Sydney Reviews Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.18406008

Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe
Publication date: October 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Bookish college sophomore Sydney Baker wants Evan Taylor with every ounce of her being. The hottest stud on campus, Evan is six foot four, ripped, stacked with muscles. He’s even easy to talk to.There’s just one problem: he’s her roommate Melanie’s boyfriend.But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn’t take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more.

Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test. Especially when a sexy blonde freshman makes her way into Evan’s life, and tries to rip away everything Sydney holds close to her heart.

Review: 

The lingering feeling I got after reading this book was ‘that was strange.’ And, it was complex and funny as hell. It was different then anything I had read before. It was totally secondary character driven for me. I loved the supporting cast. Evan illicits a pattern of hate him/love him/hate him reactions from me throughout. Lukas the shy, gay guy, side kick was witty and funny and you wanted to hear his entire story from the beginning. Even Sydney’s roommate,  Melanie and then later her sister Michelle were such intriguing character. I applaud Rowe’s ability to develop these characters by their actions and few words.  I loved that.

Sydney was close to being really annoying, but she had a good reason to be, considering her past.  She redeemed herself by having some crazy hot dreams (see tattoo reference below), funny self talk and an interesting history.

My only issue I had with the book was the ending. It was bizarre and happened way to fast.

The conclusion maybe a little unbelievable, but the book had a great mix of horror, humor, sexiness and psychos. I hope this  book is a series, because I can’t wait to read what crazy stuff Rowe will come up with next.

Tattoo References: One tattoo was the MC’s name tattooed on her love interested, but that turned out to be one of her lusty dreams. Then he had “a string of star tattoos, both big and small, ran from his nipples all the way to his left shirt.”  and “a tiny string of stars right below his neck line and a bald eagle that covered his upper back.”

I don’t like to judge people by their tattoo’s but the front tattoo I can’t picture and Evan didn’t seem like the old school americana design tattoo type of guy. I wish she would tell us what his tattoo’s mean. 

Movie References:  Blade Runner, The Matrix, Being John Malkovich, Sophie’s Choice, Defending Your Life, Transformers, The Proposal, Vertical, While You Were Sleeping, Vertigao – cool mix of movie references.

Favorite Line: “So he did you in a position where he didn’t have to see your face.” Great line from Sydney’s roommate and best friend Lukas.

*Just a few of my favorite things. 

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Author Bio:  B.D. Rowe is a Sacramento native with a penchant for crafting tales of romance, mystery, and intrigue. You can often find B.D. at the local coffee shop drinking white chocolate mochas and writing into the wee hours of the night. This is B.D.’s first New Adult novel.

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Confused

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I am so confused, I don’t really know my next step.  Thank you in advance for your advice. It is appreciated more then you know.

I don’t mean to sound so desperate, but just when I thought I had my insecurities in check, another annoying one pops up and takes over my brain.

I received feedback from five Beta’s on my current MS. Three of them are writers, one is a friend in my reader’s demographic and the other is someone who the person helping me publish my book sent it to.

While I know my book needs some work and isn’t close to publication, the feedback from the first four people have been constructive and positive, and they loved the story. But, the last person. Wow, well, my thick skin is being tested.

Basically she/he said it was 100 pages to long and not serious enough and basically she didn’t like it. Or maybe she did, I don’t know. I can’t tell. Her comments were completely different than the other four.  She hated things about my MC that other reader’s liked. Her impression of the book was so far on the other end of the spectrum form the other four.

Now, I know what your going to say. Why am I giving so much credence to the one? I don’t know. She had some valid point’s too, but so much of what she said was complete new to me and I am not sure how to proceed.

That’s why I am confused.  What would you do? 

Thanks to the awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG Bob Milne, River Fairchild, Julie Dao, and Sarah Foster! Take some time and visit other IWSG members. In my experience, we all share some the same insecurities. You may help someone or find a way to cope yourself.

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Tattoo Tuesday – Suzanne Van Royen

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OtherMeFS-200x300So excited to bring back Tattoo Tuesday and to feature some amazing people who just so happen to be talented writers.

First up, Suzanne Van Royen. Suzanne is not only the music guru for my debut novel coming out in April, but she recently released a YA Contemporary Novel titled, The Other Me.

Suzanne, welcome to Tattoo Tuesday. Your five questions start now:

1. How old were you when you got your first tattoo?

I was 21 and living in Finland on a student exchange. I got my first ink as a way to commemorate the most amazing 5 months of my life.

2.     How many tattoos do you have? If only one, do you want more?

5 and counting 🙂 The guy who did my first tattoo said, this’ll either be your first and last or the first of many. He was right! I definitely think I’ll be adding to my collection in the years to come.

3.     What inspired you to get your first tattoo or favorite tattoo?  Tell me your tattoo story.

A few years ago I watched this film called The Tattooist starring Jason Behr. It wasn’t a great movie but there was a fantastic scene where the MC’s love interest runs her hands over his heavily inked back and chest. As she does so, he tells her where he got each one, his ink reading like a map of his life and all his travels. That scene gave me chills and made me want my own tattoos for similar reasons. Three of my five tattoos were done in Finland, I then have one from South Africa where I grew up and one from Australia (the one on my ankle) where I lived for 7 months. If I got a new tattoo every time I travelled, I’d run out of skin so I’m restricting my ink to places I’ve lived. I’m hoping to add a few more countries to my collection in the next few years. The story behind my first tattoo – other than being from somewhere I’d lived and to commemorate my exchange – is that I wanted something in Finnish. I love the Finnish language and looked at a bunch of quotes from songs and poems before settling on something incredibly simple and totally me: Minä uskon keijukaisiin, which is a tribute to Peter Pan and my determination to never grow up. It means ‘I believe in faeries’. My newest tattoo and first one with colour is of the Druidic symbol known as the awen which means poetic inspiration and is strongly associated with the idea of a muse or that seemingly extrinsic power that fuels our creativity. I like the messy hand-drawn style of my tattoos and never want anything to look too clean or precise, but more like a doodle and spilled ink.

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4.     Tattoos on a significant other, like or dislike? Explain why?  

Love! I’m not a fan of facial tattoos or random images of tigers and pin-up girls, but I love artistic and meaningful ink. My husband only recently got a tattoo and I love how quintessentially geeky and how totally him it is. His tat is what he considers the most beautiful math equation:

5.     Do the character’s in your books have tattoos? If so, pick a character and tell me his or her tattoo story? Was this story incorporated in the book?  

Oh yes. I wrote a short story for an anthology once where the entire theme was about tattoos. I don’t really have too many tattooed main characters in my YA novels though. In my latest novel The Other Me, my male MC’s best friend Dirk has a tiger tattoo clawing up his ribs because he’s trying to be a hardcore punk-rocker, and my female MC’s best friend Jordan has a tiny butterfly tattoo on her hip. In my soon to be published novel, I Heart Robot, my android MC Quinn has a tattoo on his left forearm. This is his identity code marking him as a certain class of android and is hard-coded into his DNA. He can never get rid of it despite the lengths he goes to trying to have it removed. His best friend also has tattoos, really impressive dragons inked onto her over-sized android skull. I’m starting to see a trend in my writing when it comes to BFFs and tattoos, lol!

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To learn more about Suzanne, connect with her on her blog and on Goodreads

If you have a book coming out or just want to tell your tattoo story and want to be featured on Tattoo Tuesday, let me know by leaving me a message in the comments.  

Sydney Reviews Entangled Moments by Dori Lavelle

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Synopsis:  A deadly accident can take a life in more than one way.

Four years ago, Carlene Adams made a deadly mistake. A tragic accident derailed the future she’d hoped for, taking the life of the man she’d planned to spend forever with.

As a self-imposed penance for her solitary sin, Carlene has given up on every dream she ever had. She has committed to spend every remaining moment trying to make up for that one instance when everything changed.

Then she gets a second chance.

When Carlene meets Nick Johnson, the single kiss they share awakens the desires she shoved aside for so long. Suddenly she wants more than what she believe she deserves. Will she ever see him again? And if she does, what will that mean for her?

A thing of fate.

Leaving the life she built on regret, Carlene waits for fate to intervene. But just as she begins to believe in a fresh start, she’s forced to realize a horrible truth—one with the power to send her second chance crashing before it even takes off.

Nick isn’t who she thought he was. She isn’t the girl he believed her to be, either. Their lives were intertwined even before they met, and if Carlene tells him the truth, she’ll risk tearing them apart—for good.

Review: 

In Entangled Moments, Lavella packs a lot of tension, suspense, secrets, romance, sex and lies into a few pages. The journey of Carlene’s rags to riches story may have an air of fairytale to it, but it is fascinating.

The story begins with a chance encounter and a dramatic kiss.  From that moment on, you don’t see how they can, but you root for Carlene and Nick to get together. It’s the unlikely and frustrating encounters throughout the book that kept me reading.  Once they were together, you knew it was only a matter of time before their secrets would tear them apart. It’s like watching the NASCAR race only for the train wreck.

Without giving away to much, I will let you know the ending will not disappoint. It left me with my mouth wide open and I wasn’t expected it at all.

My one issue that added to the fairytale feel of the book (fairytale as in unbelievable) is the setting.  The book is set in some small town called Serendipity (ironic name) frequented by celebrities and wealthy people, but the book never goes into where or why. I can’t image a city like that anywhere in the world and it left me annoyed, but not enough to put the book down.

If you enjoy a little mystery with your romance, check this book out. Lavelle does exactly what she needs to do, which is get you hooked enough to make you want to see what happens next.

Tattoo References: None

Movie References:  None – a few references to the movie like way Carlene & Nick meet and get together.

Favorite Line: “For years, I’d lived life holding my breath, except when I came here once a month to exhale.”

*Just a few of my favorite things. 

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Author Bio:  

Dori Lavelle is a mother, wife, and lover of happy endings and mint chocolate. She thinks love and chocolate make such a perfect pair. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman. Don’t forget to leave behind a couch with lots of cushions. And maybe light the fireplace?

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