Author: Cassie Mae
Publisher: Random House Flirt
Publication Date: July 29, 2013
Genre: NA Light Romance/Humor
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Friday Night Alibi" from Goodreads - In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney. Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black., and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart... or keep her clients and lose her first true love.
Chase is nothing like the guys Kelli knows, meaning he isn't preppy or privileged and he definitely doesn't want her as an alibi. Her attempts to drive him away; pulling a waxing prank and getting mooned by him... doesn't exactly work. She's being drawn in by the boy with the black t-shirts in excess and wit sharper than Kelli can handle. Almost.
I was really drawn into Kelli's story. Her voice is very well written and strong. I found myself laughing at parts and cringing along with the character in parts. Chase. He was adorable. I oddly really liked that he kept his room clean and it wasn't like most male bedrooms. "Friday Night Alibi" is a light romance novel with lots of humor and a unique storyline. At times it did feel like Kelli was really young and it read like a young adult novel, but most of the time it fit. I did enjoy the book and I would recommend it to others.
My only complaint - there were a few too many oranges. If you read it, you might know what I mean. :)
Author: LeighAnn Kopans
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Plot: First, here is the summary of "One" from Goodreads -When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak. It makes you a One. Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover. If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances. Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other. Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.
I was immediately drawn into the story of Merrin and Elias. Yes, I would love Elias as my new book boyfriend. He's great and apparently smells really good. The chemistry between the two characters had me squealing like a fangirl at times and reading with my fists wrapped in my blanket at other times. The plot was incredible and unique. I couldn't put the book down without thinking about it and wanting to be reading it. I really enjoyed the depth of how much Merrin's One affected her life and she knew it. She didn't lie to herself about it. I honestly cannot find a complaint with this book.
ONE is a story about finding someone to trust, opening up, discovering what is really important in life, and learning to fly. The plot will keep you reading and thinking long after the book ends. I'm very excited to read TWO when it comes out in October.
I highly recommend both of these books! Seriously, you will very much enjoy them. :) Congratulations to Cassie and Leigh Ann on your books - you did a fantastic job!!