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10.25.2016

Review: The Pacifist by Jenny Holiday [+ giveaway!]



She's done holding her peace...


Laraline Reynolds has spent her entire life as a certified Good Girl. The perpetual peacemaker in her volatile, conservative family, Laraline promises herself that she'll spend her last year of grad school getting in touch with her inner rebel before she settles down and marries her family-approved long-distance boyfriend. But Laraline's Year of Fun quickly turns into something more complicated, and she finds herself at the forefront of a movement to change her college's sexual assault policy.

It's the Year of No Fun for Tony Bianchi. A fifth-year senior, he needs to graduate, so he's put a moratorium on his two favorite distractions: girls and photography. But when Laraline comes calling, needing some photos for her cause--and for her campaign for a seat on the college board of governors--Tony's resistance comes crashing down.

They both fall hard. But while Tony is ready to give it everything he's got, Laraline is afraid. She wasn't prepared for her one-year rebellion to lead her to the life she truly wants. In order to break free from her family, she'll need to do the scariest thing of all--follow her heart.


My Review:


A new fave from an old fave! (5 stars)

I have yet to read something by Jenny Holiday that wasn't phenomenal and The Pacifist is no exception. She managed to take a time period that doesn't get a lot of romance novel love (uh do we call 80's romances historical yet? lol) and make it my new favorite.

Laraline is a character who has devoted way too much of her life to trying to please her parents. But buried under her peacemaking ways is a fighter ready to challenge old standards. With Tony she finds happiness but knows she can't keep him and make her family happy. For the first time in her life the pacifist might have to be a warrior and choose her own future.

This read was fast! I couldn't put it down and I absolutely loved the characters of Tony and Laraline. I wasn't too sure about reading an 80's set romance but woah was it refreshing! No cell phones especially changed the communication in a way that felt more intimate. The romance was sweet, intense, and very sexy. I enjoyed it so much that I've already gone and bought the other two in the series!

Note: ARC provided by author/publisher.

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Author Bio:
Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she’s amazed no one sent her to a kid-shrink.) She’s been writing ever since. After a brief detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. More recently, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. A lifelong city-lover, she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Greenburger Associates.
You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon


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