Synopsis: Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.
Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.
Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.
In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town the next day, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.
Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. Can she get past the friendship hang-up while trying to forget bad boy Ethan? It’s a choice that will change her life forever.
About the Author:
T.R. Cupak was born and raised in the suburbs of a Bay Area city in California. She was the closet nerd who hid her love of reading and writing short stories and poetry when she was younger. Back then it wasn’t considered cool to be into those types of activities for pleasure, whereas today you have TV shows, movies and books that glamourize that being a nerd is actually cool.
T. lives in a quiet, little, country town south of where she grew up. She is happily married to an amazing man who supports her in everything she does and spoils her rotten. They have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Harley. He’s their fur-baby and even though he’s a pain in the arse most days, they love the little guy. She has an obsession with cars, especially fast ones. She enjoys her music louder than anyone should. Admittedly it’s to drown out hearing her own singing voice, or lack thereof. When she’s not at work or busy writing you can find her curled up reading a book on her Kindle with a glass of wine or Dirty Shirley.
T. lost touch with her creative side and stepped off the path of all things written in her early twenties. Six years ago, her passion for reading was rekindled. She began to utilize reading as a way to escape everyday chaos. Late 2013 she began journal writing. After a couple of months of journaling T. realized that this form of writing wasn’t keeping her interest nor was it helping her to relax. After that realization settled in she changed the direction of her writing. Her creative aspirations were flowing once again and she happily embraced it. As her fingers started to dance across her keyboard she began to see her fictional characters begin to breathe life. Writing was only supposed to be a way for the new author to relax, but a story was born and T.R. Cupak is excited to be releasing her self-published debut novel, Alexa Crushed
After posting my promo post for Alexa Crushed on its release day, TR Cupak contacted me to see if I would like to read a copy for a review.
I had a little bit of trouble getting into Alexa Crushed initially. The beginning goes very slow and kind of feels like a backstory info-dump. You follow Alexa (Lexi) through her early years. I’m talking 2, then 3, up to like 16. I know why Cupak did it. She wanted to establish the relationship between Lexi and Devin before jumping into the meat of the story, but I think she could have easily just incorporated it into the later years. The 16 year old story isn’t that bad, because it introduces Ethan and the more grown-up Devin.
With that complaint out of the way, I have to say the story is pretty interesting. Cupak hints towards a backstory we have yet to understand, even with the completion of the first novel. Definitely a cliffhanger!
Cupak has a pretty unique voice, and did capture the innocence and naivety that is common with most 16-18 year olds. The feeling of always being right, stubborn, oblivious to the problems that exist in the world…
I do have quite a few more complaints though. The dialogue seemed pretty unnatural. Not many people speak the way that Cupak wrote, and sometimes it would catch me off guard and make me go back to read the dialogue again. Especially during the sex scenes.
Dont get me wrong, the sex scenes were pretty hot. I love a well-written sex scene. But when one of the guys spoke during sex I couldn’t help giggling because it seemed very unnatural. And on top of that the sex scenes felt very forced. **SPOILER ALERT** I don’t like giving spoilers, but because of this situation I find it necessary. I felt that Alexa was very…loose…for a virgin. That’s all I’m going to say and you can interpret it however you like :-p
Did I like what I read? Yeah. sure. But would I read it again? Probably not. I will read the second one though, just to see what happens!