Own Me, by Lexi Scott is a rerelease of a work published in 2013 with the title Limits. This is the story of a Mexijew, a Mexican Jewish person, Genevieve and an Israeli Jew, Adam. Adam is an Israeli PhD student attending the university on a student visa. He discovers that he did not follow through on his paperwork and his visa will expire before he finishes his research and dissertation.
Adam has been tutoring Genevieve for a few years to help her stave off failing out of school. He has a crush on the beautiful Genevieve, but chooses to do nothing about it because he values her friendship–besides the fact that he is a scientist and is extremely socially awkward. As friends, Gen and Adam talk about almost everything. She knows about most of Adam’s life, except his family, and how since the passing of his mother he and his father do not get along.
While she is aware of his visa problem, he is aware that she has been secretly in love with someone for years and he has recently married. At her brother’s engagement party she decides to ask Adam to marry her. This will solve his visa problem and her problem of being pitied by everyone because Deo married. The majority of the story then revolves around Adam meeting and becoming involved with Gen’s family and him trying to use a methodical way to learn about Gen and her family so they can fool immigration. Gen wants them to learn about each other naturally and Adam’s scientific mind can only comprehend studying cards and rote memory.
I would have loved to read the history behind Genevieve’s family. It is mentioned that her father had issues with immigration, but no depth was given to this fact. Mexican Jews are not a common character trait we find in books and I would love to have had more background.
-Reviewed by Selina
Sometimes it’s easier to run…
Ripped apart by guilt and grief, nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad grabs her stuff and runs from her super-conservative home and family in Pennsylvania and hauls ass for sunny California. All she wants is escape. Now she has a craptastic apartment, a job at a tattoo parlour, and even a friend-who’s-mostly-benefits. Then she meets a sexy, inked, surfer-dude who has the potential of capsizing everything…
Deo Beckett is adrift. Underemployed and over-boozing, Deo knows he should be doing something more with his life. Being something more. All it takes is a pin-up hottie with a smart mouth—and a bruised soul—to force Deo to start looking below the surface. To wonder if there’s more to life than being a beach bum. Now he’s falling for Whit…and hard.
But Whit ran from home for a reason, and she’ll go to any lengths to keep Deo from learning the truth…
My voice is shaky with emotion, and I realize how dangerous “one tiny detail” can be. I’m a scientist. I know all about chaos theory and fractals, the butterfly effect—I should be more careful.
The problem is, being with Genevieve makes my usually logical brain short circuit.
“It’s normal to hate everything when you lose someone you love,” she says, threading her fingers through mine.
“Yeah, it is.” I brush her hair back from her face and let my palm linger on her cheek. She closes her eyes and breathes deep. “But it starts to become a habit. I fight it every day. Because, sometimes, I have beauty and happiness staring me right in the face, and I never even notice. Until it’s too late. I don’t want to keep making that mistake.”
“It’s not too late,” she says, her words a soft promise. Or a dare? “We can make sure it isn’t. This will work, Adam.”
Her body is warm and soft in all the right places. I haven’t slept with a girl since my summer fling with a visiting research assistant, so some of what I’m feeling is pure, pent-up need. But that’s not how this is going to go. I’m not going to use Genevieve, because what I feel for her extends way beyond animal urges. I respect her. I love the way she makes me feel, the way she makes me want to change.
“Do you want to go to the roof?” I ask, and the words vibrate with my glaring frustration at my inability to keep a lid on my erratic thoughts.
Her eyes startle wide open at my tone. “Sure.”
I spin her body from mine in one neat movement and we rush up the stairs, coming out onto the wide roof and into the cool night air. Night took over while we were inside, and the deep blue of the sky cools every temper that flared in me.
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About the author
Lexi Scott is the combined forces of authors and best friends, Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell. Together, they write new adult and contemporary romance featuring strong, smart, feisty women and the swoony worthy, good guys who love them. The grew up on opposite coasts- one on the east, one of them on the west, but somehow, both ended up married and raising their families in the Southern U.S.
They love traveling, good food, wine and hoarding books.