Author: Amy Patrick
Release Date: July 30, 2014
Rating: 4 journalistic stars
Recommended for: Twentysomethings having twentysomething problems like their parents interfering in their lives, feeling stuck at the bottom of the totem pole at work, and being like “Aaaah relationships!”
*Read an excerpt of the book here.
About Channel 20Something:
22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.
This is a lighthearted read that a lot of twentysomethings should be able to relate to. I know I did. The balance between being close to your parents, while being an independent adult. Living at the bottom rung of the ladder at work and scrambling to move up. Evaluating relationships, wanting to be serious but feeling too young to be too serious. These are all thoughts going through my head pretty frequently.
I really liked it. It was cute. But I didn’t quite love it and I can’t pin down why. If I had to venture a guess, I think I could have used some more depth. But I would rather have a story that’s consistently lighthearted than have an author say “Oh here, I need depth and angst. Here you go!” and do it poorly. You know this. A lot of my reviews talk about fake depth and angst. So I’d rather have something like this than something like Smoldering.
I found Heidi a little unlikeable at times – I mean, I’m pretty sure her and Hale weren’t actually dating. They were friends who kissed sometimes. She did not love him at all. Poor guy. Gotta say though, I wouldn’t either.
But she woke up and matured a lot in this book, which I really loved reading. She decided what was best for her career, set her parents straight, and decided to be her own person. Well, a person with a hot Thor-like boyfriend.
Speaking of the Thor-like boyfriend, I’m in love with him. Except…I don’t know much about him? I feel like, yeah, Heidi is the main character but Aric is a pretty big deal, too. I would have liked to learn more about him.
But overall, the book was really fun. Another fun beach read I wish I could have actually read on the beach!
*An ARC copy of the book was provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About Amy Patrick:
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
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