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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Indie Contemps Spotlight - "That Boy" and "The Vincent Boys" And enter to win a copy of "That Boy"!

I love to read all kinds of YA, including Indie and Self Published works. I've been getting into some great contemporaries lately and I wanted to share mini reviews on a couple of my favorites :0)

"That Boy"
by Jillian Dodd

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits.

There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth. Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me. And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

I love best friend love stories! I don't know what sucks me in so much, but I will read any one I come across. I guess it might have something to do with my unrequited crush on my best friend in high school. Haha.
This story was really great. JJ, Phillip and Danny were all awesome characters. I loved the dynamic between the three of them and how oblivious JJ was to the fact that they actually started realizing she was a girl. We get to watch the three of them grow up, so we get to see their friendships evolve and change. For more than half of the book I really couldn't pick a team. I loved Danny and then I loved Phillip, then Danny, then Phillip and so on. Ultimately, though, I'm completely on board with who she ended up with. I can't wait for the sequel, I am dying to know what happens to all of them :0)

And because Jillian Dodd is so awesome, she's providing an ebook copy of "That Boy" for giveaway!!
To enter go HERE!

"The Vincent Boys"
by Abbi Glines

Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from.

Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.

I am a sucker for southern accents and boy can Abbi Glines write a great southern accent. And this was a best friend love story, too. Noticing a pattern?
We've got small town good girl, Ashton, who is a lot wilder than anyone really knows. Except, Beau, her boyfriends cousin and former best friend. Her boyfriend Sawyer is the golden boy and expects Ashton to be the same. She's learning that is a lot to live up to. I loved seeing Ashton's true self start to emerge as she was spending time with Beau over the summer.
There were some pretty steamy scenes in this one, but ultimately it was pretty darn romantic. I love when a guy tries to be all noble. Beau was just *sigh*. Bad boys are hot, what can I say. I was so mad when Ashton was at school and all of the kids were being so horrible to her, I wanted to punch Sawyer for not stepping up sooner. Ass. I grew to like him, though, as the story went on. We got to see a little more into who he really was and he was an okay guy. I look forward to reading more by Abbi Glines :0)


  1. Thanks for the great review of my book! I'm so glad you liked it! And I have to agree with your comments on The Vincent Boys! I LOVE that book! Beau is so freaking hot! I started reading it Thanksgiving night and ended up staying up until like 1am. I. HAD. TO. FINISH. IT. So, so good!!! Also, I'd love to offer up a free copy of the book, if you'd like to give one away to your readers!!!

  2. Great feature! I haven't read That Boy, but I've heard it's great. I couldn't agreemore about The Vincent Boys. Abbi is an awesome author.
    Great reviews!

  3. Love the review! And Andrea you MUST read That Boy. It is right up your alley.



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