The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy is a fun, brand-new NA release. It’s about freshman year, sorority life, and coming to terms with the fact that your crush is not the guy of your dreams after all.
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.
I like light, beach-y summer reads and this one was a fun surprise. It’s a fast read that you could read poolside and finish before your sunscreen wears off.
Juliet has always had a crush on Dylan, but when she does finally get him alone things don’t go the way she always dreamed. What’s worse is that they now go to the same college and she can’t seem to shake him. Juliet starts freshman year, bonds with her new sorority sisters,gets a job at a pizza place, and meets someone new. Reed is a frat guy from a different house than Dylan, and he becomes a friend who watches out for her. Reed’s scenes with Juliet are some of my favorites.
I never had the sorority experience so I thought the rush scenes, hazing and pledge experiences were entertaining. It makes me think I’d really hate that life though! There are some stereotypical mean girls, and lots of leering, drunk frat guys, but there are some characters that are really nice too that defy stereotypes. Juliet is a spunky freethinking girl that doesn’t seem the type to go for the sorority life, but she has a cousin that used to be in the sorority so she decides to try it out. Juliet is warned off of Dylan, but it takes her some time to figure that out for herself.
The story is written in a light and conversational tone, with little asides to the reader. Part of the story is told through email exchange as well. There is a little twist to the plot that took me by surprise too.
I think Hazards will appeal to fans of NA romance books such as Losing It or True. Hazards is a light and breezy read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s an engaging, fast read, and a standalone to boot!
About the Author:
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.
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Thanks to InkSlinger PR for hosting the blog tour and providing a review copy of Hazards.