28 November 2016

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Release with Review:: Guarded Heart by SM Donaldson

So yes I am in my 30s, yes I enjoy this YA series that SM is writing, and yes I am enjoying thinking about my days back in high school. High school can be scary, it can be drama, it can be awesome, and it can be a something you want to forget.

Remember that best friend through elementary and middle then high school hits and BAM, you have hormones and he is all of a sudden HOT?!?! That is the story of Raven and Grant. Well kinda.

Raven and Grant have been friends since birth because their friends are best friends. They are always placed together at dinners and vacations because of the parents. They are in different high schools, enjoying growing up. We get to see Raven in her first relationship, trying to figure out life. She is tall, built great, and chastised by the whole school. She has low self esteem and the new boyfriend is a butt. A full big ole butt. He reminded me so much of my high school boyfriend. Shane new exactly how to play her. Her parents see this and make sure they have time away from each other.

Raven begins going to high school with Grant. Grant tries to look out for Raven but at the same time, he wants to have his own life. When Raven gets into some hot water, Grant is there for her. They begin recognizing that each other is actually a boy and a girl and have boy and girl parts.

Raven and Grant's story intersects with Collin and Joelle's story from Crimson Catch. I loved how you saw the side of the story from their point of view of events that happened during the first book. We also get some details about Joelle's big brother and another girl that is in their group.

It is so point on with the lack of communication, not knowing what they are doing, trying to be adult yet not there yet. The assuming is what is so real. Teenagers don't talk things out, they just assume they know what they know and don't get facts. Grant assumes the worst and ignores Raven. This doesn't allow them to know where they stand and causes some damage. At the end, they figure it out as best as 16 year olds can and try to continue high school.

Title: Guarded Heart (Game Time Series #2)
Author: S.M. Donaldson
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO and iTunes
Welcome to the time where memories are made and hearts get broken. Raven Quinn has always been a force on the basketball court, but in life, not so much. Having a dating life isn’t easy when she’s taller and stronger than every guy she knows, or he’s already put her in the friend zone. Which hasn’t really been a problem until now. Now she’s feels left out and left behind. What if she’s in the friend zone for the rest of her life? Shane Gibson makes her think differently and takes her out of that dreaded friend zone, but in the wrong direction. Grant Hudson has been Raven’s best friend since they were in diapers. She’s the best friend a guy could have, he’s always felt that way. So why does this guy she’s dating bother him so much? Why is he suddenly very aware of her body and the way his reacts to her? Why, for the love of everything, can’t he get her off his mind? When things go south with Shane and Raven is broken, will Grant step up and take the shot, getting past the guard Raven has around her heart?
"Oh, how my heart is so happy! Guarded Hearts is so much more than a sports romance. It's a peak into the world that some of us know as small town USA. It's where everyone knows your business before you do, and life is more than a game.Thank you SM Donaldson for giving the world a little piece of heaven,but for me, it's called home!" --Young Adult Author Casey Peeler

S.M. Donaldson is a born and raised Southern girl. She grew up in a small rural town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the kind of place where everyone knows your business before you do, especially when your Daddy is a cop and your Mom works for the school system. She married one of her best friends at the age of 20 and has one son. She is a proud military wife, has always had a soft spot for a good story, and is known to have a potty mouth. At the age of 31, she decided there was no time like the present to attempt her first book. Sam’s Choice was born and she hasn’t stopped since. If you are looking for a good, steamy, Southern set romance with true Southern dialect, she’s your girl.
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