Review: Georgetown Academy Book 3 by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting and Giveaway

 

Title: Georgetown Academy Book 3

Author: Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Growing up in the D.C. fishbowl isn’t for everyone, but a break from the Beltway might just restore some sanity.

Ellie Walker’s suffered through enough scandal, and now must watch Gabe fall for someone else. But will an irresistible newcomer who plays by his own rules provide the change she needs?

Riding high after her D.C. debut, Taryn Reyes schemes to cement her relationship with Gabe. But she gets more than she bargained for when she enlists Brooks’ help.

Evan Harnett would do anything to protect her friends. But one moment of weakness, and now she’s on the outs with Hunter and Ellie. Hot on the trail of a new story, she’s heartbroken to find it leads straight to Ellie.

Brinley Madison’s Clinton-esque downfall was bad enough, will she be able to regain her social standing without losing her peace of mind?

Privileged kids with nothing to do but scheme and ski?and they thought D.C. was rough? One thing’s for sure: what happens in Vermont definitely won’t stay in Vermont.

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Review:

Oh, my!  The drama explodes in Georgetown Academy Book 3!  This was a fun installment of the series, as most of the action takes place at a ski resort in Vermont. The major players all think that they are going to get a break from the rigors of DC, but guess again, guys!  The microscope has followed you all to the slopes, and many of you are going to have the worst vacation ever!

It must be nice to attend a fancy private school in DC, because all of the kids from the various high schools converge at a ski resort for an annual pilgrimage to work on their networking skills, and sneak in lots of partying while the clueless, inattentive chaperons who are traveling with them dine at the restaurant.  Ellie feels that life is finally getting back on track.  She’s met the marvelous Weston Morris, and she is instantly smitten.  He’s caring and brushes aside the recent photo scandal with Gabe with a shrug of his shoulders.  Better yet, his mom and Ellie’s mother are political allies, and they are openly encouraging of their match.  What Ellie doesn’t know is that Weston has a dark past, and he’s not the knight in shining armor that he pretends to be.  Will her friends be able to convince her that he’s trouble?  Nah, probably not, but the interpersonal conflicts between Brinley, Evan, and Ellie made this story thread a lot of fun.

I am even enjoying the triangle between Taryn, Gabe, and Brooks, and usually I have no patience for girls who can’t make up their minds.  It’s always obvious that one of the guys is so wrong, and the other is so right, but they are always attracted to Mr. Wrong.  While I’m not convinced which guy is which, it’s obvious that Gabe is still hung up over Ellie, and Taryn’s desire for a definitive, public acknowledgement from Gabe that the two of them are a Couple is causing her a lot of grief.  In a somewhat lame attempt to get him jealous, she promptly takes the advice of her LA friend and begins to flirt outrageously with Brooks.  I was starting to think there was something seriously wrong with Gabe, because he was so indifferent to her new, close friendship with Brooks.  It was kind of sad how obviously indifferent he really is to Taryn. 

I was disappointed at how easily and quickly Brinley got over her addiction to prescription medication.  After a two week stint at a rehab center, she was deemed all better and ready to get back to school.  She is warned to not allow herself to get into stressful situations, as the stress is her trigger, but since her parents are far, far too busy getting ahead in the political scene, neither bothered to pick her up or even read her discharge notes.  Her mother is an uncaring, emotionally distant wench, and she immediately piles the pressures of being a Madison back onto Brinley’s shoulders.  Sigh.

As Georgetown Academy Book 3 drew to a close, I was kind of bummed out.  There are many unresolved story threads and now that I am invested in the series, I checked for a release date for Book 4.  There’s no listing yet, so I’ll be biting my nails while I wait to see what’s up next for the G.A. crew. 

I have a copy of Georgetown Academy Book 3 to give away, so to get prepped for the release of Book 4, be sure to enter for your chance to win!  Thanks to Coliloquy for providing the giveaway!

Grade: B/B+

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Interview with Kelly Jamieson, Author of Jilted

Please welcome Kelly Jamieson to the virtual offices today!  She’s here to talk about her latest, Jilted, which is the first book in the Promise Harbor Wedding continuity.  If you have been reading the blog for long, you know how much I love these interconnected stories. 

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Kelly Jamieson] Wife, mother, reader, writer. I like to read and write romance with sweet heat. Rumours about my shoe obsession are greatly exaggerated.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Jilted?

[Kelly Jamieson] Jilted is the first book in The Promise Harbor Wedding stories. All four books stand alone, but have overlapping characters, and all center around a wedding in Promise Harbor, Massachusetts. Jilted is the story of the groom (I guess you can figure out from the title what happens to him!), the next book is Bolted, which is the story of the matron of honor, then Busted, the best man’s story, and finally Hitched, the bride’s story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Kelly Jamieson] My author-partners Erin Nicholas, Meg Benjamin and Sydney Somers and I spent hours in a chat room brainstorming ideas for the story. Right from the start, I think we had the idea that we wanted the stories to center on a specific event, but each story would go its own way, rather than a true “series” where one story would pick up where the other left off. We tossed around ideas like a funeral bringing some siblings back together, a restaurant idea, and a few other things, and ended up with the wedding. A wedding that goes all wrong. Then we each took a member of the wedding party and developed our own stories. We had to do more brainstorming around the things that were common in each book, like the location, details of the wedding, and some minor characters who appear in each book. Even as we were doing edits, I was emailing them questions like “Do Devon and Hayley know each other?” and “How long ago did Allie and Gavin break up?” There were a lot of little details we wanted to get right – hopefully we did!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Devon?

[Kelly Jamieson] Independent, smart, stubborn

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Josh had a theme song, what would it be?

[Kelly Jamieson] I’m Not Perfect, by Hedley

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Devon is never without.

[Kelly Jamieson] Her stiff upper lip. And nice shoes. Sorry, that’s two.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Josh’s bathroom?

[Kelly Jamieson] Josh has an awesome bathroom because he’s fixing up a big old house on the outskirts of Promise Harbor. And I’m stumped thinking of things you will never find in there, because he’s a pretty open-minded kind of guy. He prefers showers over baths, so he never had bubble bath, but since Devon likes nice long baths and smelly, girly things, he’ll buy some bubble bath and all her favorite body washes and shampoos and lotions that smell like jasmine and mandarin and sweet sugar. You might even find wine glasses in his bathroom now. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Devon’s greatest regret?

[Kelly Jamieson] Not being honest about her feelings with the people she loves.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Kelly Jamieson] Wow, that’s a tough question. I think I’m influenced creatively by so many things – I’ve gotten little germs of story ideas from newspaper stories, advice columns, magazine articles, TV shows…
I’m a very visual person, so looking at romantic pictures on Pinterest sometimes inspires me. Music inspires me – in fact, the song “Someone Like You” by Adele was a major influence on Jilted — the idea of a woman coming back to see her ex-boyfriend marrying someone else. I’m also inspired by reading great romance stories by other authors.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Kelly Jamieson] Definitely my computer – I cannot write longhand! I type very fast, almost as fast as I think. ? Internet access. And quiet – I can’t write when my family is yacking at me. Especially when I’m writing sex scenes.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Kelly Jamieson] Hmmm…I’m going to say Hold ‘Em by Katie Porter. I loved all those Vegas Top Guns books, but this one was really sexy. Maybe it got me because I never thought I’d like a male submissive story, but wow, I loved Mike!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Kelly Jamieson] It would be one of the Bobbsey Twins books – yes, I am that old. I devoured those books when I was about 7 or 8 years old and have been an avid reader ever since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Kelly Jamieson] Read. Read, read, read. I also like shopping for shoes, but that’s really a rare event these days. Really.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Kelly Jamieson] I love hearing from readers! You can email me at info@kellyjamieson.com, or message me on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads.

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About the book:

The wedding’s off but the honeymoon is on…
The Promise Harbor Wedding, Book 1
Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh’s wedding, even though he’s marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she’s happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes — and she can show everyone she’s over him.
Truth is, her life isn’t so fabulous. She’s just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won’t pay her mortgage, and…she’s still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she’s enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.
Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him — why not?
But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon’s there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he’d planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time…
Warning: This book contains a firefighter hot enough to ignite flames, a woman who doesn’t want to get burned again, a honeymoon suite but no honeymoon, and sex not on the beach (sorry)