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Series: New Wave Newsroom #2
Published by Jenny Holiday on October 4, 2016
Genres: New Adult, romance
Source: Barclay Publicity
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Dawn Hathaway is a realist. She’s not the smartest girl at Allenhurst College. She’s not the prettiest, either. So if she wants to be popular, she’ll need something else: power. What better way to get it than to start a gossip column in the campus newspaper? If she has to commit a few minor crimes in pursuit of the latest scoop, what’s the harm?
Arturo Perez loves being a campus cop. He knows Allenhurst’s nooks and crannies—and lately he’s been finding the campus gossip snooping into every one of them. He can’t deny that he enjoys bantering with the sassy schemer. But he also can’t shake the sense that there’s more going on with Dawn than meets the eye.
When tragedy strikes and Dawn needs help, how far will Arturo go to protect her?
Loose lips sink ships…
Out Oct 4th – the second book in the New Adult College Romance series: New Wave Newsroom
New Wave Newsroom #2
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
- Cover- This cover is so perfect! Really, if you want to meet Dawn you only have to look at the cover. Plus, we can definitely guess the 80’s vibes.
- Plot- Even better than The Fixer, The Gossip has a more mature content. I like how the author has intertwined both stories in time. We see characters from the first book and we start going back and forth to understand that all this was happening at the same time all of that with the art building and Royce happened on The Fixer. This plot is denser, it has even more depth than on the first book. One half of the couple is a full adult already and their relationship felt more grown up than Jenny’s and Matthew.
- Plot- Ms. Holiday fantastically wrote a full novel inside this novella. Really, one of my usual problems with novellas is that I feel them rushed. Novellas usually don’t give enough time for the plot to build and thickens. This doesn’t happen here. In the first 30% of the book, the author built the setting, the plot ground work was laid and we saw how the couple built on their awareness of each other during the first three years of Dawn’s college time. Only after that, their relationship started to grow into something more meaningful.
- Characters- I love them both. I understood, connected and related to them. Yes, Dawn was a lot more immature than Arturo, but this was exactly what the author wanted portrayed here. The age difference, their life experiences, this was all part of what created their differences in personalities, in whom they were and what they had to overcome to get to that right place when you are ready to a more mature, meaningful relationship with another person.
- Addictiveness- Yes, this is a short book, that you will read in one sitting and won’t feel the need to do anything else. You can’t let go. I’ve finished last night, and I’m still feeling the aftereffects of the story. I can’t wait to jump on The Pacifist.
- Freshness- Being a teen on the late 80’s I totally love the vibe of this series. The idea of writing something of the past, never felt so new as it does at the New Wave Newsroom series. Kudos to Ms. Holiday.
- I don’t know if this could be any better. Probably being a full novel, so I would get a huge epilogue for my favorite couple. 🙂
You MAY read this because you enjoy New Adult romances; you SHOULD read this if you like college lifestyle type of reads; you MUST read this if you would like to reminiscent on the 80’s with a powerful romantic series!!!
“You aren’t going to call my parents, are you?” Never mind that I only had one, and that Daddy finding out I was drinking probably wouldn’t even rate a phone call from him. I stuck out my lower lip and tried to make it quiver, not enough that I could be accused of purposeful manipulation, but enough—I hoped—that I was communicating some remorse.
“Nope,” said Officer Perez, totally unaffected by my emotional display. “You’re eighteen. Welcome to adulthood.”
“Welcome to adulthood, yet I’m not allowed to buy alcohol?”
“That is correct.” He handed my ID to the cop next to him, and that cop flipped open a little notepad and started writing on it.
“You’re a campus cop,” I said, letting my gaze rake over Perez’s belt. It held a baton and handcuffs and a few other things I didn’t recognize, but no gun. The other guy had a gun.
He glanced at the patch on his right biceps that read ALLENHURST COLLEGE PD. It was stretched taut over the muscle. “And you have a talent for stating the obvious.”
“Do you even have jurisdiction here? Because we’re not actually on campus.” We were a mere two blocks from it, but still. If he wasn’t going to respond to my remorseful-little-girl act, maybe I could wiggle out through a procedural loophole.
“That’s why this guy”—he jerked his thumb at the colleague I’d come to think of as Good Cop—“is writing your ticket.”
“Teamwork,” Good Cop said, smiling as he ripped off the ticket and held it out to me. “Allenhurst PD at your service, miss.”
“Oh, so you need a real cop to close your deals.” I was being a brat for no reason now, but I hated the fact that this big guy, this big gunless guy, could just step in and ruin everything.
The big gunless guy in question took a step toward me. God, he was big. Maybe he didn’t need a gun because of those tree-trunk arms. They looked like they were more than sufficient to take on any villain. “Perhaps you’d prefer that instead of issuing you that fifty-dollar possession ticket, I have my ‘real cop’ friend here arrest you,” he said. “And hey, while we’re at it, we’ll get your friends for furnishing alcohol to a minor.”
“You can’t do that!”
He took another step, leaving only a few inches between us. My eyes were level with the middle of his chest, so I had to crank my neck back to maintain eye contact. He was probably doing it on purpose, trying to intimidate me and compensate for his lack of a gun.
He smirked. “Perhaps you’d care to add resisting arrest?”
More books from the New Wave Newsroom this fall!
The Fixer: Out Now!
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The Pacifist: coming Oct 25, 2016
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