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Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,721 Ratings  ·  447 Reviews
What happens when you fall in love with the perfect guy... twice... in one day?

Brenna Blixen spent her freshman year homeschooling in Denmark; now that she’s back in the States, she’s determined to make her sophomore year unforgettable. And by unforgettable, she imagined awesome classes, fun friendships, and maybe a little romance.

What she got was a whole lot of romance,
Paperback, 267 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published September 6th 2011)
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Wendy Darling
Gosh, this book is so freaking cute, I can't even stand it. We all can use a little romance now and then, but not many contemporary YA love stories stand out as anything particularly memorable, which is why I normally prefer to see them cloaked among werewolves and angels and other such distractions.

Brenna Blixen doesn't need supernatural beings to keep our attention, however. This smart and focused heroine has plenty of drama in her life, what with starting all over again at her school after be
Kristin (KC)
*4.5 Stars*

Double Clutch takes a commonly used topic, such as a love triangle, and swings it from the ordinary into the extraordinary.I was entranced by the natural feel of the dialogue and the realistic ease of the characters' interactions. I certainly had a hard time putting this book down.

I absolutely love Brenna and felt she was the perfect portrayal of a teenaged girl in high school. She's smart, strong, and has a refreshingly healthy relationship with her mother. She's mature, but to a bel
Abbi Glines
Nov 09, 2011 Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favs
Holy freaking CROW! I'm completely torn. I love Jake and Saxon. There must be another book on the way because this story is sooo not over. Loved it! A must read. Trust me!!!

UPDATE: Okay here is my review… sort of…
I won't go into details since other reviewers have but this book was fabulous. I bought it and thought I'd read a little here and there while I took writing breaks but that didn't happen. I ended up getting so sucked in I spent the day reading Double Clutch. I have NEVER read a love tr
Colleen Hoover
Apr 04, 2012 Colleen Hoover rated it it was amazing
AAAAHHHH, Saxon, Saxon, Saxon. I'm gonna get me some of that. I hope beyond hope that the author of this book will write me into a scene with him. I love me some bad boy.

As for the book, it was so good I am immediately starting on the next one. Loved the dialogue, the pacing, the honesty. The characters were so real. Loved the relationship between Brenna and her mother. It's nice to see a mother/daughter relationship written in a different way than most YA books nowadays. Five STARS!!!!!!!!! Ca
One of the things I love most about books and reading is the fact that they’re so subjective. Each person brings to their reading experience something personal and unique, and leaves with a slightly different interpretation. Add to this individual tastes and preferences, and the field of opinion gets fascinatingly broad. For every person who loves fantasy, there is someone who prefers contemporary. For every person who thinks the love interest is mysterious and enticing, there’s someone who thin ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Limonessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Every time I decide to delve into self-published shaky territory I get worried. My experience in this field is quite limited and truly I am not sure I feel like actually getting more. This year, I was certainly heartened by instances such as Flat-Out Love but I am still burned by previous wrist-slitting catastrophes.

Thankfully, Double Clutch is a keeper. Mind, it is not perfect (then again, not even the traditionally published ones are) but this series and this author are certainly worth keepi
Nov 04, 2011 Calia rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh.... thats the sound of me relishing over this ah-mazing book.

I can't say that there is ONE character or scene that kept this book together. Because lets admit that, that usually happens in novels. We love one scene, or something in the book, and it keeps us going in the end. And when you've finished reading, something felt "off" so you give it a 3 or 4 stars.
Umm, won't happen here. Everything combined in this book: the characters, plot, tension, and romance makes it a perfect read.
And t
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Oct 02, 2012 Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-na
4 1/2 stars

What happens when you fall in love with the perfect guy... twice... in one day?

I know what you’re thinking…. Another YA Love triangle

Well yes and no…
It is a love triangle. But not really, not your normal one. On one hand the 2 guys are polar opposites (which is a given for a triangle) But on the other they are actually quite the same.

Meet Brenna Blixen

(Liz mentioned that she had bangs and mentions converse a lot, I auto thought of this photo so she became Demi Lovato in my he
Do you think it's possible that one person, the right person, can make you better know matter what your past was like?
I believe it can happen and Double Clutch is a great example of exactly that.

Brenna Blixen is the new girl in town, but it doesn't take long before a guy...or two are competing for her heart. Brenn is a great character, totally knows how to handle her own, knows what she wants and she'll be damned before anyone tells her otherwise. I respect that in a character. She also has qui
Jan 24, 2013 AJ rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book! I wouldn’t have thought that a YA book about a (pretty much drama-free) love triangle would pack such a punch, but it absolutely does.

Brenna is new to town, and on her first day at school she meeds moody bad boy, Saxon. She feels an instant connection to him, but is disappointed to see him with a girl hanging off him, talking about their date that night. Later that day she meets the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Jake. Also drawn to him, Jake immediately puts her
Katie Mills
Oct 20, 2011 Katie Mills rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Brenna Blixen is living a double life. She goes to two different schools- regular public school in the morning and the technical institute in the afternoon as a participant of the program ‘Share Time’. She has two sets of teachers, two sets of friends and two very different boys vying for her attention.

But what happens when the two worlds collide? Brenna might discover that the lines that connect Saxon and Jake could make or break her relationship with either.

The pacing in Double Clutch was fan
Sep 22, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Double Clutch is a realistic young adult romance about a girl who is caught between two guys. I’m a hard critic when it comes to love triangles because I hate it when you have A) the obvious right choice and B) the obvious wrong choice. Golly Gee…Who should I pick? Come on, there’s no fun in that! Well, Reinhardt got it right with Double Clutch. There are two guys in this story. Both of them have their flaws, and
Elizabeth Reyes
What's not to love about two hot guys fighting over a girl? I won't go into the description of the story as that's already been done enough. I'll just say I kept falling for one and then the other. Just when I thought I picked my favorite something would happen and AARGh! I'd be swayed the other way. Ms. Reinhardt did an excellent job of fleshing each of the leading men so that it was impossible to completely dismiss either.

The only thing that threw me was the age. At 15 it was a bit hard to be
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Nov 21, 2011 Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner rated it really liked it
Recommended to Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner by: Say
I was surprised how much I liked Double Clutch.

Brenna is a likable leading lady in a world of insecure angsty girls. She has her own style and pretty much doesn't care what others think about her. I would say she is what I need the main character to be. Brenna also has a great relationship with her mother and step-dad. So Liz gets a thumbs up for giving the parents a chance and to let them actually be in the book.

Now to the boys. First of all lemme say I love love triangles. People are saying
Nov 11, 2011 Sofija rated it it was ok
There is nothing I love more than a good old love triangle. Reading about two wonderful guys fighting for a girl makes me very happy. And this is what “Double Clutch” is essentially about. But surprisingly I found it lacking.

To start with, it lacked good editor work. It has too many little discrepancy.
Read this for example:

“I took a long shower and got dressed, then straightened my room. I was just thinking about calling Jake when I heard the mechanical whine that had scared me before. I checked
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler free Review
Genre: Mature YA
Setting: New Jersey

Ooooooo how i enjoyed this Ya Romance. I so recommend to all YA Romance lovers but be advised this is YA-Mature. Yes it has that pesky YA love triangle but it's HOT!! And good luck trying to pick btwn the two because it's not easy!!!!!

Book Summary
This book is about a young girl name Brenna who is returning back to New Jersey(America) after spending a year abroad in Denmark with her mother and stepfather. Brenna is 15 going 16
Tough Critic Book Reviews
This series had me rolling around in a one big pile of indifference. I honestly couldn't pin point how I felt about Double Clutch. I swear the author gave me temporary bipolar disorder. I loved the teenage drama, but wasn't the biggest fan of the story. However the writing... Oh sweet mother of babies the writing!!!!

Okay, how do I put this. The "hook-up" scenes left me speechless!! Did he just-Did they-He asked what!?!He actually...OH. MY. HOLLY. HELL!! Liz Reinhardt, I know you just didn't. Oh
Oct 06, 2014 Djezelle rated it did not like it
Очень типичный и банальный любовный роман про идеальную пай-девочку попавшую в любовный треугольник.

Честно говоря, читать книгу было довольно скучно: герои неинтересные, повествование не цепляющее, автор злоупотреблял описанием совершенно неинтересных деталей и слишком часто напоминал, какая героиня красивая, умная, талантливая... как будто нам не хватило предыдущих 1005698 напоминаний.

Автор действительно перестарался с героиней (да и с героями), все три основным персонажа… СЛИШКОМ. Бренна – СЛИ
Review also posted on my blog: The Book Barbies

Liz Rienhardt is the first ever author to ask me to read and review their book so from the beginning this book was special. I was kind of anxious to read it though because I was scared I wasn’t going to like it and since Liz is just THE sweetest person ever, she’s so nice and I’m so glad I got to talk to her it would have been plain awful writing negative review. But thank goodness, I was spared from having to deal with that because this book ROCKS!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Nov 13, 2011 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book will leave you BREATHLESS!

My Rating: 10 of 10

My Cover Thoughts: I love the cover! It showcases what the story is about. It is of a beautiful girl in the background standing in between two boys. Who will she chose? Who will love her? Read on to find out!

My Thoughts/Review: When I saw this book on goodreads I just knew I had to read it. One girl, two boys what a love triangle mess. Secrets, lies and feelings no one can control screamed at me from the blur. So when I saw they wer
Sep 30, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

15 year old Brenna Blixen has recently returned from a year spent in Denmark with her parents and has returned to New Jersey for her sophomore year. She will be commuting on her trusty bike between two schools as she is doing share time; it is on her first day at both schools that she meets two gorgeous yet very different boys who are about to be make her life a tad bit more complicated.

Brenna is the sort of protagonist I a
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5 Stars

I can't believe this book has been sitting around on my Kindle since December and never got around to reading it until now. WTF is wrong with me? I really enjoyed this story. Like Brenna, I fell head over heals in love with Saxon, then a minute later, fell in love with Jake. Oh the dilemma she has! This is why I love to read because I can vicariously live through these characters.

I really don’t need to recap this story in length since its pretty simple. Brenna just returned from Denmar
I went back and forth for a while about whether or not I wanted to read Double Clutch. I had heard a lot of good things about it, but love triangles are not a favourite of mine and the entire plot of this book is a love triangle. However... wow! I am so glad I read it. It's an instant favourite and Liz Reinhardt certainly has a new fan. Double Clutch was an awesome, fun and exciting novel that I can't get out of my head. It would have been a massive mistake to pass this one up.

Our protagonist is
Nov 11, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can I...". He stopped and his jaw relaxed. "Can I kiss you?" I didn't answer, and he didn't wait for me to. His hands caught me gently behind the neck and he pressed his mouth to mine, softly but firmly. Then he moved one arm around my waist and pulled me closer to him. As the space between us disappeared completely, he deepened the kiss, urging my mouth open and sliding his tongue in."

Aww...what a cute book. When Liz Reinhardt contacted Donna and I about reviewing her book Double Clutch, I acce
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Oct 23, 2011 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Liz Reinhardt
Shelves: romance
I have to say that I was pretty much surprised when Liz asked me to read her book. Thank you Liz for sending me this book.

So, this is a story about young girl Brenna, she is 16, growing up, falling in love, you know how it goes. Only the thing is she has a two boys interested in her, so who is she going to chose? Of course I won't tell you, you have to read a book to figure it out by yourself. I have to say that I really liked the beginning of the book, meeting the characters was interesting. A
Samantha Young
A seriously addictive read, Double Clutch is narrated by the likeable, forthright Brenna Blixen as she shares her return to American high school after a year abroad. With beautifully smooth prose and realistic dialogue, Reinhardt has created one of my favourite ya contemporary reads yet. This is no simpering, run-of-the-mill love triangle. Real issues, deep, past hurts and impossible secrets all contribute to the tangle Brenna ends up in as she takes her steps into first love. I couldn't help bu ...more
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
Nov 19, 2011 Wanda (Good Choice Reading) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, reviewed
First I have to say I really liked this book. "Double Clutch" expresses exactly the way teens really are. There were parts in the book that I would read and think. Yup, I definitely would have done that or I remember doing that. It reminded me how love is an emotion and can deeply affect us at all ages. What Brenna was going through at fifteen years old, is easily something adults can go through as well. The feeling of liking two guys so deeply that it confuses you. That both guys can reach some ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
Recommended to Fred by: Liz Reinhardt
When I realized that I'd used the word "smexy" in several of my last few reviews I started worrying that maybe I was using it wrong. I decided I'd better look it up on Urban Dictionary, and whoa, right next to it was a picture of Brenna Blixen, the MC of this romantic dramarama. This is Brenna's story, and she is quite a girl. After spending a year in Denmark with her mom & stepdad (he's Danish, bit of a backstory) she returns to her old school in New Jersey, but she's changed. Something abo ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}

While going through the review for DOUBLE CLUTCH, I came upon a review that compares DOUBLE CLUTCH to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Before I actually go into my review, I'd like to say that there is absolutely no comparison.

Travis is an awful volatile person who manipulates Abby. He's emotionally unstable, clingy, controlling, self absorbed, and he likes to beat up guys who look at his girlfriend the wrong way. Neither of the love interests in DOUBLE CLUTCH could be called that, unless you coun
Oct 31, 2011 Say rated it it was amazing
I’m kinda nervous writing a review for this particular book. Why? Well, seldom does an author writes you and ask if you would like to read his/her book and make a review on it. And you have to ask yourself, what if I don’t like the book? Oh my gosh, I would have to write how awful it is and the author would feel really bad and might as well curse me for eternity. And what if I find it really really good? Much harder I think, coz I have to really write an amazing review in parallel to how amazing ...more
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Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

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“Are you going to kiss me?" I blabbered stupidly.
"I'm working up the nerve," he said softly.”
“Can I..." He stopped and his jaw flexed. "Can I kiss you?"
I didn't answer, and he didn't wait for me to. His hands caught me gently behind the neck and he pressed his mouth to mine, softly but firmly. Then he moved one arm around my waist and pulled me closer to him.”
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