Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: Out from Under You (Smart Girls Finish First #1) by Sophie Swift

Out from Under You


August 13, 2013 
Author Self Pub
ARC for Review

“Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you.”

The day Lia Smart met Grayson Walker, eight years ago, was the day she fell helplessly in love with him. Coincidentally, it was the same day Grayson fell in love with someone else: Lia’s smarter, sexier, superior-in-every-way older sister, Alex. 

Now, nearly a decade later, Alex and Grayson are long over and twenty-two-year-old Lia has finally managed to forget all those lonely nights she spent pining after her sister’s boyfriend. But when Grayson unexpectedly arrives back in town with Alex for Labor Day weekend and the two announce that they’re not only back together but engaged, all the feelings that Lia buried suddenly come bubbling back to the surface. 

But Lia is no longer the awkward, gangly tomboy she was at fourteen. Far from it. And Grayson is conflicted by the lustful thoughts he’s now having for her. He knows he could never act on those thoughts, however. Grayson has always prided himself on being one of the “good guys.” But as the weekend wears on, he’s finding this new grown-up version of Lia more and more impossible to resist... 

Heartbreaking and sexy with a dash of humor, Sophie Swift crafts a passionate, unforgettable tale about desire, growing up, and the kind of love that shakes us to the core. 

*Contains adult situations and explicit content. Recommended for ages 17+

The Way I See It

Oh.My.Ball.Sac! I want More!! Okay, so I have to tell y’all... This was like an out of body experience. Sound weird? Ya try living it!

Here are my first impressions after finishing this GREAT BOOK!!

I was like OMG 

Then I was like NO 

Then I was like Oh.Hell.NO 

Then I was like NOOO!! 

Then I was like Don’t do it!! DON’T YOU FLIPPING DO IT!! 

Then I was like SHE DID?!! She totally did!! 

Then I was like SHUT UP! SHUT UP! 

I couldn't stop... I just couldn't stop! 

WOW!! Seriously... This was like an all consuming read!! I was anticipating every word. Total. Freakout. Moment. There’s no life altering revelation or deep soul digging moments. Want to know what there is? Entertainment! Good Ol’ Americano Entertainment. I didn’t agree with half of the stuff some of the characters did, but I sure gobbled it up. Like a GOOD OL’ Thanksgiving day turkey. Gobble Gobble.. One minute i was picking up my kindle the next i was throwing blankets all over my living room frightening my fiancé!

asis, always alone Lia revels in her private get away even though she is miserable.
nder, years of heartache sneak up on Lia unannounced and unwelcome her feelings come crashing back.
orn, thoughts and images he should not be thinking or seeing. Grayson cannot understand what has overcome him upon seeing Lia.

ierce, Alex, Lia’s sister, comes charging in taking the show and running it like she has always run everyones life, always.
egret, so many years have passed her by. Lia reflects on her life thinking why?
beying, always kind and understanding. Grayson has always done what he was told every action has always been calculated.
ischief, a friend since childhood it is only natural that these two fall into a place of familiarity.

U-nknown, Grayson’s life has been turned on axis his heart knows what he wants but his past will pull the reigns and make him stay.
ever, Lia doesn’t stand a chance her sister is too perfect and too pretty.
read, realization fills everyone involved and this is the moment when one makes a decision... Run or fight... he choses fight.
cstasy, is this what they have been missing? Why is it that these feelings are completely new!
esigned, everyone has always told them what to do how to live. Now love is the only thing that can guide them.

earning, takes hold and these feelings are so raw how does he fight them? How does he turn away from what his conscience tells him is right?
wn, their hearts belong to each other. Why is it that something that feels so perfect can be so wrong.
nderstanding, so many things are against them. Why is it that no matter what, they keep finding each other? Why is it that their love feels so perfect?

So, let me just tell you again... I could not put this down. Every second I had to know what was going to happen next. Not sure if you’ve gathered this or not but this book rocks! All of the characters will take a piece of your heart! Seize it!! EMBRACE it own it go on get your read on!! Get this book asap! I mean it! 

My Fav's

So I didn't necessarily agree with him all of the time, but you know what... In the end, I was on his side cheering him on cause as unusual as the situation was he owned up to everything and fought for what he wanted. 

Awesome, Kind, Loving... How could I not love her? Sure she was pining away at a dream for forever and I wanted to shake her and tell her to get OUT of that town! Alas, the heart wants what the heart wants...In the end I think Lia makes the right choice for herself.

I'm not gonna sugar coat this... Alex is a BeeYotch! Strait up, Bee...Yotch... Hey, she owns it and she does it with a fierce take no prisoners attitude! Snark-Tasticlly she's the one I love to hate but I love her non the less. I know she's hiding a lot of pain.

Maybe its because I used to be a bartender...Not sure but I def LOVED his casual fun flirtatious sense of humor! I really enjoyed his candid honesty with everyone he interacts with. I could just see the fluid self confidence that has to pour out of you when ever your behind your bar. #love.

My Wish
That the next book comes out tomorrow!! No? Okay well soon I hope! I can't wait to see what sort of antics the Smart girls get into next!!

My Rating

4.45 Graphic Novel, Lil killer, Eight Years, Biker Bar, Food Fight, Wedding Dress, Take Out, Surprise Visit, Broken Hearts, Truths Revealed Filled Stars!!! You wont regret reading this one! Its AH-May-Zing!!

Mikki's View

Wow! What a roller coaster of emotions!!! Out from Under You is the story of two sisters who are in love with the same man. Lia fell in love with Grayson the moment he saved her when she was just fourteen. Grayson instead fell in love with her sister Alex. This story was very enjoyable, well written and filled with a good dose of DRAMA! It kept me wanting to find out what these characters would do to break the barriers that they had in their lives. The storyline was unique in a way that I did not expect all these up's and down's.

Lia was a very interesting character to follow. She's been in love with Grayson since she was fourteen, but she's never done anything about it. Her sister Alex always stole the spotlight. Alex has an abundance of mores. More beautiful. More Athletic. More popular. More sex appeal. In the end, Alex always wins. When Grayson comes back in her life after 4 years, she's shocked to see that he's gotten back together with her sister. After they exchange their first kiss, in a steamy kitchen encounter, I found that Lia came ALIVE. I loved the way she handled the situation with Grayson. Yes, she fell hard and got hurt, but she came out a strong person.

Grayson was one of the most confused male characters I have ever read! LOL!!! I was happy one moment and mad in the next with the decisions he made. I can totally understand the dilemma he was dealing with. He obviously cares about these two ladies, but he had to find out, the hard way, what he really was looking for. When you find the life you were meant to live, take it. Seize it. Don't wait. Well let me tell you that Grayson had a hard time seizing the moment. It took him a while to make up his mind. And, that got me a bit upset. In the mix of all the emotions he's been having he discovers that some personal stuff in his life are forced. I loved that he took a stand and made his dream come true.

Alex... OMG! Where do I start with her? Miss Perfection in the flesh. She got me so mad!!! She was really mean and selfish, but strangely enough, I want to read more about her. She was a surprise to me in this story. Even if she got on my nerves, she did reveal some stuff about her that made me come to the conclusion that what she's showing everybody is not who the real Alex is.

The author did an awesome job of bringing us a book with a nice mixture of romance, sexiness and drama! I don't think I'll be able to cook my next few batches of tomato sauce without thinking about Lia and Grayson's kitchen ''experiment''. I look forward to reading more from Sophie Swift. I sure hope that we get to read more about these characters in the near future.

I give Out from Under You 4 sexy, funny, romantic, kitchen-encounters-hotness-rocked-this-book stars! Add it to your TBR list, you won't be disappointed! ;)


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Guest Post

In an effort to get to know this wonderful cast of colorful characters we asked Ms. Sophie and she was kind enough to grace us with a super rockin reply!


What are Sophie Swifts (lol) 5 favorite things to do?
Eat cupcakes
Listen to boy bands
Get dressed up for hot dates (when I can get them)
Order delivery food in my pajamas

What are Lia's 3 favorite things to Draw?

Kick-ass super heroines rescuing helpless boys
Dogs with pants on
John Snow from Game of Thrones

What are Alex's 3 favorite things to complain about?

LOL! Love this question!
Bad drivers
Women who don’t know how to pick out clothes
Slow restaurant service

What are Grayson's 3 favorite things to cook?
Chicken marsala
Lobster bisque
(Coincidentally, these are Lia’s three favorite things to eat.) 

What are Blake's 3 favorite shots to make?
Whatever the hot girls are asking for! Ha! Which is usually:
Apple Pie Shot (vodka, apple juice, cinnamon)
Lemon drops (vodka, lemon juice, sugar)
Melon Ball (melon liqueur, pineapple juice, vodka)

Yay!! Thank you so much for your time!! P.S. Tell Lia if I could draw I would totally be drawing Jon Snow like ALL the time

About the Author

Sophie Swift is an East Coast girl who recently transplanted to Southern California. She writes about sexy boys by day, and dates them by night. Her sizzling, new adult romance, OUT FROM UNDER YOU, the first in a new contemporary series, will be released in August of 2013. She loves books that quicken her pace, music sung by adolescent boys, and cupcakes with too much frosting. Visit her online at

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  1. Wow, this sounds soooo good. Awesome review too. Thanks for sharing the guest post. :)

    1. Hold on to your ereader! This one is a real Roller Coaster! ;)

    2. Oh man these characters had me going CRAY CRAY!!

  2. What fun reviews! I loved them, truly. And great casting pics too. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

    1. Thanks Andrea!

      Team RIMI had a blast with this one ;)

    2. Gahhhhh!! Thank You Andrea!! YES! That.Is.What.I'm.Talking.About! Team RiMi!!!!!

  3. Wow I like how you review :) Thanks for it and I've heard of this one and it seems like a very good read!

    1. Yay!! Thank You!! Yes OMG it will grab you and keep u under a spell!!

  4. I loved this book! I still haven't gotten around to writing my review yet, but man, did it suck me in. I swear, I was shaking my iPad, wishing it was Grayson and Lia at times. And don't even get me started on Alex.


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