Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe Book Blitz with - Giveaway #ReadSwoonRepeat

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Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!
This week features
Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe.
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After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.
Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.
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Title: Life in the No-Dating Zone
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Patricia B. Tighe
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This story grabs you from the beginning and just takes off from there. I love the quick pacing of the story but with the fast pace came simple sentences. I didn't mind that because it made the story clear, concise, and meaningful. The author didn't concern herself with beautiful prose but was still able to deliver a heartfelt and delightful story.

I actually really liked the characters. They were all likable and relatable to me as an adult and if I were a teenager, I feel that the characters were well written. Claire is pretty level headed and intelligent but I can still relate to her as an adult. She does have some childish moments but it's something everyone can make mistakes about. Gray is really sweet and I like how he isn't a brooding bad boy. He's just an average boy who's trying to express himself to the girl he likes.

The dialogue between the characters had me chuckling or cringing. I loved it. I found it realistic and well done. It's probably some of my favorite parts in the writing. Ok, so I'm from the Midwest so the uses of "ya'll" distracted me. I guess I'm not too used to it but since the story takes place in Texas, I assume that's normal. As I read it I couldn't stop the Southern drawl as I read the dialogue.

Now the story isn't perfect. There are some details that I felt were lacking or missing but it wasn't a huge deal. I also noticed a detail in the story that wasn't addressed that bothered me. Such as how long the girls knew Grayson and how long he had a crush on Lindsey. If you ignore it, it's not a big problem but it did stop me in the middle of reading because I was trying to figure it out. I thought it was a small town so everyone knew everyone? It was never really addressed or that important.

For a contemporary, I really enjoyed this story! This story is charming, romantic, and heartwarming. The ending is predictable but you can't help but root for the characters anyways. Highly recommended if you want a quick, light, and easy read that will leave you feeling like you're floating on a cloud.

3.7 out of 5 rating for me!

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

Patricia B. Tighe
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?

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