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Decked With Holly By: Marni Bates-Review and Giveaway!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Poor Holly Dayton is having the worst Christmas break of her life despite being on a cruise in Mexico.  Trapped with her critical, cruel, petty family on a rocking boat is not her idea of a good time.  She is so seasick from the waves jostling the ship that she dashes into an open suite to be sick in the bathroom.  To her surprise, the suite is occupied by the drummer of America’s most popular band, ReadySet.  Her meeting with Dominic Wyatt, the drummer, quickly hits the tabloids.  To save the band’s wholesome image, she now must pretend to date Dominic for the duration of the cruise.  Can an average girl trick the world into thinking she is dating one of the most desired men in the country?
Holly and Dominic are hilarious characters that had me laughing from page one.  The pair’s banter and sarcasm make a perfect remedy for a post-holiday slump.  Holly’s antics and Dominic’s responses kept me on my toes.  Decked With Holly is a good book for teen girls and young adult fiction lovers.  The witty dialogue and drama would be appreciated by these readers.  Marni Bates’ writing, as I already mentioned, was full of quips that could have anyone laughing.  I look forward to reading more books by Bates and give Decked With Holly 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4 1/2 Stars
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Holly Dayton is about to go way out of her comfort zone…

Spending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when in a moment of seasick-fueled desperation she lurches into an open suite—she’s greeted with an eyeful of pepper spray. The culprit? A gorgeous guy calling himself Nick. But when Holly goes to make her exit, she gets the shock of her life: a corridor crammed with screaming teenage fans. Because Nick just happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for ReadySet—one of the hottest bands in America.

Suddenly rumors are swirling, and Holly’s face is captured on countless phones and plastered all over the Internet. But the band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend—just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be fauxmantically involved with one of the cutest rockstars on the planet? Holly’s about to find out…

Author Bio:

Marni Bates began her writing career at the age of 19 with her autobiography, Marni, for HCI’s Louder Than Words series. Her debut novel, Awkward, has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian and has been optioned by Disney Channel as a made for TV movie. She has three other novels with KTeen; Decked with Holly, Invisible, and Notable, as well as a short story in Ambush Books’ Magical Mayhem Anthology.
In her free time she can be found reading romance novels, rollerblading, singing really loudly (and off-key) in public and . . . watching copious amounts of television. You can visit her at, check out her author page on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @MarniBates, or do all of the above! Really. It would make her day.

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  1. This one sounds like a really good read! Great review :) I can't wait to get my hands on it.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  1. Michelle said...:

    I just like sweet romances and this sounds like a fun & sweet story.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. LisaILJ said...:

    I really enjoyed Awkward, so I am looking forward to reading this book too.

  1. Doodle said...:

    I like that this is set on a cruise. It's different.

    Thanks :)

  1. Holly said...:

    Sounds like a cute read!
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  1. pc said...:

    This sounds like a fun read...I can understand the sea-sickness firsthand...and oh, what a trial to pretend to be dating one of the country's most wanted hotties :)
    I'll check this read out! Thanks for sharing and happy 2013!

  1. Christina K. said...:

    This sounds super cute and very romantic!! A Perfect read:))

    Thank you:)

  1. MaureenT said...:

    Getting lost with some chuckles!

  1. Jyl22075 said...:

    I love the whole girl gets the hot celebrity guy thing. It sounds like a really fun read.

  1. Allie said...:

    I'm looking forward to the funny, sweet and romantic story this book promises its readers.

  1. bn100 said...:

    the characters sound fun

  1. I just adore Christmas reads!!

  1. Joanne said...:

    I'm looking forward to the book being partially set on a cruise, and the banter between Holly and Dominic. Can't wai tto read this book.

  1. Vicky CK said...:

    Most looking forward to?? Critical family seeing girl as MORE--hot (famous) guy showing the family that the girl IS special always makes for a feel good read. Like to see how different authors pull this off.

  1. Banter. I love characters who keep each other on their toes!

  1. This sounds like a cute, fun read and like something I would love!!

    Jolene A