Friday, January 31, 2014

Tour Stop/Giveaway Above Par by Crystal Donahue


                        Published December 20th 2013 by Etopia Press



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There are no mulligans in love.

Drew's life just got a whole lot harder. Her relationships are falling apart, her little sister is failing math, and her parents are leaving for Florida to take care of Grandpa. Now not only does she have to play surrogate parent, study to graduate from her last semester of college, and deal with the looming threat of full-on adulthood, she has to do it all while running the family's mini-golf course by herself. Even the upbeat Drew is starting to feel like she just drove her ball down the unfairway.

Her luck takes a turn when she meets Weston, the snarky geometry teacher. He's smart, capable, dependable, and handsome his own. Now Drew will have to decide whether his secret is the wedge that drives them apart or pushes them together.

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Well finally, a new adult romance that didn’t leave me feeling suicidal. Even though there are a couple of darker aspects to the story, like Wes having a secret (shame, shame) and Drew  embarking on a new stage of her life while her grandfather is ill, it was in general, a light-hearted book. Drew struck me as a typical college senior, a tad bit immature but trying to earn her stripes in the scary adult world. I liked Drew and totally thought she had every right to act the way she did when she discovered what Wes was hiding from her. 

Wes, for all his sparkling eyes, and adorable dimples, well I could totally see him as a former frat house president. Don't get me wrong, he had charm in spades, capped off with just the right amount of sensitivity, but don't they teach that in Greek frat boy 101. Maybe, I'm being too hard on Wes, but he did keep a BIG secret.  

The story itself read quickly and smoothly, there were also a couple of really intriguing secondary characters that deserved further exploration. As far as the heat level, it was just a smidge above sweet. My final take is that I'm glad I broadened my horizons a bit, and got to spend time with Drew and Wes, even Piper turned out to be likeable.

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Crystal Donahue has been fortunate to live all over the US, including but not limited to Arizona, Hawaii, and Georgia but she currently resides near the Iowa/Illinois border with her tornado obsessed son and their mischievous cat, Brownie. She is a procrastinator of epic proportions, finds humor in almost everything, loves sarcasm and loathes washing dishes.

A 2004 graduate of Western Illinois University, Crystal has held several unique jobs including driving a Zamboni and being a relay operator for the hearing and speech impaired. While working as a claims adjuster she realized life is too short not to do something that makes you happy, so she quit her job to go back to school and study nursing. Between work, school, and raising her son she somehow manages to find time to write too, usually to the detriment of her social life. Fortunately her friends and family rock so it isn't much of an issue... yet.



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Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting today!!

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Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting my book on your blog today! I'm glad no readers were harmed in the making of this review!