Friday, March 6, 2015

Flirting with Love by Clara Stone


GENRE : Mature YA contemporary romance

A Special Thank You to Lindee Robinson photography  for the teaser images and cover image.



Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful 
home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet--pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more. Give more. Without regrets.

Although this story starts with the heroine, Blake, on the way with her nervous husband, Hudson, to have their first child, it's actually the account of them from day one. We pop between their heads, learning about the funny first moments and how their lives progressed from there.  Each chapter is titled with the person's name, so it's easy to keep track of who's viewpoint were reading at that moment. I really enjoyed this switch-back and found myself caught up in both of their emotions as they struggled with their relationship and the troubles around them.

Most of this story is done in flashbacks, and this is something I usually don't care for. But Clara Stone does an excellent job of keeping these jumps smooth, clear and plot related. Along with the character's name, each chapter title has a little extra  'before 1999', so the reader knows what's coming. But I think what really makes these time movements easy is simply that the story is mostly told in Blake and Hudson's past, making that the true story. The present is more of a taste to set the mood and lead into the last chapters.

The characters are sassy, full of life and well done. It was easy to fall in love with each and every one. Although the book mostly centers on Blake and Hudson, there's a lot going on with their best friends, subplots which pull at the heart-strings and made me cheer for them as much as for Blake and Hudson's love.

Summed up, this is a heart warming tale with a lot of depth behind it. The pages invite one to get lost in Blake and Hudson's world and cheer the on until the very last page.

Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.


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