Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blog Tour: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Guest Post, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy.  The tour is hosted by Inkslinger Blog Tours.  You can visit the other great stops on the tour here.  My stop today features a guest post, review and giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Title:  The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
by:  Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publication Date:  May 17, 2013
Source:  eARC provided for tour

Synopsis:  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.

My Thoughts:  I am a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy's and I haven't read a book she has written that I didn't like.  The Hazards of Skinny Dipping was no exception.  I had been looking forward to reading this and Ivy delivered yet another great read.  The book begins with Juliet finding herself at her family's beach house shortly before starting college.  Everyone has gone and it's just her.  It's been a summer to remember - one in which she has been completing a "challenge" of sort from her cousin, which is why she is skinny dipping in the pool behind her house......where she thinks she is alone and no one will see her......not.  Dylan's family owns the beach house next door.  Dylan is a few years older than Juliet and she has been crushing on him what seems like forever.  She has really set him up on a pedestal in her own mind, but the real Dylan, as hot as he may be, doesn't quite play the part Juliet has scripted in her mind for him the way she wrote it.  In fact, when she begins her freshman year at college, Dylan isn't what she expected at all.  Juliet is pledging a sorority also, and it is at one of these events that she meets Reed.  Reed is a great friend to her, looks out for her, gives her a job, and fills the role of a big brother, but is the big brother role the one Juliet and Reed really want him to fill?  Which one is Mr. Right, which one is Mr. Wrong, and when her world comes crushing in around her, will Juliet's heart be intact by the time she finds out the answer to the question?

I really enjoyed The Hazards of Skinny Dipping.  I liked the fact that Juliet wasn't the perfect little virgin that we have been seeing in many of the NA stories recently.  She's kind of snarky, has an attitude, and speaks her mind....most of the time, but I found her really likable. I also enjoyed the relationship between Juliet and her cousin Amy, which was fun.  Dylan was a hottie, but a jerk, and comes across as a real douche-bag.  He really seems to care for Juliet in his own way, but is it enough to make him change?  Reed, on the other hand, I absolutely loved everything about him.  Juliet thinks she does to, but when the truth comes out, Juliet has to rethink everything she has come to know about him.  Despite it all, I am team Reed, though you'll have to read the book to find out who's team Juliet winds up on.  I did want to shake her a couple of times so she would see what was right in front of her.  Everything she experiences does help her character mature, even if it takes her a while to make the right decisions.  In the romance department, there were some really sizzling moments and some moments that definitely lacked the sizzle, which makes the bedroom scenes interesting, sometimes funny, hot, and sometimes not so hot.  

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Juliet ends where she began, but with a whole new perspective on life, love, and the hazards of skinny dipping.  If you enjoy NA contemporary romance, then I would definitely recommend checking this book out.

with Alyssa Rose Ivy

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Juliet
1)      Despite all the annoying Romeo jokes, she loves her name. She’ll never admit it though.

2)      She had a purple streak in her hair during her junior year of high school.

3)      She really wants a red convertible. It’s been her dream car since she got one for her Barbie doll when she was five.

4)      Her twin older brothers annoy her, but secretly she thinks they’re actually pretty cool.

5)      She really likes working at Al’s, and it’s not just because of her hot boss.

6)      She might be a history nerd after all. It’s a lot more interesting than biology.

7)      She loves pop music, and Katy Perry is on more than just her workout list.

8)      Although she eats Twizzlers at the movies, she’d take chocolate over them any other time.

9)      As much as she prefers dressing casually, dressing up can be fun sometimes.

10)    She’s glad she got the roommate experience her freshman year. 

Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New 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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  1. I can't wait to read this one, I have loved everything I have ever read by this author and I am sure this one won't be any different!
    it was fun getting to know a little more about Juliet before starting this one. :)

  2. I can't wait to read this and meet Juliet! She sounds great! :)

  3. This sounds great Ellen and I like that the MC isn't perfect. Thanks for sharing this one!

    1. I know what you mean :). I like reading about imperfect people.

  4. I've been thinking about reading this one, it sounds like a fun read. I have heard quite a bit of good stuff about it!

  5. This book sounds amazing and from the looks of it I think I'll be Team Reed as well

  6. "I liked the fact that Juliet wasn't the perfect little virgin that we have been seeing in many of the NA stories recently."

    OMG yes! I can't even tell you how sick I am of this! Well actually I think I've talked about it several times :)

    So happy you liked this one too!

    1. Yes you have. I like that she wasn't the perfect virgin either.

  7. It sounds like a great summer read, and the Dylan and Juliet seem like a two that I could root for. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  8. I like Ivy's writing too. I'm diving in to this one tomorrow!

  9. I'm glad you enjoyed Hazards, Ellen. I think it had a different feel from a lot of NAs out there. Great review!

  10. After reading that book description what romance reader wouldn't want to check this out? It hooked me, that's for sure.

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed this, I bought it a few days ago as I thought it looked good but I haven't read it yet.

  12. It looks like a great read. I'm about to do a little 1 clicking, this is up first. *P.S. pray that I don't get carried away. LOL! Last week I went a little nuts on paperbacks.*

    1. I need the same prayer. I buy way too many books :)


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