Things were going well for Alora-with the exception of her stagnant relationship with Jordan. She was hoping that her usual beach ritual would bring something to fruition and save her from her current situation. But with their junior year of college approaching, her hope was starting to feel like a pipe dream. Little did she know, her beach ritual wasn’t in vain … For what felt like an eternity, James had waited patiently for Alora’s toxic relationship to dissipate as he kept a safe distance. He didn’t know how much longer he’d be able to stand idly by, when without warning, his patience paid off. Alora’s situation took a turn for the better from his perspective, which finally gave him the chance to step in and help Alora start fresh. But soon after James was introduced to her, he realized that swooping in to save the day isn’t always as easy as it seems.
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Pick-up Stix is the sequel to Jax & Marbles. It follows one of my favorite characters from the first book, James, on his journey to win the heart of Alexia’s best friend, Alora. There are a lot more twists and turns than in the first book, but it’s easy to follow, and the flow keeps you from wanting to put it down.
I loved being able to see James from his side of the story. He’s incredibly sweet, generous, and hilariously nervous when it comes to Alora. He displays the demeanor of a perfect gentleman. One we could all easily fall in love with.
Alora, when she’s with Jordan, comes across as someone I really didn’t want to read about. But when she’s not with him she turns into the sweet girl you feel sorry for and would do anything to help.
I’m glad that all of the characters remained important parts of the storyline. Sometimes in sequels you wonder what happened to the previous main characters, but not this one. Everyone you cared for or fell in love with in Jax & Marbles are still front and present in Pick-up Stix.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading Teen/YA Fiction.
My Favorite Character To Hate On: Jordan, because he makes it so easy to dislike him.
My Favorite “LOL” Moment: Julian and the funnel cake!
Overall, I give this 4 stars!
You can find Pick-up Stix by Jacqueline Lorraine Conwell on Amazon.