is twenty-six years old and lives in Southern California with her husband, three young children, mother, and their dog. She stays at home during the day and works a part-time customer service job at night.
When she is not writing, working, or chasing around after her three little ones, she loves to read. She is a sucker for a happy ending. She also admits to enjoying some trash tv now and then. She also loves to bake. Sweets are her kryptonite.

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7 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} On the Floor by Jennifer LaCross @author_JLaCross”

  1. kindlemom1

    I think you are so right about there not being enough solid friendship relationships in the YA and even the NA genre. This sounds like such a good start to a series.

  2. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    Sounds pretty good! I really like books that focus on friendship, so that’s nice – they’re too few and far between. And then the no insta-love thing is always a plus, I particularly like the friends to lovers trope, even if it does get a bit frustrating when they dance around it for a while. Great review 🙂

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