Thursday, 27 February 2014

Release Day Launch Review + Giveaway: The Hazards of a One Night Stand by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: The Hazards of a One Night Stand (Hazards #2)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release date: February 27th 2014
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 246
Source: Inkslinger PR
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

One small town boy, one girl who wants more, one roll in the hay...

Hooking up with your high school crush is a bad idea, a really bad idea. It was only supposed to be one night, one brief departure from my real life, but nothing ever works out exactly the way you plan.

Colton Waters was everything from my past that didn't fit into my present, so why did he have to show up at my college and pledge the one frat I couldn't avoid?

Because nothing is ever meant to happen just once. At least not the life changing things that mean the difference between falling apart and falling in love.



The Hazards of a One Night Stand is a companion novel to The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, which I loved. I had no idea this was going to be a series, so I was ecstatic when I found out! This book follows one of Juliet’s best friends and sorority sister, Mallory. But though I did enjoy reading this, it didn’t come close to how much I loved the first book.

When Mallory goes back to her hometown the summer after freshman year in college, she attends a party and then does something she never thought she’d do. She ends the night sleeping with one of her best friends, Colton. In a barn. The next morning, Mallory does everything she can to forget it, despite how amazing it was. But trouble can’t help following her. When she returns to college, she’s shocked to find out that Colton’s not only a freshman there but pledging at the one fraternity that Mallory spends most of her time with, the Kappas. Tension builds between the two, and Mallory isn’t sure how long she can stay away from Colton.

I really loved Mallory in the previous book, but in this one she’s quite different. Even Juliet and Cara noticed. It’s probably because of her confusion over Colton. Mallory spends most of the book arguing with him, and the rest of the time trying to make herself like this senior Kappa called Tanner. Her main concern is that Colton is a pledge, so she can’t date him. Which I find a bit silly, because Colt is only three months younger than her; it’s not like she’d be dating someone two years her junior. Mallory denies her feelings for Colton just because he’s younger and he’s not an active Kappa. And I really missed the badass Mallory we met in the first book.

It was awesome seeing Juliet and Cara again, and even Reed! He’s pretty damn amazing as usual, and I was really happy we got to meet them again. Cara and Aaron seem to be having some issues, but thankfully Juliet and Reed are as happy as ever. Juliet’s still snarky and hilarious, and it’s amazing to see the friendship and sisterhood between the three girls. We get to see more of the Greek system in college, and like I mentioned in my review of the previous book, it seems like a lot of fun, though tiring at times.

I really liked Colton – mostly his confidence and perseverance in getting Mallory to admit her feelings for him. He came off as a bit clingy in the beginning, but as I got to know him, things became better. Colt is actually hilarious, and provides a lot of comic relief in this book. I think he’s really good for Mallory, especially because she’s kind of uptight here.

The ending is as you’d expect, of course, but I was surprised that a couple of plot threads weren’t fully resolved, particularly the one about Tanner. But overall I did enjoy this book, and I’d definitely recommend it to those who have read The Hazards of Skinny Dipping or if you like New Adult contemporary in general.

*Thank you to Kelly Simmon at InkSlinger PR for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5



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EXCERPT


Colt wrapped an arm around my waist and pulled me closer. “No. I’d rather bother you.”

There was something kind of sexy about the motion, something more confident than his usual goofy flirting. His hand felt nice resting on my hip, so I let it stay. Was this really the same Colt? Since when did his touch have that kind of effect on me? “When did you get back to town?”


“About two hours ago.”


“You didn’t wait long to come out.” I took a big sip of the drink. It was starting to taste a lot better.


“I took time for a shower.”


“That was thoughtful of you.”


“Planning on getting close to me tonight?” He watched me intently.


“Maybe.” The flirtatious word flew out of my mouth without me realizing it. The alcohol and that smile of his was making me forget where I was. “Sorry.”


“Why are you sorry?” He moved his hand, turning me and wrapping his other arm around me so my body was pressed against his.


“Colton…”


“Mallory…”


I laughed. “What are you doing?”


“What am I doing? You’re the one telling me you might be getting close to me tonight.” His hand slid down slightly, settling below my hip. His touch felt so good.


“Your birthday passed, right? You’re nineteen now?”


He laughed that deep, throaty laugh of his. “I’m going to take it as a good sign that you’re checking to make sure I’m old enough.”


“I’m not supposed to be into younger guys.”


“I’m three months younger than you. I can’t help that my parents held me back a grade.” He leaned back against an old oak tree, pulling me along with him. The motion had me leaning into his chest.


“You’ve gotten hotter.” I couldn’t believe I’d said the words out loud. I also couldn’t believe I was thinking about Colton that way again.


He laughed once more. “So have you, although I wouldn’t have thought it was possible.”


I took another sip of my drink. “When did you get this cute?”


“Are you implying you haven’t been ready to jump me for the last five years?”


“I’ve never thought about it before tonight.” The words weren’t exactly true, but I hadn’t thought about it in a while.


“But you are thinking about it now?” He grinned, moving his hands even lower so they cradled my ass.


“Maybe.” His hands sent a thrill through me, reminding me of just how long it had been since a guy had touched me that way.


“That’s the second maybe you’ve given me. How am I supposed to make that into a yes?” He took the bottle from my hand and dropped it down on the ground next to his empty cup. The remaining liquid seeped out onto the dirt.


“I don’t know. It’s your job to figure that out.” I ran my now free hand down his chest. It was firmer and more muscular than I expected.


“My job, huh? I like the sound of that.” His lips tickled my ear. “I like the sound of anything involving you.” He took my hand and led me further into the grouping of trees. It wasn’t a dense forest or anything, but I knew he was looking for privacy. I didn’t object when he gently leaned me back into another tree.


I closed my eyes, ready to feel his lips and hands on my body. I was horrible at knowing what to do in those situations. I needed the guy to take control.


His lips brushed against mine as he rested his hand on my stomach. He slipped a few fingers underneath my shirt. “Am I earning a yes, or do I have more work to do?” he whispered with his lips right next to mine.


“You have more work.” I kept my eyes closed, taking in a breath as his hand moved further up my shirt.





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About the author:


Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAlyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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