July 06, 2015

Flirting With Love by Clara Stone ~ FMR REVIEW

TITLE: Flirting With Love (Lovelly, #2)
AUTHOR: Clara Stone
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2015

ABOUT Flirting With Love:

Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet--pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more.

Give more.

Without regrets.

*This book is a standalone within a series.



Flirting with Love is a unique contemporary romance that is both light and sweet yet there is an underlying layer of profoundness and intensity. The author brings you into the story and immediately takes you into these characters' lives. I was captivated from the very first page. It wasn't hard at all. What surprised me was the fact that I liked the format of the book. Clara writes by breaking the story into two perspectives, with alternating timelines from now and then. I can't recall a book that I loved with a similar style because quite frankly, I dislike it because it can cause me to lose connection with certain characters. Well, not in this case, because I found myself falling deeper and deeper into these characters. I think the story was really well written with enough from each perspective to make the story balanced.

I loved everything, from the storyline to the characters and their relationship with one another. The pacing of the story was just right, it had enough to keep me engrossed and going in one sitting. The characters were so well done and developed. I really liked each and everyone of them, even the ones that made mistakes because, who doesn't? These characters have molded the story into something that is truly beautiful. Not forgetting the relationship between Hudson and Blake. They were fun, sweet, sassy and extremely loyal from the day they met. I really enjoyed watching them as their relationship changed, with a little help from Hope.

This book is truly special, and I loved it. The only problem, which really isn't, was I wanted so much more time with these characters and their lives. I would love to read more of Clara's works, and I will. 

MEET Clara Stone:

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.

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