Blog Tour: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame (Jenn P. Nguyen)

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Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

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Without even being very aware of it, this was my third read of the month with the “fake relationship” thing on it, and it was by far my favorite fake relationship of the three.

I’ll start by saying that I really liked the writing, it’s simple, but it flows well, and both POVs have distinct voices. And it’s funny!

I really liked both main characters and they were so different from each other. Taylor was very academic oriented, and had only one goal: get into Columbia University to become a lawyer. No other option! So when she’s waitlisted for her only goal, she gets a bit crazy, which leads to a lot of drinking and ending up on Evan’s bed… totally dressed. I loved that Evan didn’t freak, instead, he was awesome from the start. I really liked Taylor, but I loved Evan, he put up a front of slacker and disinterested, while he was just scared and afraid.

It was funny to see Taylor trying to be always so in control, while Evan was a wildcard. They definitly balanced and complimented each other out. Evan taught Taylor to relax a bit and enjoy simpler things, while Taylor helped Evan realize and reach for his dreams and ambitions.

I liked this “fake relationship” because it was NEVER really fake. Contrary to what’s usual in this type of plot, there wasn’t a specific person or group of people that they were trying to fool, instead they wanted to project their relationship to the world, which meant that they weren’t only together when people were around. We see them becoming really good friends throughout their time dating, to a point that it’s clear how they fell, and they never much pretend, not even to each other.

One thing that I could have done without was the love square that happened at some point, though I appreciated that at least it wasn’t a simple triangle. Another thing that made me low a bit of my rating was the ending. It was cute as hell, but I wish it had a bit more of a resolution. Though I was extremely happy when I realized that we got to see what happened at that awesome party at the beginning.

Overall, I would strongly recommend this book. It’s such a cute contemporary romance, and a perfect summer read :).


About the Author:

JPNJenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.

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Adorkable (Cookie O’Gorman)

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Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal — even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life — and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?


See that title?! It describes this book perfectly! This book is ADORKABLE!!!!

So good! It has some of my favorite tropes in romance – BFFs turned lovers and a fake relationship. Plus it has the most amazing pop culture and geeky references of all time!

I really liked the writing on this one. It’s smart, funny and witty. And did I say smart and funny?!

I loved both main characters. Sally was amazing, she knew who she was, and she was more than ok with it, and that is awesome. I mean, this girl switched to speaking german when she was nervous or upset, how cool is that? She only ever lacked the ability to put Hooker and her mom in place – but that wasn’t entirely her fault – and to even think it was possible for Becks to LIKE her for who she was… oh :(. Becks was seriously great but so scared :(. I loved how he was such a great friend to Sally, never questioning her decisions, and supporting her wholeheartedly, even when it broke his heart to do so. The boy was so in love with her from the get go, I don’t know how no one saw it!

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Their friendship was seriously #goals! They had been BFFs since they were 7, and that friendship was an amazing constant in both their lives. But the romance? Oh boy! THAT was AWESOME! Becks was such a romantic guy, and he was so focus to show her how they would be great as a couple… too bad she never believed him…

I was surprisingly OK with the little love triangle that exists at some point in the book. Ash is always honest and upfront, and there is never any doubt that Sally loves Becks, and that he’s always her choice.

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While Hooker, Sally’s BFF, was hilarious and fun, I thought that she took things a little too far. If someone did to me what Hooker does to Sally on a daily basis, I would flip! I loved Sal’s mom though, even though she would get into Hooker’s schemes way too often, she honestly just wanted her kid to be happy, and she wanted her to be happy with Becks, so point for her.

I honestly has a blast reading this book, and I loved all the X-Men, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, …, references. They were so well done and well used, and they served to show not only Sally’s personality, but her connection to her 2 best friends.

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I loved these two. They were such a great couple, and sweet, and hot, and I loved their story so much! And major points for young Becks that was totally smitten by young Sal… now go read this book!

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Big Rock (Lauren Blakely)

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It’s not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It’s definitely the SIZE of the boat too.

And I’ve got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c&$k.

You might think I’m an as%*$le. I sound like one, don’t I? I’m hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven’t heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind.

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.  

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the hell have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

BIG ROCK is a standalone, dirty romance novel written from the guy’s POV by NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…


Hey guys! As you can see by my rating, I freaking loved this book. It was perfect, absolutely, 100% perfect. So instead of doing a “normal” review, I’m gonna give you 10 reasons why this book ROCKED *wink wink*.

1. That Title!

Show hands if you read “c*ck” instead of “rock” 95% of the times… yeah, that’s what I thought! How clever is that?! It’s a bit crude, but hilarious and it goes so well with the rest of the book.

2. Male POV

It’s not secret by now that I LOVE male POVs and the fact that this book is told only through the male POV was a huge bonus for me. To make it even better, Spencer is a cocky, fun and amazing guy. I approve!

3. BFFs to Lovers Romance

I’m a huge fan of this trope and here it’s done perfectly!

4. And a “Fake” Relationship

Another trope that I love if done right, and it is, oh it so is. Being best friends for years, Spencer and Charlotte already have amazing chemistry, but with the fake relationship and practice in the mix… wow!

5. Awesome Cat

Fido is not exactly like Clive from Wallbanger, but he’s hilarious! With a bit of voyeuristic tendencies…

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6. Amazing Family

This book did something amazing and unusual: it has a perfectly normal and happy family… despite the fact that they’re super loaded! The parents support the kids and love each other deeply. The kids are great, each doing their own thing. No weird expectations or anything. They are all close and loving.

7. Great Protagonists

Spencer Holiday is AMAZEBALLS! Yes, he’s a cocky guy, but he’s a gentleman. He treats people right. He works hard. He made his own money!!! And he’s funny and he’s not afraid of his own feelings! Charlotte is as awesome :D.

8. Hot and Sweet Romance

Spencer and Charlotte are such a great couple. And they are hotter than hot when they’re together. But most of all, they are great as friends, which makes their sentiments towards each other that much deeper and sweet.

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9. The fallout… wow… it’s something!

It was surprising allright…

10. It will make you swoon! Like crazy! But it’s hilarious like hell!!

If the 9 reasons above haven’t convinced you to pick up this book yet, I hope this one will. This book is the perfect blend of hot and sweet, fun and emotional, and it’s just such a great read!

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