Monday, November 9, 2015

Release Blitz and Review - When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle

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Happy Release Day to Samantha Towle and her new book WHEN I WAS YOURS!
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“Marry me.”
“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”
What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?
Of course, I said yes.
Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.
Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.
I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.
Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.
Answers I can’t give.
Release Date: November 10, 2015
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4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

And for that wondrous brief moment in time, she was mine, and I was hers. 

Adam Gunner is the successful heir to Gunner Entertainment, the oldest and largest movie studio. His mother is Ava Gunner,  the famous actress and his father Eric, is a film producer. His parents have always been cold and distant from him but fully expected him to go to Harvard and take over the studio. His dream was to compete in surfing competitions. Surfing made him feel free not shackled down like thoughts of the studio made him feel. 

A gorgeous blonde caught his eye as she sketched sitting on a rock by the beach. Each day he saw her and for some reason, he felt tongue tied around her. Not something that normally happened to Adam. He's a player and has no problems scoring his one night stands. He's not sure why she would be different. His best friend Max has a conversation with her; finds out her name and lays the ground work for Adam. The moment he finally gets up the balls to talk to her, he feels so at home. 

Evie Taylor's life is very different from Adam's. Her dad has struggled after her mom's death. The two were in a car accident and while her mom died, her dad suffered serious injuries and can't work any more. To make things so much worse, her little sister Casey has a brain tumor and her treatments are expensive. Their worst fears that the cancer will come back seem to be coming true. She would love to follow her dream of becoming an artist, but for now she needs to help make ends meet and work is taking up all her time. 

Both Evie and Adam feel that connection between them. But Adam is under so much pressure from his mother (she is a piece of work!) and he is trying to juggle the life he hates with the life he wants to have with Evie. They take a serious step and decide to make things permanent between them. But a week later, when Adam returns from celebrating with his friends, Evie is gone. All that is left is a note. 

One of my hands curls into a fist as I lift my eyes back to hers. "Why. Did. You. Fucking. Leave. Me?" I harshly bite each word out. 
Ten years later and Adam has never really gotten over Evie. Whenever things get to be too much, he screws a blonde who reminds him of her and it helps to cope with the pain. He can move on then for a while, until the pain gets to be too much and then he needs his Evie fix. But now there is no need for a substitute. The real Evie is right next door to him at a coffee shop that he visits daily. He can't believe it and wants answers. 

I feel like a speeding train has hit me, and I'm pretty sure my heart has stopped beating.
It's really her.
She's here. 

She knew she might run into him when she moved back to LA, but it's a big city. She didn't realize fate had other things in mind for her. She can't give Adam the answers he wants. The truth would hurt him so much more than the lies she is forced to tell him. 

"I've told you the truth!" I scream. "I was young and I made a mistake. I left you and I can't change that now! So, just"-I'm panting now-"let it go."

I really liked this story. Both characters are strong, and yet deeply vulnerable. Neither has moved on in all that time. Eve holds the key to Adam's questions, but she has valid reasons for keeping her secrets. I just wish she trusted in him more. He would have found a solution for her, but then, where would the angst be? 

"You don't really have me -not in the way that matters, not in the way that you used to."

The only drawback for me with this story was the constant back and forth between the present and the past. I prefer when flashbacks are kept to a minimum; when the story keeps going backwards every couple of chapters, it hinders the flow of the story line for me. 

There is lots of drama and suspense and steam in this one. It's well worth the read! 

"And I love you, Evie Taylor. I've loved you since I was eighteen years old, and I will love you till the day I die, and I'll keep on loving you..."
Adam POV   Making my way through the hotel, I exchange pleasantries with the staff on duty. When I reach the coffee shop, I push open the door and step straight into the past. Evie. She’s standing behind the counter. Her face is turned slightly to the right, her attention on the TV mounted on the wall, and her hair is pulled back into a ponytail. But it’s her. I feel like a speeding train has hit me, and I’m pretty sure my heart has stopped beating. It’s really her. She’s here. “Evie?” I breathe out her name, like I’m taking my first real breath in a very long time. Her body stiffens at the sound of my voice. And I watch as her face turns my way. Those big whiskey-colored eyes that I fell in love with all those years ago meet mine, and my world stands still.   Evie POV   My eyes rake over him as I remember the Adam I knew ten years ago and compare him to the Adam I see before me. The long hair is gone, replaced with cropped locks. The unshaven scruff on his face is still very much there though. At least some things haven’t changed. “You cut your hair.” “It has been ten years.” “I know. I just...I remember a time when you said you’d never cut your hair.” A small smile touches my lips at the memory. “Yeah, and I remember when you promised to love me till death do us part. Shit changes.” My smile drops from my face. My cheeks sting like he’s just slapped me. I deserved that. Doesn’t stop it from hurting like a bitch though.     AboutTheAuthor samantha towle
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
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