Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thou Shalt Not by JJ Rossum ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Luke Harper was finally starting to settle into his life - a life that had previously been full of more heartbreak and pain than most people ever experienced. He had a job he loved, and was blissfully content in his on-again, off-again relationship with the striking, and highly sexual, Holly. But, life throws Luke another curveball with the arrival of the alluring April, a woman stuck in a tumultuous, violent marriage to a famous athlete. Luke soon finds himself torn between what is safe, familiar, and right, and what is dangerous, unknown, and forbidden.

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One of my favorite POV’s is the male POV. Thou Shalt Not is a male POV written by a man and it was amazing being inside Luke’s thought process, refreshing actually since it was done right…spot on to be more exact. I’m so sick of being in whiny females heads hearing the same story over and over again, or reading about the perfect male lead who is a billionaire that is controlling, and can make a woman orgasm 10 times during sex. The lead character Luke has flaws, he is real. Luke is nerdy, intelligent, funny, quirky, drove an old car called the “Roller Skate” but still managed to be sexy and charming. The writing was superb and witty and I even caught myself tearing up quite a few time’s at the beginning of the story when re-living Luke’s past. I did not expect to feel so many of the emotions that I felt, and for this being JJ’s first release, that says something about his writing style. 4.5 stars.

“There are snapshots your mind takes throughout life. Certain moments frozen in time that you will never be able to forget. Images that sear into your brain and can never be removed, by anything or anyone. I knew this would be one of those moments.”

Thou Shalt Not is Luke Harper’s story. Luke has had to deal with death and tragedy in his life way too young. He lost someone that was very special to him, and after that he closed himself off and swore off relationships that dealt with commitment. Luke has Holly on the side, his no commitment, friend with benefits that is always there right when he needs her. But Luke keeps Holly far away, never sharing anything personal with her, never really giving their relationship a true chance. The only person that he is close to is his co-worker Robin, a fellow English teacher and her husband Walt. When Robin falls ill, the school brings in April Batista as a substitute. When Luke sees April for the first time, he can’t turn away, he notices everything about her….especially how beautiful she is. There is just one problem, April is married with children. April is married to a famous baseball player who is known for his anger issues. When Luke sees how unhappy April is in her marriage he wants to try and rescue her. What’s a guy to do…..Holly on the back burner…April right in front of him but obviously committed to someone else…..can Luke resist temptation…does he really know April….is what he needs right in front of him? Read the book to find the answers to Luke’s dilemma!

“Charm is deceiving, and beauty fades. And when it does, all you are left with is who that person is at their core.”

I really enjoyed Thou Shalt Not, an amazing debut novel. The ending left so many possibilities, and after I finished reading the story I replayed it over and over in my head….well done JJ. Can’t wait to see what JJ has up his sleeve next!

*Reviewed by Brandi

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JJ Rossum traveled the world as a child, and called many places "home". Currently, home is Portland,

Oregon, where he is at work on other novels that were hatched while people watching during many

airport layovers.

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