Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

Sweet – Emmy Laybourne

Sweet coverSweet
By: Emmy Laybourne
Available June 2015

*People would kill to be thin.*

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

*But will they die for it, too?*

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.

This Blonde’s Review:
Laurel and Viv couldn’t be more different. Laurel wears boots and is comfortable with her weight. Viv likes to dress up and is always working to lose weight. When Viv’s dad pays for spots for both girls on a highly sought after celebrity weight lose cruise they have different views. Viv can’t wait to see how much weight she can lose and shows up prepared with smaller sizes of clothing. Laurel is happy with her size and only goes to support her friend.

Laurel catches celebrity host Tom’s eye right away. He can’t help but notice how different she is from everyone else and how real she is. But Tom isn’t the typical celebrity either, he wants more for himself and wants to live a healthy lifestyle. He chooses not to take an Solu since he’d rather work hard and eat right.

Tom and Laurel falling for each other the way they did was rather quick and unlikely, but I couldn’t help but like it anyway. His uncertainty and her unwillingness to be on display. They each had their shy points but they were willing to do what was needed for each other and to lean on each other. And they were smart enough to outwit solu and the other passengers.

The twist in the story was great. I loved the way they worked it around even with how unlikely it all was. If you’re willing to go with the story without worrying about how possible it all is then it was great and tragically terrible all at the same time.

If you enjoyed Emmy Laybourne’s other books you’ll likely enjoy this one too. And if you like books where being true to yourself is the best way to survive then you’ll enjoy this one.


Joyride – Anna Banks

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By: Anna Banks
Available June 2015

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

This Blonde’s Review:
Carly has had to grow up faster than any of her classmates. She can’t be a teenager since she is working hard all the time. She’s either studying hard in an attempt to make a better life for herself, or she’s working to earn as much money for her family as possible. Carly’s parents were deported several years before so she has been living with her brother while they both work hard to earn money to get them back in the United States.

When Arden does something big that causes him to see Carly he can’t seem to look away. He can see the way she tries to hide and fly under the radar. But Arden also sees the fire that she keeps hidden and knows that she would be the best accomplice in his pranks. Until he’s unable to see anyone but her.

I loved Carly and Arden. They have such different lives but neither have had it easy. Their baggage is heavy and not something any else can understand, yet somehow they’re able to help shoulder it for each other. They’re both strong characters who will fight for what they want. They didn’t know to fight for themselves until they met each other.

If you enjoy books with unlikely couples who teach each other what really matters in life then you’ll love Carly and Arden’s story.