The Hazards of Skinny Dipping

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This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
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Overview

This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484044179
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2013
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,006,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    Fair warning, this is going to be a gushy review! I LOVE LOVE LO

    Fair warning, this is going to be a gushy review! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! I have also been privileged enough to read Alyssa's Clayton Falls series, and this is my favourite book that I have read by her thus far. This story follows Juliet who is just going in to her first year of college, and before she does that, her cousin Amy gives her a secret list of 5 things that she needs to do before she gets there to try and open herself up to the new experiences that she is going to have once she is there. 




    One of those things on the list is, you guess it, skinny dipping. She leaves this till the last minute before she has to leave to go to school. Juliet has decided to stay over one more night at her family's beach cottage once everyone else has left to give herself some alone time and to mark off this last thing on the list. What she doesn't count on is the hot next door neighbour Dylan to show up unexpectedly and catch her in her moment of nakedness. Juliet has had a crush on him for years, and what she thinks is a dream come true starts to happen to her, what she was not prepared for is the dream to come crashing down around her.




    Juliet knows that she will not be able to avoid Dylan when she gets to school as he is a senior at the same college that she is attending. She is not sure what to expect as far as his reaction when seeing him again, but is presently surprised by how happy he is to see her, and that he really is interested in dating her. I can relate to Juliet in more ways than one, but the first one that comes up in the book is that giddy feeling you get when you start dating someone that you have had a crush on, at the beginning it always feels like a bit of a dream come true, then reality starts to set in.




    Dylan always rubbed me the wrong way even from when he was introduced, and as the story goes along, it kept getting worse and worse, I just wanted to strangle him! And I love when a character is able to bring out such a strong emotion in me, good or bad. 




    Shortly after Juliet arrives at school we meet Reed, and let me tell you, I have found a new book boyfriend! All along I kept thinking in my head "open your eyes Juliet, look at that man"!! Well, I can't really say much more without giving the rest of the book away, however, there is so much more to this story, some secrets that are revealed, a lot of growing by a few different characters, and a few other surprises along the way that I guarantee will keep you wanting more and more!




    I am going to say that this is obviously a 5/5 for me, and that Alyssa Rose has absolutely become my FAVOURITE contemporary author by far and I am going to go and try and find everything I can by her and read it ASAP!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Great book

    I really liked this book. Good choice

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    Wonderful contemporary romance I am a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Iv

    Wonderful contemporary romance
    I am a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy's and I haven't read a book she has written that I didn't like.  The Hazards of Skinny Dipping was no exception.  I had been looking forward to reading this and Ivy delivered yet another great read.  The book begins with Juliet finding herself at her family's beach house shortly before starting college.  Everyone has gone and it's just her.  It's been a summer to remember - one in which she has been completing a "challenge" of sort from her cousin, which is why she is skinny dipping in the pool behind her house......where she thinks she is alone and no one will see her......not.  Dylan's family owns the beach house next door.  Dylan is a few years older than Juliet and she has been crushing on him what seems like forever.  She has really set him up on a pedestal in her own mind, but the real Dylan, as hot as he may be, doesn't quite play the part Juliet has scripted in her mind for him the way she wrote it.  In fact, when she begins her freshman year at college, Dylan isn't what she expected at all.  Juliet is pledging a sorority also, and it is at one of these events that she meets Reed.  Reed is a great friend to her, looks out for her, gives her a job, and fills the role of a big brother, but is the big brother role the one Juliet and Reed really want him to fill?  Which one is Mr. Right, which one is Mr. Wrong, and when her world comes crushing in around her, will Juliet's heart be intact by the time she finds out the answer to the question?




    I really enjoyed The Hazards of Skinny Dipping.  I liked the fact that Juliet wasn't the perfect little virgin that we have been seeing in many of the NA stories recently.  She's kind of snarky, has an attitude, and speaks her mind....most of the time, but I found her really likable. I also enjoyed the relationship between Juliet and her cousin Amy, which was fun.  Dylan was a hottie, but a jerk, and comes across as a real douche-bag.  He really seems to care for Juliet in his own way, but is it enough to make him change?  Reed, on the other hand, I absolutely loved everything about him.  Juliet thinks she does to, but when the truth comes out, Juliet has to rethink everything she has come to know about him.  Despite it all, I am team Reed, though you'll have to read the book to find out who's team Juliet winds up on.  I did want to shake her a couple of times so she would see what was right in front of her.  Everything she experiences does help her character mature, even if it takes her a while to make the right decisions.  In the romance department, there were some really sizzling moments and some moments that definitely lacked the sizzle, which makes the bedroom scenes interesting, sometimes funny, hot, and sometimes not so hot.  




    Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Juliet ends where she began, but with a whole new perspective on life, love, and the hazards of skinny dipping.  If you enjoy NA contemporary romance, then I would definitely recommend checking this book out. 

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    Once again Alyssa Rose Ivy has written a book that I thoroughly

    Once again Alyssa Rose Ivy has written a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. There were quite a few things about  The Hazards of Skinny Dipping that hit home for me. But what made the story for me was the relationship between Juliet and Reed. This book is about new starts, life lessons, and becoming your own person...and maybe falling in love along the way. 




    What I loved about Juliet was that she wasn't a naive girl. The beginning of the book starts off in a bold way, but I liked that. It showed me that Juliet had a sense of adventure and whether she realized it or not, confidence. Juliet is about to start college and she has a list of tasks she needs to complete before she starts. Well, not only does she complete those tasks, but she finally gets the guy she's always wanted. But is he really what she wants? The guy, Dylan, was someone she sort of grew up with. She's had a massive crush on him for years. Now, he's finally noticed her, but it turns out that he's a bit controlling and terrible in bed. Eek. Dylan also goes to the same college that she goes to and they begin dating. When she gets to the college, she joins a sorority. Her college experience is what reminded me of my own. I went out of state for college, knew no one, and joined a sorority to meet people. I remember having the same feelings about the whole process that Juliet had. Again, like Juliet, I valued the relationships I made and the experiences I gained as a result of being part of a sorority. Of course through the sorority, she gets to interact with yummy guys. One of those guys is Reed. I absolutely adored him. 




    There are so many things I liked about Reed. He's responsible, sweet, sincere, and funny. There was depth to his character too. I won't tell you about that, but know that his past helped Juliet in a way. Reed and Juliet started off as friends because of her relationship with Dylan. I liked that they both looked forward to hanging out together. There was an ease to their friendship. Of course, Reed wanted more with Juliet, but it took time. I want to note that this isn't a love triangle situation. There really was no competition of which guy was better either. Reed far outshone Dylan, in my opinion. I think many would agree with me on that. Anyway, I was happy when Juliet and Reed finally got together. I felt like they were a really great match. 




    Overall, I really enjoyed The Hazards of Skinny Dipping. I'd definitely recommend it, like any other of Ivy's books. Not only is there a great love story, but the reader gets to see the characters experience life and learn from it. If you are a fan of New Adult Contemporary Romances, you should check this one out. 




    Quotes:
    ~Amazing? Did we experience the same thing? But this was Dylan Bradley. Clearly, the problem was me. "Yeah, definitely."-Loc 267




    ~Bondage and bad sex? Not happening.-Loc 1633

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

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    Already an Alyssa fan I was eager to get this book in my hands w

    Already an Alyssa fan I was eager to get this book in my hands when I heard about it! I was 100% satisfied one of the best all nighters I've had in awhile! I Loved it! I Slobbered it! I Hugged it! *passes* now your turn! This book was funny and flirty but yet still had the spark of romance your looking for, really its the perfect summer read. The characters were totally relate able and the story line hooked you tell the end, I finished it in one pop!  

    This blurb couldn't explain it any better then myself really! Who knew Skinny dipping could be so dangerous hehe! 
     
    "This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along."

    *New Adult Romance- Contains Sexual Situations* <---Also would suggest 18 plus reader eyes!

    Side note: Reed, yes please pass me one! That man was delicious! If you have one Alyssa hiding in your closet could you please share!? 

    Hope you One-Click this baby and enjoy it as much as I did! Happy Reading!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Did I mention I loved this book? Well I just finished, and it w

    Did I mention I loved this book? Well I just finished, and it was a great read that will make you want to fall in love with Reed and Juliet. The main reason for Skinny dipping and the list was her cousin Amy who wanted Juliet to have fun before she went to college. It was one heck of a ride because that storyline was throwing you for a loop from the beginning. If you like fun, and a fresh new read this book has it all right from the start!! The cover is what caught my attention as well as the summary and it did not disappoint. Alyssa did a great job with her characters and writing styles.

    Juliet is about to start her first year at college, as summer is near its ending Juliet listens to her cousin Amy suggestions to skinny dip in the pool at her grandparents beach house, then when she thought no one will be there, until her crush Dylan comes. Soon after that things for sure were not how she expected them to turn out. I really liked Juliet as a character because she is confident and also didn't expect love to find her. The book really begins with her going to college and she dates Dylan who treats her like he owns her, while Juliet just wants to end it, but she she realizes that he is not the tight one for her. Dylan is a character I really disliked. Juliet is the sarcastic, and witty character with an attitude, which makes her a really rounded as a main character.

    Juliet then meets Reed who she first meets at a Laser Tag match and later cleans his sorority. They have an instant connection. Reed is charismatic, and really pays attention to Juliet. I knew from the beginning he would be the right one when you first meet him. I loved him!!Watching this relationship finally unfolding is what makes me happy! Reed is definitely a man you want to read about, and the fireworks between them means real chemistry! Overall it was a fun summer read and will make you laugh and believe you will find your true love.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

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    I thought this was a cute book. It would make for a good summery

    I thought this was a cute book. It would make for a good summery beach read if you're in the market. It was a little difficult for me to relate to the main character since I never did the whole sorority thing in college and the drama was a little overly dramatic at times, but I didn't care. I still enjoyed the book if for no reason other than the super sweet friend/love interest Reed. He was the polar opposite of the initial love interest and skinny dipping partner, Dylan. Dylan was controlling and, I feared, dangerous. Reed was adorable and protective and a good fit for Juliet. I enjoyed their banter as friends and watching their relationship develop further over time.

    The Hazards of Skinny Dipping was a fun romp. I read it in preparation for the second book in the standalone series, The Hazards of a One Night Stand. While I enjoyed the second book far more than this one, it was sexy and sweet enough to get my attention and didn't throw up any major red flags.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Like

    I really like it can't wait for the srvond book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Great book

    This was an awesome book, I couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Loved it

    Despite this books tipically predictable plot i thought this book was good and very injoyable. I didnt hate the main character i actually liked her because she seemed more real and not so perfect and also not so unperfect either. She is slightly blind and seeing what is in her face and has a tendency to live in her head sometimes but overall she was okay. The romance in the book and the friendships will keep you on your toes and make you want to smack a few characters on the head, except you cant do that. Its quite the delima.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    disappointing

    Just a so so book. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. I read a lot and
    this book was just a blah book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Good

    Enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Nude people

    If the book cover has nudity on then it must be stupid

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Really loved this book

    This book had some really funny moments. Its now my official favorite by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Nice beach read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Romtic and sweet

    A great story. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    Okay, I love reading Alyssa Rose Ivy's books. What I didn't exp

    Okay, I love reading Alyssa Rose Ivy's books. What I didn't expect, was to stay up all night reading this one. I couldn't put this book down. I think aside from her Crescent Chronicles series, this is my favorite.

    I really enjoyed the story behind it. It was creative and interesting. I wanted to reach out and strangle Juliet a few times, but she figured things out on her own. I also loved the relationship between her and her cousin Amy. Even long distance, they kept in touch with each other.

    As with all of Alyssa's books, this one had hot guys in it too. There was Dylan, Kyle and Reed. You will have to read the book to decide who you are rooting for, but they are all yummy. I couldn't wait to find out who she chose at the end of the book.

    I love the whole new adult genre and this was most definitely a must read!! This story has earned five glittery stars for being one of my favorite reads of 2013!! If you haven't read any of Alyssa's books, run out and grab a few. They are all worth your time :)

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    So, I am going to try and write a coherent review and not fangi


    So, I am going to try and write a coherent review and not fangirl over how much I loved this book. First of all, as summer is nearly upon us, this is the absolute perfect summer read. It's fun, flirty, funny, and FABULOUS! (Hee.) This was my first book by Alyssa and I really enjoyed her writing style. I felt the pacing was perfect and that she did a great job developing our main characters.

    For the most part I really liked Juliet. The book begins with her cousin having given her a 'to-do' list before she leaves for college. One of which so happens to involve skinny dipping. She is staying at her grandparent's beach house and she thought going for a swim would be harmless. Until her hot next door neighbor, who she has been crushing on forever, happens to come by. After that things were definitely not the same for Juliet.

    She is sarcastic, witty, and has a bit of an attitude, all of which I really liked about her. What really bothered me was how she let Dylan treat her. The boy she's been swooning over for years just might not be the one she was hoping for after all. Dylan is a douche, plain and simple. One minute he acts charming and the next he's possessive and overprotective. Because of Juliet's spunky, fiery attitude I was really surprised she didn't tell him were to go long before she actually did. (Actually, from the first night she realized his ahem, 'performance' wasn't up to par, she probably should have ended things right there. So what if he's a good kisser?!)

    Meanwhile, Juliet meets Reed, who is in the fraternity her sorority pairs up with a lot. I liked Reed instantly. He was charismatic, funny, and also actually paid attention to Juliet. I was rooting for him pretty much from the second we were introduced to him. However, Juliet is so wrapped up in Dylan, she misses what is right in front of her. Someone who wants to give her what she deserves and be what she needs! Watching their friendship unfold into something more was great. Juliet didn't feel smothered by Reed and they actually carried on meaningful conversations. And the fireworks between these two! Whew! Talk about chemistry! These two definitely have it.

    Overall, if you are looking for a light, cute, fun, summer read that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud at times- this one is calling your name. Go get it!

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

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    most excellent read...

    What happens when the one night you go skinny dipping alone and you get caught? What happens if the person who catches you is the very guy you've obsessed over the last couple years? What happens if he was nothing like expected? And not in a good way. Meet Juliet. Her first semester in college is not starting off so well. Even if she is in the arms of the guy she has always wanted. Could her very idea of Mr. Right actually be Mr. Way-The-Hell-Wrong?

    Here I am sitting here taking a moment to gather my thoughts. This is the 2nd book in 2 days that I have read a book by Ivy. And this is the 2nd book in 2 days that I have read a book by Ivy that has gotten me completely smitten. I absolutely adored THE HAZARDS OF SKINNY DIPPING so very much. Yep, completely, 100% smitten. Now be prepared…I may ramble a bit.

    Oh Juliet. Here she was thinking the only guy who could make her happy is Dylan Bradley. But what she doesn't know is that he is nothing like she has imagined over the years. And she is putting up with his crap and his lack of bedroom skills. Why? Because it is something she has been dreaming about for a while: getting Dylan’s attention. And now that she has it she realizes it is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact it is downright destructive in ways.

    Ever had one of those guys before? The type you think is ‘The One’, but it turns out he is really ‘A Dud’. Yeah I knew one like that. We all thought he was the perfect male specimen. Then a friend dated the guy and I got the goods. He wasn't nearly as perfect as we all thought. Dude would have lengthy conversations with his cats and then would want her to participate. Yep, complete turn off. And that is how Dylan is, well minus the cats. He is just a jerk. And it is going to take Juliet some time to realize it.

    Why is it that we readers can see how much of a jerk some characters are before the girl does? Dylan was a Class A Prick that deserved the boot a long time ago. But Juliet kept hanging on. Why? Who the flip knows. I was waiting for her breaking point and thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long for it.
    Now lets talk about Reed. I heart this guy so much. I love the relationship that he and Juliet share while she is dating Dylan. They have that easy, laid back, fun relationship that only 2 people who are completely comfortable with each other can share. Hello?! Wake up Juliet. This guy is perfect and yet you are still slumming it with Mr. Jerk Off. And the way he is looking out for her the whole time…ah! It stole my heart. He is just so perfect and unfortunately we have to wait for Juliet to come to this realization.

    THE HAZARDS OF SKINNY DIPPING has a fun storyline that girls in college will be able to relate too. Once you start the book you are going to find it hard to put down. Hence me devouring it. Yeah, I didn’t want to be gone from these awesome characters any longer than I had to. And let me tell you one other thing…you will never look at pizza sauce the same way again. Just sayin.

    Ok, I think I have rambled enough. Pick up THE HAZARDS OF SKINNY DIPPING and let me know what you think.

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