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Good Vibrations (Welcome to Paradise Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 8, 2013
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About the Author
S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of the novels—Naturally, Charlie, and A Prior Engagement as well as several novellas, including Sleeping with Mr. Sexy and Morning Glory–all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post and writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites. Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of the hobbies she loves, but she doesn’t get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends. Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas. She welcomes your notes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Top Customer Reviews
Disappointing! I'd first read "Sleeping with Mr. Sexy" by this author and liked it; I then read "A Prior Engagement" and thoroughly disliked it. I then read "Naturally, Charlie" and loved it (fantastic story, fantastically written), so got this one ("Good Vibrations") hoping for the best ... but unfortunately delivered close to the worst.
As an outline, I don't have a problem with the story: entitled rich boy-with-issues meets visiting girl and both have an immediate physical attraction. They have sex and move on their merry ways, except boy runs into girl, and evidently both are drawn to the other, more than a physical thing. They are both wildly immature, even for their age (probably around 21), and can't figure out how to have a relationship without soap opera-like dramatics. Their friends / siblings get involved, and rich boy-with-issues' mother, who is a bitch, shows up and stirs the pot. Girl has to return to her home state to finish her undergrad, boy is unwilling to follow, no resolution, and poof! The End.
What I do have a problem with is how incompletely and poorly the characters are drawn, esp in the beginning. We can't get any kind of handle on Mallory (the CUBoulder senior visiting Oahu) and why she's so snippy / why she's so drawn to Evan. Evan is even more a mystery -- he who Never Has Relationships. Why is he immediately so drawn to Mallory? What is so powerful about her that would make him turn on a dime and change everything about his m.o.? Mallory is NOT explained to us: what is so special about her? For the life of me I cannot figure it out (and I tried).
This is not my responsibility as reader: this is the author's duty, to make her characters not only come to life but spring off the page so we can merely be flies on the wall, not co-story developers.
Evan, the surf-teaching / drinking / Maserati-driving rich boy evidently first matriculated to Oxford and then transferred to Yale -- talk about prestigious universities! Why then doesn't he appear at all clever, at all smart, at all knowledgeable? He seemed wholly average -- guess what, average kids don't get admitted to those schools. I don't have a problem with average, but throwing out Oxford and Yale just made no sense.
Mallory's best friend / roommate / coworker, Sunny, has a deep crush on Evan's best friend, Zach; Zach, too, has a crush on Sunny, but both are shy and unaware of the other's feelings. Eventually they figure it out (how? what finally prompts Zach to do something?) and start a relationship. While these are mild secondary characters, they seem to have more promise than Mallory and Evan, and it would have been (more) fun and (more) interesting to participate in their burgeoning romance, esp since they go from sweet first date to spending all night together.
Same, too, Evan's big sister, Kate, and Evan's best friend and Zach's roommate, Murphy: evidently those two have had an affair going on for a while. At best they are tertiary characters but, again, it would have been interesting to get to better know them, too.
There was so much left unexplained about and between Mallory and Evan. I happen to adore dialogue-laden books: I love reading characters' interactions and being shown (vice told) their relationships. I love "watching" them fall in like / love (whatever). That didn't happen here. Of course it couldn't because Mallory and Evan as full, well-rounded, well-described individuals are never presented to us.
There were also quite a few inexcusable typos / homophones (two for too, its for it's, etc.), which always disappoints me.
Ultimately, I wish the characters, **all of them**, had been thought-out and fully drawn. Then it might have been possible to participate with the story. Because I was interested in Sunny + Zach, Kate + Murphy, I gave it 2.5 stars. If it'd just been up to Mallory + Evan, two stars.
"None of it holds my attention. What does is a young couple, around my age-early twenties-kissing with abandon. The tall, wild-locked boy with sun-lightened brown hair could easily be mistaken for an earth-bound Hawaiian God. My stomach tightens with envy of the girl who is lucky enough to receive untamed passion from such a hot looking guy."
While she can't stop watching the amorous couple, her opinion of him quickly changes.
"He embraces her, but at the same time, with an air of arrogance, he flirts with me-a smug smile aimed directly at me"
After the girl, whom he later admits was a brief fling, leaves, the way too good looking boy strikes up a conversation with Mallory. Suddenly at the airport without a ride, she agrees to let the gorgeous player, give her a ride. She is immediately on edge, seriously attracted to him, but wary at the same time. Evan quickly lets her know that he doesn't apologize for his womanizing ways.
"Years of hard work went into cultivating this bad boy image. It's not going to come crumbling down over a girl anytime soon. So, I spare the chicks some tears and grief and try to play as truthful as possible."
To which Mallory can only mean....
"You're telling me this so I know not to expect anything from you, aren't you?"
As the story continues we are treated to some fantastic banter and HOT, I MEAN STEAMING HOT SEX. LOTS AND LOTS OF IT!!!!! I'm talking squirm in your seat and look around to see if anyone notices sex.
Evan is all the things we look for in a book boyfriend, hot, cocky, rich, and the ability to say and do the most swoon worthy things. Mallory is the kind of girl every reader would want to be friends with. Once again, SL Scott manages to write a female that not only doesn't annoy me, but that I think is super cool. The story continues and we find our couple falling in love and hitting lots of bumps along the way (wait till you meet Evan's mother) and we learn what is making Evan and Mallory hold back.
The book ends in a terrific place (no relationship cliffhanger) but then she socks us in the gut with a teaser for book two (coming in September) so there will be no long wait for this one. All three books in this series will be out THIS YEAR!!!
So in conclusion, if you like books with great story, exotic locales, banter, some angst and humiliating situations (Evan's mother) and unbelievable sex (LOTS OF IT) this is the perfect book for you.