3 Star rating
So Many Reasons Why
So Many Reasons, Book #1
By Missy Johnson

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Autumn


Twenty-year-old Emma hasn’t left the house since she was attacked as a child. Now, with the impending release of her attacker from prison, Emma knows it’s more important than ever for her to regain control of her life. From her unrelenting nightmares, to her strained relationships, to her crippling agoraphobia, Emma feels as though her life is spiraling out of control.

When her professor, Simon Anderson enters her life, Emma must deal with feelings she has never experienced before.

Though both she and Simon know their relationship is bordering on inappropriate, neither of them is able to ignore the intense chemistry that is quickly developing between them.

What was supposed to keep her mind off the attack has left her more confused than ever. When there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t be together, is simply being in love really enough?

This is book one in a two book series. (Goodreads)


After being the victim of a vicious criminal attack when she was very young, Emma has isolated herself away in her apartment.  Despite suffering from agoraphobia, she continues to see her very close friends and family and she still pursues a university degree via online classes.

She begins to have a very sweet (and forbidden) email correspondence with her professor, Simon Anderson.  Simon makes Emma feel things she though she never would.  When they finally meet – face to face – sparks fly and lines are crossed.  With Simon, Emma feels she can overcome almost anything.  But the one thing that scares her most is still out there and she may have to face it all over again.

So Many Reasons Why is a quick read – coming in at about 178 pages – but packs quite an emotional punch.  I felt a real connection to Emma and her fears. Despite the significant barriers in front of her, she keeps on going and her strength really shows through.  Simon is the perfect hero for the story.  He is swoony (That’s important!), strong and understanding.  I am not a big fan of the cliffhanger ending and this book ends with a big one, but I will most definitely be reading the sequel…