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First Kiss (Heavy Influence #1)

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About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more; they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family. Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it.
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by AMF Publishing
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Amy
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh yeah. I got the goods. Be jealous. So very jealous. Because this is the shizz.

"While books have music as the theme, Frohoff takes it the next level by having a soundtrack with original music tied directly to the main character. Bringing the characters to life in a unique way. The music is the soul of the book.

There's so many situations in this novel that if taken to the next level.. it would be unbelievably horrific. I am not sure readers get the severity of how dire these situations are.
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Melissa
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-reads
A story about first love. An up and coming rock star falling in love with the girl next door. Sounded like a setup for a great story. It could have been a great story. ... but it wasn't. Not at all. I don't throw out one star ratings lightly. I hate to give them out. But I can't deny this one. I did not like this book one bit.

I am sure that there is some demographic out there who might appreciate this story. Somewhere. I am obviously not it. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this story as a you
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Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
Jake is an up and coming rock star and his dreams of making it into the big music scene are starting to come true. Aly, Jake's neighbor is young and innocent and completely hard for him to resist. Can Jake fight his urge to be near her to be the good guy? Or will Jake's heart fall victim to Aly's innocents, threatening to break both of their hearts?


When I first started reading this story my only concern was the age of the characters. I tend to prefer older characters I can relate to and at the r
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading the delicious little tease that is SKID OUT, I can't wait for this one!!

REVIEW: To say I was excited for the release of First Kiss would be somewhat of an understatement. I read Skid Out and was immediately hooked, so when the super awesome Ann Marie Frohoff contacted me and asked me to review First Kiss I was in my happy place.

Jake and Alyssa have been friends and neighbours for a long time. But somewhere along the way they both went in different directions. Jake focusing on his b
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Annie Brewer
Damn, this book was intense and so freakin' angsty. I enjoyed it, for the most part. But I felt so bad for Jake. Damn, life was not so kind to him. I loved the relationship between Aly and him, when they were together. Everything and everyone kept tearing them apart. So frustrating! I'm eager to see where Frohoff takes these two in Broken Notes. 4.25 stars!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First Kiss is an amazing story and a MUST READ! Love rocker bad boys and first loves then this is the book for you! Ann does a great job putting this amazing story together and I can't wait to post my real review!

Okay so it is finally time yes people it is June 01, 2013 and I can review First Kiss! Whoop Whoop I had been holding that in for a very long time because I read this book and it took me a week people to read this book because I had to put it down. Lord knows everyone no matter who you
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
At fourteen you are coming into your own, learning new things about yourself, and about to embark on a new journey of your life: high school. Life will either explode for you in different and wonderful ways or it will end up pulling you down if you let it. Aly is bound and determined to have the best summer of her young life. She wants to be with her crush, Matt, as much as possible and hang poolside with her friends. Then enters Jake, her neighbor since, well forever. In one day, Aly’s eyes get ...more
Renee
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Well I am so sad to end this book. I will say BEST BOOK I have READ.When you write a review and think about a character for a day to decide what to write that is when it is EPIC. The blending of love, angst, hate and heart break was perfect. When you say this was a five star book it means something left a great impression on you, the characters spoke, the author had style and communicated the message perfectly. This was the case for me. Even though I gasped and cursed it is a sign that the messa
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Ellen
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
First Kiss is an intense and emotional coming of age story about first love that was so much more that I expected. Actually, it was one of those books that leave you still thinking really hard about it the next morning when you wake up. The story begins the summer before Jake's senior year and Alyssa's freshman year. Jake and his band are starting to make a name for themselves, tour, and have developed quite a fan base. Alyssa is the girl next door who Jake never considered more than his friend' ...more
Brandi
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
He's the future superstar and the boy-next door. She's the almost freshman and the girl-next door. A romance that neither of them ever saw coming.

Jake has been the boy next door for Aly's entire life. He was friend's with her older brother until high school sent them their separate way. Aly hadn't spoken to Jake in years and then one day her friend, Nadine, wants to meet him. That one little encounter changes everything for both of them.

Jake is 17, soon to be a senior and on his way to an awes
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Kait
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my feelings about the book.

First Kiss is a coming of age romance that took me by surprise. At the beginning of this book I wasn't sure that it was for me. I wasn't entirely comfortable with Alyssa and Jake's relationship, and it wasn't because of their age difference. The difference in maturity, especially sexual maturity, is vast. Alyssa is about to be a freshman in high school, she's naïve and has never been kisse
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Tash
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? I’m still wrapping my mind around this book as it’s not what you expect from a young adult book about a rock band about to make the big time. Yeah, I had a inkling every since I first read the novella that the author has something special here and I wasn’t disappointed. The book was a tearjerker to sum it up in a nutshell.

Continuing from the novella, Jake and Aly continue to see each other—at a cost. Their group of friends soon start in
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ChuCha
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-struck
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

First Kiss is not exactly what I expected, there was a time where I think the characters are way too young, or the story dragged. But the ending was pretty unexpected.

Nevertheless, I love these kids! Yes! They were young, especially Alyssa. Jake and she grew up together and have been friends and neighbors since they were young. Their lives drifted apart somewhere along the way, Jake was busy with forming a band and becoming famous, while Alyssa was focused
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Akilah Raines
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I need book 2 like NOW!! Review to come on www.smibookclub.com 8/8/13
Gloria Green
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ready to feel young again? Not that I would repeat my teenage years though. As amazing as all the new feelings and experiences were as teen, the pain of heartache was unbearable at that age. Damn hormones!


I read the novella SKID OUT last year when my friend The Autumn Review suggested it because of my love for music and musicians. I had no idea at the time that it was just the prequel to First Kiss (The Heavy Influence Trilogy). I was fit to be tied after reading Skid Out. It was so good and su
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Amy Fournier
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook, own
* Actual rating 3.5 stars.

After reading Skid Out a few months back, I was really excited for First Kiss! We get introduced to some of the characters, and I couldn't wait to know more about Alysa. Something to note, Skid Out is actually Part 1 of this book, so if you have read it, you can skip it, or use it as a good refresher. I thought this was a little on the long side, and I was a bit put off by some of the derogatory terms and words used, but I did really enjoy the story! It's written in mul
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Kristie
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, review
Jake and Aly don't have that easy lovey dovey relationship. They go through ups and downs, age difference aside. He is going to be a senior, her a freshman. Also, he is a lead singer in a rock band.

The road to fame is a hard one, especially when you're in a new relationship and girls are flaunting themselves to get your attention. It also doesn't help the fact when your girlfriend is younger so her jealousy is easily activated. There are times when Jake goes into more of an elderly brother role
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Andrea
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've literally been waiting on First Kiss for over a year. I read the prequel, Skid Out, in March of 2012, and loved it. I loved Jake, loved Alyssa, and was so, so excited --and anxious-- to see their new and fragile relationship develop.

Take away the fact that Jake is an up-and-coming musician, and First Kiss is essentially the story of a first love. Now that's not to say that Jake's music doesn't play a role in the story and relationship --it does-- but for me, the focus was simply Jake and A
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Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Last year when I finished Skid Out, the preview novella to First Kiss, I wanted more. I eagerly anticipated First Kiss which does a really nice job of continuing the story, and I thought it contained some nice surprises.

The author takes some chances here with a significant age difference between the lead characters and I thought she did a great job of making this relationship not only believable, but interesting. Jake is 17, with some life experiences from being in a rock band. Aly is 14, just s
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Kara
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted at: http://bookcrushbookreviews.com/2013/...

Do you remember your first love? That's the road this book took me down. It reminds us of how we'd lie to our parents, sneak out of the house, and make poor decisions at times because all we care about is being with our boyfriend/girlfriend. I love how Ann gave us the different POVs between Aly, Jake, and Rachel. Aly is younger than Jake (a freshman to his senior) but her bite can be lethal and she goes for what she wants. Jake is the hot
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Kim
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the story of a boy who wanted to be a rockstar. This story was a continuation of the novella Skid Out. It started off with the novella then proceeded with the rest of the story. Jake is hoping to get his band to hit it big. Alyssa is his next door neighbor. They start hanging out and realize they like each other. Alyssa is only 14 and is not allowed to date til she is 16 so they have to keep their relationship a secret from their parents. But their friends know. Jake is going on tour son ...more
Jocelyn
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
When I began to read this I was quickly captivated by the characters a few times I wanted to stop reading but I am glad I finished it. Very few books move me emotionally enough to make me tear up let alone cry this book managed that. I would easily rate it 5 stars because it truly deserves that it may have a few flaws but they are minuscule compared to the book as a whole. I recommend it to all.
It is about two teens in love Aly 14 and Jake 17. For many reasons they can't exactly tell people the
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Josie
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yeah ok I am big girl so I am just going to say it, I uglied cried for a mature young adult book, damn it, I did, this book was not what I expected and I could not put it down and not to mention that I wanted to jump in that Kindle of mine a couple of times and scream, did I mention I uglied cried (yeah OK) back to my review so this is a must read, is book 2 out yet damn it no, I need to know what happens next, I am traumatized, my Jake darn in, I knew what was going to happen and still could no ...more
Autumn Review
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc, review
3.5 stars
I had really high expectations for this book. I loved the prequel, Skid Out and was crazy excited for this book. While I did end up liking it, it was a bit too long and drawn out for me. I am excited about reading the second book in the series though. I'm curious to see where Frohoff takes these characters.
Bethany
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Please read my in-depth review here


I really liked this book and can't wait for the next one to come out!!
Victoria
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Is a great book to read
Nancy The book junkie
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.25/5

Review coming soon!
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
review to come
Debbie
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
his book grabbed me, pulled me in and still has yet to let go.

"First Kiss" beyond a shadow of a doubt is simply FABULOUS! There are honestly no words to describe the instant love I felt the moment I opened this 5 star novel. From the beginning the book takes off with Aly and Jake being next door neighbors that have known each other for years. They really haven't thought about each other as anything else until Aly and her friend walk over to say hi to Jake one summer afternoon. All of the sudden,
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Dana Cuadrado
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review~ This is a Spoiler Free You need to READ THIS BOOK!
I have never received a book soundtrack with a book for review ever and I thought that was probably the coolest most unique swag (I don't know what that would be classified as). The tracks were amazing and definitely music that I would buy regardless. I would say that I primarily listen to a mixture of alternative rock or soft rock and I fell in love with these songs! My favorite off the soundtrack was Talk About It by Nick Long and Elysi
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Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast. She settled in Hollywood at 19 working in film and TV. Soon her itch to keep moving took over again, taking her to Hawaii for a time and then back to LA.

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