Judging Books – Shay Savage

The one word that describes this book the best is – ROMANTIC!!!



Judging Books


by Shay Savage



Published November 28th 2017






The one word that describes this book the best is – ROMANTIC!!!

Judging Books falls under the category of Older Heroine/Younger Hero. And I was more than surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Plot, characters, and execution was very well done. But most of all I FELT the attraction between Ashlyn and Ethan.

Ashlyn was close to finishing her masters program and was already groomed for a very prestigious and high coveted position at her family’s company. On her way to an interview she accidentally met Ethan who showed her right then and there what a sweet guy he was. And even so they were very much opposites the meeting struck a cord with her. She was interested enough to meet him again for dinner where both felt an immediate attraction as well as a deep connection.


Ethan, someone with secrets and goals, was enamored by Ashlyn from the very first meeting. She made him feel like he belonged to someone. She filled his heart and it was hard for him to let her go. Ethan’s incredibly sweet but also mature personality made it so easy to fall in love with him. His vulnerability, but also his determination to have a future with Ashlyn, was especially adorable. He became hard to resist.

Ashlyn’s infatuation with him was totally understandable.


The problem was society. Friends, family, and colleagues – pretty much EVERYONE!!!

The tension as well as the push and pull was understandable, especially in regards to their age gap. Love can’t be directed or shut off just because society has its own ideas. At the end, the heart speaks true and it depends on the brain to catch up.

I have to admit that this genre/trope has never been my favorite, but nevertheless I really enjoyed where Shay Savage took this love story. The characters were extremely likable, and I truly adored how sweet and romantic Judging Books was. It was a solid performance by the author – which made it easy for me to be glued to my kindle from beginning to end.



The debutante path is a fairly straight track: who you are, who you associate with, and whose label you are wearing become priorities. They define you. They are the aspects by which you are judged.

Ashlyn’s world has been one of enlightenment and finesse, and now she is ready to take on the financial world at her father’s company just as he had always planned. Her future had been scripted long ago, but a chance meeting with a beautiful boy on a bicycle gives Ashlyn a new outlook on life.

Ethan is far too young, far too tattooed, far too pierced—just far too everything—to ever fit into her world. He has issues, too—major ones. Ashlyn knows he will never be accepted by her friends, let alone her overbearing father, but there is something about his live-in-the-moment outlook that keeps drawing her back into his arms.

Ashlyn must make a choice. Can she forgo the family dynasty and live life to the fullest with this fascinating but damaged young man?

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Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

From the author: “It’s my job to make you FEEL. That doesn’t always mean you’ll feel good, but I want my readers to be connected enough to my characters to care.”

Savage’s books many books span a wide variety of topics and sub-genres with deeply flawed characters. From cavemen to addicts to hitmen, you’ll find yourself falling for these seemingly irredeemable characters!

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