Blog Tour ~ Chronicles of a Linconln Park Fashionista by @AvenEllis includes Derna's review and excerpt.
I’m always happy when I know I’m about to read an Aven Ellis book, as I know what I'm going to get a sweet, easy, romantic read. Her latest novel Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista didn’t fail to deliver.
“Life isn’t about supposed…Life is about following your heart. About following your dreams and desires and not what you are supposed to do, rather what you want to do”
Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista is the story of Avery Andrews. Avery wants to show people that there is more to her than what's perceived, simply because of where she lives, her love of fashion and not wanting a lifelong career. Deacon ‘Deke’ Ryan is the sexy videographer he makes Avery question what she really wants.
"Deke somehow manage to make me think about things in ways I’ve never consider”
Avery was sweet; she was a little self-doubting at times, but when she knew what she wanted she could strong and confident and focused. Deke was cute, sexy and a sweetheart. He can be a little serious at times, and you get the feeling he's hiding behind the camera and holding something back. There is that air of mystery about him.
“Maybe someday you will make me face up to a fear of my own”
Avery and Deke don’t get off to a great start, however the more time they spend together, the more they get on. They start to see qualities that they like it’s not all-smooth sailing, but as a friendship develops as does their attraction and chemistry with each other.
“I shouldn’t make snap judgment about people. Apparently it’s a problem I have”
“That warm, wonderful radiating feeling floats up my spine again – the feeling that I only get when I look at Deke”
I love that Deke sees more in Avery. He notices and sees the little things, believes in her, give her the push to believe in herself, and face her fears. They both seem to bring out the best in each other. Avery sees there is more to Deke than just the man behind the lens, and get him to open up.
“You have compassion and kindness for others. You’re the most insightful person I’ve ever met and best of all you challenge people to be better that they are”
Overall, I enjoyed this book Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista was a sweet, funny and romantic story with just the right amount of drama that left me with a big grin on my face. Loved the characters, and when it came to the secondary characters I wasn’t a fan of like Sasha or Amanda, but I liked Bree and Zach. The storyline was written, and flowed well had that sweet ending that I love. A must for all hopeless romantics like myself. If you haven't read any of Aven Ellis’s books, start now. She's a talent writer and a great storyteller.
Sullivan reaches for my hair again. I jerk my head to the side, moving it out of Sullivan’s reach, because I think I might scream if he touches my hair one more time.
Okay. Now Deke will come over here with Zach. I’ll greet him, introduce him to my friends, and then Bree and I can go sit with them at another table.
Wait a second. Deke and Zach are walking over to the dartboard. I quickly realize Deke has no intention of coming over here.
He turns around and looks at me, his eyes burning into mine for a second. Deke takes a sip of his beer, puts it back on the table, and picks up some darts. He immediately turns his attention to the dartboard, as if I’m not even here.
Oooh! That’s it. I’ve had it.
“Excuse me,” I say, nudging Sullivan. “I need to get out, please.”
“But I just got here,” Sullivan snaps, sounding annoyed. “I haven’t even had a drink yet.”
I don’t say another word. I let my eyes tell Sullivan I intend to get out of this booth, even if it means climbing over him or crawling underneath the table.
Sullivan sighs heavily and slides out. I turn to Bree briefly before leaving.
“I see someone I need to talk to,” I say simply. “I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
I slide out of the booth and make my way across the bar. I go up to Deke, who is propped against the edge of a barstool. His strong arms are folded across his chest, a bottle of beer in one hand as he watches Zach throw darts.
I stop dead in my tracks as I approach him. I take in what he’s wearing—a beautiful azure T-shirt that shows off his athletic upper body and jeans. His hair is perfectly tousled, his face lightly shaded with blondish-brown stubble. And he’s so damn hot and mysterious that I’m suddenly unable to breathe.
Deke turns and I find myself mad all over again, because now he’s the one playing a game.
I march up to him and before I can stop myself, I blurt out what is going through my head.
“Why didn’t you come rescue me?” I yell at him, exasperated.
Deke studies me for a moment. He takes a swig of his beer, casually puts the bottle on the table next to him, and leans toward me, lowering his head so it’s next to my ear.
“I wasn’t aware that you needed to be rescued from the man of your dreams, Fashionista,” he murmurs over the music.
Every inch of me comes alive as his words vibrate against my ear. I get goose bumps. My skin in tingling in this delicious way I’ve never experienced before.
He stands back up and studies me. I’m about to respond when he gently puts his thumb on my cheek, wiping away a streak of lip-gloss that Sullivan has left behind.
Oh.My.God. I feel a million sparks the second Deke touches me. I shiver and suck in a breath of air, unnerved by the experience of his skin against mine.
“So do you need to be rescued?” he asks.
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
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