23 September 2015

Our Little Secret - Tour & Review

Our Little Secret 
by Ashelyn Drake

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What they say: “Is there a difference between a secret and a lie?”

Becca Daniels needs a passing math grade…but what she wants is to spend more time with Toby Michaels.

The only problem is Toby is her best friend’s twin, and Tori has a very firm “no dating the brother” policy.

But Becca’s grade has hit rock bottom and she needs a tutor. It just so happens that Toby is a math genius and more than happy to help—lucky her! Working so closely with the handsome, popular Toby, Becca can’t hide her attraction, and it soon becomes obvious he feels the same way.

Becca doesn’t want to lose her best friend, but she isn’t willing to give up Toby either.

At first, sneaking around is fun, stealing kisses right under Tori’s nose. But things take an ugly turn when Toby’s ex-girlfriend Meredith catches them together. Meredith demands Toby take her back and restore her reputation, or she’ll tell Tori their secret. Do they dare tell Tori the truth? Or would that just make things worse?

Surrounded by secrets and knee-deep in deception, something has to give…
How far is Meredith willing to go to keep Toby and Becca apart? 
And how much is Becca willing to risk to keep… Our Little Secret?

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Ashelyn Drake really brings out the angst in Our Little Secret. The plot actually reminded me of a teen romcom film (*tweets* Lucy Hale & Ross Lynch).

Becca's had a secret crush on her best friend's twin brother for ages, but girl code means she can never act on her feelings. She also doesn't think Toby aka the most popular guy at school would ever be into her. Tori for her part, is very against any of her friends being around her brother and would never allow Becca to date him...

I liked Becca but I REALLY wanted her to stand up for herself a bit more - Tori bosses her around a lot. Tutoring sessions suddenly allow Becca to spend far more time with Toby, and she realises her interest may not be one-sided after all. 

The romance between Toby and Becca is sweet and charming, albeit a little OTT with the angst at times. I obviously wanted them to take a stand against Meredith, but she was a great mean girl. 

I know the focus is on Becca's and Tori's friendship, but there were a lot of times when I though Tori was kinda bratty and a bad friend. I couldn't understand why she was so determined to keep Becca and Toby apart. So I did get frustrated with her hypocrisy - BUT then I realised I was thinking about the characters as an adult and not a teenager. As I considered the intensity of these situations as a teen, I started to appreciate Tori's point of view and understood her more. My conclusion is that clearly I'm getting old!

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

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Author Spotlight:

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She also writes speculative fiction under the name Kelly Hashway. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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