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Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.
She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.
You can read her blog at www.elizabethreinhardt.blogspot.com, like her on Facebook, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Aug. 15, 2012 :
Not just one, but two swoony boys! You will want to devour the entire series...
(review of free book)
on Nov. 18, 2011 :
I read this book very very fast, but loved it! I liked Brenna's voice and how she knew what she wanted to do (not throw away everything for a boy) and also wanted to be honest... The emphasis that the book puts in communication and honesty is great.
I thought teens were portrayed pretty accurately, even if I'd recommend it for teens that are a bit older.
I look forward to reading book 2 soon!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2011 :
This was a wonderful debut!
That title... It says it all.
This book was surprisingly amazing. I need a finished paperback copy immediately!!! If I didn't know better, I never would have guessed that it was self-published. I didn't find one mistake worth mentioning, with the editing, plot development, or formatting. It's obvious that there was a lot of time and care taken to create Double Clutch, and I truly appreciate it. In fact, I've read commercially successful books that weren't half as good as Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt.
First off, I have to talk about the cover. At first glance it's interesting, and a love triangle is to be expected. But once I read this, the cover became one of the best things about this novel, aside from Jake and Saxon ;) It's a perfect representation of what to expect, and I just love that. Sometimes I don't want surprises. Sometimes I want to expect something, and be right. And I was right about Double Clutch, because it was perfect.
Never have I been sucked into the head of a main character and wasn't able to choose between the two men during a love triangle. Jake... Saxon... Jake.... Saxon ERR!!! It's impossible to choose without giving something up that you love. Their personalities were so different, you couldn't help but find something enticing about them. I flip-flopped constantly between Jake to Saxon, then back again, though I'm teetering more towards Jake... okay, I'm betting my money on Jake, but Saxon... oh damn! Jake!!!!!!!
I loved Brenna. As far as female leads go she was great. She was, sweet, non-judgmental, funny and secure with herself, which I found wonderful. Usually female leads tend to doubt themselves and rely on the man to solidify their opinion of themselves. But Brenna didn't need either Jake or Saxon to validate her. They needed her to validate them, and that was just awesome. Also, she was mature enough to acknowledge Thorsten's dedication and love, whereas most teenagers would've whined about spilled milk and be ungrateful and unappreciative that he was even around.
To have a character fall in love with two different men in one day seems interesting, but scary on my end. I was afraid that this would become cheesy and overly done. But I was shocked to find that the transition from Saxon to Jake was exceptionally smooth, so much so that I felt myself slipping with her... But I will say that for a YA novel the sex aspects were too overboard, graphic, and racy for a 15 year old girl. I didn't have a problem with them, but then again, I'm not 16 either, and if that's what you're selling, then you better be prepared for some backlash. If you're cool with that, then go ahead, because the moments shared between Jake and Brenna were beautiful, but otherwise I'd say 16 and up for Double Clutch, even if Brenna wasn't =/
There's going to be a second book! When I saw that at the end I needed to do a little Double Clutch breathing myself haha. I can't wait to read it!!!! I won't read the sneak peak because I'll go insane with rage and longing when it finishes, so I'll just have to wait.
Did I mention that I hate waiting?
Overall this was a wonderful debut, (it's going on my favorites list for sure) one sizzling love triangle, and a great romance. I will absolutely recommend this book.
Jake? Saxon? Jake? ..... Jake! Yeah, I pick Jake. Right? =/
(reviewed within a week of purchase)