Friday, July 26, 2013

This Time Around Blog Tour: review and giveaway

This Time Around by Ellie Grace 

New Adult Contemporary romance
eBook, 197 pages*Self-published
Release date: July 15, 2013  
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on. 

Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again. 

They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around? 

About the author: 
Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors. 

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Nora returns home to South Carolina after graduating from NYU. During those four years she hasn't been home, preferring to have family and friend visit her. Being home means running into her ex-boyfriend Jake, something that's bound to happen when living in a small town and your best friend is marrying his best friend. When Nora does see Jake, the old feelings quickly resurface. Should she revive old hurts and listen to her heart or keep her distance since she's returning to New York City to attend law school in the fall?

This Time Around is a sweet, romantic falling back in love story. Nora and Jake are a great couple, madly in love with each other and neither has been able to move on with someone else during their time apart. I'm so accustomed to New Adult books having characters full of angst and strife, I was surprised by how quickly this couple rekindled their relationship. I was expecting a bit more conflict but I suppose waiting to see each other after four years and keeping those feelings contained for so long, a couple destined to be together would do exactly what they needed to in order to be together again.

I always enjoy reading dual point-of-view and here I learn how both Nora and Jake feel and where they're coming from. She's a rich girl following in her father's footsteps, knowing he wants to make her a partner in his firm in the future. She's a good girl and follows her parents' direction, but she wasn't always like that. There was a time when Nora easily spoke her mind, was a bit wild, and wanted to write songs and perform them. Jake has a reputation for being a 'bad boy' for some acts committed in his teens. He is now an architect and working for his dad's construction company while renovating a family fishing cabin. He doesn't think he deserves a woman like Nora. Is he right?

This Time Around is an easy read featuring two individuals who must rise against their obstacles--whether it's an overbearing father or breaking away from a town's expectations--and seek their own paths in life. Both have graduated college and love this towns and each other, they need to now live for themselves. The writing is easy to read and the romance sweet. I liked both characters despite Nora's occasional bouts of indecisiveness. There were a few spots where the characters told the reader too much about their past and their feelings and the dialogue seemed a bit forced in a few places. I still enjoyed this romance, despite its lack of conflict, and found myself rooting for these two soul mates to have their HEA.

Rating: 3

Cover comment:
Sweet and very romantic.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy from the author in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

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Tour Giveaway: 

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(3) eBook copies of This Time Around – Gifted by the author from Amazon - Open to countries that can accept gifted eBooks from these stores.

No purchase necessary. Must be 13 years of age and older to enter unless stated 18 + years of age. Must reside in countries able to receive eBooks via email. The retail value of the items is $1.99 USD/ebook. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners will be selected after July 31, 2013 randomly by Rafflecopter. Entries will be reviewed for accuracy. Participating blogs and AToMR Tours are not liable for purchasing, shipping or emailing the items, winner not receiving the items, or lost items shipped/emailed. This sweepstakes is sponsored by the author and items will be provided via email or shipped by the author. If the items are not claimed via email within 24 hours of receiving notification the item will be forfeited with no winner or an alternate winner may be selected at AToMR Tours discretion with email verification by July 31, 2013. Any taxes associated will be paid by the author unless otherwise stated. AToMR Tours has the right to obtain and publicize the winners name and likeness. Void where prohibited by law.
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