Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for Ian and Ivy

For my A to Z Blogging Theme in April, I will be posting about my fave book characters.

Ian Hollister and Ivy Rossini are characters in Jaycee Delorenzo's novel The Truths about Dating and Mating. They also co-host a radio show, so I thought it'd be cool to turn the tables and ask them a few.

What do you think is Ivy’s best feature?
Ian: Her big brown eyes, which are always sparking with amusement or mischief, but always manage to reveal her true feelings when you look a little closer.

How about Ian’s best feature?
Ivy: His smile, because when he’s really happy, he’s just adorable.  Not that I’d ever admit it

What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever given or heard?
Ivy:  One time a guy licked his finger and touched my sleeve (eww!) and said “How about I take you home and get you out of these wet clothes.”  :shudders:
Ian: Not that I would ever stoop to using a pick-up line, since I’m a firm believer of just saying hello, but I always laugh at the really bad ones like:  “You know what would look really good on you?  Me.”   

Name two things NOT to do on a date:
Ivy:  Check out other girls and talk only about yourself.
Ian:  Talk about your ex-boyfriend or talk about hair, makeup, clothes, shopping, or anything else I just don’t care about.     

I love these two! Thanks to Jaycee for letting them stop by for a visit! 

Spunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.

Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?

What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built.

With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?

About the author: 

Jaycee DeLorenzo hails from Tucson, Arizona, on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park – which she believes to be the most beautiful spread of desert in the world. By day, Jaycee is an English language teacher to elementary students. By night, she’s a wife, mother, writer, cover artist, website designer, and blogger. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, singing (very poorly), catching up on her favorite T.V. shows, and researching.

Click on the below links to find The Truths about Dating and Mating online:
Jaycee's Blog

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  1. I've got this one on my Kindle but haven't read it yet. I need to get to it. So hard to decide what to read next cause there's so many good books to read.

  2. I read this & LOVED Ivy & Ian! Jaycee rocks!

  3. I'm so glad you spotlighted these characters! This book is on my TBR list, and now I'm even more excited to read it. :)

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  4. the one about licking the girl and taking her home to get out of the wet clothes---although very bad, kinda funny :)

  5. The TBR just grew by one. Sounds like it is a good read. A-Z has been soooo bad for the pocketbook. ;)

  6. I have seen this book countless times but have never had the time to read it. Maybe I should.

  7. I didn't know about this book but will be adding it to my list. Sounds like a great one.

  8. Reading this post made me think about the bad pick up lines I've heard.

    Yay for Jaycee's book. I like to see books in the NA genre.

  9. Sounds like a good read. My to-read list is growing every day. When I'll finally have time to relax with a good book, I have so many good ones at the ready. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

  10. Thanks for letting my characters hang around for a bit. :)

  11. Great character interview! :) loads of fun. Will have to add Ian and Ivy to my TBR list. :)

  12. sounds like an interesting novel for sure..


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