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Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Friday, September 2, 2016

Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story's main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.

Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?

Goodreads Summary

Piper has already picked out her dream job at a young age; she is bound and determined to be a journalist. She gets into a prestigious academy and hopes to realize her dreams. At her new school, there is actually a prize for student journalists. She knows she must win to further her fledgling career. When she meets Rafael, she sees her opportunity; however, the more she gets to know Rafael as a person, the more she thinks over her plan. Will she expose Rafael or will she protect him?

When I first started this book, I saw the ending coming a mile away. I didn't really like Piper's character though she was ok. She was too pushy, snoopy (I realize journalists have to be), and over-bearing for me. I liked Rafael's character better, but his shenanigans leave much to be desired. I thought their budding romance was cute and sweet. I liked how it took time to grow and develop. The book didn't hold my attention the whole time, but I liked the swift writing style of the author. The characters did "learn" something in the end and I always like books with a slight lesson. This was a fun book from an author I enjoy.

3 1/2 Stars

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