Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping

Title - The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
Author - Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series - Hazards #1
Genre - New Adult
Published - May 17th 2013
Format - Kindle

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.


Juliet is headed off to college at the end of the summer and her cousin has left her a to-do list that she must complete one of which is skinny dipping. After her family leaves the beach house Juliet plans to enjoy her little swim to finish off her list. While in the pool her neighbor who happens to be the hot older guy she’s crushed after for years shows up, he even joins her in the pool. What should be a dream come to for Juliet is a night she won’t soon forget as the worst. Sneaking out she doesn’t expect to run into Dylan at college after all he’s a senior and she a freshman.

Juliet arrives early before school starts to pledge her cousin’s sorority even getting accepted into Delta Mu. It’s at a party with her sorority sisters that she encounters Dylan and it turns out he’s not happy she sneaks off and has been looking for her. While the night they shared was underwhelming Juliet falls into a relationship hoping it will be better. While Dylan isn’t perfect he has his own issues but Juliet overlooks them after all she’s been crushing after him forever. While pledging her sorority she befriends one of the Kappas who she forms a friendship with and when things fizzle with Dylan it gets steamy with Reed. Will he be the one to hold her heart? What about when secrets come out?

OMG I loved Juliet but I had my moments where I wanted to beat her with my kindle. I loved the way she completes her list it made me giggle how she jumped into her pool when it was dark and no one was around to complete skinny dipping.  I also loved Reed as we got to know him; he’s the good guy who has a good heart who is exactly what Juliet needed. I thought the chemistry between Juliet and Reed was perfect and loved how they went from friends to more is fantastic.

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is the first installment of the Hazards series. I started this last night before bed but had to put it down or I would have stayed up all night reading. To be honest I wasn’t sure how I felt about Juliet and Dylan but as soon as we got to know Reed I knew it would all work out. I finished the last 80% of the book in one sitting it was impossible to put it down because I had to know how it was all going to play out. I loved the characters they are easy to connect with and I loved Juliet she very well may be my favorite character from the author’s books. The author has created another brilliant series which captured the heart as well as the imagination. I’ve already picked up the next two in the series and can’t wait to read them all. This isn’t my first book by the author in fact I’ve read most of her books and she’s one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend all of her books so far I haven’t found one I didn’t love. The real question is which one do I love the most. I can’t decide but this one is my current favorite. 
5 out of 5 stars 

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