I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Right Kiss. Wrong Guy. by Natalie Decker
Series: Offsides #2
Published by Swoon Romance on January 23, 2018
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Source: Chapter by Chapter Tours
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You'd think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine's Day sucks when you're single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom's match-making business is doing great, and her school's new fundraiser is "Love-Grams."
Juliet's miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he's all but invisible. She isn't impressed.
Jared's never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and he's determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla's sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won't work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone's face. Juliet won't play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.
Contemporary Young Adult romance, with dual-POV.
This is book #2 of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I, for one, haven’t read the first book of the series, but I don’t think I have missed any important parts about our couple.
*****WARNING: Lots of mixed feelings on my part, equals a bit crazy review.*****
- Addictiveness: This was an easy, fast read that had me wanting to know the end.
- Character: hero 4/5, heroine 3/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 3.5/5, real 3/5 Jared was a good character, even though a bit immature. He kept trying to be the perfect boyfriend and got unlucky. At the same time he was a pushover. Juliet was really obnoxious most of the time. She was coming out a bad relationship, but this cannot be an excuse for all her actions. Several interesting secondary characters. Juliet did show some growth and a better attitude by the end of the book. Jared was easy to like, connect and understand. Juliet was easy to understand, but hard to connect.
- Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 4/5, buy 4/5 Covers are an obsession of mine. This one is pretty, but I find the guy in the picture too old-looking to portray a teenager. It bothers me a bit. Love the title and the color/font.
- Freshness: This book is ok. It doesn’t have a very unique plot, but if feels fresh when it doesn’t over dramatize the teens. Lately most YA reads are so full of angst, that is refreshing read some good teens.
- Plot: believable 3.5/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 3/5, ending 2.5/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, opening 4/5, pace 3/5, setting 4/5, subplots 4/5, twists 3.5/5 Great opening, ok ending. Too rushed! Good conflict to an ok believable plot. I didn’t like the dialogue much. In fact, I think their conversations and actions would work best if they were freshmen or sophomore. Too young, too immature. I’m a mother of three teenagers and I believe these courtship sounded a lot more like my 8th grader than my 17-year-old. I really like the subplots and I love the setting.
- Writing Style: I like YA. I guess the fact that I have three teenagers help. I love to see my kids and their friends in those stories. Even though I was unable to connect with Juliet, I have liked most characters from this book. Also, I have enjoyed the pace and concept of the plot, even though I felt the ending rushed. The story kept me guessing and wanting more at the end.
- Romance: believable 3/5, chemistry 3/5, description 3/5, development 3/5, steam 1/5 The romance here was confusing. I read a lot how Jared has liked Juliet for a long time. But I didn’t feel their chemistry. I mean, mostly Juliet’s fault, but also Jared stay-on-the-fence attitude didn’t help. This romance was full of ups-and-downs and when it seems it would finally take off the author ended the book. The end was rushed and it felt a bit incomplete.
This was my first book from the author and I’m curious to what comes next. I also want to go back and read Layla’s book, because I have liked her a lot.
- Action 1/5
- Angst 2.5/5
- Darkness 0/5
- Humor 4/5
- Romance 3.5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 0/5
- Would I recommend? This is a cute YA.
- Would I re-read this book? I don’t know.
- Would I re-read this series? I’m interesting in finding more about the characters.
- Would I read more from the author? I want to.
You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you followed the series; you MUST read this for a cute and fun YA!!!
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