Guest Post – Book Challenge by Christy Pastore

Posted February 14, 2016 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Announcement Posts, Interviews / 0 Comments

One of the most popular storylines in contemporary and new adult romance is the friends-to-lovers theme. Some of the sweetest love stories are the romances where the characters relationship starts with friendship. There’s something endearing about childhood friends who realize they’ve always been each other’s soul mate or true love. My favorite plot is where one friend has been secretly in love with the hero/heroine for as long as they can remember – just like Rachel and Dex in “Something Borrowed.”

These storylines are the perfect combination of awkward sexual tension, heartwarming feels moments, and angst you can handle. When I started to put together a top ten list for this romantic theme, I realized I haven’t read that many books I could recommend. I also realized I’ve yet to read some wonderful friends-to-lovers stories. In an effort to resolve this issue, I came up with a 2016 Friends-to-Lovers Reading Challenge.  Below I have listed ten challenges along with my personal picks.

A Book with a Scottish, British, or Irish Hero/Heroine

Because I’m a sucker for an accent.

My Pick: The Pact by Karina Halle

For the Love of Books and Alcohol says: “This is a best friends to lovers story that has tons of bumps along the way.”

Substitute challenge option: Any accent will do.

A Book with a Wedding Theme

Just because it’s so romantic.

My Pick: Bed of Roses: Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

When reviews say: “A contemporary fairytale” and “hot sex and lots of romance” Count me in!

A Book Your Friends Are Begging You to Read

My Pick: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

We all have that book that feels as if all our friends have read it, and we are the last the party. One of my friends called this “a cute swoony romance read.”

A Book by an Author from Your Home State

My Pick: Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain Series Book 6)

Kristen Ashley is from my home state of Indiana, and I have yet to read any of her books. Shh don’t tell Red or Kelly. For The Love of Books & Alcohol seal of approval.

Substitute challenge option: A book set in your home state.

A Book that Takes Place during the Winter

My Pick: Frigid by J. Lynn

It’s all in the title, not to mention this one has been on my TBR forever!

A Young Adult Read

My Pick: That Boy by Jillian Dodd

This isn’t my favorite genre, even though I grew up reading Sweet Valley High and loving it. I’ve heard that Jillian Dodd is a fantastic storyteller, so I think I will give this one a try.

A Historical Romance

My Pick: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

One of my not so favorite genres, but hey, we have to push outside our comfort zone right?

A Book with the Word “Friend” in the Title

My Pick: Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

I’m excited to read this one, because I have heard it is laugh out loud funny.

A Book Everyone is Talking About

My Pick: Appealed by Emma Chase

Emma Chase writes hilarious stories, and she is one of my automatic “one click” authors.

A Book by an Author You’ve Never Read

My Pick: Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

For The Love of Books and Alcohol says: “Like stop whatever you are reading and read this now.”

Have you read any of the books I have selected? Let me know how you did with your challenge. Happy Reading!


About Christy Pastore

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Christy Pastore lives in the Midwest with her husband, two lovable dogs and their crazy cool cat. When she’s not writing flirty and dirty books or updating her celebrity fashion blog, she loves shopping online, binge watching her favorite shows and daydreaming.

She believes books, especially love stories are an escape from the real world.

A few of Christy’s favorite things:

Bold Heroine’s — Swoony Hero’s with a Naughty Side — Guilty Pleasure Reads and TV Shows — Designer Handbags — Men In Suits — Black and White Photos– Sexy Accents– Snow– Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram– Wine– Champagne– Soy Latte’s — Gummi Bears– Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches — Pickles– Popcorn –Sparkling Water– Eye Cream– Pedicures– Traveling– 80’s Music– Musicals– Movie Trailers — Celebrity Red Carpet Interviews — Award Shows — Making Lists.


Books By Christy Pastore

Fifteen Weekends (The Weekends Series Book 1)

Unscripted (The Scripted Series Book 1)

Perfectly Scripted (The Scripted Series Book 2)


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