October 14, 2014

Title:  The Trouble with Flirting

Series:  The Trouble Series

Author: Rachel Morgan

Published:  September 2014

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!!

Ana will put The Trouble with Flirting on her top shelf!!

4.5 stars!  Livi wants to change her reputation and the first year of university is the perfect time to reinvent herself.  In an effort to fit in with the popular people she changes her looks, her clothes, her likes and even, to a certain extent, her friends.  And it works for a while…until she discovers that there’s more to life than being with the “in” crowd.  This book explores her road from nerd to popular girl to someone who’s happy with who she is.  And, lucky for us, there’s some romance along the way!

I loved the characters in this book.  Both Livi and Adam won my heart.  Livi was so real, a girl who just wanted to be different and see what the world could look like from a different perspective.  And, even though she made some questionable decisions along the way, she also learned from her mistakes and evolved into a more mature version of herself by the end.  Adam was sweet and smart and geeky-swoony (yes, that’s a word…lol)!  He knew Livi well and understood her like no one else.  For this reason, he stood back and let her spread her wings and explore this new world.  Secretly, I wish he’d pushed things a bit more in order to help her realize what was right for her sooner than she did. However, eventually I understood why he didn’t and, since I was completely giddy at the end, I totally forgave him for not making things happen sooner!  The romance here was a slow build and there was plenty of angst to keep me happy.  Livi and Adam’s chemistry was there all along but evolved with the story, growing in intensity as their circumstances changed.

As always, Ms. Morgan’s writing is fantastic. There’s a wonderful flow to the story and such great emotions that it feels almost effortless to read.  Once again, she captures the innocence of discovering your first love and the beauty of understanding what makes you happy.  This is the second book in this series and I can’t wait to meet the next set of characters and immerse myself once again in the sweet, romantic love I know will exist there.  Give these books a try, I think you’ll enjoy them.

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