Loose lips sink ships…
The second book in the New Adult College Romance series: New Wave Newsroom is HERE!
Title: The Gossip
Series: New Wave Newsroom #2
Author: Jenny Holiday
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Dawn Hathaway is a realist. She’s not the smartest girl at Allenhurst College. She’s not the prettiest, either. So if she wants to be popular, she’ll need something else: power. What better way to get it than to start a gossip column in the campus newspaper? If she has to commit a few minor crimes in pursuit of the latest scoop, what’s the harm?
Arturo Perez loves being a campus cop. He knows Allenhurst’s nooks and crannies—and lately he’s been finding the campus gossip snooping into every one of them. He can’t deny that he enjoys bantering with the sassy schemer. But he also can’t shake the sense that there’s more going on with Dawn than meets the eye.
When tragedy strikes and Dawn needs help, how far will Art go to protect her?
“You aren’t going to call my parents, are you?” Never mind that I only had one, and that Daddy finding out I was drinking probably wouldn’t even rate a phone call from him. I stuck out my lower lip and tried to make it quiver, not enough that I could be accused of purposeful manipulation, but enough—I hoped—that I was communicating some remorse.
“Nope,” said Officer Perez, totally unaffected by my emotional display. “You’re eighteen. Welcome to adulthood.”
“Welcome to adulthood, yet I’m not allowed to buy alcohol?”
“That is correct.” He handed my ID to the cop next to him, and that cop flipped open a little notepad and started writing on it.
“You’re a campus cop,” I said, letting my gaze rake over Perez’s belt. It held a baton and handcuffs and a few other things I didn’t recognize, but no gun. The other guy had a gun.
He glanced at the patch on his right biceps that read ALLENHURST COLLEGE PD. It was stretched taut over the muscle. “And you have a talent for stating the obvious.”
“Do you even have jurisdiction here? Because we’re not actually on campus.” We were a mere two blocks from it, but still. If he wasn’t going to respond to my remorseful-little-girl act, maybe I could wiggle out through a procedural loophole.
“That’s why this guy”—he jerked his thumb at the colleague I’d come to think of as Good Cop—“is writing your ticket.”
“Teamwork,” Good Cop said, smiling as he ripped off the ticket and held it out to me. “Allenhurst PD at your service, miss.”
“Oh, so you need a real cop to close your deals.” I was being a brat for no reason now, but I hated the fact that this big guy, this big gunless guy, could just step in and ruin everything.
The big gunless guy in question took a step toward me. God, he was big. Maybe he didn’t need a gun because of those tree-trunk arms. They looked like they were more than sufficient to take on any villain. “Perhaps you’d prefer that instead of issuing you that fifty-dollar possession ticket, I have my ‘real cop’ friend here arrest you,” he said. “And hey, while we’re at it, we’ll get your friends for furnishing alcohol to a minor.”
“You can’t do that!”
He took another step, leaving only a few inches between us. My eyes were level with the middle of his chest, so I had to crank my neck back to maintain eye contact. He was probably doing it on purpose, trying to intimidate me and compensate for his lack of a gun.
He smirked. “Perhaps you’d care to add resisting arrest?”
What a great addition to the New Wave Newsroom series. It was fun and flirty and heart-warming but best of all it had heart and growth. The story spans thru Dawn’s four year college adventure and in that time we see the most beautiful transformation I have ever seen in a young character. She stays true to herself and who she is at her core but learns focus and determination in a more productive way (that’s gonna mean a heck of a lot more once you read the book lol).
Dawn and Arturo’s journey and growth maturity also transformed beautifully. There’s an attraction there from the beginning, but Arturo knows that not only his position at the college but also Dawn’s age would make it impossible for a relationship. But he’s willing to see where the chips fall and they form a friendship first …. **happy sigh**
There is nothing insta about this story and it was perfect. It had the fabulous Jenny Holiday signature all over it. She grows and develops everything in her stories and it’s a pleasure to read because it’s real and relatable. She doesn’t sugar-coat the struggles young adults face when the go off to school on their own. Making friends and being accepted is a huge part of higher learning and Dawn struggles with this throughout the book is presented very well. And there’s also outside pressures from family and friends and everyone else who has an opinion. LOL Again …. very real.
HUGE PROPS to you Jenny Holiday for once again writing a story that represented diverse characters, not only in background and pasts, but also in present day and making it enjoyable and real and fun and ridiculously heart-warming 🙂
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More books from the New Wave Newsroom this fall!
The Fixer: Out Now!
The Pacifist: coming Oct 25, 2015:
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.
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