Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 18, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Format: eARC, 240 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.
Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.
And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.
But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.
What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.
As is often the case with books written by new-to-me authors, it was the cover that first caught my attention here with Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart. The way they’re gripping each other. The need it signifies. It looked like it would be right up my alley. Once I read the blurb I realized it definitely was. I mean, first off: road trip. For that alone, you might just as well write “Kim, this book is for you” on that gorgeous cover. Add to that their history as friends and then… not… and it’s even that much more perfect for me.
I found it ridiculously easy to relate to Annabel. It was more than just her attitude and obsessive streak, though. I loved that she was a photographer. I know what it’s like to see the world through a different set of eyes when you’re looking through the lens of a camera and I understand how easy it is to get lost in that world. I know how photography can take over your world and leave little time for other things. I’ve been there. Not quite nearly in the situation she was facing, thankfully, but this knowledge made it easy to understand her and her need to NOT get lost in all this again as time with her grandmother was ticking down. My heart broke for her with the things she’d dealt with in the past and, again, with knowing she was in danger of losing someone very close to her once again. But, even with all that, I wanted her to find a way to make some time for herself. Let loose a little. Have some fun.
Be warned, there is a bit of a triangle in this book. But honestly, it barely hit my radar. Once Kennedy and Annabel found themselves in each others lives again, the other guy (whose name I have literally forgotten at this point) really ceased to matter to me. Don’t get me wrong, he played an important part in Annabel’s life after her accident all those years ago, but he wasn’t Kennedy. He was a sweet guy, but he wasn’t even on the same level as Kennedy, IMHO. Now, Kennedy definitely made mistakes as a kid, but he was super sweet and swoony here. I loved reading along as he and Annabel were reunited. What they had wasn’t exactly first love, but it was certainly heading that way. I hate that they wasted all this time apart, but … I guess in a way that also made it that much sweeter here.
I loved the road trip and the dares. Actually, everything about the story worked for me. I was totally sucked in and didn’t want to put the book down once I started. As much as I adored Annabel and Kennedy – which I really did – I found myself really liking the secondary characters, too. Of course, Grandma was wise and funny and I liked how she gave Annabel the kick in the seat of the pants that she so greatly needed.
Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart was a great introduction to Tiffany Truitt’s books. It was a quick read with plenty of humor, heart and even a fair few sexy times.I got hit with a pretty decent dose of feels along the way, too. I liked how each of the characters grew and developed during this book. All in all, this was a great new adult contemporary romance. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author in the future!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, exchange for an honest review.
There’s a beauty to discovering something no one else will ever search for because they don’t know it’s there to find.
When I took pictures, I lost track of time. And if there’s one thing I learned from life, it’s that every second counts. I have too many responsibilities to tend to and too many goals to reach to give in to the magic that taking photos created. There wasn’t enough time to waste time.
“You keep making me remember what life was before. Who I was back then. Maybe it’s time you remember who you were, too. Stop being so scared of putting yourself out there.”
I’m finished. Done. Destroyed by this girl. And I’d let her destroy me over and over again if she wanted to.
“You are made up of the stuff people write songs about.”
The not knowing is a little bit exciting. Like a dare. Like losing your compass on the open sea and not giving a damn if you ever saw land again.
It isn’t pretty or easy, but it made us who we are today. The scars would always be there. Both those left by the accident and the ones left by our separation, but I didn’t die in that car, and neither did our future.
As you read above, one of my favorite things about this book was the road trip aspect.
What are some of your favorite road trip romances?