Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Infinitely by Cheryl McIntyre

Title: Infinitely 
Author:Cheryl McIntyre
Release Date: May 12, 2014

Love has no time limit.
For Briar Gallo, her lifelong best friend, Benji, was more than the boy next door. He was her first—everything. Her first friend, her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak. The day Benji left was the worst day of her life. Until the day he came back.
Benjamin Borelli always knew he’d find a way back to Briar—he just couldn’t foresee the devastating circumstances that would pave his way home. A lot has changed in the three years since he’s left. Benji is no longer the sweet, easygoing kid he once was. A lifestyle of drugs and violence has hardened him, leaving him hollow and despondent. But his feelings for Briar have always been his one constant.
When a series of wrong choices and bad decisions force Benji to flee back to his childhood home, he knows he has to clean himself up and straighten out the mess he’s made before he’ll be worthy of Briar again. The only problem with his plan—there’s no outrunning the danger of his past. With the threat so close to home, he must do whatever it takes to protect the girl he’s always loved—no matter the risk.
*Due to harsh language, violence, drug use, and sexual situations, this book is recommended for 17+.

4.5 Emotional Stars by Faith Dotson

Deep down in the depths of your heart, there is always that one person that holds that spot wrapped up tight no matter the time, distance or what they have become in order to survive.

Since the moment Briar's parents brought her home from the hospital, Benji and she have always been best friends. Passing notes along a clothes line between their houses a friendship grew and so did their feelings for one another. But fate, her messed up way of thinking, has stuck her little nose in these two's perfect world.

"We aren't kids anymore, I wish to hell I could go back to that time, be young and carefree. But it's never going to happen. That's the thing about life,it keeps going on whether you're ready for it or not. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, but it always is."

Three years ago, Benji's mother was kicked out of her father's house. Benji took off with her and her drug using ways to protect his little brother Jax. He didn't want to leave, but he didn't want his brother turning out the way their mother had. It wasn't Jax he needed to worry about, he should've worried about himself becoming an addict. He led the crazy life of dealing and using drugs.
With absolutely no contact since Benji moved, Briar decided to move on. Flynn, her boyfriend, is just awesome. He knows that he is just the "fill in" for Benji, and as much asthat tears him up, he continues to love Briar. Briar never able to love Flynn the way she loved Benji. Briar really is a sweet young woman. She attends college, helps her parents out on the farm, and tends to her other love, Kingston, her horse.

"Just a couple hours ago he didn't want me anywhere near him. Now he's telling me I'm all he thinks about. The way he's looking at me right now is not how one looks at somebody they hate. His gaze is searing into me, heated and full of desire."

After Benji's mother dies in what they labeled an overdose, Benji and his brother Jax flee home to the safety of their grandpa's house. While Briar is battling with herself on what she did to Benji for him not to talk to her, Benji is trying to overcome his addiction with his pill popping ex-girlfriend that he is just using to have one up on his mother's dealer Delphi. He is refusing to see her until he is worthy enough of her love, again. But Delphi and his men take that away from him. With a series of events that will leave you on the edge of your seat with you mouth hanging open, Benji vows to keep Briar safe from these men. And with them being forced together, you will finally see the love that these two have for each other soar.

"œI wish I had the right words to make you believe how much you mean to me. I loved you before I left, I loved you the entire time I was gone, and I haven't stopped loving you. I love you so fucking much I don't know how to feel any other way about you."

Most secondary characters are just fillers in a book, but these ones carry such a big role. Kameron, the feisty best friend, is constantly looking out for Briar. And doesn't hesitate to leave with them even though at one point she decides that she can't do this anymore, she still stands with her bestie. Flynn stole my heart with the way he loved Briar and how he dealt with his loss thanks to the storm that Benji brought with him upon his arrival. And you can tell that Jax is the youngest that loves his brother no matter what. He protects him, watches out for Briar, and is furiously protective of Kam.I'm not even sure that a rollercoaster ride would be enough to explain all the emotions that were packed into this book. Sure you have your lingering questions on how this and that happens, but you don't realize that until you finished the book and trying to piece it all together. What I can tell you is that if a love story full of hearts and butterflies is not what this read is about. It's part love story and part thriller. Holy smokes, I couldn't put it down. It sucks you in right from the beginning and sinks it's claws in to you and never lets go. Another thing I loved was that you got your alternating POV's. What Benji is enduring through the read was just heart wrenching. I know, Briar was the girl left behind and then thrown into a shit storm, but Benji's love for her tore me apart. And then his thoughts on his battle with the addiction had some salty tears falling.

"I love you Benjamin Borelli and I always will. Even when my heart no longer beats, it will still be filled with love for you.รข€ I traced the symbol for infinity on his chest, over his heart.  Yours for eternity."

So, with the unforeseen, emotionally filled cliffhanger, I can not stinkin' wait until the next book.

Cheryl McIntyre is a mother, author, and insomniac, as well as a reader, movie critic, and incredibly bad singer. She’s lived in the same area of Ohio her whole life, though she secretly has dreams of moving somewhere a little warmer—preferably near a beach.

Cheryl is giving away (5) signed paperbacks of Infinitely (open to US and Canada residents)

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