Book Reviews

Dare You to Date the Point Guard by Lacy Andersen

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 171
Series: Rock Valley High #2
Genre: High School, Basketball, Romance
Published: March 2, 2022
Rating: 3 STARS

Synopsis:

A little dare never hurt anybody…

My whole life’s been about following in my parents’ footsteps: ace school and then get into med school. And that means that my dream to become a world-famous artist isn’t part of the plan. Neither is the game of spin-the-bottle that leads me to the second most humiliating moment of my life with Mason Finnick.

The brooding, obviously heartbroken, and ridiculously talented point guard of the Rock Valley High basketball team.

And better yet – thanks to my parents and their plan, we’re stuck in the same class together.

But I’ve got one mission for the rest of senior year that will make everyone happy: ace this class and convince Mason to be the guinea pig for Project Happiness. He’ll win his ex back and I’ll get to go to art camp this summer.

Should be easy!

But Mason has a way of getting under my skin.

And the smoldering way he looks at me makes me want to ditch the plan.

If I can’t pull myself together, I might just ruin everything.

Or, I might just find that letting go can be the best part of life.

Review:

Trina loves art. Her parents want her to go to med school. When they change her class schedule she is now stuck in an independent study class with Mason. Mason is new at the school for his senior year and starting point guard on the basketball team. Mason’s cheerleading girlfriend broke up with him before winter break. Trina decides to help Mason get his girlfriend back in a project to ace a class so she can go to art camp.

I am not a big fan of the heroine. I feel like she butted into Mason’s business just so she could be his friend. And this was before Project Happiness. Another thing that bothered me about the book is the dictator parents trope. Also, the heroine kind of seemed… dense I guess could be the word.

I didn’t truly buy the parents at the end. It seems like one of the wrap everything up and make it happy. It didn’t feel real. And Mrs. Drew needs a refresher on how to talk to students.

Book Reviews

My Heart to Touch by S.B. Alexander

My edition: Kindle Owned
Pages: 206
Series: Maxwell Family Saga #1
Genre: YA, High School, Sports romance
Published: Dec. 18, 2018
Rating: DNF @ pg 8

Synopsis:

The shy ones are diamonds in the rough.

QUINN THOMPSON

When I walk into a room, the popular kids whisper about me. I don’t own designer clothes or name-brand shoes. I don’t wear low-cut shirts or tons of makeup either. I’m as plain Jane as a girl can get. I live on a farm, where the uniform of the day is boots, jeans, and a T-shirt unless it’s winter; then I trade my T-shirts for heavy sweaters and a parka. Baggy is my style.

But I’m considered one of the nerds in school for reasons besides my wardrobe. I have my nose in books while the popular girls have their noses up jocks’ butts. I do everything I can to avoid the in crowd at Kensington High—until a new boy waltzes in. He’s tall like my brothers, handsome like Zac Efron, and disrupts my belief that boys only want one thing. My only problem is he’ll never notice me, not if my arch-nemesis has any say.

MAIKEN MAXWELL

Basketball has been my life until my dad died. I’m trying not to get depressed, but it’s hard to breathe sometimes. He’ll never cheer from the stands at any of my basketball games or shout at me to shoot that three-pointer. I promised him I would step up if anything happened to him, and now it’s time to be the man of the house.

Only I’m torn between playing for the Kensington High basketball team and finding a job—until the girl with butterscotch hair snags my attention. She’s pretty, quirky, and her presence takes my mind off my troubles. Above all else, she makes me feel things that I’ve never felt before. In my mind, girls are just a distraction. They’re nice to look at, they talk too much, and they’re extremely pushy. Yet Quinn Thompson might change my opinion that all girls are created equal.

Review:

Yikes. Yikes. And more yikes. Normally, I will try to push myself to at least 20% but with this book that was a no can do. With most potential DNFs if I push through there could be a redeeming factor. In this book, I couldn’t see that happening. Why? The writing. It was way too immature sounding. Also, I got it, the heroine is a farm girl who grew up on the farm and dresses like farm girls do. Yeah, you are constantly reminded that she is a farm girl. It got annoying.

Guys, I only made it to page 8. I could not imagine what this review would be like had I read further. Probably not very pretty. So this is a dud for me.