Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Life Altering Beautiful by TA Hardenbrook

*Disclaimer* This book is intended for 18+

Keeping secrets is easy; not falling in love is the hard part. Running away from her past Seven was bound and determined to make a new life. She moved halfway across the country to a school where she hoped to fly under the radar. What could possibly go wrong if she just kept her life quiet?

Stone has no interest in commitment. Dating always seemed to lead to broken promises and heartbreak, keeping it simple was easier on everyone. But then in the middle of his crazy world he meets this girl, and somehow the universe aligns leaving him wanting more. How can he make her see that it’s okay to trust again; how does he combine his two lives and make both of them worthy enough to be with her?

If love is all that someone needs, then why are there so many broken souls in this world? Can one individual really make a change for the better and make peace within themselves?

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Seven is starting her life over at college. Something terrible happened on her prom night, something so bad that her small town has shunned her and her family wanted her out of their house. She hopes to leave all this behind and start a new life, a better life. Her roommate Tammy is the life of the party and tries to get her to loosen up a bit. She convinces her to go to a frat party and the two are separated as Tammy mingles and hooks up with the flavor of the night. In walks Tammy’s brother, Stone, a senior who goes ballistic on his fellow frat brother getting down and dirty with his little sister. He grabs Tammy who grabs Seven and they leave with Stone. The electricity between Seven and Stone could produce enough energy to power at least a small city. The story is told in alternating POV’s (my favorite) and Stone is telling himself to stay away from his sister’s roommate. Of course that won’t work for long.

As she is wandering around campus, hopelessly lost, she ends up running smack into her past. Trent, a real douche, has just started at the same school and is taunting Seven with the things she tried to run away from when she left. She and Stone dance around each other; one a player who may be ready to take a chance on love and one running so fast from her past, she may just lose her future.

Things become very complicated when Tammy, Seven’s roommate and Stone’s sister, starts dating Trent. Trent never misses an opportunity to bad mouth Seven and it ends very badly one night. Tammy and Seven’s friendship is strained and Stone starts wondering about some of the things Trent keeps talking about. Stone makes his living by working for Jason, a gym owner who is also a bookie. Stone collects on his debts-it might not be what he wants to do, but it pays the bills. Seven works at the gym doing some bookkeeping for Jason and soon figures out something isn’t adding up. Stone never confides in Seven what he does for Jason. Big mistake.

Towards the end there was a huge twist and then the book abruptly ended. There is an epilogue and I have to admit I was so confused by it that I emailed the author thinking maybe I was missing pages. She explained some things; the need to emphasize the character gaining strength and not necessarily an immediate happy ending. Had I not had that explanation, I would have been very confused. All in all, I enjoyed the book. There is a planned sequel for this winter for Tammy and Trent.

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