Falling for the Girl Next Door (Tera Lynn Childs)


Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.

I keep loving this series!

After reading Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru, I was excited to keep reading their story, and this one most definitly did not disappoint. Actually, this book was deeper and heavier than the first one, and I really appreciated that.

Once again, I really enjoyed the writing, and I especially liked that Tru’s POV was deepened a little. In fact, this is a huge book in regards of Tru, given that it deals with him coming to terms with his addiction and seeking help for it.

Both characters show maturity while dealing with Tru’s problem, with him realizing that he wants to be his best version of himself, and that it isn’t fair to Sloane what he’s doing to their relationship. And Sloane by giving him time and space to sort himself out. Yeah, both these things come to a crash eventually, but they both have enough maturity to solve out everything.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the “fake-boyfriend” thing here, though it did make me love Finn even more, and now I can’t wait for his and Willa’s book. But I didn’t feel it was really necessary the overall scheme of things. Also, Sloane needs to chill about her parents! A parent that doesn’t answer your calls, is clearly more interested in something else more than he is about you, so the whole plan of making her dad move to Austin, didn’t sit well with me, because I never saw a way that it could happen.

I keep hating all the parents in this story… I have moments when I like Sloane’s mom, but they need to actually have a meaningful conversation at some point in time, right? I thought the plot on this book was a little rushed, and the time frame was a little short. I would have liked for them to take their time.

I’m excited for the last book about Sloane and Tru, because I want to see all the loose ends being tied up. I want Tru to let go of his father, I want Tru’s mom to do more, I want Sloane and her parents to actually discuss something important, I want her art public, and I want them going off to college together :D.

Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru (CREATIVE HEARTS #1)




Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru (Tera Lynn Childs)


This Entangled Teen Crush book contains vandalism in the name of art, art in the name of love, and love for a boy too charming to ever hate. 

When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.

It’s no secret that I love these entangled crush YA romances, but somehow I had skipped this one, even though I read the rest of the series so far. With book 2 hitting Netgalley and coming out tomorrow, I thought it was about time I read the first book in the Creative HeArts series. This series is unique in the way that each couple is written by a different author, and each couple also gets more than one book.

This was my first book by Tera Lynn Childs and I really enjoyed it. Again, the book is told in an unusual POV – this is a common feature of the whole series – where the main POV, the girl’s, is told in the first person, and we get little short chapters from the guy’s POV, on the third person. When I first read this on Willa, I thought it was kind of weird, now I absolutely love it. The writing is easygoing and  fun, and it and the good pacing, made the book flow well and super fast.

I really liked both characters. Both Tru and Sloane have a lot going on in terms of family life, and it has a lot of stake on how they think and behave. They’re both so strong and facing kind of impossible situations… I can’t wait to read more about it.

The story is very well constructed and I really liked how slow things evolved between Sloane and True, and how they forged a good friendship (sort of), before letting go.

I’m really on the fence about the parents on this story. I have specially a huge problem with Tru’s mom… without giving much away, Tru’s dad sucks, but the fact that his mom, knowing what goes on inside the house, badmouthed her son to her best friend? I hate that!

Either way… I’m starting book 2 now, because I want to read more about these two, and probably suffer a bit more when the book feels incomplete again by the end, and I have to wait another year to get book 3… 😀

Have you read this series? YOU SHOULD! Check out my reviews of the other titles:

How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts #2)

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (CREATIVE HEARTS #3)

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (CREATIVE HEARTS #4)

November TBR


I did awesome with my TBR from last month. From the 15 books I’d said I’d read, I read 12 of them (and then I read 8 more). So I’m pointing for 14 books this month that I really need to read, mostly because they’re ARCs. Also… WOW! Half of my TBR is YA… o_O


  1. Stroked Hard (Stroked #3) by Meghan Quinn (which I already finished and it’s so GOOD!)
  2.  The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  3. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  4. Decidedly Off Limits by Stina Lindenblatt
  5. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru(Creative HeArts #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
  9. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs
  12. The Keeper by Jillian Liota
  13. On the Fence by Kasie West
  14. Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #3) by Estelle Maskame

October Book Haul


Once again, I didn’t haul that many books this month… mostly eARCs. 🙂