Series: Hazards, Book 2
Also in this series: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
Published by Self-Published on 27 February 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, New Adult, Social Issues
Source: Inkslinger PR
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Also by this author: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
Place(s) Traveled To: Gasden, South Carolina //Kiaweh, South Carolina // Charlotte, South Carolina
First Line(s): Field parties are about as much fun as they sound.
The Hazards of a One Night Stand by Alyssa Rose Ivy is a companion book to her Hazards of Skinny Dipping and is set at the same college, Harrison, as the previous story. The main character of this book, Mallory, is a sorority sister to Juliet and as such she and Ross do have lots of cameos in this story. And thank goodness for that because I really did not like Mallory. If it wasn’t for the secondary characters in this story and the super sweet male lead, Colton, then I probably would have called this one a DNF. Mallory was spoiled, judgmental, bratty, and didn’t care about anyone around her or who she might hurt with her actions. I honestly don’t get what people saw in her or why Colton kept chasing after her. Sure they had a great one night together but her attitude afterwards was just deplorable.
Mallory really had a hard time getting out of her own way and loved to make mountains out of mole hills. She claims to have been deeply in and love with and hurt by her ex-boyfriend who just happens to be Colton’s older brother. But throughout the book she keeps saying how it was always Colton she had the crush on. But she couldn’t be with Colton because he was younger than her and people would talk. Colton was three months younger. THREE MONTHS?!?! Her ex was over a year older than her but that was ok? Mallory was filled with these contradictions and a terrible attitude that just got worse and worse as the book went on.
As I said above though the secondary characters made this story more bearable. I liked Colton and wish that we’d gotten to see things from his POV. I also like Juliet and Cara and they all helped to lesson the drama that was Mallory’s world. Though after meeting her father and what a domineering ass he was you can almost understand where Mallory was coming from but as he barely saw her he can only be blamed for so much. Her stepdad was controlling (ridiculously so) but he let her be all bratty so he didn’t help Mallory’s attitude any.
If you can get past Mallory’s whininess then the plot of this one isn’t that bad and the pacing is pretty even. The story never felt rushed and you can see the seeds being set for future stories set in the world of Harrison University. If there are more stories I will probably read them as I do like Ivy’s writing and I don’t think that she can make a character that I hate more than Mallory. So if I can make it through her story I can pretty much make it through any others that Ivy might write.
Others who enjoyed this book more than I did:
Pink Fluffy Hearts -“[Ivy’s] main characters both male and female are always dealing with real issues, which make them incredibly relatable to the readers. Mallory is no different. She is sweet and kind and has a very big heart that she hides behind a wall of sarcasm.”
Lovin’ Los Libros – “While I didn’t enjoyThe Hazards of a One Night Stand quite as much as its predecessor, I still found myself completely engaged and was happy to see some familiar faces in this novel.”
Other books set in college that you may enjoy:
One & Only by Viv Daniels (5 stars)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (5 stars)
True (4 stars) and Sweet (4 stars) by Erin McCarthy
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (4 stars)