The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Hazards #1
May 17, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell.
Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again.
Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
When Juliet’s cousin essentially dares her to break out of her shell and take a few risks before she heads off to college, she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. A few beers, a night at a bar, and a kiss with a stranger don’t seem so bad, but skinny dipping? Of course someone caught her at it!
But the guy she’s had a crush on for years, the unexpected partner in her skinny dipping adventure isn’t quite as perfect as she’d dreamed he was, and while he doesn’t completely turn his back on her after their night together, she kind of wishes she would. Especially now that she’s met Reed.
There was a certain lack of connection throughout the book. While looking through Juliet’s eyes, it was easy to understand what was going on, but I didn’t really feel it. In fact, I would venture to say that the most I felt was sympathy for the utterly clueless and selfish Dylan, and that wasn’t really the point of the story.
At first, I just felt kind of sorry for Dylan. I mean, he was just completely clueless! The way he talked to Juliet seemed rude at times, but I assumed that was because he was so used to girls throwing themselves at him that he didn’t have much skill in actually trying to pursue a girl like Juliet. And he did really seem to like her, wanting her to sleep next to him, acknowledging when everyone’s assumptions about their sleeping together embarrassed her. But then he’d just be all disrespectful and borderline rude again. It’s no wonder she wasn’t following him around like a lost puppy.
But I have to say I was also a bit annoyed with Juliet. Dylan was incredibly self-centered, not like he didn’t care about Juliet’s feelings but more like he wasn’t even aware they existed. And Juliet, since she’d been crushing on him for ages and had built him up to some kind of fantasy man in her head, more often than not allowed him to push her around. Things never got abusive, really, but their scenes together were frustrating. Granted, Juliet’s young, and eighteen-year-olds don’t necessarily have a lot of wisdom when it comes to guys, but she knew she wasn’t really all that happy, and still she went along with him.
Reed, of course, was really sweet and funny. And when their romance finally had a chance, I was happy to expect something more. However, for all their interactions and the fun they had together, I still didn’t really connect with them. My favorite stories are the ones where I almost feel like I am the main character, and my emotions tumble around along with hers. But in The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, it felt more like I was watching from the outside, being told about emotions and sometimes getting a glimpse of them but never really feeling them myself. It’s still a cute, fairly quick read, and the sex scenes aren’t overly graphic, so I’d say it’s just about perfect for the seventeen or eighteen year old reader.