Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Blog Tour: No Reverse (Review + Giveaway)

No Reverse
Title: No Reverse
Author: Marion Croslydon
Release: August 12, 2013
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A girl who needs to undo the past.
A boy who wants to forget it.
In love, there’s no way back. 

At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.

Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancĂ©e’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart. 

Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.

There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…

“There were so many ways to love someone, but there was only one way to love Cassie. Only one way Cassie could love.
With that blurb, I already expected that feeling when you're already anticipating the part where the characters fall apart so you can prepare yourself from being caught off guard but ends up putting yourself on edge while reading. I already prepared myself not to be caught off guard but I never expected to feel those intense emotions from the characters as early as 9% in. At that point, I was slightly worried that it might go downhill at the latter part and will be too flat and uninteresting but the author managed to keep my interest until the last page. 

This book made me feel involved. Each character and scene managed to leave an impression and made me feel something. Even my copy has lots of notes of my reactions to almost every line. It was interesting for me that I was questioning each motive and was forming theories why something happened or how it happened. There was something with the way this was written that made me easily relate to the characters feelings and made me understand them. 

I also love the way the characters were written. Both Josh and Cassie easily made me fall in love with how resilient and strong but at the same time vulnerable they were. I love how the author didn’t write them perfectly and let the readers see their faults and not just their good and pitiful side. Both characters made mistakes and made it a big part of them in the story. Another character I loved was Eleanor. She was sweet and loving but also willing to do anything for the sake of love. She was the kind of the other girl that you can’t just easily hate. Also, props to the author for making me dislike, if not hate, Josh’s father and Eleanor’s father even though they were not in most parts of the story. It just took short conversations and few mentions to make me hate their guts. 

This book made me feel just after a few chapters. I'm glad it was maintained and didn't go downhill. You just can't help but fall in love with Josh and Cassie and cheer for their happy ending. Few paragraphs left and I was ready to rant about how unsatisfied I was with the ending when I read that there will be a sequel. Now I just can’t wait to see what happens next, not just to Josh and Cassie, and of course Lucas.

Marion’s parents are terribly disappointed with her… 

They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job.

But deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain).

That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity.

Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

Get a chance to win:
Prize Pack #1: Signed copy of No Reverse, £10 Amazon gift card (British Pounds), 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse mug, 1 No Reverse mouse pad, 1 No Reverse pen
Prize Pack # 2: Signed copy of No Reverse, £10 Amazon gift card (British Pounds), 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse mug
Prize Pack # 3: Signed copy of No Reverse, 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse pen

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