So, I was approached again to participate in a blog tour by Barclay Publishing. And I really wasn't sure if I should keep doing these. But then I saw that it was a mash-up between "Cruel Intentions"/"Romeo and Juliet"/high school with drugs, sex, and alcohol. How could I say no, right? I also tried to include the giveaway with this one. Let me know if it doesn't work (first time funtime!)
About the book(s):
Grace was only dating bad boy Danny Cross to get her father’s attention. Danny was only dating Grace to help his friend get revenge. But when Jessie, the new kid, comes to town and brings hidden secrets about Grace’s family with him, suddenly everyone’s plans turn upside down. As secrets are brought to the surface, Grace finds herself sinking deeper into Danny’s world of drugs and partying, uncovering truths that could destroy them all. Enter the world of high school, blackmail, racism, and drugs, a world where there is no escape from crossing the LINES.
So, I started this book and was immediately drawn in. I found it a bit cheesy at first. I mean, the good girl gets hooked by the bad boy? Very cliche and no one would deny that. But the twists and turns that occur, kept my interest. Grace was a likable very flawed character that one could very easily relate to. Danny was the boy that everyone secretly wants to date and "fix" but no one really rarely ever does.
Now, I do not condone underage drinking or drug use of any kind. But I felt that this was part of the story that could not be erased or deleted in any way. I felt that without that aspect, you would not have any story whatsoever. Storm is a very messed up character that is the epitome of evil in this story. And the side story of the bi-racial brother was a bit random but in relation to the rest of the plot, it fit perfectly. I have to say that I was left wanting just a bit more.
Now I thought long and hard about the rating on this one. I am not normally a fan of novellas unless they are a side jaunt from a true novel. (I.E. #0.5 in a 4 book series - giving you just a teaser or side story to the main plot) But with three novellas released together to form a complete novel is a bit different. I am giving this a 3.5 star rating but Goodreads and such only do whole numbers so I will round it up to a 4.
Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.. In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!
Ashley’s celebrating the launch of this series with a cool giveaway!
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