After a summer fling, Chloe finds herself pregnant, but worse than that, the father of her baby moves into their house share. Chase just wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off, but for some reason she's pushing him away, though little does he realise it was because of the baby. As soon as Chloe tells him the two of them have to make difficult choices about what to do with the baby, as well as choices about their relationship, without letting anyone else catch on. Chloe's also worried about her roommate, Kinsley, who seems to be acting strange and getting thinner by the day, but is she too late to do anything about it?
Brat was definitely one of those books that I've had to sit on the review for so that I could work out exactly what it is I wanted to say about it without a load of emotions just ending up a garbled mess. Not saying that won't happen still, but I'm definitely more collected now!
This is a story where you can't help but get emotionally involved with the decisions and the relationships. Chloe and Chase had to make a lot of decisions about the baby, including whether to have an abortion or not, and at times that could get particularly emotional. In the end I do think that the two of them decided on the right thing, but it wasn't without its emotions and it wasn't a 'perfect' ending, and I liked that, it made it all more real.
The relationship between Chase and Chloe was certainly a different dynamic to what was got in Beauty and the Brian (part of the Hot Summer Nights anthology, though if you haven't read it you can still read Brat as the important bits are included). Whereas before it was a lot of frustration and passion, in Brat it seemed to calm down to affection. They were more alike than either of the two of them realised and I think that is why that one worked.
The other roommates played a big part in the story as well, particularly Kinsley, who it would seem the next book is about, which gave the house a warmer feel. Without the other characters Brat would still have been an emotional, and powerful, book, but it is the other roommates that give it that something extra. They're the same people that the group was in V-Card, so it felt like the whole thing was growing up with them all.
If you haven't read V-Card, Beauty and the Brain, or Brat yet, then I don't know what you're waiting for! They could be read on their own but you wouldn't want to! Its a great series, which actually looks at the problems of growing into adults, rather than just the problem of having someone to share life with.
Book 1: V-Card Buy Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble Smashwords iBooks Add it on Goodreads Jennifer Nolan has been unlucky when it comes to love; even more unfortunate when it comes to sex. In fact, the twenty year-old college junior is about to enter her senior year still carrying her v-card. All she wants is to be with that special someone without it resulting in a trip to the emergency room, runaway office supplies, or being scarred for life by someone's weird fetishes. With several botched attempts under her belt, she begins to fear she'll end up a lonely spinster or a crazy cat lady. With only 60 days until her 21st birthday, Jennifer is determined to lose her virginity once and for all. Little does she know that her mission will lead her down a path toward love. She never expects that her mission will lead her to a discovery of what true womanhood is, and where true and lasting love begins.
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***Book 2: Brat **NEW RELEASE** Buy Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Smashwords iBooks Add it on Goodreads She’s a spoiled shopaholic with daddy issues. He’s a socially conscious vegetarian who doesn’t hide his disdain for people who come from the trappings of wealth. Of course, none of that would have mattered if Chloe could have just left her summer fling with Chase behind her without a glance back—something that will prove impossible when the consequences of that fling rear their head. Particularly one consequence; one with ten fingers, ten toes, and the potential to turn Chloe’s privileged life upside down. But deciding what to do about her unexpected pregnancy is only one of Chloe’s problems. When Chase moves in across the hall, pretending that their one night together didn’t mean anything will be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. Especially when that night meant more to her than she’d ever want to admit out loud. Chase is determined to make her see that they could be so much more than a mindless fling; and a girl who’s used to getting her way will find Chase’s determination hard to resist when love is at stake.
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About the Author Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With seven Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card, the first book of the Sharing Spaces series, was her first Contemporary Romance. The mother of three and wife to a soldier, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family. Alicia can be found on the web at any of the following links: www.fantasybyalicia.com www.facebook.com/fantasybyalicia www.goodreads.com/alicia_michaels www.pinterest.com/fantasybyalicia Follow her at Twitter: @fantasybyalicia Follow her on Instagram: @authoraliciamichaels Visit the V-card website for fun extras, including the V-Card Blog, character profiles, playlists, video trailers, and more: www.vcard-aliciamichaels.com Be sure to like V-Card’s Facebook page for more on the upcoming second book in the Sharing Spaces series: www.facebook.com/vcardbook Sign up for Alicia’s monthly newsletter for sneak peeks at upcoming works, insider news, and a special monthly giveaway for subscribers only: http://eepurl.com/pgwOz GIVEAWAY! a Rafflecopter giveaway