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review 2014-12-27 19:32
{Review} The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Hazards of Mistletoe - Alyssa Rose Ivy

Savannah and Glen have been holiday friends forever, always meeting up when her family stays in Vail for the Christmas holiday and then keeping up by phone, text, and email the rest of the year. And while Savannah can't deny how attractive Glen is, how she wouldn't mind knowing him quite a bit better than just a friend, she knows better than to cross that line with him. After all, they live on different sides of the country, and risking their friendship like that just isn't worth it, not if it means losing him. But then there's the mistletoe and the unexpected kiss and the almost so much more… And everything changes.


The Verdict: Savannah and Glen are clearly easy friends, in some ways having grown up together. So it's only natural that something of a crush forms. But a simple night watching a movie becomes much more complicated when Glen puts a stop to things and walks away, altering their friendship forever.


Unable to face Glen after he rejects her, Savannah gets dressed and makes a run for it — clear across the country and back to college, where it's easier to escape the friendship it seems she's ruined. But when Christmas rolls around again, she can't talk her father into making other plans, so it looks like she's going to have to find a way to avoid him until what used to be her favorite holiday is over.



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But this year things are different. For one, her dad's got a girlfriend — a serious one — and her two kids are along for the holiday. Her potential new step-brother is just a few years older and is acting more protective than she expects. His younger sister is easy to get along with and looks up to Savannah, even before they've met. And Glen? After a falling out with his parents, he's got a job and a crappy apartment, a roommate who's more than happy to help him out, and a big need to explain, apologize, and somehow get Savannah back.


Their reunion was tense, as one would certainly expect, and Glen makes it very clear he's not giving up until Savannah hears him out. Against her better judgement — and in spite of her embarrassment from his rejection — she tentatively accepts Glen's olive branch. But as cute as their romance was, things started feeling a bit rushed. After lots of tension and build-up, not to mention some plotting on Glen's part just to get Savannah to listen to him, it almost felt like things fell into place too easily. In some ways, that was a good thing, since it was really all just a big misunderstanding. But it also would have been nice if the reward had been longer.


In any case, The Hazards of Mistletoe is a quick, easy story of genuine friendship coming of age and two friends finally bridging the attraction gap into something more. Glen is genuinely sweet, and Savannah is just as real and insecure as any girl her age. The characters are easy to love, and the classic story of friends falling in love is always a winner.

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url 2014-10-15 12:32
Cover Reveal and Giveaway for HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Hazards of Mistletoe



Cover designed by Once Upon a Time Covers and the Cover Model Photography by K. Keeton





Who is ready for an amazing new Hazards Series novella!? We are so happy to bring you the cover reveal for Alyssa Rose Ivy's THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE!! THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE is a novella in Alyssa's New Adult Romance, Hazards Series and it's set to be released November 20, 2014!!  




One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever. Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:


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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review 2014-07-24 01:52
{Review} The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping - Alyssa Rose Ivy

When Juliet's cousin essentially dares her to break out of her shell and take a few risks before she heads off to college, she has no idea what she's gotten herself into. A few beers, a night at a bar, and a kiss with a stranger don't seem so bad, but skinny dipping? Of course someone caught her at it!


But the guy she's had a crush on for years, the unexpected partner in her skinny dipping adventure isn't quite as perfect as she'd dreamed he was, and while he doesn't completely turn his back on her after their night together, she kind of wishes she would. Especially now that she's met Reed.


But... There was a certain lack of connection throughout the book. While looking through Juliet's eyes, it was easy to understand what was going on, but I didn't really feel it. In fact, I would venture to say that the most I felt was sympathy for the utterly clueless and selfish Dylan, and that wasn't really the point of the story.


The Verdict: At first, I just felt kind of sorry for Dylan. I mean, he was just completely clueless! The way he talked to Juliet seemed rude at times, but I assumed that was because he was so used to girls throwing themselves at him that he didn't have much skill in actually trying to pursue a girl like Juliet. And he did really seem to like her, wanting her to sleep next to him, acknowledging when everyone's assumptions about their sleeping together embarrassed her. But then he'd just be all disrespectful and borderline rude again. It's no wonder she wasn't following him around like a lost puppy.


But I have to say I was also a bit annoyed with Juliet. Dylan was incredibly self-centered, not like he didn't care about Juliet's feelings but more like he wasn't even aware they existed. And Juliet, since she'd been crushing on him for ages and had built him up to some kind of fantasy man in her head, more often than not allowed him to push her around. Things never got abusive, really, but their scenes together were frustrating. Granted, Juliet's young, and eighteen-year-olds don't necessarily have a lot of wisdom when it comes to guys, but she knew she wasn't really all that happy, and still she went along with him.


Reed, of course, was really sweet and funny. And when their romance finally had a chance, I was happy to expect something more. However, for all their interactions and the fun they had together, I still didn't really connect with them. My favorite stories are the ones where I almost feel like I am the main character, and my emotions tumble around along with hers. But in The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, it felt more like I was watching from the outside, being told about emotions and sometimes getting a glimpse of them but never really feeling them myself. It's still a cute, fairly quick read, and the sex scenes aren't overly graphic, so I'd say it's just about perfect for the seventeen or eighteen year old reader.



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review 2014-06-04 01:22
{Review & Giveaway} On the Rocks by Alyssa Rose Ivy
On The Rocks (Mixology) - Alyssa Rose Ivy

When a falling out with her family and post-college indecision leave Carly adrift, she escapes to her brother Colin’s house, where a summer at the beach just might be the answer.  But Colin’s girlfriend Maddy is thinking about moving in, and Carly doesn’t want to wear out her welcome, and before she knows it, she finds herself moving in to Maddy’s old place — with two rather hot male roommates.


Macon might miss having Maddy around, but his attention is quickly captured by his new roommate Carly.  She’s fun and flirty and a hell of a lot more than he expected.  She might not have everything figured out yet, but she certainly has his attention, and while he knows better than to get involved with her, he just can’t help himself.  And she doesn’t exactly make resisting easy.


But...  I definitely enjoyed the book, but I don’t think I connected with the characters as much as I did in Shaken Not Stirred. In the first book, I pretty much fell in love with Brody and Macon, and I was all about Maddy picking Colin over the rather mysterious Lyle.  But once Macon’s romance with Carly began, the dynamic duo that was him and Brody sort of faded away, and even though Maddy had some pretty major drama going on, I didn’t see much of her.  I definitely liked Carly, and her relationship with Macon was entertaining, but I guess I just didn’t get quite as invested this time around.


The Verdict:  My own odd distance aside, it was still a fun read.  Carly and Macon are quite the pair, hot and bothered one minute and then cracking jokes the next.  Their banter didn’t fall when their clothes did, and that made for some pretty realistic love scenes.  I mean, sure, sex can be all high temperature, but that doesn’t mean people comfortable joking with each other suddenly switch personalities.  It was really nice to see these two keep making each other laugh throughout the book.


I also liked getting another look at Maddy and Colin.  Their relationship wrapped up neatly in the last book, but that true commitment was still rather new, so it was great that On the Rocks didn’t relegate them entirely to the background, and we got to see them moving forward with their relationship.


Carly's deal with her family was really sad, though, which probably served to keep the story from getting too fluffy.  And who among us hasn’t had some crazy family drama?  Colin’s big brotherly understanding, Brody’s loyalty, and Macon’s protectiveness just sealed the deal.  This group of slowly coupling off friends makes for some great romances.  Frankly, I want to read Shaken Not Stirred again now, and maybe immediately follow with a second reading of On the Rocks.  I have the feeling a back-to-back reading will pull me further into the characters this time.


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