by Lexy Baker

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Sparks fly in this New Adult romance of celebrity love on a college campus!

A month after losing her mother, Avery Edwards arrives on campus alone and shattered, hoping only to make it through the year and stay under the radar. Until she meets Declan Hargrove, ex-teen heartthrob and campus celebrity, who just so happens to be her Resident Advisor. With dark hair and striking blue eyes, Declan definitely lives up to the rumors.

Unfortunately, so does his reputation.

The night before Avery arrived on campus, Declan was caught with his pants down. Literally. The "Stairwell Video", as everyone dubs the sex tape, only makes Declan more desirable on campus, while it turns the girl into an instant pariah. Livid at the double standard, Avery does everything she can to stay away from him, which is easier said than done since they live in the same building...and considering the rumors definitely weren't exaggerating about his amazing abs either.

But when they finally stop denying the chemistry between them--in a closet at a frat party, no less-- Avery panics and throws Declan under the bus in front of an audience ready to record them for posterity on Instagram. But Avery's mistake on social media will affect more than just their social life. Turns out rumors don't always tell the truth, and when a new movie deal threatens to take Declan away from school, Avery must decide if opening her heart is worth falling for a star.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681191904
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 300,562
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Alexandra (Lexy) Baker has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance. Her dream of becoming a writer started in junior high, where she spent most of class time writing short stories with friends. Alexandra writes Young Adult and New Adult contemporary fiction, romance, urban fantasy and science fiction. She lives in Canada with her husband, their two sons, and two black cats. You can visit her at or follow her on Twitter at @lexybakerwrites

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Instalove 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming of age tale, romance and shallow college parties. The on and off attraction between the main characters provided plenty of teen angst. Just when things were getting my interest, the story came to a sudden end. I was left wanting more. Is there another book in the series?
Michelle-K-Pickett-Author More than 1 year ago
Love for Instalove! In Instalove readers are introduced to Declan, a college student and former child star and model. He’s gorgeous and a known womanizer. But that doesn’t stop women from falling all over him. This is a story line that has been done to death, but, somehow, I found Baker’s take on it somewhat original. Declan did have redeeming qualities, especially when it came to Avery. Avery is a normal girl. Plain, by her standards. She repeatedly asks herself why Declan, someone undeniably beautiful, would be interested in her. There’s nothing special about her. And she’s somewhat of a loner. This character type has been done to death, as well. And I wish the author would have written Avery a little stronger when it came to self-image. But the other areas in Avery’s life, which very well could account for some of her self-image issues, are what kept Avery’s character fresh; not just a carbon copy of hundreds of other NA female protagonists. I liked the inner struggle Avery had with the loss of her mother. It added depth to her character, as did the reunion with her father, and the uncertainty she felt in that relationship. The story took place on a college campus; there were plenty of secondary characters. I wish a few of them had been developed more. They all kind of blended in to the scenery, with (maybe) exception of Raina and Jin. The story itself was good. As with the characters, parts have been done before. But there were areas, and I won’t go into specifics to avoid major spoilers, that were new-ish. It was those areas that kept me reading. But, in my opinion, the story had a few areas that just didn’t work. First, the boyfriend. Um, I knew from the second Avery started her inner-dialogue about her ex-boyfriend that he’d done something unspeakable to Avery and that’s why she ran across the state to go to college. This type of storyline is common in NA. But, honestly, I don’t have a problem with it if it’s told uniquely. And I think Baker tried in Instalove, but there were a couple reasons it fell short. First, it was predictable. Second, Jason popped up and then left… that fast. There wasn’t enough build-up leading to his arrival, there wasn’t enough tension during their meeting, and there was no lingering tension afterward. It could have been developed more, adding dimension and depth to the overall story arc. This would have given Declan another place to fight for Avery. The sub-plot with Avery’s boyfriend and Declan’s sister was a good idea, but it wasn’t integrated enough into the story. It left me wanting more, and not in the good way. Beyond the boyfriend, I think more tension between Declan and his mother would have been good. Much like Avery’s boyfriend, Declan’s mother can and went with no real impact on the story. The mechanics were okay. There were a few typos, misused words, and so forth. Also, the author has the habit of using run-on sentences and fragments in the exposition. I don’t mind them when used in dialogue—in fact, I expect them. But I found myself tripping over them while reading Instalove. I also found areas worded awkwardly. But this is just my opinion and may not be an issue for another reader. I definitely wouldn’t let these small areas stop you from reading the book. Bottom line: I liked Instalove. Although there were a few areas I wish had been better developed, I still enjoyed the story, and won’t hesitate to read more by Lexi Baker. I recommend it.