Blog Tour: ARC Review~ Divided by Livia Jamerlan +Teasers & Giveaway
Author: Livia Jamerlan
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Hosted By: Love Between the Sheets
Synopsis: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 old 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?
This was such a cute and sweet romance story.
There was plenty of drama and twists to keep it interesting though. For a good portion of the story I couldn't believe that everything was going well. It was just too good to be true. No one has that perfect of a relationship!
I was hooked on this story from the synopsis. I was really interested in Alani and Ryan's first encounter, and I wanted to see that progress.
They first meet while Alani is celebrating her bachlorette party with her girlfriends. They both seem to have a really strong connection, but of course Alani is madly in love with her fiance Marco.
As soon as the story begins we get to see what kind of a male Marco is. Alani gets back from her trip and walks in on Marco pounding away at his secretary. On his desk. In his office. At his work. Bleh!
I wanted to go Lorena Bobbitt on him, but Alani handled herself pretty well.
Alani feels the need to take a breather from her life in New York and plans a trip somewhere. She remembers Ryan telling her that if she was ever in his hometown (North Dakota), she should visit him. So that is exactly what she does. She travels to North Dakota with no real intention of seeing him, but if it happens, it happens. And boy does it happen!
Like I said before, Ryan and Alani have this instant connection to each other. They both feel something that they've never felt before. Their relationship progresses quickly, but not enough to really get that insta-love annoyance. It's sort of calmed by the way the character's thoughts and dialogue was written. When the big twist comes, it takes you by surprise for sure! At that point, I couldn't read fast enough. I went through a box of tissues toward the end of this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a bit of romance and drama.
*An eARC of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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.
Connect with the Author
(1) $25 Amazon Gift Card
(5) 5 Signed Paperbacks of Divided
(5) 5 eBook copies of Divided