Monday, March 12, 2018

[Blog Tour + Giveaway] Brief Encounters by Scarlett Hopper

Title: Brief Encounters
Series: The Encounters Series #1
Author: Scarlett Hopper
Genre: College Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2018

Eleanor Ivy follows two rules in life: know how to lie and never let anyone in. With the painful life she left behind and the unorthodox job she currently has, lying is a must. But when Eleanor meets Jess Parker, Breslin University’s hockey player both on and off the ice, everything she has worked for threatens to come crumbling down.
Jess Parker is the epitome of everything Eleanor wants to avoid. He’s popular, cocky, and has more girls’ numbers than a phonebook. Yet, when they are paired together for a school project, their connection is undeniable. As their friendship develops, Jess’s ability to truly see Eleanor shakes the very foundation she’s built her new life on. When Eleanor begins to question the two rules she has always followed, she finds herself wondering if honesty might actually be the best policy. But, when all is said and done, will the truth be too much for Jess to handle?

4 Stars from Tiffany!

Lots of Story...

In Scarlett Hopper's debut novel, Brief Encounters, she gives her readers quite the story of lies, love and loss. While I wasn't a instant fan of either character, they did tend to grow on me quickly.

Eleanor is a bit of a little girl lost. After encountering more tragedy than a sixteen year old should, she up and left Jersey for New York to try and make it on her own. Hooking up with her friends cousin, Eleanor finds herself working in one of the oldest professions around. 

Living a life of lies isn't easy and until Eleanor gets partnered up with Jess, a star hockey player in her English class, she never worried abut the lies catching up to her. Due to the fact that Jess is a known manwhore, Eleanor isn't too worried about what he thinks of her, just that he better pull his weight on the project. 

Like you would expect, Jess isn't anything Eleanor thinks he is and she starts to fall for the guy. Same goes for him. Sure, they try the friends thing first, but as we all know, that never seems to work out and they try to become more. 

I didn't get a real sense of chemistry between these two. They went from hating each other, to best friends pretty quickly. They never delved into each others lives, which was odd, but naturally made the curve ball towards the end of the book that much more dramatic. 

The book was well written, however a bit draggy at some parts. It was alright already, you like each other now get together and stay together for heaven's sake. Along with Eleanor and Jess, we are introduced to each of thier friends and significant others, which helps to bring the story to life. Brief Encounters is the first of the Encounters Series and I liked it enough to come back for more.

“It is one of the best first books from a new author I have read in forever. I will definitely be adding her to my automatic one-click list of authors!” - Aimee Rogers

“I was quite blown away with this debut book by Scarlett Hopper.” - Andrea

“WOW - Just WOW! This was such an amazing story and I'm pretty blown away with it being a debut novel.” - Kelly

Scarlett Hopper was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old. Her passion for writing came about at a young age when her sister would read her the works of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Three years ago, Scarlett re-located back to Sydney where she studies creative writing and communications. When she isn't writing or reading, she spends her time traveling and searching for the best record stores, while eating at 24 hour diners. After her graduation, Scarlett hopes to move back to the US and begin a new adventure in Seattle.


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