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Review: Distraction by Laura Clark

Title: Distraction, Westbrook #1Distractions

Author: Laura Clark

Pages: 349

Date of Publication: August 22nd, 2015

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is the first in a three book story so actually reading this only takes you a third of the way to resolution. . . .  High School student, Laila (aka Lil Sis, Lal and Lis) is sixteen years and eleven months old, she’s full of hormonal teenage turmoil. She’s starting to feel emotional attraction to boys for the first time and this story is chiefly about how she copes with these new feelings, especially when they’re to more than one of the males in her life! She’s confused, disorientated, intrigued and bamboozled by the whole experience! Journey with her from her first “good” kiss to her secret crush to her first break up and everything else that happens in between. That zingy immediate attraction she’s expecting to experience just adds more to the angst as with the two potential loves in her life, Sam and Trevor, she really can’t decide which of them she wants to give the chance to develop romance further. With an interfering, protective brother, changing relationships and indecisiveness it certainly isn’t going to be a smooth ride for her!

There are a plethora of characters seamlessly introduced through the story, all contributing in their inimitable way to Laila’s life. I was impressed how the author introduced them so slickly it felt like you should already know them and how to react to them. The emotive writing portrays empathically the development of young love, sharing the positive and negative experiences and emotions, helping the reader feel the character’s emotional roller coaster ride as the story progresses.

This is a well written, entertaining and very different love triangle young adult romance and the start to an intriguing series!

Thanks to the author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Seventeen-near-old, Laila Patterson, would never describe her heart as fickle. She understands the difference between reality and fantasy, which is why Sam Woodson is not realistic boyfriend material. After all, he is in college, and college boys simply do not date high school girls. Plus, he is Laila’s older brother’s best friend. According to the unspoken bro-code, messing around with your friend’s little sister is pretty high on the list of forbidden taboos.

What happens when Laila discovers that her secret crush on Sam isn’t quite so one-sided? What if the only way to keep him is to keep their relationship hush-hush? Is Sam worth all of the lying and sneaking around?

As if things weren’t confusing enough with Sam, an old family friend suddenly shows up after being gone for more than three years. She isn’t expecting Trevor Maddox to move back to Westbrook. She isn’t expecting him to attend her high school, and she certainly isn’t expecting him to be so damned gorgeous.

Laila doesn’t want or need this unexpected distraction. . . or does she? 

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com         

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