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1986: Why Can't This Be Love (Love in the 80s Book 7) by [Ryals, R.K.]
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Spring break her junior year is supposed to be Tori Allen's chance to catch the eye of wicked hot Corey Sanders, the bouncer at The Cube, an eighteen and under club.

Only what should have been a night to remember turns into a grody tryst that chases her into the arms of inner city boy, Dylan Black.

A malfunctioning photo booth, a crazy game of midnight madness bowling, and suddenly her memorable night becomes one totally rad adventure.

1986: Why Can't This Be Love by R.K. Ryals is Book 6 in the Love in the 80s series produced by WaWa Productions. All of the contemporary romance novellas are stand-alones.
Other titles in the series include:
1980: You Shook Me All Night Long by Casey L Bond
1981: Jessie's Girl by Lindy Zart
1982: Maneater by Cambria Hebert
1983: Cruel Summer by Amber Lynn Natusch
1984: Against All Odds by Rebecca Yarros
1985: Careless Whisper by Misty Provencher

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3408 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publisher: WaWa Productions (29 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HSO7XN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #750,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for 1986: Why Can't This Be Love 18 August 2016
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The 7th Book in the Love in the 80s series is a cute, sweet, fast read. I think it was a bit too YA for my tastes, which may have been why I had a bit of a difficult time really relating to these characters, and I think 1986 was about the last time I truly could have related to them fully.

Tori, the heroine, was almost too saccharine sweet; 17, never been kissed, and crushing on the bouncer at the under 21 club she finally got her extremely strict parents to allow her to go to with one of her female best friends. This is followed with a prime example of "be careful what you wish for because you just might get it" followed up with the apparrent bad boy having a heart of gold, and the price of a lie. Several things were rather difficult to really wrap my head around, but overall, it was cute and sweet and a quick, short read.

Very well edited and recommended for a younger audience. I think it would probably be most appreciated by about a 14-16 year old female crowd. There were some definite 80s flourishes throughout, but it is a pretty universal theme about first romances. There really isn't anything to dislike about it, I just had a bit of a disconnect, but not enough that I think most people will. I will definitely continue to pick up these novellas - they are great, light fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories from the 80's 8 August 2016
By TinaMDonnelly - Published on
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In March of 1986 I was 15 years old, lived in Ohio and I remember when MTV was every teenagers life. I Played cassette tapes and made my favorite mix tapes to replay over and over. This novella felt like it was written about my life and brought back the feelings I felt during the cold war and when the Shuttle Challenger crashed. The authors descriptions of clothing, 80's lingo, and lyrics from songs I had grown up listening to, really brought this book to life. "Music made images and life stronger, adding an extra dimension of emotion to everything."

The saying, never judge a book by it's cover, rang true for Tori. She would find out the most awesome guy at the club, who she had been crushing on for months, was not at all what he seemed. Her dream of being swept off her feet by the handsome Corey Sanders turned into a nightmare. If it hadn't been for the knight in an ACDC tshirt, things could have ended very badly.
"The tingles and flutters I'd felt in the club returned with a vengance, but this time, they felt different. Uneasy." "He was the kind of guy, the kind no girl wanted to find herself alone with."

Dylan Black (swoon) reminds me of some of the guys I went to high school with. Heavy metal, concert shirts and bad boy vibes rolling off of him. What I loved most about Dylan is that you would never guess him to be chivalrous and kind hearted if you were only going off of looks. Author R.K. Ryals always has characters with many layers that really touch my soul. Watching Tori and Dylan spending the evening together was magic to behold. I could feel butterflies in my tummy as they revealed more about themselves to each other. "I guess that's how you know someone means something to you. They make you see the world in colors beyond the standard black and white."

1986: Why Can't This Be Love is a great coming of age book written beautifully by author R.K. Ryals. It was a joy to read and as always I came away with something special. It brought back some amazing memories from my youth and also I think this quote sums up the feeling of the book quite well.
"It was March of 1986 in a small town in Ohio after a crazy weekend that changed who I thought I was, the people I thought I knew, and the kind of person I wanted to be." Most Excellent!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, life and music 13 August 2016
By KarenM of My Bookbag - Published on
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I didn’t get the title significance at first, probably because my memory of these songs is shrouded in the cloak of time. So, I looked up lyrics and listened to the title song, by Van Halen. I realize now that the title is damn near perfect.

Ryals does a phenomenal job delivering that feeling of finding first love. The characters are relatable, and developed well within the space of an 83 page novella. Tori’s new experiences help her find her own voice. Dylan Black is an interesting character. No one sees him for who he really is… until Tori finds him.

I have always known that there are perfect songs for emotions, feelings, and experiences. I have made a mix tape, or two, in my life. I have never thought of the concept that these songs are soundtracks, background music, within the script that is life. The song references are spot on and nostalgic, for me… things forgotten in the 30 years since high school. I absolutely love the a-ha reference, (view video below).

I find this book an enjoyable read. It is lighthearted, but there is no fluff. There are many, many song references, which I love. This is another great addition to the Love in the 80’s series. 4 stars

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4.0 out of 5 stars I love the 80s! 3 August 2016
By ShannonVM - Published on
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I've really been enjoying this quick little novellas...I'm a product of the 80s so it's been fun revisiting that time in my life!

This was a really cute read- I'd like to imagine both Tori and Dylan go to college, start their careers, get married, and then live happily ever after!
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome!!! 13 August 2016
By Cameo Renae - Published on
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I absolutely loved this story! It was a fun, romantic read with a bit of suspense thrown in. Tori reminded me a lot of myself in the 80's. A wallflower, shy and awkward, who observed most of the time. Dylan Black is the swoony, good/bad boy, who any girl would love to run into.
A totally awesome read!

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