Making Headlines Synopsis:
When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.
Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.
Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity.
When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.
In a story full of the scandal, mystery, intrigue, friendship, and cheeky, sexy romance, Making Headlines channels Veronica Mars and Greek, in the companion novel to Taking Flight.
Making Headlines is the second novel in Erin Brown’s Taking flight Series and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to receive a copy for review. From the first page, I was hooked. College freshman, Sophie Tucker, begins her first night out on campus getting cozy with handsome, Luke McGraw at a frat party. Little does she know her drunken discretion, however F”ab”ulous he looked in the morning, would be plastered on a trashy website, The Score List. Publicly exposed for the entire student body to judge. After this very public walk of shame and subsequent others victims that show up on The Score List, Sophie decides to investigate who is behind the website.
What I liked
This story was wonderfully realistic, blending life in college and the pitfalls of technology invading our privacy The main character was not an emotional roller coaster but a strong “take no prisoners” young adult. Despite the results of her choices she made as the storyline progressed, she owned every decision and action, never playing the victim. I enjoyed reading her self-empowered drive flare at every twist and couldn’t wait of her to find the culprit. I liked how she was honest, and yet cautious with her heart when she started falling for Luke.
At first, Luke McGraw is your typical player frat boy but soon that alter-ego dissipates and he quickly realizes he’s interested in Sophie for more that a one night stand. He joins the investigation, pulling his editor resources and they steadily begin connecting the dots that lead to the website creator, in-between some sizzling attraction.
I also became fascinated in the life of the supporting characters. Their participation was trickled in perfectly, like breadcrumbs of personality that effectively moved the storyline forward without over-kill. The bits of romance were steamy and seamlessly laced into the storyline.
After finishing Making Headlines, I wanted more! More background on the characters. The author did an amazing job pulling the reader into the lives of the characters but I couldn’t help yearning for more a foreboding atmosphere throughout. All that just means is … I’ll have to go pick up book one and wait patiently to see if there will be another chapter in the series. Can’t wait!
This book is diffidently worth your time. If your looking for a fun, slightly mysterious, headline current read, you should pick up Making Headlines. I couldn’t stop reading until they’d exposed the website, devised motives of who, when, and why, and then comparing my desperately concocted theories to theirs while methodically sipping my pinot. **** 1/2 Stars!
Wine with my read: Pinot
About the Author:
Erica Brown Bio:
Erin Brown is a writer, Whedonite, Whovian, yogi, HGTV addict, and connoisseur of The CW’s TV line-up. She was born and raised in Arkansas, lived in New York City for five years, and recently moved to Singapore, where she lives on the beach, which is completely wasted on her because she is a ginger and the sun is not her friend. She is the author of Taking Flight and Making Headlines: A Taking Flight Novel. You can follow her on Twitter @erinbrownwrites.
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