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Channel 20 Something

(Channel 20 Something #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  58 reviews
22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life." She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.

Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by
Published August 12th 2014 (first published July 30th 2014)
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it's sometimes hard when you read a book and not feel strongly one way or the other. 3 stars for me is a book I liked and enjoyed reading. So I wouldn't say that here, yet I didn't dislike it either. It was very okay for me. It flowed alright, although it took 18% in for me to get hooked somewhat, but it did keep pace after that.
Heidi is a 22 year old girl trying to make it in the reporting world. After being burned in college by a very bad event, she returned home to the safety of wha
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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*ARC provided from publisher on Netgalley*

This book was so not what I was expecting! I expected some light, cute, fluffy, somewhat predictable New Adult book, we get the cute and fluffy part (also lots of sexual tension and hot scenes) BUT IT WASN'T PREDICTABLE! Not at all, it's actually one of the best New Adult books I've read, it's awesome in all the ways that make this genre awesome and more becase you can never get bored and then when you think life's all figured out BOOM! There's another p
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
I went into reading Channel 20Something (The first book in the 20Something series) by Amy Patrick expecting your standard recipe for a new adult romance (You know how it is, troubled bad boy, good girl, put them together and voila right?) and was really pleasantly surprised!

Welcome to the story of Heidi and Aric. Firstly let me start by saying Heidi is a great character. Although she's been bought up well and correctly, she is still a very funny, down to earth girl. I loved her when she let her
McCall Hoyle
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chanel 20 Something was everything I expected and more--fun and romantic.

What I loved most was the protagonist's witty voice. She's a southerner at heart but yearns for life in the big city as an up-and-coming TV reporter. The girl may be losing her southern accent, but she's totally on top of her southern culture, including college football and sweet tea.

I found myself rooting for Heidi and Aric, the seriously hot sports reporter at CTS, to get their happily-ever-after and thoroughly enjoyed
Karina Ramirez
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, new-adult
3 - 3.5 Stars

Hmmm, I liked this book.
Maybe it just wasn't for me though ..

Heidi is a 22 year old news reporter in Mississippi where there isn't a whole lot going on with that, and she's okay with that because its safe and that's what Heidi likes.

Close to her family, and dating a perfectly safe guy who wants nothing more than to stay on his cattle farm for the rest of his life.

That pretty much sums up Heidi's life safe

Until Aric (mind you I had such a hard time reading his name in my head

Does that gif hopefully sum the whole thing up? I hope so. I was reluctant to review this book because I hated it so much. Apologies in advance, to whoever is reading this. I just have to get my opinion out there. :/


This was the only part of the book that I could tolerate ( and I mean the writing stlye ). It could've used a few touch-ups, but overall pretty good. BUT THE NON-EXISTENT DESCRIPTIONS. UGH. There was NO descriptions of the characters except for Aric, and that was about 55%
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

I was super stoked to get my hands on this book. There was just something about it that intrigued me and I figured I'd better check it out. And it was a nice story, and worth checking out.

Heidi is that girl who wants to feel safe, as all girls do. The idea of being with someone unknown, someone you can't know for sure is a good choice, is scary. So, she's "with" a guy who makes her feel safe...then she meets Aric and se
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chanel 20Something is the first book in the 20Something series by Amy Patrick. It is in the NA class, which I personally love.
Heidi is a true Southern Belle with attitude. She is a reporter who is trying to leave her small town broadcasting gig to a major network. She is witty, bold, and afraid to move on.
Aric is a Northerner who is taking the small town sports news to the next level. With tons of potential, this is just a stepping stone on his way to the top.
When the couple team up to work on
Lisa Garcia
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This book is exactly what I have been looking for in the romance genre. It lets you feel the intimacy and anticipation of the relationship, but leaves something to the imagination when the author closes the bedroom door. The main characters, Heidi and Aric, are well developed, exposing their funny and sexy sides throughout. The storyline draws you in, and then keeps you wanting more. I recommend “Channel 20something” to a reader who is looking for a well-written, fast-moving romantic s ...more
Margie O'brien reed
I think that Amy Patrick captured the TV news business in a small market and the conflicted heart of a motivated 20 something....perfectly! Having done my time at small news shops, I could feel the pain Heidi was experiencing. As a young reporter with your eyes on a bigger market, it's so easy to ignore the here and now and simply not live in the moment. I was so glad in reading this book that Heidi made the decision to enjoy , in a big way, the here and now.

Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. I read it while on vacation and it's fun, romantic story kept me engaged and wanting to read more. If you are planning a trip and want a good diversion to bring with you, this is your book!
Stephanie Zuiderweg
Funny and relatable

First of all, I loved how knowledgeable the author seemed about working in TV news. Considering how much the plot centered around their jobs, that was really important and I appreciated feeling like it was real, too, rather than some semi-researched, made up version of it.
My biggest complaint about the book is probably also my biggest compliment, and that's that Heidi's issues drive me batty to the point of almost disliking her for them. I think this is mainly because at her a
Jacqueline Driggers
This book is the tale of the romance between a girl and a guy who work at a very small town TV station. It deals with their goals and aspirations for the future, their growing attraction to each other, and how they handle all this. It also deals with a traumatizing incident from the girl's past and how it affects her present day relationships. It deals with the guy she's on a break from when she meets the new guy. All in all, it's not a half bad book.

The sex scenes are rather mild .
The violence
Carole Mckee
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Great, interesting characters, although I thought Heidi was a bit cowardly. I can't imagine not speaking up when something isn't right. But the story was really good. It held my attention and I kept turning the pages. I couldn't put it down. Good job. I loved it.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Jeannie Zelos
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Channel 20 Something, 20 Something Series - Book 1, Amy Patrick.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I don't usually look at covers, but sometimes they catch my eye and they can make a book appealing - or as in this case - offputting for me. I thought this looked a bit flimsy from the cover, a kind of updated 70's M&B read. Still, the premise sounded intriguing so I requested it....
I was suprised, it was a fun read but with some real life, reality type scenes. Those where we see how other p
Rach Lawrence
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Heidi Haynes is comfortable in her hometown, living near her parents, and with a job at a small market TV station. The days where she longed for more for herself are long gone, thanks to an incident her first semester of college that sent her running back home. With nearly a year of experience in front of and behind the camera, she should be sending out her reel to find a better job, yet she just can’t bring herself to do it.

Aric Serrano is a sexy hunk of a sports reporter, and Heidi finds herse
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars.

It took me a while to finish this one, I don’t know why. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t love it either.

I liked Heidi, I thought she had a lot of potential, but she held back all the time. She went down the safe road and after a while it got a little boring that she kept whining about it. At least she did something about it in the end.

My biggest no-no for her character was the fact that she didn’t break up with Hale, her boyfriend of years. I mean, yeah I get her hesitation for not wanti
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This started off really strong for me - I loved that career was such a focus of the book, and I found Heidi to be really relatable as a "new adult." I empathized with the whole thing of having a fear of ending a relationship that seems stable and is with a nice guy but just doesn't have sparks, and I understood the idea of wanting to be close to home and being a little afraid to leave the nest, and especially of being rejected upon trying. I loved that she had fun friends who didn't just feel li ...more
Sara Kiplinger
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this and other reviews at my blog: The Library Princess blog

**This was an ARC from Netgalley. The title is releasing August 12, 2014.

I have been reading a lot of New Adult titles lately and was getting a little weary and feeling like they were all the same. While Channel 20 Something does have the themes that are ever-present in New Adult books– sexual tension, some sex scenes, people falling in love even though they don’t want to– it was a good, easy read. The story is about Heidi, a youn
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
I was super excited to read the synopsis for this book and to be approved for an ARC on NetGalley. Being a journalist myself, there aren't enough romance heroines in journalism - we live exciting lives!

So I delved into this book with maybe some high expectations and overall, this was a nice book. Nice was a good word to describe the plot, the heroine, the hero, everything. Sometimes it felt too nice - at least, halfway through, everyone seemed too good to be true. Even Heidi, with her relationsh
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Channel 20 Something" is the 1st book in Amy Patrick's series 20 Something", and it can be read as a stand-alone book. This story features Heidi Haynes and Aric Serrano.

I'm a little conflicted with this book. I read this series out of order reading the 2nd and 3rd books first then I went back and read this book, which is the 1st in this series. I was so interested in seeing how Heidi and Aric's relationship started because I enjoyed them in the later books.

Heidi and Aric both work in the same n
Ashley Nelson
Overall, this is a cute book. I liked this author's voice. I enjoyed the southern slant and the North Mississippi setting, especially because I grew up in that area. I found the behind the scenes view of the television industry interesting. However, there wasn't really a plot and I never fully connected with the characters.

Character development never went beyond the superficial. I feel that I learned very little about Aric. Heidi was very immature. I couldn't respect her, from her indecisivenes
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
More Sweet than Spicy

This is a very sweet romance with an absolutely fantastic (almost too good to be true!) hero. I have to be honest, I never really understood what he saw in Heidi. I actually never really understood Heidi. She was a paper thin romantic heroine to me.

But Aric, Hale, and Heidi's sister lived and breathed for me.

Now, the next bit is a little spoilery.

-*-*-*-*-* Spoilery Bit *-*-*-*-*-

I have to warn you…the author is kind of a tease. When Heidi and Aric start to get close, it
Paula  Phillips
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
As someone who likes journalism and reading books about reporters , I was interested to read Amy Patrick's new series 20 Somethings, also being 20-Something myself intrigued me even further as often being in your twenties can be a crucial time of self-discovery. This book surrounds the daily life of news reporter Heidi Haynes who is in her first year of interning for the TV news. She dreams of making it big one day , but life keeps getting in the way - mainly its the guys that keep getting in h ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Channel 20Something has sweet romance, a great story line, and strong character development. I will admit the first chapter didn't hook me as well as I would have liked, but I kept reading and found myself not wanting to put it down. In the story, Amy Patrick's news background shines through and it was fascinating to see the work that goes on behind the scenes of a news show. Aric and Heidi were a great couple and Amy did an amazing job of portraying REAL people. Yes, real people with a believab ...more
Elena Delgado
Jul 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped, netgalley
-Advanced copy provided by NetGalley-

It's the first NetGalley book I've dropped since they started asking for reviews. Channel 20 something starts with a good pace: it's all about being part of a TV crew. I was enjoying the news references, the explanations on how that complicated world works. As the daughter of someone who works on TV and has grown on a set, I saw every explanation as very compelling and accurate, even if all I know is Spanish TV and not American, they seem to roll on a symilar
Brittany's Book Bumblings
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a lighthearted read that a lot of twentysomethings should be able to relate to. I know I did. The balance between being close to your parents, while being an independent adult. Living at the bottom rung of the ladder at work and scrambling to move up. Evaluating relationships, wanting to be serious but feeling too young to be too serious. These are all thoughts going through my head pretty frequently.

I really liked it. It was cute. But I didn't quite love it and I can't pin down why. If
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5/5 rated down

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I didn't really have any expectations for this book but as someone who doesn't read much romance this really could've gone either way for me. I like the workplace romance approach and I enjoyed that it wasn't really a forbidden love story kind of thing either. I also particularly enjoyed that they were friends first even though there was an undeniable attraction th
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very different from the usual romance. The H/h were unique and refreshing and surprising. I don't want to describe just how, because I think it would take away from the enjoyment of the read.

It's a NA book, but any age can relate to these characters. I liked the world of TV journalism, the first time I've read anything set in that venue. Mostly, I just loved the characters and the story. The story is written in the heroine's first person POV, but I felt I knew the hero just as well. I
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Amy is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and author of the popular award-winning young adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, The Hidden Saga and the upcoming Newport Billionaires sweet romance series. She lives in Rhode Island with her news anchor husband and two children and sometimes craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. For many years she wrote about true c ...more

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