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Alexa Crushed (Alexa Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 19, 2015
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About the Author
T.R. Cupak was born and raised in the suburbs of a Bay Area city in California. She was the closet nerd who hid her love of reading and writing short stories and poetry when she was younger. Back then it wasn’t considered cool to be into those types of activities for pleasure, whereas today you have TV shows, movies and books that glamourize that being a nerd is actually cool.
T. lives in a quiet, little, country town south of where she grew up. She is happily married to an amazing man who supports her in everything she does and spoils her rotten. They have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Harley. He's their fur-baby and even though he’s a pain in the arse most days, they love the little guy. She has an obsession with cars, especially fast ones. She enjoys her music louder than anyone should. Admittedly it’s to drown out hearing her own singing voice, or lack thereof. When she’s not at work or busy writing you can find her curled up reading a book on her Kindle with a glass of wine or Dirty Shirley.
T. lost touch with her creative side and stepped off the path of all things written in her early twenties. Six years ago, her passion for reading was rekindled. She began to utilize reading as a way to escape everyday chaos. Late 2013 she began journal writing. After a couple of months of journaling T. realized that this form of writing wasn't keeping her interest nor was it helping her to relax. After that realization settled in she changed the direction of her writing. Her creative aspirations were flowing once again and she happily embraced it. As her fingers started to dance across her keyboard she began to see her fictional characters begin to breathe life. Writing was only supposed to be a way for the new author to relax, but a story was born and T.R. Cupak is excited to be releasing her self-published debut novel, Alexa Crushed.
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By: T.R. Cupak
5 out of 5 stars
The story Alexa Crushed (Alexa Series Book 1) by T.R. Cupak is a contemporary romance book. I truly enjoyed reading this story. It tells the tale of Alexa Morgan who loses her parents during an earthquake in the Bay Area of California. She quickly finds out who is there to help her and who is there only for themselves. Alexa is about to graduate and has just found out the college she has been accepted to. In the span of the next 24 hours, she finds out her parents are dead and that her life will never be the same. In Alexa’s life, there have been two guys that she has been drawn to but in different ways. First is Devin, he has been her best friend and companion since they were children and then there is Ethan, the boy next door who caught Alexa’s eye when she is twelve and is the constant player. Even when Alexa sees that Ethan goes out with a lot of different women she still is drawn to him. So when she is grieving and alone she turns to him for comfort. Then the next day he is gone. In walks Devin. He is offering Alexa support and not expecting anything in return. Will Alexa be able to get past what has happened with Ethan to finally let Devin into her heart?
I really enjoyed the characters of Alexa and Devin. They are best friends during childhood, inseparable. Then Devin confesses his love for Alexa. This leads to an awkward moment and they have not talked to each other for two years. Even so, Devin still rushes to Alexa’s side once he hears about her parent's death and wants to be there for her no matter what. There are also a couple of characters in this story that you begin to wonder about just who they really are and why they act the way they do. It creates a bit of mystery in the book. As I was reading this story I couldn’t help but think of how I would react if both of my parents died and I had to go on without them. Another reason that I enjoyed this book is that it is set in the Bay Area of California. I grew up in one of the cities that is referenced to. As this book is part of a series I can’t wait to read the next one. This story does have mature themes and adult situations. It would be recommended for a mature audience.
First of all the family dynamic between Alexa and her parents is heart wrenchingly perfect! I adore the healthy, sweet bond they all three had and how open the Relationship was! This was a family unit and I enjoyed seeing that for a change for a main character. She had an excellent foundation for life and it propels the story.
Focusing now on Alexa I can honestly say I haven't enjoyed a teenage main lead role in a book since twilight but Alexa even wins past Bella for me because her identity is so freaking solid. This author gave her a strong sense of realism and I can't begin to explain my love for her. She took me back to my younger self, the one that sees the world and boy's from a totally different angle! I'm shocked that an adult author could give us such a FLAWLESSLY innocent girl with such smooth writing! She totally embodied this character. After living life into grown up years you can look back and sometimes remember parts of being unknowing or unsure but Cupak didn't just remember for us, she lived it. This was nostalgic for me, because I remember this foggy cluelessness with boys and love. Because of Cupak I could recall the struggle. This was young adult art!!!!
Moving on to the men!
Devin. Oh Devin. Devin, Devin, Devin. I hope you don't intend to read this under the false allusion you can easily choose sides. Omg nope. You will not be able to handle this back and forth emotional whiplash LOL! Devin is ....sigh** talk about strength of character. He is a very well established personality and he represents that solid unwavering love that Alexa needs. He's steady and reliable even when he's not.
Ethan: let me count the ways.... I can't even. Ethan is everything Alexa wants and the sexiness of his dark prowling until she turns 18 is hotter than white fire. He understands her on other levels and gives her that danger love! HES GOT THIS soft side... oh ...my heart be still.
These two are male perfection! Testosterone filled hot blooded beasts and I FLOVE IT .
There is mystery to this epic tale as well, actually, quite a bit and it's so skillfully placed that you don't even realize it till it's in your face!
Do good by the world and read this five star greatness! I'm on to book two. Do not disturb LOL
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This first book in the Alexa series tugged at my heartstrings right from the first chapter and deserves 5 stars.Read more
Alexa Crushed is the first book in the Alexa series by T. Cupak.Read more
Author: T.R. Cupak
T.R. Cupak, author of Alexa Crushed, has drawn me into this story with a horribly sad twist.Read more
Alexa Crushed(Alexa Series Book 1) by T.R.Cupak is the first book in the Alexa series.Read more