Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Empancipating Andie 18+

Emancipating Andie
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Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind - and paid the price for it - she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.
Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honour. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.


***I received this book as part of a blog tour for my honest review***
Andie is safe. She is working a safe job, she has a safe relationship with a man who has his head on his shoulders. She is totally uncomfortable with breaking the rules, doing anything spontaneous. She feels choosing her brain over her heart's desire is the smart thing to do.
Chase is so far from safe it isn't funny. He is a risk taker, he does what he pleases, he lives life for himself and no one else. Opposites attract is the name of this game, as Chase teaches Andie how to live and love without holding back. Along the way hard choices have to be made, do you do the "right" thing or the right thing for you.
I really enjoyed this book. We get into the head of two really interesting characters, both with pasts that have made them who they are today. I felt they were relatable, and therefore felt that I was with them every step of the way. I was there through Andie's self discovery, through Chases battle over love and loyalty. Both characters had tough choices to make. Usually I cannot stand a book that has cheating in it, but let me just assure you that although the tension between the couple was there, everything was handled tastefully. Although, I did feel sad for Colin, in the end everything I felt was for the best.
This was really a sweet adventure through self discovery, life and romance. I couldn't put it down once I had started it, the storyline was that addictive. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more. Several pleasant hours were spent devouring this one, so check it out.


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Pinned Up

PINNED UP by C. Michelle
NA Contemporary Romance
Coming soon!

Readers in search of something fresh in the adult contemporary romance department will celebrate the arrival of C. Michelle’s vibrant debut novel, Pinned Up. Full of snappy dialogue, edgy humor, and a lot of heart, this fun look into the world of a modern-day pin-up model is one interesting journey. Are you ready to embark on a wild ride?
Twenty-five-year-old Nina Moretti lives a double life of sorts. She’s a victim advocate during the day and as a side gig, lives out her 1940s fetish as a pin-up model. This arrangement suits her well, as does never having a steady boyfriend. Trust is an issue that was ruined for Nina at a young age and has yet to be recovered. While she may not “do” serious relationships, she has found fulfillment in her work and hanging out with her best friend, Kade—the greatest sidekick any woman could possibly want. All is well in Nina’s hectic, but satisfying life…
That is, until she meets Josh, a stunningly handsome man who has a notorious reputation as a ladies’ man. Living in San Francisco, California, Nina has met her fair share of eligible bachelors. But there is something different about Josh, something that compels her to try and get to know him better. For his part, Josh has always been reluctant to commit to any woman, largely as a way to spite his well-meaning, but rather overbearing mother. Nina, however, sparks his interest in a way that no other woman has before. What are two people, both scared of commitment, supposed to do?
Readers will feel an array of emotions as Nina and Josh do the unthinkable—embark on a relationship together. As they navigate the pitfalls of romantic entanglement, both come to realize that their pasts are intertwined in ways that they could never imagine. Perhaps they have more in common than just their fear of relationships.

A heartfelt novel depicting modern love with a refreshing twist, Pinned Up is a must-read.

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