The Truths about Dating and Mating - Jaycee DeLorenzo Ok Peeps, listen up!! I don't know if you are on the New Adult trend or not, but it has been something that has been lacking in the literary world for a looooong time. Nadia and I have recently been astonished at the amount of new books being released in this new genre. Some bad, some worse, and then something comes along and you're like whoa, wait a tic, did I just stumble upon some talent? In this books case my friends, I just did.

Now, I certainly don't want to hype it too much because as any blogger, reader, and author knows tastes are wide and often times very weird and hard to understand (eh hem, Fifty Shades...). But here are the reasons you SHOULD read this book. First it's about two best friends who NATURALLY (and I emphasize this because oh so often this natural relationship progression is completely foregone) progress into a romantic relationship. We have Ivy, who in IMO is one kick ass chick. Yes she sometimes annoys the shit out of me, but you find yourself wanting to be best friends with her too. Then we have Ian, the other half of this best friend duo, who is a lovable Lothario with a tortured past. Be still our sucker hearts am I right? Not to mention, dude is HAWT. Seriously. Add in a awesome group of secondary characters and you have a recipe for success.

But here's where Ms. Delorenzo takes it even further. She adds a hilarious radio talk show that our besties host. It had me rolling a couple times, my friends. These two are too funny. Guys, they even talk about real issues and have intelligent responses. Not even gonna lie, I got educated as well as entertained.

Now the conflict. I won't go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil it. This may seem predictable, but lets be honest, if its done right who cares?! The miscommunication and assumptions drove me through the roof! I was seriously reading this and yelling, "Why can't you two just TALK to each other?" I got so pissed at our besties, but I kept reading because I HAD to know what was going to happen next. Of course, I knew that everything would work out (or at least, as I white knuckled my Kindle, that's what I hoped) but I still really wanted to see how it played out. And this, dear readers, is where talent is separated from just ok. When an author actually makes you CARE about the characters, they are talented. It is this reason I freaking LOVE self-pub, Indie, and all other alternative books.

Now here is what sets this book apart. A lot of writers are entering this genre and gearing it to a specific audience (hello fellow 18-24's!!), but a LOT of them either take the younger vernacular way to far that they have us rolling our eyes or they make it waaaay to formal. Cannot even tell you how many times I've read a book and one of the characters says "Shall I" or "Shall we" and I'm like WTH? I'm sorry, but no one I know ever uses this word unless they are being sarcastic. Speaking of sarcasm, there is plenty, but not so much that the characters become bitchy. Bravo, Jaycee, bravo! The banter was all believable too. Even the banter between parent and kid! Literally had a similar convo with my rents when I came home from college on the wknds!

So here is what I am suggesting: if you are looking for something to break up the paranormal, tortured, angst of the YA genre and you're looking for something filled with funnies, steamy moments to fog up your screen, and actual relatable issues of people our age then check it out! I can actually picture myself being friends with all these characters which is nice since I normally do not like people. (picture Nick from New Girl, except make him a blonde 23yr old and you got me!).

Check it out guys! If nothing else, it is a wonderful change of pace. I know I will be buying the next book this author puts out! :D