Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

 This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
 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.

                             Top Five Swoon worthy Book Couples: Indie edition

I have tons of favorite swoon worthy couples, but for this post I decided to focus on couples from indie (or were formally indie) books. Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order.

Julie and Nick 
The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder

Julie and Nick are a great example of a friends to more relationship. They love and protect each other as kids, spend time apart, and then find romantic love as teenagers. I love how protective Nick is, and how realistically the obstacles they face are portrayed.

 Julie and Matt 
Flat- Out Love by Jessica Park

This was one of my first and favorite New Adult reads. I love everything about how this relationship built up— even if it was anything but clear cut. I fell in love with both characters, and I was so happy to see them together.

 Arizona and Kellan 
Portal by Imogen Rose

Portal was the book that made me decide to go Indie, and Arizona and Kellan are a big part of the reason I love the book so much. I can't say too much without giving away the plot, but they give “friends to more” new meaning. It’s also a great example of a brother’s best friend romance. I can’t get enough of either of these types of romances.

 Riley and Ian
The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton

A girl and a ghost might not seem like the most likely choice for a top swoon worthy couple, but this is one of my favorite YA Paranormal romance reads. Although the series continues, it’s the end of book one that had my heart clenching. I fell in love with this couple and wanted them to find a way to be together despite everything separating them.

 Alaina and Gabe 
The Secret World of Alaina Downs by Rebecca Rynecki

Any couple involving a sexy knight is going to get my attention, but what I love the most about this couple is their chemistry. They are from different worlds, and drive each other crazy at times, but they really sizzle.

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is a quick read that leads us on the journey of Juliet and her cousin's bucket list that Juliet has to finish before heading off to college.
When you begin reading, you kind of have an idea that when it says hazards, something bad is going to come to this wild fun escapade of skinny dipping.  I mean, when you read the scene and Juliet's reactions from the beginning to the end, you know that it is going to have to go sour some time or another.  And truthfully, I was very happy that it did.  I never liked Dylan.  From the moment of meeting him, I knew something was just off about him.  Fortunately we have the guy that you can't wait for, somewhat rushing through the other parts so you can get to hear more form him...Yep, that is Reed.  In first meeting him, you knew he was THE GUY!! He was fun, sarcastic, humorous, thoughtful...yeah, you name it, it was him.  
So, Juliet jumps in to her relationship with Dylan and finds a friend in Reed, allowing us to go along and see what her first year as a freshman in college is like.  
From start to finish, we get to see how one girl, Juliet, takes on life and deals with it.  It is the things that we do everyday, the decisions that we make everyday that we witness here. Seeing Juliet overcome a dream guy and seeing him for who he really is.  Seeing the friend and knowing that he could be so much more.  It is taking in those life lessons and applying them.  I really liked Juliet.  She was spunky and carefree, yet showing her age when it came to some of her clouded judgements.  But, I feel that is what made the story.  It was real.  It was something people could relate to and feel that connection.
Alyssa Rose Ivy did a fabulous job with The Hazards of Skinny Dipping.  It is a sweet romantic read that warms your heart and puts a smile on your face.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog and for featuring Hazards!