Thursday, October 30, 2014

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Just A Little Crush (Crush #1) by Renita Pizzitola

Just a Little Crush
By: Renita Pizzitola
Releasing October 21st, 2014

Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

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Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.

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Entertaining story with the typical amount of angst and twisted, tangled, confused feelings and of course miscommunication. Brinley and Ryder are college students that already have a past history going back to high school, with an event at a party ended with Brinley's humiliation and subsequent extreme dislike for Ryder.

Now both attend the same college, and as hard as she tries to stay far away from Ryder, she eventually falls under his spell. Their relationship was progressing nicely, until Brinley discovers a secret that Ryder may or may not be a part of. Add a best friend with conflicting feelings, and the mother from hell and you've got a good story.

I enjoyed this book; I liked the fact that while Brinley wasn't exactly experienced when it came to the opposite sex, she also wasn't a naive, virginal wallflower who knew nothing of the real world. I also liked that Ryder was very mature for a 20-year old when it came to Brinley and her lack of experience and that he didn't push her into something she might not have really been ready for. What a standup guy! And how far he went to ensure the secret wasn't leaked on campus was pretty impressive as well. I was a bit surprised when I learned the exact connection between Ryder and Noah though. 

Overall a good story, I'd recommend it if you're looking for a read that's got some witty banter at times, with some angst thrown in, but not your typical, run-of-the-mill angst.
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

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