Monday, September 30, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Two Roads by L. M. Augustine

The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

4.5 Star Review by Nicole Lorenzo

Cali Monroe has a ton of friends; she gets invited to best parties, hooks up with a different guy every night and….. it is all an act. She plays the “mean girl” to cope with the death of her brother and to deal with constantly feeling inadequate due to her parents. In reality Cali loves poetry and hates most of the people she hangs out with.  The one person she really does hate is Logan Waters. He’s a math nerd who hates Crepes and loves wearing geeky t-shirts. He was once her brother’s best friend, and Cali once had a crush on him, now he is her nemesis. Cali partially blames Logan for her brother's death four years ago and now she spends each and everyday of the last six months insulting and pranking him.


“We make a game of our rivalry, of our pranks, and it’s weirdly fun to see what each person does to the other next. We’re almost on this whole new level with each other, like we have our own little corner of the world reserved just for us and our mutual red-hot-hatred, so I embrace it. I love it. I live it.”

Insulting and pranking Logan becomes the highlight of Cali’s day. She never thought she would look forward to seeing someone she hated so much.  When Cali’s parents set her up on a blind date and the date winds up being Logan, she learns that there is more to him then she ever imagined. He shares her love of poetry and the more time she spends with Logan the more she realizes that he is genuinely a good guy.

“I have no idea how or when his smile and eyelashes went from totally annoying to incredibly gorgeous, but apparently it happened because now, I cannot stop staring at him.”

 Logan Waters has spent the last four years overcome with grief and guilt over the death of his best friend. Six months ago he transferred to the same college as his best friend's sister Cali. Not sure how to respond to her he just pretends he is fine, that everything is fine, and this starts the rivalry between him and Cali. Pranking and insulting Cali is the only way he can communicate with her; he doesn’t think he can ever tell her what he really means when he says ”I Hate You”! But as they spend more time together, and he convinces her to come to the Poetry Convention with him all his secrets will be revealed.

My love for you can keep the stars apart, can take the seeds of the tree of life, can do more wonders than I will ever know. I love you with every part of me, and I need you because I love you."

When Logan invites Cali to attend a poetry convention, the same one Cali has been dying to go to forever, she declines. Logan is persistent though and soon enough she finds herself giving in and heading to the poetry convention that she never thought she would attend. Alone with Logan surrounded by poetry brings out feelings in Cali she’s not sure she is ready to face. She finds herself with a decision to make, live forever with guilt and loneliness or move on and let the past go. There are two roads for Cali to choose from and only on one will she find true happiness. 

”And that's the thing about love; no matter how hard you search, no matter how hard you run, sometimes, just sometimes, true love is right in front of you all along."

Two Roads is a love story about two people lost in grief and guilt. They both masquerade their feelings and depend on this rivalry between them to feel something, to feel anything. The unspoken attraction between Cali and Logan crackled it was so tense. There were moments of sadness, humor and joy and I loved how their mutual love of poetry helped bring them together. Two Roads is the second novel by L.M. Augustine. I have to say from start to finish I truly loved this book and look forward to reading other works by this author.

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