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The Truths about Dating and MatingImage

(Riordan College)

by Jaycee DeLorenzo

Characters: Ivy Rossini, Ian Hollister

Paperback, 424 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published November 21st 2012)
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?


This book is about Ivy Rossini and her bestfriend, Ian Hollister. They have been bestfriends since they were little, and know each other inside out. Ivy co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside with Ian. Ivy is the only one who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation, and the fact that he has sex with every girl that looks good. Except Ivy. Ian’s always been protective over her, but lately he has becomed over-protectiv. Scaring away those dates Ivy was going out with, threatening them. And then one night, at a party Ian almost kisses Ivy. And suddenly Ivy starts feeling things you really should feel about your best friend, and thinking about him. Like wondering how his hands would feel on her, Ian’s sexy voice seducing her.. ect… But she’s afraid to do anything about, doesn’t want to destory their friendship, so she starts dating others. Yet, she can’t get past those feeling that has developed towards Ian. While Ian giving mixed signals, hinting he wants more, Ivy has to decide if it all is worth risking everything they have built.

The story is well filled with romance, humor, hormones and friendships. I think this book kinda has a message, that we have to take some risk at some point to really get anywhere, or to get what you want and i think that Ivy has a really big decision to explore her feeling for Ian, he could might be the love of her life, or continue being just friends and always wonder ‘what if?’… The friendship between Ivy and Ian is great, and i would love to have that kind of love they had for each other, in my life.

Ivy is awesome! Stubborn as hell, waaaay to honest, big pride and spunky Italian. She has no trouble what she thinks and feels. (well she might have trouble telling Ian what she feels.) I belive under all the hardness, the snarky comments and acting like she doesn’t care, she is just as insecure as any other woman. Ivy is really good at giving advice to dating and sex, but she doesn’t really follow her own advice that she is giving her listeners. But lucky Ivy, she learns from her mistakes.. after a little time has gone… Though i loved Ivy, sometimes i got a bit tired of her.. Sometimes it became to much of her confidence and how she treated Ian at times.. i didn’t like it.. But other than that, she was great 🙂

Ian’s the bad-boy every girl/woman lust for.. He has the body, he has the brain and he has the moves. You cannot help but to lust for him. Even Ivy does. I know that deep down Ian’s a really good man with manners and a good heart, and that he’s just judged by his mistakes in his past. But being the bad-boy, nobody questions him about his past which he likes to keep private so it works for him. No need to get personal and to commitment when everyone knows that he sleeps with them, throw them out (in a good way) and jump to the next one. Just sex, that’s all he needs. Except, not when he start looking at Ivy as more, and suddenly he needs more. Being insecure and thinking nobody really wants to be with him, other then with sex, makes his appreciate Ivy a hell of a lot more, considering she’s the only one who really care about him.

Their friendship is admirable, and i love the passion they have for each other. The book was cute and was an easy read, and i really enjoyed it :)Though sometimes, it became to much back and forth for me so that made me lower the rate of the book.

Rate: 3-3.5 stars.