Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blog tour: Love's Suicide by Jennifer Foor

Title: Love Suicide
Author: Jennifer Foor
Release Date: March 6th 2014


My heart belonged to Branch and Brooks Valentine since we were children, when we were all too na├»ve to know what that even meant. We didn’t understand that when we became adults, love would change us. I had to make a choice and when I did, it ripped our bond apart. Brooks left town, and he took half of my heart with him. It was difficult, but I coped and planned my future with Branch. I thought I’d made the right decision. I loved him and I always had.

Brooks showed up to be our best man the night before our nuptials. After drinks and too much reminiscing, I ended up in bed with the wrong brother. To avoid the humiliation and the fact that I’d ruined all of our lives, I left Branch and the only family I’d ever known.

That’s where my story should have ended.

Two years, one beautiful little girl and an abusive marriage later, I was standing there staring at the man that would always hold my heart.

The only question was…

Would I give it to him

I’m Katy Michaels and this is my story.

4 star Review by Lisa Kane

Katy Michael’s best friends when she was growing up were Branch and Brooks Valentine-the twins next door. Her parents and their parents were best friends and Katy thought of the Valentine’s as her second family. She was sweet on Brooks and Branch did everything he could to make Katy his. When she was in the seventh grade, in the safety of the kids’ tree house, they kissed. Branch and Katy and Brooks and Katy, Brooks managed to sneak in an extra one. The next day, September 11, 2001, her father, who worked in the Pentagon died when the terrorists attacked. But for some unknown reason, Katy’s mom was there with her father and she died too. The Valentine’s became her guardians.

Branch and Katy began dating in high school, although Katy was infatuated with Brooks, he never admitted to having any feelings for her other than brotherly ones. Branch told her that Brooks confided that he loved Katy as a sister, but that was all he felt. She would see him with a different girl every week, and her heart would break. Towards the end of their senior year, Brooks admitted that he loved Katy, or Kat as he called her, but she was with his brother and he respected that after graduation, he enlisted in the army. Katy was devastated, but he told her he couldn’t stand watching his brother with her. When he left, she wrote to him, but felt it was too late. She and Branch became engaged.

The night before the wedding Brooks comes home, and the two share smoldering looks and shared glances. Katy knows she is making a mistake, and is thinking of calling off the wedding. How can she marry Branch when she is in love with his brother? Branch gets drunk, says some horrible things to Katy and she seeks comfort with Brooks. They know this is their time to be together and they make love. Branch catches them the next day, and Katy is so ashamed that she leaves town. She can’t watch the disappointment in her family’s eyes. She has her best friend Melissa drive her to get her things and she drives until she comes to South Carolina.

She settles there, gets a waitressing job and makes friends with a couple, Sarah and Dave. She meets Bobby a mechanic who takes an interest in her. This is around the same time she finds out she is pregnant. She won’t try and find Brooks. He is overseas and his life is better off without her. Bobby wants to help her, especially with her medical bills and she agrees to marry him. She gives birth to a little girl, and the three become a family. Bobby adores Brooklyn, Katy’s daughter and wants to raise her as his own. Bobby has a temper which rears its ugly head and he hits Katy.  Katy hears some disturbing news on the TV, gets a hold of Melissa and misinterprets the conversation and thinks Brooks is dead. She is devastated, but tries to get on with her life. After a separation due to Bobby’s anger issues, she decides to commit to their marriage and even tries for another baby. When she gets a letter from Brooks, explaining he had gotten hurt she realizes he is alive and the two resume their letters to each other. She doesn’t tell him she is married and has his child.

There is an Army base near their town and during a parade, she spies Brooks. She can’t believe her eyes; she confronts him and tells him the truth about Brooklyn. What ensues is heartbreak, deception, lies, anger, and devastation. Can these two ever find the happiness with each other they so want?

The beginning of this book really kept my attention; I loved the angst of loving two brothers. But Katy has a tendency to make all issues about her, she waivered between telling Brooks how she felt and staying with Branch. Then she fled after she was caught with Brooks. She could have gotten a hold of Brooks, and told him she was pregnant, but she didn’t. She married Bobby, partly for his insurance, even though her parents left her a small fortune. Bobby loved Brooklyn, but Katy was less than sensitive to his feelings when Brooks came back into the picture, but I think she brought her unhappiness on herself and cause so much pain to those around her. It is when she learns a shocking secret about her parents that she seems to accept her mistakes and owns up to her responsibilities. I did love Brooks though; he is truly a knight in shining armor and had far more patience for her than I would have had.

Author Bio: 

A Maryland native who spends most of her time
devising a plan to live off the land on some remote island, where no one will ever find her.

She is a married mother of two kids, who may or may not drive her completely bonkers. In her spare time she enjoys shooting pool, camping and spending time with friends and family.

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