Without a Doubt (Lindsay Paige)


Emerson Montgomery loves his high school sweetheart, Kelly Price. He’d do anything for her, including agreeing to a break where they’ll see other people as he heads off to college. Struggling with the break and guilt over dating other people, Emerson meets Eva, a beautiful, funny, easygoing, and nosey junior. 

Eva Harvey chose this particular college with the hopes of fulfilling her own fairytale and falling in love at the same college where her parents met. She does her best to go with the flow and simply see what happens, but Emerson simultaneously causes her to fall in love while making her second guess everything along the way. 

There’s some things you know without a doubt. However, Eva causes Emerson to doubt everything he believes about his future while he causes her to doubt what’s right in front of her. Can they find a way to erase all doubts or will it tear them apart in the process?

I want to start by saying that I was kind of expecting a bit more of this book, still, it wasn’t a bad read, just a kind of boring one unfortunately.

Lindsay Paige writing is easy to follow and quite simple. The dialogs are good and often enough to make the story interesting, and the internal struggles within each of the characters are well exposed.

I did like both main characters. Emerson was sweet and honest, while Eva was hilarious and said the weirdest things. As a couple, they work. This is one thing I did like in this book: the representation of domesticity. When Emerson and Eva are alone at home, they do normal stuff, they cook, they clean, they watch Netflix, they sleep and then, sometimes, they have sex – although, let me tell you something: this is the least explicit New Adult book I’ve ever read… NOTHING! My only problem with them is, as much as they work as a couple, and they do, I didn’t feel any chemistry there.

The plot, or most lack thereof, is where I have a few problems. This book is slow… oh so slow. It centers on Emerson and Eva’s relationship as it develops, and how Kelly (Emerson’s ex – maybe future – maybe uncertain) influences the behaviour of both of them, and how they deal with it. I didn’t like this plot, and even though I understand why it came to be, I didn’t exactly like it’s resolution. Moreover, nothing actually happens!

What I did like was Emerson’s honesty towards Eva, telling her exactly what’s going on with the Kelly situation, and how he feels about it. He never once lies to her, and that’s a big bonus in this story. But I cringed a bit over the fact that despite knowing all along Emerson’s story, Eva never actually lets him know just how informed she really is.

All in all, it was an undeniably sweet story, but just not my cup of tea. I did shed a tear though, I admit that.