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Review: Unwritten by Chelsea M Cameron

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Title: Unwritten
Author: Chelsea M Cameron
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: July 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Children’s librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story…

Blair Walton isn’t your average curvaceous tattooed children’s librarian. She’s also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she’s afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That’s why she and Raine write in secret.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and “do some research”. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He’s British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair’s not the only one with secrets.

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REVIEW 

Ok, so I was totally smitten as soon as I knew the story focused around a children’s librarian. Blair is a tattooed, smut writing children’s librarian – how can anyone not totally love her just from that :)

Blair is what really made Unwritten for me,  not only is she someone I could personally relate to (hello, teen librarian here) but she was also a terrific role model for women everywhere. She accepts herself for who she is, she embraces her life and herself and other people gravitate to her for those reasons alone. She’s utterly gorgeous, curvy and comfortable with her body (inspirational) I really loved how she accepted herself as she was, embracing her love of food and covering her body in literary quotes and book illustrations.

I’ve got to be honest and say I really didn’t get Declan’s appeal, especially the Draco Malfoy appearance (not my type obviously, lol). However, Declan’s role as a father endeared him to me, he really is a wonderful father and has a terrific relationship with his son. I’m always slightly envious when I see/read about ‘good’ fathers. Personal experience with less than stellar male role models makes even good fictional fathers bittersweet for me.

Chelsea’s adorable, quirky sense of humour shines through the narrative, it is one of my favourite things about her writing :) Her use of unconventional modern literary couples added to the humour and relatability of the story as a whole :) Add in the humourous and probably very accurate insight into the world of writing and editing on a deadline alongside strong female friendships and you have a captivating story.

While the romance was a secondary element in the book for me, I absolutely adored Blair. I wish she were real so I could use her as inspiration for my girls.

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BOOK SUMMARY

Children’s librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story…

Blair Walton isn’t your average curvaceous tattooed children’s librarian. She’s also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she’s afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That’s why she and Raine write in secret.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and “do some research”. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He’s British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair’s not the only one with secrets.

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Author Information

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

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Review: The Hazards of Sex on the Beach by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: The Hazards of Sex on the Beach
Series: Hazards #3
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: July 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

One broken heart, one drink too many, one steamy night in the sand…

No one warns you about the dangers of drinking with a broken heart. At least no one warned me. I never imagined I’d fall for a musician, especially not one like Chase, but then again I never expected to have my heart broken into a million pieces by the frat guy I thought was the love of my life.

Sometimes it’s the rash decisions, like hooking up in the sand, that lead you to the best places—the kinds of places where it’s possible to let yourself fall in love again.

REVIEW 

In the third installment of this fabulous series, it’s the turn of Cara to take centre stage. We’ve encountered Cara in both of the previous books as the third roommate and best friend of Juliet and Mallory. Cara has always come across as the quintessential sorority girl – a bit like Barbie on speed ;) She’s been going steady with Aaron since starting college. Always doing what other people expect of her especially where Aaron is concerned that the shock of his betrayal cuts deep with Cara. Not only does she lose the boy that she thought she was going to spend forever with but she really doesn’t know who she is. Aaron is a complete and utter d-bag, I am so glad that Juliet hit him where it hurt because that is exactly what I wanted to do to the b*****d.

Cara in a moment of rebellion does something completely out of character and has a random hook-up at a party on the beach, leaving straight after without giving her name. Destiny has other plans for her though. No longer fitting into the social life she previously relied on, Cara steps out of her comfort zone by going to an indie concert with another sorority girl, Jade (also mentioned in the previous books). Jade has a spot on the college radio and enlists Cara as her wing-woman when interviewing bands.  As fate would have it the mysterious hook-up just happens to be a member of an up and coming band at the concert Jade and Cara attend.

I think I’ve read too many books with angst in them because I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop with Chase rather than just accepting him for who he was. Probably exaggerated by Cara’s need to remain distant due to the hurt she suffered with Aaron. Chase proves that stereotypes are a way for other people to justify their thoughts and actions. Chase is not your typical rocker in the slightest; blending hot geek with musical genius wrapped in sensitivity and caring. He really is the total package.

Although long distance relationships are very difficult, the time apart allowed Cara to discover her own likes and dislikes in a way she has never been able to before. Chase brings out the confident woman who was lurking under the insecure surface. The hotness scale in this book has certainly been upped to volcanic proportions, the limited time together means fireworks erupt when the opportunity presents itself.

Alyssa beautifully weaves the idea of identity into the narrative, especially the fact that we are constantly changing and evolving based on life experience. Alongside the saying ‘everthing happens for a reason leasing you to where you should be not where you think you should be’.

The Hazards of Sex on the Beach provides a stunning conclusion to the series – although I would love to see a novella/novellas of the characters 10 years down the line. It would be a fabulous way to expand the connection already established to the wonderful characters Alyssa has created.

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THE HAZARDS OF SEX ON THE BEACH Synopsis

One broken heart, one drink too many, one steamy night in the sand…

No one warns you about the dangers of drinking with a broken heart. At least no one warned me. I never imagined I’d fall for a musician, especially not one like Chase, but then again I never expected to have my heart broken into a million pieces by the frat guy I thought was the love of my life.

Sometimes it’s the rash decisions, like hooking up in the sand, that lead you to the best places—the kinds of places where it’s possible to let yourself fall in love again.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

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Title: Boys Don’t Knit
Series: Boys Don’t Knit
Author: TS Easton
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more ‘feminine’ side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. All a big misunderstanding of course. To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets ‘stuck in’. Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is God. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates…and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him…Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, Boys Don’t Knit is a must for boys and girls..

REVIEW BY SAM – YEAR 9

This is a teen comedy novel revolving around the life of struggling teen Ben fletcher. Ben isn’t a bad kid, he just seems to hang out with the wrong people, in the wrong places, and more often than not, he’s also in those places at the wrong time. So it’s only a matter of time before he is forced into community service after a hairy incident involving shop-lifted alcohol, a bike and a lollipop lady who wouldn’t seem out of place on a Viking battlefield. Thrust into a desperate mission of redemption, Ben must face this wizened warrior queen, inappropriate innuendo from his parents, girls, and a short-lived career in knitting. And getting a date with the frustratingly elusive Megan Hooper would also be nice.

I picked this book up with mixed emotions; the title suggested a comedy, and after reading the synopsis I was assured that it was, however, the cover was a dubious mix of bright colours and a theme that wasn’t reassuringly masculine, and as a result there was a brief moment of indecision, before I made the worthwhile choice of taking it to read.

Filled with unexpected turns, it didn’t exhaust its ability to occasionally cause me to giggle like a little girl, and at other times groan with exasperation at the impossible circumstances Ben somehow gets himself into. T.S. Easton seems to manage to effortlessly draw you into the life of Gex, Joz and Freddie and their friend and antiheroic weed, Ben Fletcher, the unlikely main character of this story.

A worthy read, causing you to inwardly cringe, laugh and even feel the successes (few, yet still there) of the relatable Ben Fletcher, it’s almost sad to finish the story, but it leaves no doubt about the prowess of the skilled T.S. Easton: there is nothing to criticise.

Read it, it’ll be a laugh.