Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy!

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
Release Date: 05/21/13
Summary from Goodreads:
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.

***ARC received by author for review purposes***

Another great book by Alyssa Rose Ivy!  As soon as I saw the cover for this book, I knew I wanted it because a) It's by Alyssa Rose Ivy!, b) look at that gorgeous cover, and c) seriously, did you see that cover?!  I didn't even know what it was about and I really didn't care, I just knew I was going to read it as soon as I could get my hands on it.  Once I stopped drooling over the cover to actually read the summary, I just wanted it even more.  Don't let the vague and very short book summary scare you off.  The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is one to add to the top of your TBR!

Juliet is spending time on her family's beach house before college starts.  Juliet is not the most outgoing person and to try to break her out of her shell, her cousin Amy makes a list of dares for Juliet to do before school starts.  She's done all these things on the list, except for the last one: go skinny dipping.  Juliet finally gets the nerve to skinny dip in her pool when her long time crush and guy of her dreams, Dylan Bradley comes along.  One things leads to another and they end up skinny dipping together which leads to more when they both end up in Dylan's bed.  Juliet is finally going to get it on with Dylan-freaking-Bradley!  Too bad he's not exactly what she was expecting, and I mean this in a bad way.  Although the kissing is great between them, the sex is...not.  Juliet chalks it up to nerves and when they meet again at campus, they end up dating.  No matter how hard Juliet tries to convince herself (and others), Dylan is not the guy of her dreams.  He's a controlling jerk who still sucks in bed.  The 'love' scenes between them were great in that hilariously-awkward kind of way that you can't help but feel bad for both Juliet and Dylan.  I was hoping Alyssa would put them both out of their misery and soon!  No girl deserves a guy that's bad in bed!  But sometimes it's hard to realize that what you thought you wanted for so long, was so wrong.

As a sorority pledge, Juliet spends a lot of time with people from sororities and fraternities.  What starts off as a cute and flirty friendship with Reed turns into so much more.  The more time they spend together (they also work together), the more she realizes that Dylan is not her dream guy.  No cheating storyline here.  Juliet finally realizes what a douche Dylan is and she breaks things off with him.  Meanwhile, Juliet and Reed's friendship continues to grow.  The relationship between these two had that perfect oh-so-slow build up that drives me crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  To me it just makes that moment when they finally get together so much better and worth the wait.  I'm so happy my girl Juliet finally got some well-deserved hot action!  I loved that their relationship was easy, drama-free, laid back and fun but it was also hot.

Although I may have wanted to grab Juliet a couple times and shake some sense into her, I understood why she was fighting so hard to hold on to the idea of the perfect Dylan.  It only made the moment when she finally dumps him much more enjoyable.  I loved that Juliet wasn't a stereotype character.  She wasn't a virgin, she wasn't a slut, she wasn't a party girl but she also wasn't the bookworm.  She was just...Juliet.  I wasn't sure what to expect from Reed at first.  I thought he was going to be the jerk/man-whore frat guy, but he really surprised me.  He was sweet and nice and swoony and hot and was a good friend to Juliet.  He stood by while she took her time to finally notice the connection between them.  As always, Alyssa writes great secondary characters.  This time, I hope that Kyle gets his own story.  That would be ;)

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is my perfect definition of NA.  If you're a fan of Alyssa's writing, this one will not dissapoint.  As always, looking forward to her upcoming books.  If you haven't read any of her books yet I recommend picking this one up first.  It's funny, sweet and sexy and despite what the summary says it has a great story about finding yourself.  Plus, have you seen that gorgeous cover?!

4.5 out of 5 stars!

 Some of my favorite quotes from The Hazards of Skinny Dipping:
-"This kind of feels like the beginning of a YA novel." She laughed.
"No.  Trust me.  The contents of this letter are not YA appropriate."

-I was still trying to accept the fact that the first time wasn't a fluke - Dylan sucked in bed.  Either he didn't get the concept of satisfying a woman, or he didn't care.  The only thing he had going for him was his foreplay, and he didn't even finish what he started.

-At least his bed was comfortable.  That's what I kept telling myself as I tried to fall asleep.  If you've got to recover from unsatisfying sex, at least do it on nice sheets and a good mattress.

-"Oh my god.  Have I really been missing that this whole time?"
"I'm afraid so." He grinned.  "If it makes you feel any better, I was thinking the same thing."
"Please tell me we're going to do that again."

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