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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Basketball is Kenzie's whole life. She trains hard and her plan is to get into college on a basketball scholarship. Unfortunately Kenzie's new coach is incredibly strict and her tough regime and snide remarks are making Kenzie lose her confidence completely. Kenzie wants to be left alone with her messed up feelings, but her summer boyfriend is having different plans. Dylan is now going to college in Kenzie's hometown and would love to make their relationship permanent while Kenzie can't even think about love and dating someone, what should she do?

Kenzie has always been the girl of Dylan's dreams and he's happy he's finally living near enough to see her as often as he can. However, Kenzie isn't ready for them to be anything but friends. Dylan takes what he can get, but makes sure he's in the picture the whole time, so Kenzie won't forget why she likes him. Being around Dylan confuses Kenzie and it soon becomes clear it's not the lack of love that makes her take her distance, it's something else. What is bothering Kenzie and can she and Dylan find a way to overcome it?

The Dylan Dilemma is a wonderful sweet story. Dylan is a kindhearted and gentle person. He has patience, he's chivalrous and he's absolutely adorable. Kenzie has quite a few issues. Her plans all seem to fail and she's lost. She's bright, talented and caring. She's a good friend, sister and daughter, but she doesn't easily let people in. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if she could find a way to solve her problems and this made terrific interesting reading. Dylan is there for Kenzie when she needs him, he's perfect boyfriend material and his actions put a big smile on my face.

Patricia B. Tighe has written an endearing romantic story. Kenzie and Dylan are amazing together and I loved every single page of their journey. I liked that Patricia B. Tighe tells their story from both points of view and I equally loved their voices. They're both strong and well developed. I can't praise The Dylan Dilemma enough and loved its captivating charm. It's such an entertaining, cute and delightful book. I really liked this mesmerizing story about finding true love at a young age and highly recommend it.

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If you love reading about teenage true love you don't want to miss The Dylan Dilemma.

About Patricia B. Tighe


The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog!

I’m married with two grown sons and a lovely daughter-in-law. My husband and I live in West Texas with our dogs, and we enjoy movies, books, and travel. Also, food. I’m a big fan of eating. When I’m not writing, or eating, I love to watch American football and basketball, and spend time with teens from our church. I think laughter is one of the best things God ever created.

2) Could you describe the main characters of The Dylan Dilemma in seven words each?

Kenzie Harper-Shea: Tall, athletic, determined, distrustful, mastermind, caring, extroverted

Dylan McCoy: Tall, athletic, optimistic, loving, faithful, charming, teacher

3) Kenzie is very much into basketball, how did you get the idea to write about an athletic main character?

I had already created Kenzie’s character for the first book in the series, About Last Summer. And since she was a basketball player, I decided that her story should have conflict centered around her sport.

4) Kenzie and Dylan were holiday sweethearts and now have a second chance at love, what’s the inspiration behind this wonderful subject?

I love second-chance love stories, don’t you? It’s so wonderful to bring two characters together who care about each other, but for various reasons have trouble committing to each other. I really enjoy helping them get over those obstacles.

5) You write about teenage insecurities, how do you prepare for the difficult scenes in your story?

I mostly try to put myself in the character’s head--What is she thinking or feeling? If the feelings are intense, how does she try to rationalize her way out of them? Because depending on the character, people will avoid painful emotions if they can.

6) If you could give your teenage self some good advice what would it be?

Don’t worry if things like love or success don’t happen immediately. Take your time. Enjoy being with friends and discovering who you are. Laugh often, and don’t take things too seriously, because in a few years they probably won’t matter.

7) How did your writing journey start?

It began way back when I was in college and earned a degree in journalism. I wrote some fiction over the years, but raising children took over my time. Then in 2006 I went to Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania for their master’s program in writing popular fiction. After graduating, I continued to write and submit my work.

8) You love to read, where does that love for books come from and what kind of books do you like to read?

I’m not sure where my love of books came from, but it started in childhood. All I know is that I’ve always loved escaping into a good story. I enjoy many different genres—YA, fantasy, historical romance, mystery. I’m currently going through a mystery reading phase.

9) You like writing romantic stories, what are the key ingredients of a good romance?

For me the key ingredients are two people who have opposite goals figuring out how to come together. Humor is an added spice. And, of course, swoony moments. You have to have those swoony moments.

10) What are your plans for the future?

I recently finished the third book in this series. It’s currently titled Amanda vs. the Universe, but I don’t have a release date yet. It’s a YA romance in which a girl who’s still getting over a broken heart comes to realize she doesn’t really need a boy in her life after all. Until she meets one who’d like to change her mind.

Beyond that, I’d like to write some fantasy or romantic mysteries.

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive digital copies of About Last Summer and The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe.

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9 comments:

  1. Sounds good, thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  2. The Dylan Dilemma sounds like a great, light YA romance with plenty of heartfelt emotion brewing under the surface.

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  3. I love the sound of this, thanks for all the insight, it's whet my appetite xx

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  4. I love how the covers tie in to each other, great artwork!

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  5. Sigh, I like a good romance. This sounds like one I'd really enjoy, can't wait to read it.

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  6. Michelle FergusonMay 7, 2018 at 7:49 PM

    These books look great for teenagers, fingers crossed

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  7. Love sport-themed novels and read a lot of the ones where men are the athletes but not women. Would be a great one to start with.

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  8. Oh to be able to tell my teenage self that all the things that caused me so much pain and anxiety would get better and seem almost inconsequential in hindsight!

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