Distraction by Laura Clark


Seventeen-near-old, Laila Patterson, would never describe her heart as fickle. She understands the difference between reality and fantasy, which is why Sam Woodson is not realistic boyfriend material. After all, he is in college, and college boys simply do not date high school girls. Plus, he is Laila’s older brother’s best friend. According to the unspoken bro-code, messing around with your friend’s little sister is pretty high on the list of forbidden taboos. 

What happens when Laila discovers that her secret crush on Sam isn’t quite so one-sided? What if the only way to keep him is to keep their relationship hush-hush? Is Sam worth all of the lying and sneaking around? 

As if things weren’t confusing enough with Sam, an old family friend suddenly shows up after being gone for more than three years. She isn’t expecting Trevor Maddox to move back to Westbrook. She isn’t expecting him to attend her high school, and she certainly isn’t expecting him to be so damned gorgeous. 

Laila doesn’t want or need this unexpected distraction. . . or does she? (Goodreads)

Note: I was approached by the author, who offered me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

When Laura Clark offered me a copy of this book, I had never heard of it before. After reading the synopsis on Goodreads, I decided to spring on the opportunity that I had, and was given a copy of this book. My relationship was pretty much a love hate relationship. There were things that I adored and there were things that I detested. At some points this book really bugged me, but, for some reason, there was just something compelling me to carry on reading – in short, I couldn’t stop reading, even though I wanted to at times! In short, I am going to list my loves and hates.

As always, bad stuff first:

Grammatical errors: considering this is a book that has actually been published and isn’t an ARC copy, I was disappointed to find a couple of grammatical errors and, what I assume is, typo’s. The publishers and the author should’ve had a better look!

Laila’s indecisiveness: Whilst this works to a certain extent, it bugged the … out of me after a certain amount of time. It was grating, I was cringing and this is where I started to struggle with this book. While I mostly liked both guy characters, Laila bugged me!

The love hexagon: We ended up going from a love triangle to a love hexagon – which is almost kind of confusing. While it was fairly easy to keep up with, it probably would have been better with two separate triangles..- if we really need that many love problems!!

Cliche’s: I am all for cliche’s, this book was, however, too full of them!! It seemed like every page had some form of cliche on it which was just cringeworthy!

Italics: Every other word was put into italics!! They are supposed to be used to emphasise something important, but it seemed like the author was emphasising the least important words in the sentence!! It made me want to retype the entire book!

Onto the good news!!

Chemistry: I loved the chemistry between multiple characters! I think my favourite feely – creating chemistry was between Laila and Trevor! I adored them together, and they are the official couple that I ship in this book!

The ‘rents: Most times, the parents within book are old fashioned and annoying. What I loved about this book was the fact that Laila’s parents are hip and in the 21st century! They like music that their kids like and they act younger than they really should whilst still acting like a typical parent!

Cliche’s: I know, I know! I literally just said that I disliked the cliche’s!n Well, having said that, there were a couple within the book that had me feeling the feels! It was just so cute!!

Sam and Laila’s first date: Can I just say awwwwww!!! It is the kind of date that only ever happens in movies and books and leaves the audience jealous because they want that for themselves… at least the women do!

Reality: This book was almost like jumping into someone’s reality! It wasn’t difficult to imagine that this could actually happen in real life, which made the book more enjoyable. I think that, with books like these, it is vital for it to be imaginable as a real life situation because there is no fantasy or supernatural side to it!

These are all my loves and hates! I am sorta, kinda looking forward to the next book – it is definitely on my TBR list 🙂 I am giving this book 3.5/5 stars.

This Week in Books

this week in books

This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found

Hey guys! I thought I would start joining in with this feature so that you guys could keep up with what I am currently reading (since my reviews are fairly behind what I am currently reading!) My goal is to finish my book by the end of the week so that I can finally get to The Healing Power of Sugar by C. L. Stone!! At the moment I am nearly halfway through

Distaction Distraction by Laura Clark. I am having mixed feelings about this book, but there is just something about it that won’t let me put it down – weird!!

What about you guys? If you join in with this or you do something similar – or even if it is a Waiting on Wednesday – feel free to comment and leave links below!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s reviews.

Hey guys! This post is coming a little bit late in the day, but between my son, shopping and cooking, I never got around to doing it earlier on. i only have two new additions this week, both of which are review books and both of which made up my “This Week in Books” post.

Distaction Distraction by Laura Clark. I am slowly working my way through this book. I have mixed feelings about it so far – we shall see how it pans out!

the healing power of sugar The Healing Power of Sugar by C. L. Stone. I have been waiting for this book ever since I read the last instalment in hospital in April!!! I cannot wait to read it! 🙂

What did you guys add? Feel free to leave answers and comments below.

This week in books

this week in books

This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Hey guys! I have decided that because I am so behind in m reviews since being pregnant, I am going to take part in This Week in Books every week so that you know what I am currently reading! This week I have two review books – both of which I am excited about°

the healing power of sugar The Healing Power of Sugar by C. L. Stone. I received an ARC of this book by the author yesterday and have since then started the book and I am loving it so far!! I cannot wait to finish this book and review it for you guys!

Distaction Distraction by Laura Clark. I was approached by the author in Goodreads, who gave me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I have also already started this book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of it!

What are you guys reading this week? Feel free to leave comments and answers below.