Monday, September 1, 2014

~Review and Giveaway: Rival Love by Natalie Decker~

Rival Love
Release Date: 08/26/14
Swoon Romance

Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.

At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.

At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.

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Skylar Fletcher's life just might as well be over.  Her mom had to fall in love and now they are moving across town.  Skylar is a Harris Academy Bulldog through and through.  She is a champion swimmer and softball player.  Athletics and school pride are very important to her.  But now Skylar is going to Delmont High School, the number one rival of Harris Academy and people are not happy.  She is a traitor and everyone is out to make her life miserable.  Skylar's old friends at Harris Academy have abandoned her and the students at Delmont are determined to make her miserable.

Skylar finds an unlikely secret ally in Caleb.  He is the star quarterback for Delmont and her mom's boyfriends nephew who just happens to live with them.  He tries to stay away from Skylar but finds himself attracted to her.  He also has to keep her a secret to keep up his popularity.  He can't let anyone know that a Bulldog lives in his house!  

This is a really good book.  The first half is amazing.  The storyline and characters are fresh.  It is heartbreaking to see all the changes that Skylar has to go through just because she has to change schools.  It is also hard for me to believe that Skylar looses all of her friends just because she changes schools.  It doesn't seem believable.  I know that schools take their sports very seriously but I don't think that they would care one way or the other if Sklyar has to transfer.   What really got me was the ending.  Major Cliffhanger!  It ends so abruptly that we, the readers, have no idea which way the book could go.  

In my opinion, this is a very good book.  The storyline is different and unique.  A quick, fun, easy read that will leave you wanting more.  I hope that there will be a second book to let us know what happens.

About the Author

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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