Thursday, September 5, 2019

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Stuck with You (The First Kiss Hypothesis #3) by Christina Mandelski

Title: Stuck with You
Series: The First Kiss Hypothesis #3
Author: Christina Mandelski
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Release Date: September 2, 2019

When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…

Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart...which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.

But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating...but now don’t?

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. 

This was the perfect lazy summer day read. This was a quick and cute read that had me reminiscing about that pivotal time between high school and college along with young love.

I really liked the premise of this story. Catie and Caleb's families are good friends and they were the best of friends as children. They grew apart in middle school and meet up again right before they head off to college. They get to traverse the rocky road of past friendships, love, and second chances. 

The characters were relatable enough but I didn't connect with them personally. They both have expectations thrust upon them by their parents and are trying to start the journey of who they are supposed to be, who they want to be, and how that fits with those expectations. 

The romance seemed to take a backseat to the overall theme of preparing for the future but it was still adorable. The story is peppered with cute tells showing that the affections that they had for each other are more than they had first thought. Their love story will definitely entertain, make you smile, and make you feel the butterflies of first love. 

Overall, this story wasn't overly memorable for me, but it was fun to read and I enjoyed it. If you enjoy light young adult contemporary romance then you are sure to like this book. I've not read any of this author's books previously but I would like to pick up the other books in this series and give them a try. 

Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at


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