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A YA anthology featuring some of today’s hottest Young Adult authors!
Doubles Love by Ali Dean – Mackenzie Bell loves two things: tennis and the Kendrick family. She doesn’t want to be anything like her mother, who hops from one husband to the next. It’s one of many reasons why she’s never dated. The other reason? She’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, Jesse Kendrick.
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not by Kristen Kehoe – Kennedy Russo has had it rough. She’s become a pro at being invisible. But when she’s paired up for a 5 week assignment with golden boy, Gage, she starts to realize that anonymity may not always be the best option. Gage is on a mission to make her his friend, but will their tentative friendship bloom into something more?
Stroke of Luck by Cassie Mae – Jensen is well on his way to the PGA, if only he could focus. Getting stuck with his best friend as co-counselor at the golf camp will help—Penny’s always been one to push him. But when their alone time turns romantic, Jensen wonders if she’ll just be another distraction.
Someone I Used to Know by Tessa Marie – Charlotte was not looking forward to Spring Break. No technology and a boy she can’t stand. But when she realizes the boy is actually a hot guy now, and wants to hang out with her (!) she cant help but think this break may turn into something pretty awesome. But, is he harboring a secret that will challenge their budding relationship?
16 Kisses by Kelly Oram- All Cassie Caldwell wants for her sixteenth birthday is to finally be kissed. When Cassie’s older brother and his best friend—the lovable, sexy cowboy, Jared—discover her secret, Jared takes it upon himself to make sure her birthday wish comes true.
Four Letter Words by Ginger Scott – Dakota Wright has been making Jace Padgett look good for years…and she’s tired of it. What started as a favor has turned into a habit—one that she’s justified in her mind because Jace also happens to be six feet of gorgeous hunky quarterback, green eyes and a smile that can swing a girl to the moon. But the last favor she did for him may have finally tipped the scales, and Dakota’s ready to call it quits. One small hiccup—her heart can’t seem to let her. And when Jace starts to share pieces of the real him, Dakota begins to think her heart might just be smarter than her head after all.
Overall rating of 4 stars — a fantastic selection of great YA short stories. There’s everything from sweet to a bit angsty in here, something for everyone to love. And so many fantastic first kisses…definitely a lot of swooning.
Doubles Love by Ali Dean — 3.5 stars. This one started off really solidly and sucked me in. I thought for a short story that Mac and Jesse had some great chemistry. I felt bad for Mac’s home life, and I enjoyed the sports aspect (even though I’m not a sporty girl). I was a little disappointed in how it played out after the first kiss though. The conflict I expected, but it resolved overly quickly, and I guess I just felt like it was a build up for no reason. I did have to put the story down and get errands done, so maybe I just lost the flow of the story too? Still, a sweet YA with a fantastic first kiss.
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not by Kristen Kehoe — 3 stars. I had a hard time getting sucked into this one. Mostly I just could not empathize with Kennedy very well. I could see what the author was trying to do with her, but it just wasn’t working for me…but I think that might have been a personal thing. Gage didn’t capture me right away either, but he got more adorable as time went on. And eventually I did start to enjoy Kennedy, so the story ended better than it started.
Stroke of Luck by Cassie Mae — 4.5 stars. Penny and Jensen were so adorable together, they had me smiling all over this story. They had such fantastic friend chemistry, and I loved seeing them both start to see each other as more than just friends — it gave me the tingles. You could feel the tension of this last summer together, and I was on pins and needles at the end. Thank the baby jesus for the epilogue. Jensen has definitely been added to my book boyfriend list, I love me a goofy adorkable guy.
Someone I Used to Know by Tessa Marie — 3.5 stars. Definitely a cute YA. Sometimes the choices that both characters made annoyed me. I guess they were just immature and that did fit with their ages, but I wasn’t in the mood for that. But I loved the moments of closeness (like at the dock and the boathouse) — you could feel the chemistry in those moments.
Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram — 5 stars. Yup, this book had everything for me. I loved Cassie — she was a little bit unsure, but oh so spunky and sassy. I love reading about kisses, and I loved how different all the kisses were. And Jared was just epic swoon. I liked how he played his cards so that she would realize what was real and what was just fun. It was the perfect short story for me, all wrapped up from beginning to end with great fun and chemistry.
Four Letter Words by Ginger Scott — 4 stars. A part of me was epically sucked into this story. My heart just hurt for Dakota, seeing her impossible crush and watching her get used again and again. I couldn’t help but want to see more of why she was attracted to Jace. It just felt kind of shallow, since for the most part he seemed to be quite the jerk. A teeny part of me was hoping that some other nice boy was going to come along and show her what it would be like to be treated right. Jace was redeemed a bit at the end, and my heart did break for what he was going through and his secrets. But I guess it was just the kind of short story where I ended up wanting more b/c so much was going on. I wanted to see what happened when they got to school again. I wanted to see some consequences for Jace. I wanted to see more of what brought them together. So I was torn…b/c I really did gobble it up.