- No obligations to spend every waking moment with each other.
- No public displays of affection while at Eastline High.
- And absolutely, under no circumstances, will she ever go to the Homecoming dance.
But as her life is completely upended time and time again, she begins to wonder if some rules are meant to be broken.
Panty Scorching: 0
Over All Rating: 4.25 Stars
Reviewed by Robin
This YA series continues where The Queen B* Strikes Back ended. Alexis and Brett are officially (or unofficially) dating. She has all these rules to keep their reputations intact at school. No PDA, no hanging out at school, no attending homecoming together, etc. Although their relationship seems to be going great, little crises keep popping up with friends, parents and more. Will they be able to overcome these challenges or are they doomed from the start?
“‘Think about it,’ he murmured before brushing his lips against mine once more.
I answered with a sigh. As much as I wanted to make him happy, I knew better. He’d want to hang out with his friends, and I didn’t belong there, not after I’d called out so many of them on my blog. I’d even managed to get three of his friends suspended last week. Awkward silence would be the best outcome of the evening. The worst would be them dissing him for dating me. Hence, why I instituted the rules. They weren’t just to protect me. They were also to protect him.”
I enjoyed the third book in this YA series where Alexis and Brett try being in a relationship. Alexis has instituted all of these rules to keep their worlds from colliding but it becomes maddening when it almost seems like she’s pushing Brett away. The guy must have the patience of a saint. I do love that Alexis still champions for the underdogs and learns to compromise with Brett’s friends. This story has good lessons about being less judgmental and learning how to readjust your goals when life throws you a curve. I really think it’s a great story for teens.
If you enjoy this genre, I can definitely recommend this series for YA. It can be funny and quirky with a bit of angst thrown in. I’m sure there is more coming with this gang as they head toward graduation.
I’d never greeted a Monday morning with dozens of giddy butterflies in my stomach. Usually, I reserved my most dramatic sighs and biting comments for Mondays because—let’s face it—they suck. But this Monday morning was different.
I, Alexis Wyndham, was officially Brett Pederson’s girlfriend.
But I still wasn’t ready to announce that to the world.
As we floated in a canoe among the water lilies in Lake Washington yesterday, I lay down a few ground rules to help me ease into this unprecedented (and unimaginable) situation. After all, it’s not every day the Queen B* and the Quarterback become a couple. Dropping that bomb on our classmates could cause a rift in the space-time continuum.
Or at least cause my nemesis, Summer Hoyt, to have one very public and dramatic meltdown.
Rule number one: I refused to be one of those disgustingly cute couples that were joined at the hip between classes. We were dating, not merging our lives and identities into a single life-form. Brett had his group of friends and I had mine, and until recently, they never intertwined because I despised most of the in-crowd. If I hadn’t gotten to know the real Brett during a class project, I would’ve continued to write him off as a dumb jock.
Lesson learned, but still…
Rule number two: no public displays of affection at school. Not that I had any problem with PDAs with Brett. I liked kissing him. But I also had been known to lose control when I was with him…and lose articles of clothing. And after having that awkward run-in with my mom and her boyfriend’s PDA on our living room couch last week, I’d rather not make a spectacle of myself in front of everyone. It opened up the doors to ridicule.
Rule number three: I wouldn’t go to Homecoming with Brett. I’d made it this far through high school without plunging into that cheesy sea of balloons and crepe paper while wearing a silly sequin-laden dress, and I wasn’t going to cross that line during my senior year.
About The Author
Crista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends. She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas. Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant. And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
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