Title: Where You Are
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: Oct 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: TBR Pile Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.
Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of—the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.
Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex—Hollywood’s reigning golden boy—she’s older and wiser and has set her sights on her close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.
Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of the film he finished last fall. The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.
This story takes place right after the events in the first book in the series, Between the Lines. We instantly get to read about Graham and Emma being together in New York where he lives. The bad news is that while these two characters have FINALLY come to accept that they like each other, they live on opposites sides of the country. Emma must go back to Cali and Graham has his schooling, family, and child in New York. These early moments to the book were so amazing because I had waiting impatiently for these to to get together in the first book and now finally it was happening. Plus what girl wouldn’t want to be with Graham, he is really the nicest guy with just enough of a sexual edge to leave you just as breathless as Emma is when he kisses her. There were some very heated scenes happening between these two even though this is a young adult book I really would recommend it for older teens, which the author does state that it is mature YA on Goodreads so you have been warned. Of course I loved that the author wasn’t afraid to make our characters act their real ages. I mean come on when you have a group of 17-21 year old teenagers things are certainly going to happen.
While Graham and Emma were busy being love struck the reader will also get to jump back into the stories of Brooke and Reid. Of course this time around Brooke might not be playing the damsel in distress, she has much bigger plans, she has her eyes set on getting Graham. Brooke thinks that a guy like Graham is one she should be with and because she has been friends with him for 4 years she feels now is her time to steal the show, dispite the fact that he is dating Emma. Brooke sinks her evil claws into Reid to have him join the plan, afterall he did lose Emma in the first book because of his actions so Brooke wants them to separate the happy couple in order to take each person for themselves. Of course this sounds really complicated and downright dirty which is sort of Brooke’s style. While it is hard to be a fan of the girl who is ruining the romantic relationship that I am happy about I actually did like Brooke. Her story is showcased in such a way that you can finally get in her head to better understand exactly where she comes from and what her goals in life are. She does some bitchy things but she is still human and she deserves to be happy.
Of course there is Reid as well to worry about, he still loves to party too hard, drink to excess, and sleep with a different girl at the end of the night, but you have to love him as well because he is such a sweet guy. Trust me he comes off as a player but there is much more to him than that and since the ending of this book brought about how Reid feels I can’t wait for the third book in this series, Good For You, where Reid is taking center stage. It is about time I finally get to learn some more about him because I do have a soft spot for him.
Overall, this book is a great mature YA story. I really loved the beginning and how daring the author was in having real relationships play out like they would with teenagers in this age group. There were a few chessy moments along the way but I knew I was sucked in by the fact that for the three days I was reading this book it was hard to put it down. Normally I’m not a fan of so many view points happening in one book but I loved seeing the world through the eyes of four different characters. I loved learning what made each character tick and what made them unique. This book is filled with romance, drama, and some downright awesome characters. This series is a must read for anyone who wants to be captivated, and it is a 4.5 heart read for me.