27 October 2014

Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | Just A Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

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They were young, with raging hormones and a whole lot of peer pressure. It took seven minutes of heaven for her to fall in love with him, and not more than seven minutes for him to break her heart and ruin her for life. At fifteen, Ryder Briggs had ruined her high school years, nothing was the same again.

Despite what her mother would accuse her, Brinley Dawson is a virgin. She had never been with anyone. I think she was traumatized on what happened during her high school years for her to consider another relationship. Instead she had focused on her studies, and her friends. She was having a great time at college, until she had crossed paths with Ryder Briggs again. For the rest of their high school years, he acted as if he didn’t know her, as if he wasn’t interested – why act interested now?

I wanted to have his POV soooooo bad. I wanted to know what is going on with him, why the sudden change of heart, what secret is he keeping from her? He knows how to woo, he knows how to make you swoon, how to catch your attention, how to make you want for more – but like Brinley, you will try to fight it at first. You have this nagging feeling there was something going on, but you will give him the benefit of the doubt. But the more time you spend together, the more he tells you he isn’t worth it, the fiercer the attraction is… This guy might be on to something, but once he sets his eyes on you – you’d be a putty in his hands.

She’s a virgin and he wanted it to be special. So imagine those times they were hot and heavy and it needed to be stop. It was like – IS THIS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN OR ARE YOU PLAYING WITH ME? The steamy scenes were enough to give you a whole lot of blue balls, and I can’t imagine how Ryder did it – nevertheless when they finally did – IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.

But you see, Ryder didn’t have a stellar history with Brinley, so when the truth was finally out of the bag, he broke her heart once again. I wished he told her rather than shield her from the truth, because everything will eventually come out, and hearing it from stranger is not good. Ryder should be ready for a one heck of a groveling and a grand gesture before I can (or Brinley) can forgive him.

Besides their past issues, they have mommy issues to deal with. I hated Brinley’s mom. I hated how she treated Brinley, and sometimes I hated Brinley that she had allowed herself to be treated that way. It took a while, some humiliating scenes and a one heck of an eye-opener for her to finally see her piece, and I was so proud of our girl. Our parent’s issues is never our own. We might not agree of their choices, but at the end of the day, they will still be our parents, and nothing in the world could ever change that.

I didn't know what to think of Fullon at first. I was torn between wanting to smack her, or wanting to kick her out of the book for being so sl***y. You'd be surprise you'd end up loving her too like I did (I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK!). MASON - Brinley was quite dense with her best friend. But she knew where their relationship stands, and was never confused about her feelings with Mason.

I wonder how Ms. Renita manage to make it so simple, and yet heartwarming. It was so sweet, it wasn’t even grand, and yet just enough to make you sigh and swoon. I loved how she did the ending. There wasn’t so much drama. It was like watching your couple friends patch things up.


to summarize my rants...
in-love with it! :D 

Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.

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