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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review + Giveaway- The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
"Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warnings, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that's when Lainey and Bianca stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, the girls are sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey's arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous.

After a few "dates," it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game. Can fighting for what she wants help Lainey figure out what she really needs?"- summary from Amazon

I really enjoyed Stokes' debut novel, though some people may definitely balk at the heroine Lainey throughout the novel. I know I did a little bit, but what kept me going was the subtle changes I could see in Lainey's character as I read her story and following her along on her journey. She's not always likable but I feel like she's very realistic. People make bad decisions, they're stuck in their ways, and don't want to venture out of their comfort zone (or what they feel has become their comfort zone)- this is how Lainey is. She has the seemingly perfect life, but it just really isn't as perfect as she thought it was.

I really enjoyed a lot of the characters from this book, especially Lainey's friend Bianca and of course the wonderful sexual tension and chemistry between Lainey and Micah. Readers also get a great treat with the recently released prequel novella Infinite Repeat, which is from Micah's point of view.

Overall, a solid debut from Stokes and I'm excited for her next novel Liars Inc., out next March.

I also have a giveaway from Paula Stokes herself! Depending on your location, one winner will receive a signed Art of Lainey paperback and bookmarks (for US residents), or an order of Art of Lainey from The Book Depository and a signed bookplate and bookmarks (for international residents). All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, August 27 at 9pm EST and you're entered. For an extra entry, leave a comment on my interview with Paula from the other week.

FTC: Received e-galley from Edelweiss. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. I've been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it! It just sounds wonderful, and I love that Lainey is a "real" character. If they have flaws and make mistakes, they feel more real and genuine to me. And I love it when they have growth.

    I also commented on the interview under Holly U. :)

  2. Ooh, you have made me really excited to read this book and I love the cover too so thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed.

  3. I was thinking of adding this to my TBR list and I think I will read it. :) Thanks so much for this giveaway and good luck to everyone!

  4. I can't wait to read The Art of Lainey!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  5. I'm really looking forward to this book! It sound sweet and I like the analogy with the Art of War :D

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept of this novel, and I love Paula's previous series!

    It's wonderful when a character grows and when the boy helps her grow while she helps him out too :)

    thank you :)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for the chance! :D

  8. Interesting characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com