Thursday, 20 August 2015

Review: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping (Hazards, #1)The Hazards of Skinny Dipping

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Hazards
Pages: 248
Publisher: Self

Synopsis (Goodreads)  This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along. 

Review: 2 out of 5 stars

At the beginning of the book our MC, Juliet has a list of ‘to do’s’ from her cousin Amy that she needs to complete before she starts college, the last one on her list is to skinny dip so she takes the opportunity when she is at her grandparents holiday house; it is here her long-time crush, Dylan turns up, one thing leads to another and they end up sleeping together but he turns out to be a dud in bed but they end up dating when they meet up again at school. She had built this guy up to be a dreamboat but she soon finds out he is the complete opposite and someone who suits her perfectly could possibly be right in front of her.

What I liked:

** A likeable hero, Reed was a total sweetheart; I adored their interactions.
** The slow to build relationship between Reed and Juliet
** A light-hearted read, it was without unnecessary angst and over the top drama.
** Interesting details about sororities & fraternities and how they work - for anyone that has read this, does that actually happen??
** The gorgeous cover.

What I didn’t like:

** An MC that came across as weak and needy, I don’t get why every guy in the book wanted her; she lacked strength and the ability to think for herself.
** Besides Reed, lackluster secondary characters.
** A possessive domineering boyfriend, everyone else saw what Dylan was like except for the MC.
** Unfortunately this storyline wasn’t unique amongst others in this genre.
** All of the male characters, besides Reed are portrayed as needy, creepy perverts.

Unfortunately this book didn’t work out for me, there were too many cheesy eye-rolling moments, the writing didn’t work for me and it was extremely cliché.

Alyssa Rose IvyAbout the author: Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. 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.


  1. I remember reading this last year, but can't remember much about it. I know I liked it, but not overwhelmingly or anything. Dang, now I want to remember Reed. lol

  2. Oh yeah..I need a strong heroine. I totally get why this didn't quite work for you.

  3. I've tried this authors books in the past, but they haven't really worked for me. It's a shame that the MC was needy and annoying. I'd be frustrated with her too by the sounds of it. At least it wasn't overly angsty though.
    Sorry this didn't entirely work for you, Sharon!
    Great review!


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