Monday, September 22, 2014

Pitch & Wet Paint by @WillParkinsonau @HarmonyInkPress

Pitch, Will Parkinson, Harmony Ink Press
Transitions #1
The day Jackson Kern walks into Taylor Andrews’s classroom is a momentous day in Taylor's life. He's had crushes before, sure, but as time goes on, this is starting to look a whole lot more serious. Still, Jackson doesn’t return Taylor’s feelings.

Taylor has his own admirers, though. Kevin Richards is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants right now is Taylor, so when Taylor rejects him, Kevin retaliates. At first Taylor’s entourage rallies around him, but then Kevin takes his deception one step further and Taylor sees his support dwindle, teaching him the valuable lesson about who he can truly consider a friend.

Pitch is my first book by Will Parkinson and what a beautiful beginning.

Taylor is your typical high school student who is struggling with where they fit in. The day that Jackson walks into his homeroom Taylor knows he wants Jackson. But why would the popular, good looking, starting pitcher for the baseball team look twice at him?

Jackson is the new guy in school, which is something he is familiar with and is hoping baseball is his ticket to being accepted. After struggling with his mom leaving when he was young and moving from place to place as he grew up Jackson just wants a place where he can put down some roots.

In comes the bitchy cheerleader (no I do not have jealousy issues left over from high school LOL) and she basically messes up everything. Throw in a crazy stalker, and the most awesome best friend in the world and you have the makings for a truly engaging story. And that doesn't even take into consideration the incredible summer camp that Taylor and his best friend Ben are peer counselors at.

This is a story of friendship and loyalty and betrayal that is told without being preachy. It's told in a way that I think any YA can read and relate too. Situations arise that a kid of 16-17 would absolutely react to in the way that the author portrays. And you as the reader can see what's happening but have no way to stop it. You have positive adult representation which doesn't always happen in YA books but was great to read here.

Fabulous story with great characters!


RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Harmony Ink. Many thanks.

Wet Paint, Will Parkinson, Harmony Ink Press
Transitions #2
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what–or who–they face, they belong together.

If you read Pitch then you know going in that this one is not going to be easy. If you haven't read pitch then stop right now and go do that....NOW!

Benny Peters is that teenager that every parent wants but few of us ever get. he is a true friend, loyal, super smart and an all around nice guy. When he falls in love you know it's going to be that EPIC kind of love.

Addy was broken. His story will tear you up and make you wish for for the most heinous death for an  imaginary characters(his father) ever written. He was broken but he is a survivor and that makes him stronger than he knows. But Ben knows....Ben SEE's Addy.

What an incredible story of survival and love. And while parts of it may have seemed a bit overly done, it so fit with the character that I was fully into the story.

All of the important characters are back from Pitch and we meet a new one that I hoping can find his way out of the darkness. these stories deal with some heavy issues but they are done in a caring realistic way. Not all hurt can be fixed over night and  the author does a wonderful job of showing that.

Another great addition to this series. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a well told story!


RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by Harmony Ink Press. Many thanks.

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