Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: Flirting with Love + Teasers

       
TITLE: FLIRTING WITH LOVE
AUTHOR: CLARA STONE 
GENRE : Mature YA contemporary romance

A Special Thank You to Lindee Robinson photography  for the teaser images and cover image.

                                             



                                   
Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful 
home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet--pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more. Give more. Without regrets.











SPOILER-FREE

Ha! I loved reading this book! In fact, I actually like it better than the first book (although I still loved that one too). Perhaps the personality of the characters or the relatable situations they were in made me love it more. As with the previous book, you can expect intricate writing and high levels of entertainment. I had been able to easily immersed myself into the reading and I loved the journey the author took us on in the story.

I think I enjoyed Blake and Hudson more than Heath and Ace (but they are still fantastic). It might be because they are near complete opposites and I liked how the author melded them together. The chemistry between the two had been more volatile but sizzling and sweet at the same time. I definitely like the nicknames in this story more than the first book, it made more sense to me. Oh, if you want to know why in the first book Heath is called "Iceman" you'll find out in this book! Just throwing that out there if you're interested. ^_~ 

The relationship with Blake and Hudson have been done before, it's a trope I don't mind rereading and the way Ms. Stone writes it definitely made it worth reading to me. The level of snark in the dialogue between the two main characters had me laughing and I loved it. Character building and dialogue appears to be the author's strengths to me. I enjoyed the plot developments in the story which added to the depth of the emotions and relationships between the characters but there were some issues that I think could have been improved upon. The problems were minor and didn't really hinder my reading experience.

Something not to expect, don't dive into the world to understand the tension between the high class and middle/lower class. It's there but not really described to the degree that it's like a Prince and a Peasant. It's talked about but never really an issue, it's glossed over and you get the gist.

I noticed a few hiccups in the plot that had me rereading certain parts to clarify what point in time I was in the story. This is because the author wrote in the present and flashbacks in time. This is fine and she does it well enough but sometimes I felt there was more of a gap between those moments. That somewhat confused me as I read. It could have been a little more smooth and seamless but you can figure it out once you reread the previous chapter or so and it was only at a few parts.

The ending is similar to how I felt with the first book but I do think it was done slightly better this time. The conclusion is predictable but ties up most of the threads in the story. It's satisfying and heartwarming but a part of it left me puzzled which made me think there will be a sequel after this book. If you liked reading "Forever Kinda Love" you'll definitely enjoy this book!

4 out of 5 rating for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)




Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.
 




Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.








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