This book is sexy as hell, but doesn't take itself too seriously or dive off the deep end of believability. Though both main characters, Blake and Amanda, are annoying in their flaws at times, it still makes sense and they are able to meet perfectly in the middle. My only problem with this book is the plot is uneven. The first half of the book is a cute romantic comedy and the second half is straight up erotica. I would have liked to have seen this balanced better. Maybe Amanda could have had a nice little fling in the first half and in the second half she and Blake could have had more witty banter and shenanigans. Regardless, Karina Halle is a very skilled writer and I will be sure to read more of her work in the future.
Here's part of the official Goodreads description:
What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?
All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.
What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.
So here's the breakdown:
1. Age: Both Amanda and Blake are in college.
2. Identity: Both characters struggle with their personal identity and who their parents want them to be. Though Blake is the typical stud and Amanda a type A, they learn to balance each other and bring out the best in each other.
3. Friends: Eh...neither's friend makes much of an impact or seem really necessary. Amanda's roommate is mostly comic relief (borderline racist stereotype) and Blake's relationship with his half-brother is cute. Other than that, the focus is solely on Blake and Amanda.
4. Romance: Oh, boy. This one is sexy and detailed. Would not recommend reading the second half of this book in public. Ha ha!
Pairs well with a bottle of Rosé.
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So I'm not one for new year's resolutions, especially unrealistic ones, but I am a fan of planning and resetting intentions. Last year I read DIY MFA by Gabriela Pereira, which is amazing and every writer should check it out. In it, she describes a three facet system for balancing your work. These facets are "write with focus," "read with purpose," and "build your community." Each is important and none should be neglected, so I came up with a plan for my new year.
Write With Focus
I'll be working on a few different projects in 2017, but my main project will be drafting my second book. During the week I want to sit down every night and work on it, even just a little. I give myself weekends off, unless I feel especially motivated one day, because I believe rest is just as important as work.
Read With Purpose
Last year I set out to read more New Adult books so I could get a better sense of what's already out there, but I didn't set any numerical goal for it and it petered out pretty badly. So this year I set my Goodreads goal with intention. Each month I want to read one new adult title, one nonfiction book, and one writing resource.
Build Your Community
It's easy to get overwhelemed by the amount of social media outlets that are available, but I've found that Instagram is really where I connect with other writers and readers best, so I plan on focusing my energy there. I also belong to a small writer's group and I want to keep that going this year too.
What kinds of intentions are you setting for 2017? Let me know in the comments.
There's nothing I love more than the possibility of a new year. Now, I'm not a resolutions fan, but I am a fan of planning and I do so by years. What do I want/need to get accomplished this year, in five years, in ten? The months within those years help get me closer to those accomplishments, but the years help me plan them out and see the big picture.
I have a lot of big plans for 2017 and I'm excited to get to work and share them with you.
For now, I have created a fun wallpaper to celebrate and get motivated come January. You can snag the image above or edit it to suit your tastes in Canva by following the link.
I hope you all had a relaxing and joyful holiday season and have a happy new year!