Maybe it's You
by Christy Hayes
Publication Date February 4, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Young Adult
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Young Adult
Reagan Bellamy’s neighbor is everything she never wanted. Despite her best efforts to ignore him and fly under his radar, Dash Carter refuses to wither under her stare and leave her alone. So what if he’s totally hot? Who cares if her roommates think he’s adorable? Reagan’s too busy to waste time on a loser with musical pipe dreams. Between classes, studies, and her need to stay ahead of the game, she’s got too much on her plate to give him the time of day.
Dash Carter is a man on a mission. He’s done a total 180 and for the first time in a long time feels optimistic about the future. He’s clean, he’s on a good path, and he’s surrounded himself with people who make life better, not worse. Unfortunately, his neighbor—the one girl who’s always piqued his interest—still thinks he’s a slacker, bothering Dash more than it should.
Acting on an opportunity to show Reagan he’s a changed man, Dash inadvertently puts her in a difficult position with her new boss and sends her down a path she hasn’t the time or inclination to pursue. Desperate to make things right, Dash becomes more invested in her life despite warnings from his mentor to not get involved with someone whose beliefs don’t match his own.
Reagan’s not sure what it says about her that she’d rather deal with Dash the deadbeat than Dash the Bible thumper. The more she digs her heels in against the religious freaks she’s forced to interact with, the more she begins to question everything she’s built her life upon. When the tide begins to turn in Reagan’s heart and her worldview flips upside down, trusting God means putting everything on the line, including her heart.
I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
An edgy story of life choices and changed lives.
Maybe It’s You was an interesting book and not what I was expecting. While the story-line was exactly as the synopsis described, how the story was written was the surprise.
I didn’t like Reagan at the start of the story. In fact, after I read the first couple of chapters, I went back to read the synopsis again, afraid that I had agreed to read a book for a tour that wasn’t the clean story I had thought it was… Then I saw that, yes, this is New Adult Christian fiction and I even saw a review by an author I respect, Sarah Monzon. Whew! Okay to continue.
Edgy is a good description for this story. Dash had been quite a mess before the story opens. He was into drugs, women, and was on the road to destruction. He came to his senses and was now following the Lord. Reagan was almost as unchurched as you can get. She had made some bad choices and thus the first two chapters which had me squirming.
The book deals a lot with the temptations that Dash and Reagan face as they walk the road following the Lord, primarily related to their attraction to one another. It is frank in its portrayal and may cause the reader some uncomfortable moments.
There was a situation where Dash inadvertently cornered Reagan into accepting an invitation to a Bible study. The way that he tried to redeem himself and to help her not walk in totally ignorant of the Bible was pretty cute, and even a little clever. I wonder if the author has ever employed this method. . .
I appreciated getting a fresh perspective on what it is like to be unfamiliar with much of anything related to the Bible or Christianity and then be thrust into the world of the “churched”.
Readers who enjoy stories a little rawer than what I typically read may enjoy this more than I did – it was good but not a good fit for me. The story is clean yet is very open about lust and drunkenness, more about the attempt to make right choices than why they are bad choices.
I would not recommend it for a younger audience.