Thursday, April 25, 2019

Release + Review - Mary Catherine Gebhard - Skater Boy


Rebels. Misfits. Bad boys who rule the streets. Everyone’s welcome at the worst kept secret in town, just as long as you don’t mind getting your reputation—and your heart—a little dirty.
Welcome to Patchwork House…
Patchwork House is a boy’s club—a mean boy’s club. They made an exception for Tweetie once, and they’re going to make another, because she’s coming home. After two years away and one too many broken hearts, Tweetie swore off skaters—but she never expected Flip.
Flip was the most famous skater in the world until he traded his place at Patchwork with the little girl whose life he ruined. Now Tweetie’s all grown up, and one chance encounter brings them together. He knows the right thing to do is disappear before things get ugly, but he never was very good at being good.
She’s back, and so is he—all bets are off. Nothing will stop this bad boy from finally getting his lost girl. They're written in the stars, and it's time she knows it.
The first lesson Flip taught Tweetie was how to fall.
It was also the last thing she remembered when they met again, because she didn’t just fall for him.
She slammed.

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“I’m so bad for you. If I was a good guy, I’d stop. I’d let you be happy.”
I didn’t understand any of what he was saying, but the pain I felt. Deep. In his rocky, strangled voice and his desperate, cracking eyes.
“Whatever it is I’ll understand. If you did something…if something happened…I’ll understand.”
Tell me. Please.
Let me in.
His stare dug into me, and again I was certain he was searching for something. I desperately wanted him to find it.
He exhaled, resigned.
“I’m not a good guy. I’m the fucking worst.” He captured my face in his palms, grip sure and almost painful in its desperation. The way he looked at me, I was sure he would kiss me. The way I felt, I was certain I would let him.
But then, with slow and almost agonizing determination, his lips came to my forehead. 
I was frozen. Mute. Struck dumb. Everything stopped working all I knew was his lips on my skin. Soft and so tender, a complete contrast to his grip digging into my skull.
He pulled back, pressed his forehead to mine, and looked at me from beneath hooded lids.
“I’m going to put the awe back in your eyes,” he said, and my breath caught. “You looked at me like I was a god once, and you’ll do it again.”
Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew. She's lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don't worry, she sends postcards.


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Johnaka's Review 

“He was a skater boy she was a skater girl, 4 stars”

Tweetie is coming home, but for her home isn’t what most think of. Home to her is her three god like brothers who raised her and their home of misfits. What she didn’t expect was Flip a man has been her hero forever when it comes to skating and the one she couldn’t help but carry into her dreams. They say they shouldn’t meet your idols, will Flip live up to her expectations?
Flip has always been protecting Tweetie since the day him and the three other Rebel Gods met her. Only she doesn’t remember him. He’s been protecting her from the sidelines. But now all bets are off, he wants Tweetie. But will his brothers be okay with that? Things are changing around the Patchwork house.
I have never read MCG before and I was pleasantly surprised. I was pulled into the story and stayed because I wanted answers. By the time I was finished for the most part they were answered but some left unknown in order to make me want the next book, which I so do. But there were some times I felt like the story went a little slow. No matter what though I was glad I took a chance on a new to me author.
Plot-4/5 Characters-4/5 Heat-4/5 Writing style-4/5 Overall-4/5

Jenn's Review
Holy mind blown. Skater boy was way more than I expected. I mean this book goes the line between what's appropriate and inappropriate, but in an amazingly sweet way. Some might not enjoy this authors take, but I loved it. 

Skater Boy is about a girl trying to find herself in a world that is a boys club in more than one. Not only does she want to be a skater, but she also lives in a home full of men. The very men who raised her. Now I will say this. The story is set in the past so a lot of the stuff that happens makes sense with the time, but I think would not make sense today, but that's what is lovely about it.

Tweetie is an amazing character. I loved how resilient she is. She was coddled and treated like a princess, but she didn't let that change her. Instead she became exactly what she wanted to be. Then you have Flip. He has so many character traits that can be seen as flawed, but he also has many that are admirable. 

The heat in this book is there, but not like most books. It is more muted, but it is also wonderful. It fits the story so well. 

The writing style is great. I loved the usage of flashbacks. I really liked how the author labeled things for us. I enjoyed the other characters in the book as well. 

In conclusion, this book was a great read. I am hooked now and cannot wait to read the next in the series. I need to know what makes King a king. 

Ratings: Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5 

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