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Series: Hazards

Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: The Hazards of a One Night Stand by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: The Hazards of a One Night Stand by Alyssa Rose IvyThe Hazards of a One Night Stand by Alyssa Rose Ivy
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
Pages: 248
Format: eARC
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)



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, New Adult, Review2 Comments

Review: Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose IvyThe Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Hazards,
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
Pages: 305
Format: eARC
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.

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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.