Also in this series: The Hazards of a One Night Stand
Published by Self-Published on 21 May 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Source: Inkslinger PR
Also by this author: The Hazards of a One Night Stand
Place(s) Traveled to: Kiawah, South Carolina // Charleston, South Carolina // Savannah, Georgia // West Ashley, South Carolina
First Line: Skinny dipping was the last thing on my list.
I had a really hard time getting into The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy and this made me sad as I really enjoyed her Clayton Falls series. I just couldn’t connect with the main character, Juliet, who flitted between a TSTL character to one that just needed a b!tch slap as she was so annoying. The dialogue in the early part of the book was also off putting as it was stilted and read more as an early draft of a first novel and not by an experienced author. There were several times when I was ready to just give up on this one but I kept with it since I am part of her Release Day Blitz and Blog Tour.
While the beginning of the book may not of thrilled me there was this shift in tone and writing somewhere in the middle and I became invested in the story. I liked Juliet a little better though she’s still not my favorite character in the book. I also would have liked to see a bit more from her friends, Cara and Mallory, and even her roommate but maybe those stories will be told in future books that Alyssa Rose Ivy writes. After all, to be part of a series is more the norm than a stand alone book these days.
Another thing I liked is that the character that Juliet obsessed over was far from perfect. Not only was he your typical douche love interest character. You know the one, the guy that the MC seems to love and yet the reader knows is bad news and keeps mentally telling the character so? Well, that is Dylan. But he’s popular and handsome and just seems to have everything only the thing that you think would be super wonderful is far from it. Juliet is then torn between living her dream and dealing with the harsh realities of the world.
Then there are two other boys who also like Juliet and while both have cookie cutter good guy potential they too exhibit flaws that help to humanize them. As a reader, you are torn at times between these two but you know in the end that there is only one choice. For me, this book was made with the last half of the story. There was tension, drama, and even a few heart achy moments. And you know how much I love my heart achy moments!
While Hazards of Skinny Dipping had a rocky start for me I did enjoy how it ended. I’m glad that I decided not to DNF this one because then I would have missed some fun moments in this story. If I could cut out or revise the first part of the book I would as the second half was just so much better in every way. The writing and the dialogue all just seemed to pop more. Skinny Dipping is flawed in places but I don’t feel like my time was wasted with the read, or at least, it wasn’t once I got into the story.
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
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.
Author Bio: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.