Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Tour for Right Now by Marie Hall (Review & GIVEAWAY)

After reading Marie Hall's A Moment and being completely enthralled by the emotional masterpiece she created, I knew I had to read the sequel to discover what befalls the supportive cousin Alex.  Today I bring to you a look into Right Now which deals even more with the fallout of a vile childhood event.  Keep reading to read an excerpt along with my impressions of this book and make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win a $50 bookstore GC and books!

Sometimes in life....
Things were supposed to get better when Ryan met Lili. I was supposed to move on, get a life... but I'm stuck and lost. Things with my father are not good. There are demons in our closet, big ones. Ones I want to kill him for, I'm seeing a shrink, I'm trying to get better... but my life feels out of control, like I'm a raft adrift on the sea. I don't know where to look, how to get anchored again, and then I meet Zoe Stone. Something about her draws me out of my rut, makes me laugh for real, smile, and for the first time in years I want to be more. But what will she think when she discovers who I really am?
...all we have...
When Alexander Donovan, aka The Golden Adonis, walks into my tattoo parlor, I know I'll do anything to make that man mine. There's an instant connection, a need to know more about him. Everything about him. But there's also a mystery surrounding the guy, when people look at him they only see the man that laughs, that cracks jokes and makes the world think that everything's okay, but I see the truth... I see the darkness that lurks so deep inside few would ever recognize it. I want to help him, I want to be with him, now I just have to make him trust me enough to let me in.
Is Right Now


Be opposite.
I stared at the slip of paper in my hand longer than I should have. It was just a fortune from a stupid fortune cookie, nothing spiritual or profound about it, but the words just sank into my brain, echoing through my skull like the blare of a horn.
Be opposite, as opposed to what?
Not opposite? Not me? Not this screwed up twat I’ve become.
I was sitting in a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant with a pair of brunette twins I just picked up at the club an hour ago. My head was pounding like someone took a damn pile driver to it, and the twins wouldn’t stop giggling and laughing like a bunch of drunken baboons.
“Alex,” Claudia or Claudette whispered, hooking her finger at me as she jerked her head toward the women’s bathroom.
The girls were hot.
Tight, little bodies. A Cindy Crawford mole above their lips, size D breasts and dressed like college co-eds trying out the whole hooker fantasy, right down to the fishnet stockings on their supple thighs.
But see, that was the thing. Women like that, they’re a dime a dozen. If I wasn’t there with them, I’d have been there with someone else.
Always someone else.
My head was driving me nuts and the greasy lo mein wasn’t making me feel any better.
Twin one wearing a Union Jack inspired crop top was running a brightly painted ruby red fingernail along the edge of her V-neck, forcing my eyes to the heaving mounds of yummy goodness tucked beneath the lacy bra playing peek-a-boo beneath her sheer top.
Twin two was running her hand up twin one’s arm and they both looked at me like they were still hungry.
The restaurant was pretty much dead, just a few leftover stragglers from the club next door and no one was batting a lash at us. In a college town stuff like this happens every Saturday night.  Austin’s motto: Keep Austin Weird… yeah, we fit right in.
I got up from my seat, yanked twin one up and led her to the bathroom.
Sex was sex, right? Didn’t matter where you had it, so long as you had it?
That’s what I used to think.
But leaning against the stall ten minutes later, while the twins went down on me, mouths taking turns… I was still a limp noodle.
I didn’t know what was wrong with me, but I knew banging sorority twins in this skanked up shit hole just wasn’t doing it anymore. Curling my nose, I shoved the twins off and pulled my pants up.
They were laughing, hugging onto each other. “Can’t even get it up. What a freak.”
And maybe I was, because these girls were hotter than any Playboy pinup and it just wasn’t working.
“Screw this,” I hissed, tossing a twenty in their laps. “Pay the bill and get a cab.”
“Whatever, dick.” Twin two grabbed twin one and they sauntered out, their tiny asses failing to even inspire a hint of drool in me as they drunkenly waltzed out the door on dangerously high, stripper heels.
I walked to the sink, then splashed some water on my face, trying not to lean against the wall littered with hardened nubs of old, chewed up gum and whatever the hell else had been plastered on it.
This place was a nasty dump. But I didn’t want to go back to the house. Not just yet. Ryan and Lili were there, and their kid, Javier. Ever since Lili’s mom died last year, she’d been living with us, almost a year now.
In four months they’d be getting married. Which was a good thing, I guess. I mean, hell, I liked that my asshole cousin had finally found someone sane and healthy, who made him laugh, and made him realize living was okay.
But it sucked to be in the middle of their love fest, to hear the sounds pouring through their walls almost every night.
I didn’t belong in that house anymore.
Grinding my molars until my jaw ached, I glanced down at my limp body. What the hell had that been about back there?
Looking into the mirror I barely recognized the face staring back at me. Who was I? I didn’t have a freaking clue.
Walking back out, I saw the fortune still lying on the dirty table. Grabbing it, I shoved it into my pocket and headed out. Not sure where I was going.

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Just as his cousin Ryan seems to be getting control of his life, everything seems to be falling apart for Alex.  For so long his entire being was focused on keeping Ryan alive but now he feels like a third-wheel with Ryan's marriage on the horizon.  He has no purpose now and is terrified he'll become a loser like his vile father if he can't get his feelings of hatred under control.  But with his mother and father both begging to talk to him he gets closer to getting lost in the darkness of grief, hatred, and guilt.  For so long he's hidden behind a facade of a happy playboy but that lifestyle is losing its luster.  One night he decides to heed the words in a fortune cookie which reunites him with a woman from his past who can now change his future for the better if only he'll stand up to the past and be honest with himself and let her help him out of the darkness.

Though the emotional damage of what his father did isn't as traumatic for him as it is for Ryan doesn't mean he's not having difficulties moving on.  The fallout of this continuing secret still haunts him and I ached for what he was going through.  He knew he was having problems coping but all the therapy in the world hasn't yet changed his self-destructive ways.  Being with the exotic and fun-loving Zoe does bring him moments of happiness and the desire to change but it's a rocky journey towards a HEA.  From the vividly depicted therapy sessions to the actual talking and admitting of feelings, this is a story that definitely doesn't gloss over dealing with emotions.  Once Alex decides he wants Zoe and wants to be a better man he commits to doing what needs to be done to become whole again and it's an inspirational journey he takes.

Zoe has been hurt by a cheating man in the past but sees past Alex's womanizing ways and stays with him through good and bad.  She's used to disappointing her parents with her exotic life choices but at the end of the day they still support her which makes her more inclined to stay by Alex's side as he heals.  She's an immensely likable and colorful character who lights up every scene she's in.

While mostly focusing on their emotional journey towards a HEA, we get return visits from Ryan and Lili as this entire group gets to finally address the past head-on and put it completely behind them in a very emotional albeit quickly resolved denouement.  There's happiness and hope for the future once the last word is written but I definitely hope to revisit this world after being introduced to Zoe's friend Jamie and her co-workers.  They're a colorful bunch with emotions just bubbling below the service who deserve to have their stories told.  Ms. Hall has once again impressed me with her talent and I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.

My rating for this is an A-/B+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.
On top of that she’s a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She’s a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun’s gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has  it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!

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1 comment:

  1. The plot of Right Now looks great. I've added it to my reading list! Thank you for the giveaway!