8 April 2015

Review: Flirting with Love by Clara Stone


Flirting with Love
Clara Stone

Lovelly #2

Published March 6th 2015

Purchase: Amazon US/UK | iBooks | Kobo

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.

My Review

We've had Heath Lovelly's story, now we're going back in time to find out just how big brother Hudson got oh-so-lucky as to land an awesome lady like Blake. The novel bounces back and forth between the present, when Blake is in labour, and the past, where Blake has just met Mr. Golden Boy, Hudson Lovelly.

I wasn't really sure what I was expecting when I picked up Flirting with Love, but I definitely know that I was not prepared for the amount of feels that got thrown my way. Sure I expected some, already knowing the general overview of the Lovelly family story, but golly gosh, that ending had me all teary eyed.

I just have to say it. Hudson and Blake are so cute together. There are so many cute and funny moments in this book that help to balance out the serious ones, so the book doesn't become just one big downer. TI contains lots of pranks and that slightly awkward teenage courting that we all love to read so much (well at least I do, anyway).

My favourite thing about this squeal? We finally find out how Heath got the nickname 'Iceman'! Since that was one of my little pet peeves in the first novel, Forever Kinda Love, when I read the scene, I was super excited and I can happily say that I sleep better at night now knowing. I like to think that Stone read my review of her first novel and wrote that little scene in this book, thinking, 'There, that'll satisfy Renae's curiosity!' Not likely, I know, but sometimes I like to lie to myself. ;)

Flirting with Love is a love story that's sweet and innocent at its heart, that also looks at the serious issues that we all wish no one, especially teenagers, should have to face.


3 out of 5

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