Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Making Headlines by Erin Brown

Making Headlines Synopsis
When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.
Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.
Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity.
When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.
In a story full of the scandal, mystery, intrigue, friendship, and cheeky, sexy romance, Making Headlines channels Veronica Mars and Greek, in the companion novel to Taking Flight.

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My Review

I found Making Headlines to be an enjoyable read, if a bit longer than really needed to tell the story.  The premise is something that will hit home for those readers who are college students, and I think those in that age group will easily identify with the characters in the story.

I really liked Sophie's group of friends, they are loyal and exactly the kind of girls you want on your side.  Sophie herself is a very strong female lead, pressing on even in the face of the scandalous situation she finds herself in.  I really liked Luke's character as well-strong and protective without being overbearing.  I didn't quite feel the chemistry between Luke and Sophie was as strong as it could have been, their characters both felt a bit too independent to get any kind of "meant to be" vibe from their relationship.

You'll get an interesting mystery to decode and get a strong look at campus and Greek life, along with a little bit of steaminess between Sophie and Luke for a bit of spice.  Readers who enjoy a bit of intrigue in their NA romances will enjoy Making Headlines.  For me, I was able to read this in a day, and would give it an overall 3.75 star rating...mostly since I couldn't feel the full spark between the main characters, but it is still an engaging read.

Erica Brown Bio:
Erin Brown is a writer, Whedonite, Whovian, yogi, HGTV addict, and connoisseur of The CW’s TV line-up. She was born and raised in Arkansas, lived in New York City for five years, and recently moved to Singapore, where she lives on the beach, which is completely wasted on her because she is a ginger and the sun is not her friend. She is the author of Taking Flight and Making Headlines: A Taking Flight Novel. You can follow her on Twitter @erinbrownwrites.

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