I have actually had the privilege of reading and editing the next two books in the Sheridan Hall series for BookFish Books, but She Laughs in Pink is the first installment and I’ve just now gotten around to reading it.
(I may be procrastinating reading my actual TBR by reading a bunch of [unlisted] romances instead…)
Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.
Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.
On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.
Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate. (Goodreads)
I give She Laughs in Pink 4.5 stars!
Even having read the next two books before this one, this book is as much about the journey as it is the destination! Yeah, I knew about who would end up where and with who, and even knew the *big* thing that would happen going in, but this book was STILL amazing.
I think Jess does a wonderful job of conflicting her characters. She’s found that New Adult space where the characters are having to grow past the comfort/stability of their teen years while exploring the freedom and emotions of college and life beyond.
I love how, although She Laughs in Pink is romance and a large part of the story revolves around it, there are other things going on too. Romance isn’t lived in a bubble, and I love that life keeps interfering and going on while Juliet and Chase try to figure their stuff out (both separately and together).
I also probably cried a lot in the last half of this book (which, if you know me, is totally a good thing for the book).
I’d recommend for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, especially with college-aged characters.