Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This Love of Mine by Amanda Bennett ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


I needed an escape. An escape from my momma, a woman who cared more about herself than her own daughter. A woman who couldn't stand the sight of me since my father left. A boyfriend who was nothing but trouble. Trouble that I couldn't say no to.

Unfortunately, leaving them both would prove to be either the best decision I could ever make, or the biggest mistake of my life.

My plan was to escape to the one place I always felt safe. A place where life is simple and quiet, and a place where I could finish my senior year of high school unscathed. Abernathy, Texas was my second home, and my grandparents were the parents I aways wanted. There was no one around this one horse town to complicate my life any further, or at least that's what I thought. That was, until I met Madison Raine.

He held the power to turn my peaceful escape upside down and inside out with just one look. He was beautiful, in every sense of the word and with that beauty, came trouble. There were a million reasons why I should stay away from him, but none of them seemed to matter when I caught sight of those emerald green eyes. It was becoming clear that staying away from Madison would be harder than I had anticipated.

A past like mine never fully disappears, until you find yourself faced with the irreparable truth that sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, consequences be damned.

Kayla James (KJ) was everything I never knew I wanted. This was the last summer I would be on the farm before I headed off to college, and meeting her was the last thing I expected. I didn't know what had brought her here, and I honestly didn't care. I had my own things to deal with and a relationship wasn't one of them. Little did I know that this girl, would wind up being exactly what I needed in every way possible.

Life hasn't always been easy, and telling my grandparents that I was going to college in another state was going to be the death of me, but it was something I needed to do. I needed a life outside of Texas, one where no one knew who I was or what I had lost. Between baseball and my band, I thought I had it made.

All it took was one look into those baby blues and I was a goner. I ended up needing her like I needed air to breathe, and everything inside of me wanted to be with her regardless of the outcome. How do you choose between love and life, and convince the one person who trusts no one, to take a chance on you?

(This is book #1 of three in The Raine Series. It contains mature language and situations)

This Love of Mine Dreamcast


4.5 Stars

A sweet love story about two young people that didn’t have the greatest of childhoods, finding a connection that was totally unexpected.

Madison Raine is an 18 year old spending part of his summer at his grandparent’s farm in Abernathy, TX before heading off to Arizona State. He visits every summer to help out with what needs to be done. Madison is one fine looking hot, young cowboy. Oh, and did I forget to mention that he has tattoos?? *smile face* He has received a full scholarship to Arizona State to play baseball and he’s set to leave the farm in 2 days. Or is he?? He meets the girl visiting her grandparents on a neighboring farm. She doesn’t say much to him in the beginning, but over the course of the days he has left, they get to know a little more about each other. And the thought of leaving her, now that he's found her, is eating him up.

Kayla, where do I begin with this poor girl?? She’s 17 years old and will be a senior in high school in the fall. Her parents split when she was young & always hoped that her father would return. So this leaves her with her mom, a woman who is an alcoholic, self-absorbed and needs to be knocked off her country club pedestal! I admired Kayla’s strength and smart thinking in realizing that she needed to get as far away from her home as she could. Her boyfriend is nothing but trouble with a capital T and her mother needs some serious therapy. So she starts her summer vacation early and leaves Arizona to spend it at her grandparent’s farm in TX. She needs a place to feel safe and enjoy the simple things in life. But simple wasn’t going to be what she gets when she first lays eyes on Madison. I honestly can’t blame her. I think I would have had the same reaction.

Wow…I loved reading this book. With each word I read, it painted a beautiful picture of what was happening in this story and I enjoyed it even more than I anticipated. I got to meet two sets of grandparents, who love their grandchildren more than their own parents do, a young man who thought he knew the direction his life was going only to have it shaken up by a young girl & let’s not forget Kayla’s friend, Cami & Madison’s friend Glenn. Kayla and Madison make some tough choices in trying to figure out how or if their new relationship could continue. I did not see the ending of this book coming, even when it was headed straight for me. It ends in a cliffhanger. Darn it…..I really don’t like those, but knowing that there will be more to Kayla and Madison very soon, helped relieve some of my frustration.

I highly recommend you read this book, I absolutely loved it!

Review done by Jessie, Guest Reviewer for S&S

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