I was part of the Streamline Cover Reveal a few months ago and now I'm part of the Streamline Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Book Blog Tours, today I was supposed to post a review of Streamline but the review copy was sent really late so I was not able to post a review. Alas! I have a Guest Post for you by Jennifer Lane about Creating Chemistry and a Giveaway so you could read it yourself!
Creating Chemistry by Jennifer Lane
To me, chemistry is mostly about physical attraction but there’s also an element of emotional attraction. Since I’m a big psychology nerd, I think about psychological research when it comes to chemistry.
One well-known aspect of attraction is pheromones, so I make sure to play up my romantic characters digging each others’ scents. Leo smells like soap and chlorine, and Audrey smells like coconut and chlorine. Who knew chlorine could be such an aphrodisiac? ☺
There’s also a psychological theory of attraction called the Imago theory. According to this theory, we seek romantic partners representing parents/caregivers with whom we have unfinished business. These partners might be the exact same or exact opposite of our parents. (Why do you think the words “partners” and “parents” are so similar? LOL) we’re trying to heal and grow by resolving the conflict we had with our parents through our relationship with our partners.
I hope I’ve written good chemistry between Leo and Audrey. Audrey is the opposite of Leo’s father in that she never criticizes him. Instead, sees the good in him and praises him all the time. Through his relationship with Audrey, Leo begins to heal his abysmal self-esteem. Audrey’s kindness is similar to his mother’s, but Leo’s mother has been largely absent since her accident so it feels good to Leo that Audrey needs him.
Audrey feels attracted to Leo because he’s similar to her father—he’s an honorable man. He’s also prone to addictions.
Chemistry is also about nicknames and inside jokes. I used the nicknames McSailor and Bonnie in my adult romantic suspense The Conduct Series. In Streamline, the male swimmers tease each other by feminizing their names: Leo becomes Leopatra, Eric becomes Erica, and Alex becomes Alexis.
About the Book
by Jennifer Lane
Published: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Young Adult
Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.
Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.
Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.
This book is PACKED! So much happens! This is not your average teen-angst story. There is NEVER a dull moment. While the numerous topics covered in this book, from abuse to addition to murder and more, are incredibly heavy and intense, the author has done a beautiful job exploring the effects of each with grace and detail. - Britney
This review is so hard for me to write. To be honest, and this is a little embarrassing, I'm tearing up just thinking about it STREAMLINE. It has been enlightening and thought-provoking, to say the very least. So I'm not going to recap the synopsis. I'm not going to dissect the characters. I just want to touch on the impact of STREAMLINE. - Andrea Thompson
Another great book by Jennifer Lane. It kept me guessing the whole time. I thought for sure I knew who the real murderer was, but it turned out I was completely wrong. When it was finally revealed I couldn't believe it, but it all makes sense. - Victoria Lyons
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