Book Review: Living With Love

Living With Love by Clarissa Carlyle: Book 3 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance series.

Alex Heron has graduated from Princeton, and now it’s time for her to make her mark in the big wide world. With an exciting job opportunity in New York City, everything seems to be going well, but with the two great loves of her life, Oscar and Mark, still looming in the background it’s going to be far from smooth sailing.

Will Alex finally get the happy ending she so desperately deserves? Only time will tell as she navigates both the city and life back in Woodsdale in her ongoing search for her true self and true happiness.

Julie's thoughts: **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

Living with Love is the third and final book in the Lessons in Love trilogy. The first two books follow Alexandra (Alex) Heron from her senior year in high school through college graduation. This last book follows Alex as she starts her first and moves completely out on her own.

Although parts of this story where ok, overall, this was my least favorite book of the series. I felt as if Ashley and Alex traded personalities in this book. In the first two books, Ashley seemed the more responsible of the two, but in this book, she suddenly turned into a teenager for the first half. There were many things she said and did that were frustrating considering she is supposed to be 21ish and especially since she just graduated from Princeton. For example, she didn’t know that The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Les Miserables were books before becoming a Disney movie or musical, respectively. She also makes a pretty stupid decision while the girls take a vacation after graduation. Of course, as everything with this series, it ended well, so no worries. The decision and the way that it turned out so perfectly really sends a bad message to young people who travel abroad. I hope those who reads the story don’t follow examples from fictional books.

My favorite character from the series was Oscar, mostly because I felt he was the only real person in any of the books. He is messed up, mean at times and selfish, but there was something about him that I really liked. I liked him much better than Mark. I liked the part of this book where Oscar visits Alex in New York. They have such a good relationship now. It was fun watching them together. Alex grows up a lot in this book. She quits being the brat she was in the first two books and starts acting like a real daughter. I really enjoyed that part of the story as well.

I would recommend this book for YA readers who can overlook things. Overall, this was just an ok read. The series is a fast, easy read and written well enough. But, all of the books in the series are short. At $2.99 each for the last two books in the series, I would expect more. Many of the things that happen throughout the series are unrealistic. I had a hard time getting past many of them since this isn’t written as a fantasy.

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