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A Review of Us At The Beach by Stephanie Street

Blythe’s childhood friend and Neighbor, Walker, moves back to town with his family. Their families are close and go on vacation together to the beach. Blythe figures that Walker is just paying attention to her because she’s there and he’s bored, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

They spend lots of time together at the beach, even kissing in the dark during a game of hide and seek with their little siblings. Sparks fly, but when they return home, things cool down. Walker has practice all the time and stops calling and talking to Blythe who assumes the worst: she was just another conquest for him. 

Walker has his work cut out for him to repair things, and repair them, he does. 

This cute story was swoon-worthy, especially the once scene where Walker has Blythe clinging to him in the ocean, jumping in the waves because she can’t swim. And the ending? So perfect. The gifts he gives her are so cute and memorable and sweet. 

I read this book several months ago, and it is still fresh in my mind. I loved the characters and how authentic they were. I also loved how the characters interacted with each other and how important family was to them. The whole cast of characters was great, and the setting was cute, in this old, small seaside tourist town. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend to lovers of sweet YA romances who love the tropes Best Friends and Boy Next Door. I will read this again soon. 

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A Review of Playing to Win: The Trouble with Tomboys #2 by Stephanie Street

Jordan is the coach’s daughter of the most decorated boy’s hockey team in the region. Having a dream of playing hockey professionally, she decides to try out for his team to play alongside her brother and the rest of the boys because that will give her the best chance to reach her goals. 

But there’s one problem. The new kid at school, an annoyingly handsome boy named Asher who stole her parking spot, is not only competing for her parking space, but also for her place on the hockey team. And he’s good. 

Asher has dreams of being a music star like his mother. Unfortunately, ever since his mother left to pursue her music dreams, Asher’s father has refused to let him pursue his dream, instead pushing him toward hockey. They have an agreement; work hard at hockey and he gets to spend time doing his music. He doesn’t want to take away Jordan’s dreams of being a starting hockey player on her Dad’s team, but he needs to try his best at hockey or give up his music. 

Complicating matters for Jordan’s hatred of Asher is that he is a great singer. How does she know? He’s her new neighbor and spends time in his backyard, accidentally serenading her without realizing he is. 

This enemies-to-lovers, boy-next-door trope was a romance to die for. I lived for the laughs and the swoons and the kisses. One thing Stephanie Street does well is writing swoon-worthy YA romance kisses. I loved her characters and how driven they were for their dreams and how those dreams clashed until the very end. It was a wonderful story that kept me reading all day and night (hey, I’m a slow reader. Don’t judge!) just to see what would happen next. 

I would definitely recommend this story for anyone who loves YA sweet romances.