Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: Just A Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola ~

91klQT6JKfL._SL1500_SynopsisGood girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.
 
Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?
 
Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.
 
Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

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christie review 5 star aI loved this book!!! It was a sweet and sexy New Adult Romance. I was addicted to Brinley and Ryder from the very first page. Brinley is a sweet and somewhat awkward yet beautiful girl. She didn’t have the greatest high school experience thanks to Ryder completely humiliating her after a game of spin the bottle. So, she is excited for a new start in college. But, it doesn’t last because she comes face-to-face with Ryder at a party. She tries to avoid him at all costs, and he begins pursuing her. It seems like he never forgot that kiss so long ago. But, she wonders what his motives really are? Is he really after her heart, or will he leave her hurt and humiliated again?

I loved Brinley and Ryder. They are complete opposites. She is sweet, naïve, and a virgin; Ryder is hotter than hell and has plenty of experience with women. They shouldn’t fit together, but they do. Their chemistry is off the charts, and that chemistry is what moves the book at such a fast pace. I really wanted to know what was going to happen next and well, if Brinley would give her V-card to Ryder. The sexy scenes between the two of them even gave me butterflies! Of course, there is a little bit of angst, but it works well in the story. Both of them have parents who have given them issues with their current relationship. I really rooted for this couple and wanted them to make it! The supporting characters in the book were likeable too. I absolutely fell in love with Fallon, Brinley’s dorm mate. There is more to her than she lets others see. I know she will be getting her own story in March 2015, and I can’t wait to see what secrets she is going to reveal.

I read Just A Little Crush within hours of starting it. This is the first book I have read by Renita Pizzitola, but it won’t be my last. I have already added Just a Little Flirt, Fallon’s story, to my wish list. If you like a sweet sexy love story that is a quick read, give this one a try!

**A copy of the book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.**

Abou the authorRenita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult Contemporary Romance and Young Adult Fantasy. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.

Renita welcomes emails from her readers. To learn more please visit http://www.renitapizzitola.com

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Release Date: To be announced…
SynopsisDeath changes people.It’s a phrase Reeve was all too familiar with. His father uttered those words on a daily basis. Following his parents into the family business had meant being the glue for others who were falling apart after a death… and in this line of work, grief was inevitable.
When Reeve suffers real loss in the death of his best friend and soul mate, he’s left questioning if his entire life was a sham. Consumed by loss and doubt, he detaches himself from reality.
 
In an attempt to get his son back, his father abandons all he thought he knew about healing, and pleads with Reeve to take on a new case.
 
But, this wasn’t just any case; it was Jessie Case, a woman more mysterious than the circumstances surrounding the death of his best friend.
 
When these two lives merge, they entice each other into a world of forgotten pain. What they discover is far more haunting than either of them could imagine.

 
 
 
 
 Excerpt

 

 Her voice is thick with emotion as she pleads, “Show me.”Hesitant, I move toward her, holding her gaze in a way that seems to push her further back with each step I take.
My jacket falls to the floor, and I welcome the sharp bite of cold air against my flesh.
She gasps, a mixture of fear and awe garbling the sound. Her eyes dip to take in all I’ve exposed to her. “Reeve, what have you done?” she whispers.
“It doesn’t hurt,” I explain, running my fingers along my angry, red skin.
Instinctively, she clasps her hands around her arms, as if to protect herself from me scaring her too.
Sweet Jessie. Don’t you understand I would never hurt you?
I envision myself saying this out loud, but in this moment, I move closer to her, lips like a vault, securing all my thoughts around my tongue.
She backs herself into the corner, jaw slack, eyes wide. “How long did this take?” She points to my arms, covered with words.
The first time I’d pushed a needle into my skin was when Cadmium died. At first, the pain had pulled me out of my grief… made me feel something greater than the loss of her. But, I’d refused to be the guy labeled as a ‘cutter’. No, I was purposeful with my pain, etching Cadmium’s words into my skin. Each promise, fear, and every other word she had ever spoken was now a part of me.
Flesh of my flesh.
For a brief moment, I witnessed pity in Jessie’s eyes. Pity was for people who asked for it. I didn’t need it or want it.
I move closer so I can lean into her, exhale against her ear and answer, “Years. But forever wouldn’t be long enough to finish what I started.”
Goosebumps rise on her neck, her pale skin flushing from her heated blood. “You’re a cutter? You do this to make yourself numb?”
She’s psychoanalyzing me. It makes me angry. “Oh, the misconceptions,” I laugh into her neck, then pull back to look in her eyes. “Carved, tattooed, branded; any of these would be more accurate, Jessie.”
Pity has fully disappeared from eyes, and now she’s staring at me like I could be Lucifer. I’m feeding off of her discomfort, so I taunt her. “You disappoint me. I thought you were a stone pillar with a solid foundation, rooted firmly in your own resolve.” I place my finger against her shoulder and nudge her. “But look how easily you sway under the pressure. Your core is corroded.”
“Why are you so hateful?” she asks, choking on her question as she shoves my hand away. Her eyes began to glisten, darting between me and the door.
It’s then I realize she’s a coward. Escape routes forming in her head, plan B always set “just in case”.  I thought she was different. She is, I remind myself. She just doesn’t know it yet. “You gonna run, Jessie?” I sneer, towering over her fear crippled stature.
Your move sweet girl.
She squares her shoulders, taking on a challenging stance. “I want to understand.” Her voice is stern, but I hear her insecurities in every word. She wraps her hand around my forearm, looking up at me as if I might be the savior she’s been in search of. “I don’t know you, but I want to.  The real you. I’ve never been more scared of someone in my life, and not because I think you will harm me. It’s your thoughts that breath life to my fear, Reeve.” 

 

 
 
Abou the author
 
I’m a sarcastic, Disney loving, procrastinator. I hope to write stories that speak to me first and foremost, then give readers an honest, non-cookie cutter world to get lost in. I always root for the underdog, so I try to inject one into each of my stories. I’m in desperate need of Starbucks, a shower, and sunlight on any given day. I’m certain Chewbacca is my soulmate. I hope you read my words and enjoy them. If you don’t, I still dig you.
 
 
 
 
 
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