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The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
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*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping was a welcome change to all the heavy reads I had gotten through lately. The blurb outlines what we can expect and I'm glad the humour was held throughout.

Juliet's story begins with-you guessed it-skinny dipping in her own backyard. Although she didn't anticipate her childhood crush turning up at the exact same time. But it worked in her favour as they were both grown up now and the attraction was mutual. Juliet felt she was the luckiest girl alive to finally get the boy she had lusted over. The only problem with expectations are they can be set too high and this was the case for poor Dylan. Juliet was left disappointed after she soon discovered Dylan was less than the Sex God she had imagined him to be between the sheets.

When Juliet began college, Dylan had plans to pick up where their skinny dipping escapades had left off. I could tell immediately that Dylan was a douche and I was proven right. He felt his intentions were good but really he had no regards for Juliet at times and his behaviour was controlling and intimidating. I did get a little frustrated at Juliet as I wanted her to take a stand sooner but then it did allow the angst to build up and it made her White Knight in shining armour stand out all the more.

Cue Reed Bryce aforementioned White Knight. I loved Reed, but then I always do love the kind, sweet attentive guys. Juliet and Reed had some funny encounters at the start and then he offered Juliet a job at the restaurant where he was the manager. I loved to watch their relationship slowly develop over time, they had built up a really strong friendship even though I was desperately telling the two of them to hurry up and get together already!

This was a really fun story about Juliet's journey through college and navigating her way through life, with love, sex and friendships. I was pleased it didn't follow the usual format of big secrets and heavy angst. Even though a small secret came to light at the end. I knew from the outset the intentions were good so all was easily forgiven. I enjoyed Alyssa Rose Ivy's writing style and the story flowed well. However, I would have liked more of Juliet and Reed towards the end. Things picked up at 70% and I was greedy for more of them. I also would have liked more details in their intimate scenes. Not because I am a smexy scene lover, I promise ;) I just wanted to feel their already great connection more by revelling in the details and at times I felt those parts were over too quickly.

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping was a funny, light story. It will make you laugh out loud and swoon over Reed. A perfect beach book for this summer. ~Ava
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on 12 August 2014
Before I get into the story and romance, I'm going to start by saying how funny the book was. Don't get me wrong there are some sweet and sad scenes but the funny parts were my fav. Some of the situations Juliet found herself in were hilarious!

I was expecting Juliet to be quiet, nerdy and really inexperienced. Thankfully what she actually is, is fun, down to earth and spirited. The title comes into play from the beginning of the book but it's the events following as Juliet starts Uni which make the story.

The guys: Dylan is the hottie she's always wanted - he's also a bit of a tool. I couldn't believe some of the things he did! Parts of their story reminded me of the TV show Greek. Don't get me started on his brother, who I had high hopes for! My favourite was Reed. He's not the typical frat guy I was expecting (yes he is a frat guy and is popular), but he's so much more.

The friendship between Reed and Juliet was both sweet and infuriating. I couldn't believe how long they played the friend card for! Reed is charming, caring and really attractive. What I liked the most about him, was how he paid attention; he noticed the little things about Juliet and really listened to her *swoons*!

4 Stars in the Sky!
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on 14 June 2013
I havent reviewed a book in a long while but as this had so few uk reviews i thought i should. This was such a sweet love story and it keeps you guessing to. Its not over the top with drama its just well ... perfect. If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy then this is the one to 'Reed' (you'll get what that means) ;)
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Not bad, but the central character is quite annoying in that she will keep giving into the man she first sleeps with in the book. It's obvious from the word go that he's a control freak and not right for her at all, but she continues to fall under his spell (basically, putting a hand on her leg is enough to make her melt into his arms!!!). Anyway, the story isn't bad apart from that. Was expecting the story to be more of a beach, holiday romance kind of thing, but in fact it's all about college kids.
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on 23 July 2014
Hmmm, It's ok, but just ok. The author is obviously a fan of 50 Shades and tried to bring the Red Room side of things in to the story which made me giggle but wasn't particularly needed. Dylan creeped me out, but I guess he is suppose to. The whole thing is just missing something... cute little read though, if only to fill the time on the beach/pool side
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on 1 June 2014
I've read this book several times now and still love the feel of it as a: fun, carefree, light read. However, at times I didn't relate too well to the protagonist as she was a little too over-dramatic for me at times, but it wasn't enough to distract me from the story, which is what all that matters in the end.
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on 26 July 2014
Being a naturist, I thought this might have had some factual history involved in it... But sadly there isn't that I know of. A 'non-bucket list' is mentioned but rapidly dips into hum-drum sexual encounter - at which point I'll admit, I stopped reading. Can't comment, therefore on the ending.
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on 6 July 2014
This was a really good light read and an enjoyable young adult book. Though it was predictable at times it was an excellent novel that didn't disappoint from the author Alyssa Rose Ivy. Though I enjoyed the flight series more, this stand alone book is still great and a perfect summer novel.
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on 23 May 2015
I loved the story, it is so true to life, nothing seemed far fetched it wasn't just about sex, it was a true love story. And I would suggest for you so read it. And as I said at the start the ending is cool the the final two sentence in this book made me smile.....
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on 12 August 2014
Ahhh a quaint holiday read romance. Won't make the mascara run but will put a smile on your face. Loved the main character gullible with spunk. The ending paragraph was so quirky in a good way. A free book first I've read of Alyssa Rose Ivy will look for more.
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