Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

Love Scene, Take Two
Alex Evansley
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 12th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love.

Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.

The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax .. . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

Teddy is informed by his agent that he has an hour to get to an audition that could make his career, a staring role in the next YA bestseller turned Blockbuster. But unfortunately, he barely makes his audition which he feels like he completely blew, and then he has to catch a plane with his terrible flying anxiety to meet his girlfriend on a romantic getaway- that she cancels after he is already en route. But his luck may be looking up when his flying companion is a pretty, snarky girl who seems very familiar...

I am such a sucker for books within books (cough cough Famous in Love for example...) where the book you read focuses on another book (in any way, like they are reading it in the book or making it into a movie) and when I read the premise for Love Scene, Take Two I knew I needed to read this. Side note- can I get my hands on the fabulously popular, intriguing sounding Parachutes series now that the movie/plot was based on, because that would be the icing on the cake? So anyway, Ya contemporary books have been hitting it out of the park recently (in my humble opinion), filling their pages with cute characters and loads of drama, and this was no exception. I was highly entertained watching Teddy and Bennett awkwardly meet, interact, become friends, fall in love and battle drama a relationships and fame.

So let's talk a minute about the fact that Teddy starts the story off with a girlfriend, Chelsea. Sure, they never see each other and she gives him one word answers to his text messages and he is super frustrated by her- but, he still has a girlfriend and he is totally into Bennett as a girl (and as an interesting person, they have a fun playful dynamic between them that made me happy and was more good friend banter than take-me-I'm-yours lust thing- sorry, tangent!). The whole reason he ends up meeting Bennett was due to him going away on a trip with his girlfriend (a girlfriend who canceled on him last minute) and he spent the flight chatting up a girl he found attractive. Not stellar boyfriend qualities, I hate to admit. All this being said, I really liked Teddy and his awkwardness and kinda-sorta fame I just am not a super fan of cheating so I had to point it out.

​I found this to be a cute, fast romance between two people that had no idea what they wanted, a nice escape read for a shiny (aka hot, stay inside and read) summer​ day. This was my first book by Alex (and Alex's first book!) but I would check out more from her in the future because her characters were developed, relatable and just quirky enough to make me root for them to get a happily ever after. I would love to see more from any of the characters brought to life in this book, but I do not necessarily need another book because this was the perfect ending.

I received a complimentary copy of this title for reviewing purposes.

Author Bio:

Alex Evansley is a twenty-something-year-old writer from North Carolina. Her specialized talents include putting on workout clothes and not working out, sleeping during the day, losing socks, and procrastinating stories she’d like to write. Love Scene, Take Two is her debut novel.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today. Katherine! This sounds like a fun, cute romance!

    1. It was really entertaining! I stayed up way too late reading because I wanted to see what would happen next