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.Stuck With You Series: The First Kiss Hypothesis #3
Published by Entangled: Crush on September 2, 2019
Cover Design: Bree Archer
Cover Photographer: Jacob Lund/Shutterstock
Source: Chapter by Chapter Tours
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When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…
Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart...which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.
But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating...but now don’t?
Clean Contemporary Romance; Young Adult
First Person; dual-POV
Book #3 of The First Kiss Hypothesis series; can be read as a standalone (I haven’t read the first two books and had the full experience with this one)
We were born to be together, Catie Dixon, right?
She laughs into my chest. “Yes.We were.”
Addictiveness: 3.5/5 It was easy, sweet read, with a few cute moments. As addictive as coffee brewing!!!
Character: hero 4/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5 Sweet characters with complex personalities and depth. They were kind, mature teenagers, with good head on their shoulders.
Caleb was a good, kind, sweet, respectful boy that was feeling the pressure of what he wanted to become and what his family had planned for him. It was refreshing to read a hero that wasn’t a bit of a jerk and a womanizer. Yes, it was mentioned several times that he had been a jerk in the past, but all we saw was him maturing into a nice, young boy. I liked how he respect his and her family and his respect for girls in general.
Catie was a sweet young woman that was starting her last year of high school filled with doubts of the future. Just a normal teen with the same pressure and unsure feelings that I’ve seen two of my three teenagers going through. It felt very real their struggles, it really resonated with me. She has had a crush on Caleb for a while, but he has been sort of a jerk. Now, she is afraid of trusting him and their relationship.
I’ve liked Catie’s best friends, her grandfather and her family in general.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This is amazing art work. It feels handmade for this story. It gives the reader the setting, the beach; it gives the light offers the sweet vibe; their hands gives the romantic atmosphere and their clothes tell me teenager. I love the title, perfect for the story. The colors and font very sweet and fitting. I would definitely buy this book by its cover, without reading the blurb.
Freshness: 4/5 I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, I guess because I have three teenagers at home. This one was refreshing. It felt a little bit different than most out there. This wasn’t about bullying, or social status or sex, this story was about self discoveries and teenagers angst that most teens go through at the passage from high school to college. As fresh as mint tea!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 3.5/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 4/5, subplots 4/5, twists 3/5 Ok opening and great ending. Believable plot with dialogues well written. It wasn’t a fast-paced story, but it felt ok. I didn’t get a twist here, we sort of expected where this story was going, but I have to say the ending it was a good surprise! I’ve loved the conflict. It doesn’t feel that big or special, but it is very real for teenagers. Great level of satisfaction!
Romance: believable 3.5/5, chemistry 3/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 3/5 This is a love story as much as this is a story of coming of age. They were discovering themselves, by doing that, they have discovered each other. But it felt like the forever kind of love. They built a good foundation for that. As hot as jalapeño pepper (medium heat)!!!
Writing Style: 4/5 I’ve enjoyed the author’s writing style. I liked how she veered away from the “it topic”of right now. I also truly appreciated how it all felt believable. I look forward to read more from her.
Plot: I really enjoyed this book, but it never gave me chills. I needed a bigger climax, a moment of angst. From the moment the started I knew how it was going to end, I had no doubts at any moment. It didn’t keep me at the edge of my seat. It was good, but not wonderful!!!
This maybe book #3 of a series, but it is a standalone novel. I haven’t read the other two and never felt lost within the story.
I really felt close to this book. I have three kids (not kids, I guess so would say), they are 20, 18 and 15. If felt a lot like what my son is going through right now. Not our plans for him, but the doubts and uncertainties he is feeling about what comes next in his life.
27.5/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (between 24.5 stars and 27.5 stars)
Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 4 Cover: 5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 3.5 Writing Style: 4
Would I recommend? Sure, for everyone that enjoys a coming of age romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? I don’t know if I would re-read the book, only time will tell. But I want to read the series.
Would I read more from the author? Yes!a Rafflecopter giveaway