Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Saving It - Monica Murphy

Saving It
Monica Murphy
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Rating:  3 out of 5 stars
Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is what happens when American Pie meets Friends with Benefits. It contains two best friends, plenty of angst, and lots and lots of sex talk. Reading this might have you looking at your best friend in a different light!
I am a fan of Murphy's NA and adult books, so I was interested to see what she had to offer in the YA realm. I found Saving It to be fun, light, and flirty and I was throughly entertained.
  • Pro: The number one reason why I wanted to read this was because it was a friends-to-more story. I love this type of romance, and I absolutely liked the way Murphy let it evolve. 
  • Pro: The friendship between Eden and Josh was very solid. They had known each other for many years, shared a lot of history, and had been besties since 8th grade. They shared a lot of special moments and some TMI moments, and it was a friendship I envied. 
  • Pro: I was a fan of both Eden and Josh as well as Eden&Josh. They were both very likable, and super easy to ship. 
  • Pro: The Bachelor references were fun, and a grand gesture will always win me over. 
  • Pro: This was a fun, light, cute romance, and sometimes that is exactly what you are looking for. 
  • Con: I struggled a little with the friends. Eden's other BFF was a little too angsty at times, while Abraham was too much of bro, though at times he was pretty decent. 
  • Pro: The ending was the type of ending I love. So, it definitely left me with a happy feeling. 

Overall: A sweet and fun friends-to-more romance, laced with some really touching moments and just enough drama to keep it interesting.

Josh pulls the dressing room curtain back and walks out, holding his arms out at his sides. He’s wearing a black button down shirt and the dark khaki pants and um…
He looks.
“I’m totally overdressed.”
“No, you look…” I shake my head, at a loss for words. Which is stupid. It’s just Josh.
“I look what? Bad?” He’s frowning, staring down at his chest, running his fingers over the shirt buttons.
“You definitely don’t look bad.” My voice is firm. My thoughts are going haywire. I think about the pact we made, how crazy I thought he was for bringing it up.
But hey. Maybe there’s something to this “let’s lose our virginity to each other” deal.
Nah. That’s crazy talk.
He lifts his head, his gaze meeting mine. “So I look…good?”
“You look great.” Understatement. He looks hot like fire. But I can’t tell him that. “You need a haircut.” I say this to break the tension, because there is so much freaking tension right now. Am I the only one who’s experiencing it? Or does he feel it, too?
“Yeah. I know I do.” He runs a hand through his hair, messing it up so it’s a riotous mass on top of his head. My gaze lingers, and I’m tempted to run my fingers through his thick hair and straighten it out.
Oh. My. God. Stop thinking like this!
“Go try on something else,” I tell him, waving my hands and shooing him away. He needs to go. Get behind that curtain and hide for a few minutes so I can gather my thoughts. “Try on one of the flannel shirts and the jeans.”
“Okay.” He sends me a questioning look before he slips back into the dressing room.
I breathe out a sigh of relief, my shoulders slumping. What just happened? I don’t like feeling this way toward Josh.
Thinking he’s hot, being attracted to him. It makes me…uncomfortable?
Well, it should make me uncomfortable.
“Your boyfriend is cute.”
Glancing over my shoulder, I watch the sales associate who greeted us when we first walked into the store approach. She’s super cute with a bohemian vibe. Long wavy golden hair almost to her butt, a black choker around her neck, she’s wearing a flower print, flowing dress that swirls around her ankles when she walks.
“He’s not my boyfriend,” I tell her.
Her eyebrows go up. “You could’ve fooled me.”
I’m scowling. “What do you mean?”
“You two looked totally into each other.”
“Yeah.” I laugh, but it feels forced. “No. We’re just friends.”
“Uh huh.” The knowing smile she sends my way tells me she doesn’t believe a word I’m saying. Whatever. “Let me know if you need any new sizes or whatever, okay?”

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About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon.

She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.

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  1. These Entangled Teen reads are always cute and fluffy. Sometimes that's just what you're looking for!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. They fill a space in my reading life, because there are those times, where I want fun, light and low drama. The Entangled books always deliver that for me. It was even true with a Messy, Beautiful Life, which was a book about a girl with cancer. (and my fave Entangled book to date)

  2. This sounds like a great easy read. It's cute and fun and everyone loves a friends to more relationship. I think this is one to add to my evening unwind reading pile.

    1. It was. That is how I feel about Entangled books in general. They are fun and cute and they leave me satisfied, without the emotional hangover. Sometimes you want that. They always have an HEA too, so I have something to look forward with every Entangled book.

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    1. It was cute. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and may have liked it even more. I think it was the friends that kept me from 4-stars, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

  4. This looks like a cute book! I love the idea of moving from friends to more. Great review!

    1. It was cute, and I was left with an overall positive experience. Friends-to-more seems to always work for me, and I usually job at the opportunity to review those kinds of romances.

  5. This does sound like a worthwhile romance. I am glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Very cute, and the ending was great. So, I was happy.