Series: Hazards #1
Publisher: Createspace on May 18, 2013
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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.
“’Juliet?’ His eyes widened slightly. I knew what was coming next. ‘Have you found a Romeo?’”
“Skinny dipping was the last thing on my list.”
My Musings: This is the first of Ivy’s novels that I have had the pleasure to read, although I do have most of her other novels on my Kindle app. True to recommendations, Ivy is an excellent writer with the ability to craft an amazing story. Although I wasn’t completely enamored by Hazards, it was still an excellent book and I cannot wait to read more of Ivy’s stories.
I mentioned that this novel didn’t completely enamor me—and that’s okay. It’s pretty hard for me to absolutely fall in love with every book—although this one came close. I enjoyed watching Juliet come into herself and realize that taking risks is okay. Juliet takes her first risk one night—she goes skinny dipping. And while skinny dipping, she’s joined by the boy that she had been crushing on for years. One thing leads to another, and well, we all know how that one ends. Great, right? Wrong. Turns out, dream boy is bad in bed.
And so Juliet gets to college, where she’s a pledge, and we get to watch her deal with all kinds of stuff. And we meet the fantastic Reed. And the rest is history.
Juliet’s character was okay. She wasn’t my favorite heroine, but she did have some nice qualities, like her independent spirit. She was also really funny. The one thing that irked me about her was her staying with the guy that she obviously didn’t have the feels for, and not going out with the one she did. But other than that, she was a pretty cool main character to read about. And then there was Dylan. Dylan pissed me off. He was rude, controlling, and not at all swoony. He just…irked me like no other. If you read this novel, which you totally should, you’ll see what I mean. And there was Reed. Reed was a nice male character. At first I was completely in love with him, because he was sweet, and overprotective, and just an all around nice guy. He really cared about Juliet and I admire him for standing up for her against Dylan.
This novel, I think, didn’t completely do it for me because it was filled with absolutely meaningless (and bad!) sex (with Dylan, of course). I know it’s common in NA books, but still…it was very unsatisfying, much like Juliet found Dylan. But once I was able to mentally cut out all of the sexy times, it was a really enjoyable book. A book that I would definitely recommend to those of you who enjoy reading about people coming into themselves. It was a great novel overall, and I cannot wait to dive into more of Ivy’s works.
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