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Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Source: Inkslinger PR
He is the one that never looks her way.
He is handsome and strong.
He is rough around the edges and mean.
He is everything she’s ever wanted.
He doesn’t even know she exists.
Her life is a joke.
She doesn’t step on cracks in the sidewalk.
She laughs at inappropriate times.
She talks when she shouldn’t.
She is clumsy and trips on air.
She is finally on his radar.
God help her now.
Content Warning/TW: Mentions of Sexual Assault, PTSD, Teacher/Student Relationship
Hissy Fit tells the story of the blossoming romance of Raleigh, a certified klutz who is invisible to the world, and Ezra, the small Texas town’s swoon worthy High School Sports Coach. Raliegh Cruise has known Ezra since High School where she nurtured a unrequited crush on the star quarterback but as the awkward shy girl who got hurt at every turn–he never noticed her. That all changes though during an unfortunate mishap at the Town’s local target bringing the pair together in unlikely of ways.
I actually really enjoyed my time reading this (which was in one sitting because I couldn’t stop giggling and smiling ear to ear). Having attempted to read Vale’s other series and not enjoying them, I was super stoked and shocked that I became smitten with this story after finishing. I connected with Raliegh throughout the book as layers of who she is as person started to unfold for the reader as well as Ezra. I loved how Vale gave Raliegh time throughout the book to bloom into being comfortable to show who she is and owning her more than average clumsiness instead of beating it around the bush.
As a former jock, Ezra strayed from the typical sport romance Hero trope in regards to the fact that throughout the novel he is a complete and utter gentleman. It would be an understatement to say that I only had to restart my heart once while getting to know him more. I loved how focused he became on getting to know Raliegh more once he started to take notice of her and how his family was always his number one priority in his life–watching as Raliegh joined the ranks of those he considered family was enchanting and I couldn’t for the life of me root for anything else but their relationship to grow more and more.
Because the novel is so short, I did feel that a lot of areas were rushed in order to get to the next big moment instead of taking its time. There are a few scenes that I wished were paced slower just so that it would have more of an impact than it does rushed. I also really wished that the sexual assault and PTSD rep within this book was handled a little bit better as I felt like it was used as a past “oh shit” moment rather than an event that deeply impacted our MC; Vale gives us brief moments where we see our MC struggle with the effects from what had happened to her but never enough or to the point where they feel genuine or authentic–which gave me the impression that these difficult topics where used as a more of a emotional hook / attention grabber and plot device than something that our MC has to live and deal with. Overall though, I loved the dialogue between the cast and main characters and the relationship each had within each other felt specific and had purpose to the story rather than just being there for the sake of it.
A swoon-worthy, heartwarming story that shows even the invisible can find their happily ever after. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick, fun, contemporary romance with just enough steamyness to keep you flipping to see what comes next.
ARC provided by Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication. Graphics and Promotional used with permission from Inkslinger PR.