07 February 2014

Above Par by Crystal Donahue - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Above Par
By: Crystal Donahue

There are no mulligans in love.

Drew's life just got a whole lot harder. Her relationships are falling apart, her little sister is failing math, and her parents are leaving for Florida to take care of Grandpa. Now not only does she have to play surrogate parent, study to graduate from her last semester of college, and deal with the looming threat of full-on adulthood, she has to do it all while running the family's mini-golf course by herself. Even the upbeat Drew is starting to feel like she just drove her ball down the unfairway.

Her luck takes a turn when she meets Weston, the snarky geometry teacher. He's smart, capable, dependable, and handsome—a real hole in one. But even Weston has a few hazards of his own. Now Drew will have to decide whether his secret is the wedge that drives them apart, or pushes them together.

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Luck is far-fetched for Drew. Her parents are leaving for Florida to take care of her grandfather, Piper, her sister, was failing a subject she knew she was good at, and she was left to oversee their family business. Juggling it altogether, not to mention she’s on her senior year of college was really a hard task.

Her luck made a 180 when she literally crashed into Weston – a hunky geometry teacher. He was almost perfect – smart, handsome, and has an amazing sense of humor. But he has some strings and complications he can’t mention to Drew. 

Drew is a bookworm and a resident in the library. I like her, she’s almost like me. Social life is ALMOST nonexistent if not for her cousin Max and her roommates. She tried to hold it together, juggling her responsibilities all at once. If she was just weaker, I think she would have given up. As for Weston, it was grand of him to offer to tutor Piper with his geometry. I don’t think I had love Math the way I loved it today.  Just when I thought I can’t find practical ways to use Geometry, Weston taught me how to apply it in my everyday life. Now I wonder if where can I apply Calculus and Algebra? But despite the fact that I like Weston, I didn’t really appreciate that he lied. He could have just told her to save them all from the heartaches and all those drama. Truths or news with consequences should never come from an outside source, it should have come directly from you. This is where some relationships fail – some would underestimate the value of honesty and trust, and never realizes the importance of it until it’s too late.

WHAT IS THE COMPLICATION? THE STRINGS? THE SECRET? These are basically the driving force for me to go through the novel. Not to mention the sexual tension they keep on ignoring and setting aside. WHEN? WHEN are you going to finally do it? :D I think my Kindle would burst in anticipation – but the wait was worth it. Because Crystal apparently saved the best for last. I enjoyed reading ABOVE PAR – it was sweet, romantic, and easy on the heart. 

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Crystal Donahue has been fortunate to live all over the US, including but not limited to Arizona, Hawaii, and Georgia but she currently resides near the Iowa/Illinois border with her tornado obsessed son and their mischievous cat, Brownie. She is a procrastinator of epic proportions, finds humor in almost everything, loves sarcasm and loathes washing dishes.

A 2004 graduate of Western Illinois University, Crystal has held several unique jobs including driving a Zamboni and being a relay operator for the hearing and speech impaired. While working as a claims adjuster she realized life is too short not to do something that makes you happy, so she quit her job to go back to school and study nursing. Between work, school, and raising her son she somehow manages to find time to write too, usually to the detriment of her social life. Fortunately her friends and family rock so it isn't much of an issue... yet.

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  1. Thank you for sharing my book and for your wonderful review. I LOVE the picture you created! Happy Reading.