8 October 2013

Tour + Review + Giveaway: Fast by Ryan Ringbloom




New Adult
Date Published: 8/12/2013




 

Senior year in high school goes by fast. Young hearts fall in love and mistakes are made…by everyone. 
 
Robin Barnes plays the violin. She's quiet, shy and has a huge crush on the boy next door. She’s the good one. She may get the guy, but soon discovers the difficulties in moving too fast.
 
Ashley Simons loves strawberry gum. She's rich, popular and puts out so guys will like her. She’s the bad one. She only knows fast and is knocked off her feet when someone offers her the chance to go slow.
 
What happens after the big kiss? After “I love you” has been said? After the happy ending? Does it always stay happy?
 
Warning: Mature Content.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Spotlight: Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance.  The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it.  When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own.   Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.
 
You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at RyanRingbloom.com . Feel free to contact her, she would love it! 
                                                 
 
 
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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
 
 

What I say (review): In a lot of New Adult books the main character is often the shy, good girl who tames the bad boy, conquers both of their demons, before disappearing into the sunset with her new hottie. Well in Fast there are four MC's who all represent different aspects of that awkward phase before adulthood.
 
Fast analyses the notion of good and bad by asking you to look at different perspectives and characters. Ryan Ringbloom looks at what happens after the perceived HEA.
 
At first glance Robin is clearly the good girl. She's the geek who's in love with her best friend Kent, whilst Ashley is the bitchy villain of the story. But as the story progresses it begins to look like the real villain is located elsewhere. The story focuses on Robin, Ashley, Kent, Patrick and their friends as they move through high school, find love, fall out, make up and break up.
 
You don't often get the POV of the popular girl and I was pleasantly surprised by Ashley. I liked Fast because the story wasn't too predictable and the different POV's kept the story interesting. I found Robin a little annoying for most of the book but she redeemed herself later on. The 'day they met' sections were my favourite (you'll see what I mean when you read the book).
 
Fast is a sweet story, with some smutty bits (not too much detail so don't worry) and I'd like my own Patrick please!!
 
4 Stars in my Sky!
 
Excerpt:
 
Ashley
I need a new boyfriend.
Desperately.
My last boyfriend broke up with me over a week ago. Well, not so much broke up. He just never bothered picking me up for our date.
No call, no text, no nothing.
I didn’t even like the guy which means I’m not hurt or anything, just embarrassed. Getting over it quick and moving on. That’s what I’m doing. It’s what I always do.
I’d like to believe the obnoxious honking in my driveway is not Josh’s way of letting me know he’s here for our date. But I know better. Okay, so I find nothing appealing about Josh, my potential new boyfriend, but I’m sure if I look hard enough I’ll eventually find something.
“Hey.” I slide carefully into the front seat, tugging down on the short skirt as best I can before pulling the seatbelt over my lap. “What movie are we going to see?”
One of Josh’s hands leaves the steering wheel inching the skirt I just fixed back up. Five seconds into our first date and he already feels comfortable enough to reach over and massage my upper thigh. My fault.  I chose to wear a skirt this short.
“I don’t know,” he says. “They all looked lame. You wanna do something else instead? Maybe get coffee or something?” Hand still on my thigh he reverses out of the driveway.
The familiar pangs start in the pit of my stomach as we fly down the street. Here we go again, a frown on my face and a pit in my gut. This is how most of my dates start off.  I know there’s a ton of good movies out right now, but I guess we can do whatever he wants. I never feel I have much of a choice in these things anyway.
“I’m fine with anything.”
Josh swerves, losing focus on the road. The way he’s eyeing me up and down is unnerving. “I hoped you would say that.”
I gulp down the feeling of dread as he presses his foot down on the gas and speeds off to a destination it’s obvious he already has in mind.
Parking his new black Mustang behind an old empty building, the lights go off as he cuts the engine. It is pitch black. I wave my hand in front of my face and I can’t even see it. Wow, I don’t even get the coffee he offered. Why does he think he can just take me to a dark parking lot for a date? A better question is why am I letting him?
Oh, that’s right, I’m easy.

 

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