Thursday, December 12, 2013

Divided by Livia Jamerlan ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


Alani LaBelle has it all. A great job, amazing friends, and a loving fiancé. Traveling to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party, she never expects to come across someone who rocks her world the way Ryan Kraft does. Though they only share a few hours together, the connection she feels with him is undeniable. Thinking that her feelings for him may be cold feet she brushes it off and attempts to focus on her fiancé and their impending nuptials.

Heartbroken by her fiancé only days before their wedding, she finds herself needing to escape, needing to hide from reality. Though Alani knows that Ryan lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, she never thought their paths would cross again while she is there.

Their friendship changes to something more with a good night kiss. Needing to be with Ryan, she leaves her old life in New Jersey behind and moves halfway across the country. As they journey together in a new relationship Alani has to adapt to life in a new city, new job, as well as dealing with Ryan’s ex-girlfriend Stephanie, who is waiting for the perfect moment to get Ryan back.

But will her fiancé let Alani walk away from him without a fight? Will Alani’s love for Ryan be enough for her to stay with him through turmoil? Or will Stephanie’s secret tear them apart?

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While in Las Vegas for her bachelorette party Alani meets Ryan. In an instant they click and she feels things for him she can't understand. Chalking it up to nerves, alcohol, and the Las Vegas vibe she goes back home and continues on with her plans of marriage. When her fiance suddenly breaks her heart days before the marriage runs for solitude and time to think, it just happens to also be where Ryan lives.

Alani and Ryan easily fall into a relationship with each other. Right when they think things are going to end perfectly they both get blindsided and things turn sour. The question is can they overcome the obstacles thrown their way?

I'm really not sure how I feel about this book. I read it easily because there was enough to keep me interested in it but it felt like there were TOO many twists and turns. When I first met both characters I really liked their personalities; they were both fun, flirty, and confident. Alani and Ryan fell into a friendship really easily and it transitioned into a relationship even easier. As the book went on they lost their confidence in themselves and each other. A tragedy reunites them but even then they still doubted their relationship.

I think the book itself definitely had potential to be awesome but it just took off into that "too much" category instead of letting it flow. It wasn't one of my favorite books, but it wasn't a "I completely regret reading this book." Worth giving it a try.

*Reviewed by Lauren

About the Author

Livia Jamerlan is a hopeless romantic she is always looking for her next love story to pop in her head. Though Livia kept a journal throughout her early life, she never thought about pursuing a career in writing, she always used it as form of therapy, pouring her heart out into words. It wasn’t until a story developed in her head that she decided that maybe she could write a book. At first it was just an escape from reality but now she use it as a power to put all her feelings, hopes, and fears on paper. Deciding it was time to tell her story she began to write, with each passing day the story grew, characters we formed, and what seemed like a hobby at first has now become a passion for Livia.

When Livia is not writing she is spending time with her husband and their two dogs, she might also be curled up with a new book, or she is out traveling the country to support indie authors at their book signings.

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