Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane - Ingrid Paulson

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane
Ingrid Paulson
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

Harper was a very complicated girl, who had adopted an astounding 537 rules in order to stay in control of her life. She arrived to classes 30 minutes early to secure her preferred seat, set alarms to remind her when it was time to switch subject while studying. She was a case study in discipline. When Sterling Lane made his appearance, it was immediately apparent, that he was the exact opposite of of Harper. What began as an unlikely alliance, in an attempt to exonerate her twin brother and save him from expulsion, grew and changed both Harper and Sterling.

This was a cute enemies to lovers story. There were parts I loved, parts I liked and wish there were more of, and parts that left me meh. My final impression was good, though, due to the strong and delightful ending.

What I Liked
Harper was rather awesome. She was living by her own rules, and I can appreciate a girl who doesn't let the crowd steer her decisions. She had all these adorable quirks, like how she baked when she was stressed, and her rules, so many rules, which when I learned why she adopted them, sort of tugged at my heartstrings. Most of all, I loved how she grew and changed during the story, but didn't lose herself. Rather, she found a better version of herself.

Sterling was quite the alpha-hero. He constantly challenged any and all rules, but he eventually realized he was doing it for the wrong reasons. It was apparent, that Sterling had a heart of gold from many of his actions (his sister, Cole, his grandmother), but it was buried under all his errant ways. With Harper challenging him, he also changed for the better. He didn't lose all his bad boy swag, but he realized he wanted more for himself and was not going to sacrifice his needs and wants just to be contrary. I also swooned at how he desired Harper's fire. He didn't want her to change, he liked her,  quills and all, and that is a great message.

The romance was so sweet. Both Harper and Sterling would let a little hint slip here and there. They even had their hormonal moments, which sent Harper running. In the end, it was Sterling, who made the grand gesture. He knew he needed to, and I must admit, I wore a huge grin on my face that entire final chapter.

A message of acceptance was all over this story as far as I could see. Both Harper and Sterling were fighting for acceptance from their difficult fathers. In addition, Harper was never really embraced by her peers due to her rigid and quirky ways. What they found, was that they could not really earn that acceptance until they started to veer from their rules. But what drove the deviation from their rule system, was a sort of self acceptance. When they addressed their own needs and desires, thus, accepting themselves, others saw them differently. I can get on board with that message.

What I Found Meh
I was not into the whole Cole plot. I found I had little interest in that storyline, although I believe it is the driving force for bringing Harper and Sterling together. I don't know. I would have liked to have more hijinks. It was not a terrible storyline, and I get why it was there, and it steered the story in a certain direction, but I just wasn't feeling it. Not bad, not good, just there.

What I Wish There Was More Of
I really enjoyed seeing the changes in Harper. Seeing her make friends, and begin to really be part of it all without changing all her core beliefs. I enjoyed Harper's interactions with Kendall so much. Another example of characters bringing out the best in each other! Harper helped Kendall come to some realizations just as much as Kendall helped her. Most of all, Kendall accepted all parts of Harper. It was a very nice symbiotic relationship, and I would have enjoyed more of that. I also found the parts where the whole gang: Harper, Kendall, Parker, and Cole, were all involved to be quite fun. The banter, the pranks, the basic interactions were amusing.

Overall: A cute enemies to lovers story, filled with hijinks, fun, and a great message of acceptance.
**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. Quotes are from an ARC and may change upon publication.





Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best).

Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn’t so short any more. Valkyrie Rising, a paranormal girl power story was Ingrid’s first novel. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.


Week 1:
June 12, 2017 – miracle milli reads – Review & Guest Post
June 12, 2017 – Smada’s Book Smack – Review
June 12, 2017 – Zerina Blossom’s Books – Guest Post
June 13, 2017 – Unstuck Pages – Guest Post
June 13, 2017 – Lovely Loveday – Spotlight
June 13, 2017 – Rachel’s Book Reviews – Review
June 13, 2017 – With Love for Books – Review
June 14, 2017 – The Hermit Librarian – Spotlight
June 14, 2017 – I Read Indie – Interview
June 14, 2017 – Haddie’s Haven – Spotlight
June 15, 2017 – Writing Pearls – Review
June 15, 2017 – Book Briefs – Review
June 16, 2017 – The Avid Reader – Interview
June 16, 2017 – Bookgasms Book Blog – Spotlight
June 16, 2017 – Dani Reviews Things – Review
Week 2:
June 19, 2017 – A Page In the Chapter – Review
June 19, 2017 – Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Review
June 19, 2017 – BookHounds YA – Guest Post
June 20, 2017 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
June 20, 2017 – Olivia Chanel’s Galaxy of Books – Review & Guest Post
June 21, 2017 – Radiant Lit – Review
June 21, 2017 – Chapters through life – Review & interview
June 21, 2017 – Airy Reads – Interview
June 22, 2017 – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post
June 22, 2017 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
June 22, 2017 – Book-Keeping – Review
June 23, 2017 – To Be Read – Review
June 23, 2017 – WS Momma Readers Nook – Guest Post
June 23, 2017 – Thinking to Inking – Interview
Week 3:
June 26, 2017 – The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf – Review
June 26, 2017 – Ramblings From This Chick – Guest Post
June 26, 2017 – KatyaRath – Review
June 27, 2017 – We Live and Breathe Books – Review
June 27, 2017 – Book Lover Promo – Guest Post
June 27, 2017 – Book Wyrming Thoughts – Review
June 28, 2017 – The Lovely Books – Review
June 28, 2017 – Becky on Books – Review
June 29, 2017 – Dual Reads – Review
June 29, 2017 – Book Ballistic – Review
June 30, 2017 – Dog-Eared Daydreams – Spotlight
June 30, 2017 – Magical Reads – Review
June 30, 2017 – Comfort Books – Interview

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  1. Not my usual genre, but it sounds like a cute story. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am a total contemporary reader, and I love fun/cute stories. The more I talk about this one, I think I liked it more than 3-stars. The one storyline put me off, but there were so many good things about this book.

  2. I'm not usually a big fan of the enemies to friends/lovers trope but this one sounds cute and fairly well done. I especially like that the two main characters aren't so cookie cutter and apparently have a lot more going on under the surface. Great review, Sam!

    1. I think I am a fan of all the tropes. 😀I really liked Harper and Sterling and wanted more of them.

  3. This looks like a cute story! I love that a main message was acceptance. Great review!!

    1. It was fun, and the ending was fantastic. I was big on that overall message, and I like that stuff.

  4. This does sound like a really cute story despite the issues. I love a book with hijinks!

    1. The prank war was very fun, and I liked the other two, who rounded out the group.