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Today, we’ve teamed up with Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours and Entangled Teen to take you back to the hallowed halls of that great institution we all know and love...high school. Oh yes...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times...and while that also brings to mind another story, let’s get back on track with this one. Ladies and gents, prepare for today’s title in the spotlight, book of choice, and this week's BOOK BIRTHDAY celebrant…
Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount
About the book...
Star football player Jace Rovers has a secret. And not just any secret—a shocking secret… He writes romance. The kind with swords. And dresses. And kissing.
Nobody knows. Not the other kids at Twin River High. Not his overbearing parents. And certainly not the millions of fans who’ve read his book on the writing platform Scribbles. And that’s the way he plans to keep it.
Except suddenly one of the other football players grabs his notebook in jest and starts reading a kissing scene out loud…and Jace knows he’s busted.
But then McKenna Storm, resident goth girl who avoids the spotlight like a virus, snatches up the notebook and tells everyone she's the author. And lucky for Jace, she later agrees to continue the ruse...for a price.
Heck, he'd give her anything not to reveal his secret. But when they start to fall for each other, he knows he'll have to keep the biggest secret of all—his darkest character is based on her…
“I’ll be your sword, I’ll be your shield...”
...lyrics by Sister Hazel, sentiments that so reminded me of this story!
McKenna and Jace…so not a combination you ever saw coming...but sometimes the best ones are.
I adored how McKenna was so KICK BUTT. She shied away from the spotlight, and stuck to her circle of one friend, all thanks to unfortunate situations in her home life, and yes, I know that doesn’t sound kick butt worthy, but hang on. When she saw someone in trouble, someone in her direct path who wasn’t ever anything but nice to her, she stuck her neck out. She may not have saved them bodily, but she saved them from high school you-know-what because let’s face it, teens can be horrible to one another...okay, well HUMANS can be horrible to one another...and if you hit the bottom rung in the high school hierarchy, you better be prepared to duck your head or transfer schools. At least, it feels that way...so if someone reaches out a helping hand, or puts out a what’s-it-to-you attitude to fend that off for you, yeah...it changes the light you see them in. In this case, Jace isn’t seeing her for the first time, but rather beyond the outward changes to the girl he was friends with, the girl who gave him a valentine in the lower grades, the girl who has gorgeous eyes, a smile that dazzles when shared, and just really gets him. Yeah...he’s got it bad, but he can’t can he? They’re on different ends of the social status, and even her newfound, unintended rise to glory by claiming authorship of the KOS phenom can’t change that...or can it? Maybe if they’re willing to say it does, it can be true? Maybe, just maybe, if they become the authors of their own lives, it wouldn’t even matter?
Jace is a great kid too. Grant it, he has some pretty thick headed friends, and yes, we can be judged by the company we keep, but that's something McKenna finds out along their journey. Things aren't always as they seem, nor people as perceived. I loved the fact that he was the mind behind the pen..and why not? Why can't a guy pen stories like KOS? Why can't their be both action scenes and action scenes? They can be equally perceptive if the talent is there, so I say why not? There's no rule that says you have to act one way or another, so YOU BE YOU and I'LL BE ME.
I do believe I ran off with my own tangent there, but to put a point on it...I LIKED THIS STORY. The false impersonation was warranted, the get to know you phase believable, the way things all came tumbling down definitely realistic, and while the masses seemed quick to turn, I think it was the surrounding drama and the dramatic Say Anything moment that did them in. I mean how can you say no to a gesture THAT big? All in all, a great read for Young Adult fans with reminders that not everything is as it seems, try not to place labels on others, and always be true to your self.
About the authors...
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Lynn Rush, is a full-time writer, wife, and trail runner living in the Sonoran Desert, despite her fear of rattle snakes. Known as #TheRunningWriter, Lynn can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop a scorpion.
When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies that fuel her everlasting love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural. The books she reads usually carry the same theme, but this former college athlete loves reading sweet sports romances as well. She’s madly in love with her Ironman husband of 20+ years who is the inspiration for what true love is. You can find her on social media as @LynnRushWrites
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KELLY ANNE BLOUNT is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, snuggling her five furry rescues, or having an adventure with her handsome husband and their darling daughter. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.
Special thanks to MaryAnn of Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as to the team at Entangled Teen for the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag you copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!