Brrrr! It's cold out there! Which means it's the perfect weather for an adorable ice skating-themed romance story like The Boy Next Door! This book was cute and fun and exactly the kind of story you need to snuggle up with when the temperature dips. Today, I've got a guest post from the author on favorite books and movies and turning what should be dating failures into something more, plus a giveaway of her Swoon Reads debut!
THE BOY NEXT DOOR
By Katie Van Ark
In stores now!!!
Here's the blurb:
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.
Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.
But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?
Doesn't that just sound so cute? And kind of perfect for this time of year. :)
Favorite Romantic Books or Movies
By Katie Van Ark
I love the awkwardness of Hitch, because real love can be just that awkward. It makes me remember my first date in tenth grade, how all these things went just so wrong. For starters, the movie we'd planned to see left our local theater the day before our date. I called my date's house to let him know and accidentally talked to his dad for several minutes (they have the same first name and sound a lot alike on the phone) before his dad made enough sense of my conversation to figure out I was calling for his son. My parents wanted to meet my date and we all stood around my living room saying nothing. The movie we went to instead was cringe-worthy horrible – it ended up getting a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes! At the end of the night, I thought I'd say something romantic in German, since we were both taking German classes – except he didn't understand me and I really wasn't ready to translate what I'd said into English quite yet. It should've been a huge fail but it ended up making a great story that kept us laughing ever after – I'm still with that first date.
My favorite romantic book of the moment is Eleanor & Park. Rainbow Rowell can so work that romantic tension: the scene where Eleanor and Park first hold hands stretches out for over two pages and I love every word. I also love the slow way that Eleanor and Park become friends and then more, probably because that reminds me of my own high school dating experiences, too.
About the author:
Katie Van Ark lives in Michigan with two daughters, two cats, and one very patient husband who was also her high school sweetheart. She is a member of SCBWI and RWA and a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She enjoys reading, writing, and of course figure skating.
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The Boy Next Door Blog Tour
Find out more about The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark on the blog tour!
1/5: Adventures of a Book Junkie
1/6: The Compulsive Reader
1/7: The Irish Banana
1/8: Cuts of Paper
1/9: Nick’s Book Blog
1/10: Rainy Day Ramblings
1/11: Tripping Over Books
1/12: Books and Whimsy
1/13: The Starry-Eyed Revue
1/15: Bibliophile Soprano
I'll be posting my review of The Boy Next Door soon. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!