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Monday, September 9, 2013

Mini Reviews: Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Danger Next Door

Anatomy of a Boyfriend
(Anatomy, #1)
by Daria Snadowsky
Released |January 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers|
Edition |Paperback, 272 pages|
Source |Author|

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Before this all happened, the closest I'd ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it's not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.
Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn't believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I'd only read about in my Gray's Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.
And then came the fall.
Anatomy of a Boyfriend was a very fast paced read for me. It was a light and cute read that I overall enjoyed. I hadn't really heard much of this book going into it, so I really didn't know what to expect. Character wise, I thought they were pretty interesting. I like how the characters were so innocent and inexperienced. But a lot of the times I did feel as though the characters were immature. I didn't mind it in a sense, but sometimes I found it annoying. And this book talked about sex A LOT! I mean, I teenager can be hormonal, but I don't recall being that hormonal in high school.

But the thing that I liked most about the story was that it was overall believable. Dom reacted and acted to things how I believe a real teenager would react. I could believe the emotions and the scenes that played out. I did have some problems with the story and the childishness of some of the characters, but overall I really enjoyed the story. But seriously, I do agree with people when they say they would have enjoyed the story more if they were younger. Being the age that I am, I felt if I was still in high school I would definitely have enjoyed this a lot more. But I am excited to check out the sequel to see what Dom has in store next :) It was a fun and cute story!

Danger Next Door
(Red Stone Security, #2)
by Katie Reus
Released |June 1st 2012|
Edition |Ebook|
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After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she’s nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he’d never have a chance with a woman like her—not with his disfigurement—he can’t stay away.
Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she’s finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed—until a madman fixates on her.
With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he’s destroyed her
I remember reading No One to Trust about a year or so ago and really enjoyed it and I bought this one quite awhile ago but never got around to reading it. I'm glad I decided to pick it up because I was in the mood for a book just like this. Danger Next Door was very exciting! It was suspenseful, but had all the romance that I needed. It was also fast paced and also action packed which is hard to find in a romance. Also both the characters Grant and Belle were very interesting to get to know. Grant is recovering from an explosion from when he worked for the police department/swat so he had some insecurities about the scars he has gotten from the accident. I thought that made Grant a very realistic character. And Belle was awesome because she didn't judge him from the scars that were so very visible and I like that about her as well. Overall, I thought the book was very enjoyable and I flew through it :) I'm curious about the others in this series!



20 comments:

  1. Oh my co-blogger posted a review for Anatomy of a Boyfriend today too ;) I'm glad you both enjoyed it somehow. I haven't heard of Katie Reus but this book sounds really interesting. Great reviews Janina :)

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    1. Katie Reus is a good author :) I've read quite a few of her books

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  2. Woah okay, I was reading the synopsis of Danger Next Door and was all, yep, sounds like a typical contemporary romance when BAM VIOLENT CRIMINAL! It sounds like quite a good book! And you don't often see books where the protagonist is somehow disfigured- I might give the book a try :)

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    1. lol It did sound like a regular contemporary until then! And he was violent!

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  3. Hahahahaha, oh we so didn't go to same high school. Hm, it might be more appealing to kids of that age, but I liked it even now - a long, long time after I finished high school.

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    1. lol I recall being hormonal, but while I was reading I was like 'Damn girl, calm yourself!' lol

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    2. Well, I guess that some of us were simply more hormonal.:DDD

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  4. Anatomy of a Boyfriend seems to be going around and I am hearing similar things.. but as someone in high school I don't think I'd enjoy it... I am too picky :P

    Great Mini Reviews :)

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  5. Great to hear that it was believable esp in the emotional dept

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    1. I think that's what I liked about it the most.

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  6. Both of these look like pretty good reads, I haven't heard of either of them before but I'm going to give them both a try. Thanks for introducing me to some new books!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  7. I've heard Anatomy of a Boyfriend is good but the sequel is better. I've only read the second one, so I can't compare...but I DID like Anatomy of a Single Girl. :)

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    1. I can't wait to read Single Girl because I already have it!

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  8. I've heard good things about Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl… Great reviews :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  9. Anatomy of a Boyfriend sounds like a fairly good read, but I'm not sure how I would deal with the childishness. LOL. Awesome reviews, girly!

    Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

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    1. lol For what it was, I could deal with the childishness

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  10. I read some other book by Reus and really enjoyed the mix of romance and suspense-maybe I'll check this one out too!

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