Blog Tour – The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris (Review/Giveaway)

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Rachel Harris’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US is already getting swoons from readers everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for her sweet romances, Rachel’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Justin and Peyton’s story is sure to put a smile on your face and keep you turning pages long into the night!

Blog Tour – The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris (Review/Giveaway)The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Published: April 5th 2016
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three-half-stars

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart.

Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him.

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love a good “win back the girl you lost” story. It’s typically fun and entertaining and The Natural History of Us is exactly that. To be honest I was concerned when I learned it was Justin’s story. I didn’t like him at all in the first book The Fine Art of Pretending.  I thought he was arrogant and pompous. But I felt this way about characters before, i.e., Froi in Finnikin of the Rock; Silas in All Lined Up; Dean in The Deal, and I managed to love them in their own book so I went for it with that hope in the back of my mind. In the end I really ended up liking Justin. Was he a little misguided and made really bad decisions? Sure. But he truly made the book for me.

The Natural History of Us is about Justin and Peyton, seniors at Fairfield Academy. 3 years ago they had a brief, secret relationship and Justin broke Peyton’s heart. Since then she has stayed away from him and the feelings he brought out in her. That all chances though when they are paired up for one final project before graduating, a project that keeps them together and brings them closer to what they had in freshman year. Now Peyton and Justin are forced to face the past they have been hiding from and one will find out everything may not be how it seems.

First I will warn you. There are a lot of misunderstandings in The Natural History of Us and at times you will want to throttle them and tell them to talk. But then you will remember they are teenagers and teenagers are typically led by emotions and not logic and that is exactly what Peyton and Justin are doing. They let their emotions get the best of them and it sends them down a spiraling kind of path that neither of them wanted. I guess that was the great part of the misunderstandings. It was what made both Peyton and Justin see what they wanted and essentially grow up. Made them to start making decisions for themselves and not what everyone else wanted for them and in the end I really liked that.

In the end I found The Natural History of Us to be fun and entertaining. I really enjoyed the change in the characters as they figured things out. Would I have changed some stuff? Sure. But I liked the story and the message a lot. And Justin really grew on me a lot too so definitely a win in my book. I say to definitely pick this one up.

 

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

 

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Rachel Harris’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US– Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

March 28th
For the Love of Books & Alcohol – Excerpt
A Leisure Moment – Review
SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews – Excerpt
Home.Love.Books. – Review
My Nook, Books & More – Excerpt
Swoony Boys Podcast – Review & Excerpt
JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Excerpt

March 29th
A Crave For Books – Review
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Angel Reads – Review
Girl with a Pen and a Dream – Excerpt
Lovin’ Los Libros – Review & Excerpt
I Read Indie – Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher – Review

March 30th
Bookish Things & More – Review & Excerpt
Stuck In Books – Review & Excerpt
Reading Adventurously – Review & Excerpt
Typical Distractions – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
What Is That Book About – Excerpt

March 31st
Dazzled by Books – Review & Excerpt
Kindle and Me – Review & Excerpt
The Cover Contessa – Review & Excerpt
Book Groupies – Excerpt
We All Make Mistakes in Books – Review & Excerpt
The Bibliophile Confessions – Review & Excerpt
Ticket To Anywhere – Review & Excerpt

April 1st
Bookaholics Reading Haven – Review & Excerpt
Books Eater – Review & Excerpt
SprinkleofBooks – Excerpt
Melena’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt
Gaga Over Books – Review & Excerpt
My fictional escape – Review & Excerpt

April 2nd
Collector of book boyfriends – Excerpt
Caitlin Audet – Excerpt
Andi’s ABCs – Review
My Slanted Bookish Ramblings – Review
A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt
Defiantly Deviant – Review
Book Briefs – Review

April 3rd
The Romance Reviews – Review
Cheyanne Young – Review & Excerpt
Adventures in Writing – Excerpt
Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Review
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review & Excerpt
Ashleyz Wonderland – Excerpt
Blogging For The Love Of Authors And Their Books – Review & Excerpt

April 4th
The bookworms obsession blog – Review
Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous – Review & Excerpt
Addicted to Books – Review & Excerpt
Bookish Escapes – Review & Excerpt
Adventures of a Book Junkie – Review & Excerpt
The Bookish Thought – Review
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 5th
Book it – Review & Excerpt
Julie Antonovich Reece – Excerpt
Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous – Review & Excerpt
YA Book Madness – Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt
A Full Bookshelf – Review

April 6th
Books and Boys Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Reading Is My Bliss – Review
Behind Closed Covers – Review & Excerpt
Jackie’s Book World – Review
The Procrastinator’s Corner – Review & Excerpt
KatyaRath – Review
The book slayer77 – Review

April 7th
Southern Vixens Book Obsessions – Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Review
thebookdragon – Review & Excerpt
Aira Reads – Review
Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt
Literary Misfit – Review & Excerpt
Love & Life & Learning – Review & Excerpt

April 8th
Alpha Book Club – Excerpt
Crawling Over the Pages – Review
Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt
Reviews By Rah – Review & Excerpt
All For Love of the Word – Excerpt
Library of a Book Witch – Review & Excerpt
The Bookmark Blog – Review & Excerpt

 

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Review: The Fine Art of Pretending – Rachel Harris

Review: The Fine Art of Pretending – Rachel HarrisThe Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary
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four-stars

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date-Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy's biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school's second biggest hottie, and now Aly's pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from funny friend to tempting vixen is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable break up leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can't explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

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If I say it once I will say it 100 times, I love friendship into love books. I’m drawn to them for some reason. When I see one I need to read it almost immediately. I don’t know if it is the tension, the flirting that happens or the fighting of the feelings, but these books are some of my favorites to read. So when I heard about Rachel Harris’ newest The Fine Art of Pretending I knew it was a must read for me.

The story is about Aly, a high school senior that is desperate to look like more than she is. She has always been the friend to guys, the confidant, but now she wants them to look at her like they want her. She is just tired of being the friend. Hatching a plan to change her tomboy clothes into more form fitting girly stuff leads Aly to her best friend Brandon, one of the hottest guys in school and her best friend. Figuring the only way for guys to see her as more a hook-up than a relationship she needs to play the part, or at least pretend. When Brandon agrees to “hook-up” with her the lines between friendship become muddled and feelings get hurt. With their friendship on the line Aly and Brandon have to figure out just where their hearts and heads lie.

So cute! Just cute, cute, cute! I loved Aly and Brandon so much. And I love that I got to see inside both of their heads with a duel POV. It was perfectly awesome. I wanted to smack the two of them a lot of the time as their communication was terrible, but I got where they were coming from. And I think we have all been an Aly at some point in our life and even a Brandon to some extent. You never want things to change or to lose yourself to someone, but sometimes those things are inevitable and it was fun to see these two struggle with that. And this book benefited greatly with the duel POV.

The only reason I didn’t rate it higher was some of my confusion on Justin. First he was super sleazy. He would leer at Aly and this gross way. It creeped me out. And then he would be all sweet to her and understanding. I didn’t get which was the real Justin. And he was a pretty big part of the book for me to be that confused by him. I’m hoping this was done for book two purposes, but without knowing for sure it turned me off some. But besides Justin the other side characters were great. Gaby, Drew, Kara and Carlos were the perfect sidekicks. They were supportive but also truthful which I liked. And Aly’s little sister was adorable.

The Fine Art of Pretending was pretty much the perfect book at the perfect time for me. I had just come off reading a fantasy before reading this and I needed to be swooned. Harris definitely did not disappoint. It was fun and flirty and adorable. I could have used a little more kissing in it though. HA. Seriously though it is one that I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a fun contemporary read.

 

 

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