Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Tour for Community Service by Dakota Madison (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a disabled person I'm always on the lookout for books featuring disabled characters. Today I bring to you Community Service by Dakota Madison.  Keep reading to get a taste of this book along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win a $10 Amazon GC, books, and swag too!

As Maggie Mitchell enters her final semester of college, the last thing she wants is a guy in her life, let alone two of them.
Her new lab partner, Sawyer Reed, is still the overconfident and sexy jock that made fun of her in high school. The only thing that has changed is that he now uses a wheelchair, the result of a skiing accident.
Jude Marino is a hot actor, who all the girls want and would do anything to get. He works at a local theater where Maggie has been assigned to complete community services hours after rear-ending a police car.
Both Sawyer and Jude want Maggie but only one of them will be able to capture her heart. 



As a disabled person I was drawn to this story the moment I read the synopsis.  From start to finish the author managed to balance a thought-provoking topic with an intense burgeoning relationship depicted in a realistic way.  While that depiction sometimes went over-the-top in relation to the secondary characters, I still applaud the author in tackling such a heavy topic in a well-meaning and responsible way.

Told from only the heroine's POV gives us insight into her fears and dilemma in choosing between two handsome men.  Maggie's a rather naive girl when it comes to romance and life in general as she's always remained close to home.  She's always felt like a nerd and is confused by all the attention she's suddenly getting from the other sex.  She's given two dramatically different men to choose from and is attracted to both which does frustrate the reader at times as she spends time with each, which feels like a betrayal to fans of each man.  Though I was sometimes annoyed by her wishy-washy nature I admired her honesty and straight-forward questions/comments in regards to Sawyer's disability.  Her questions and concerns were ones the reader wondered about too.

The two men in this story couldn't be more different.  Jude and Sawyer were both friends and playboys popular with the women until a paralyzingly accident changed Sawyer's life forever.  Relationships for him are more complicated now with concerns that are realistically addressed.  He wants to be loved for himself and never wants to tie someone to him out of pity.  Jude is charming with a carefree nature that belies an arrogant and creep attitude that doesn't like to hear the word no.  The battle he wages with Sawyer for Maggie is the ultimate male smack-down with an immensely satisfying conclusion as to who the better man is.

While there was much to enjoy about this story, I was also left flabbergasted by the reactions of Maggie's mother and Jude himself regarding being disabled.  They treated it as a death sentence and were very discriminatory towards Sawyer in his striving for more in life.  It sadden me to see it depicted this way, though I'm sure some see it that way in the real world.  I also wish the story had been told from other perspectives to get a better understanding of disabilities and a more fleshed-out story overall.  There was a rather one-sided feel to this story that left me frustrated with wanting to know more.  Overall though this was a compelling read with a few quibbles to keep it from being great.  I applaud the author's daring and wish she had delved deeper but I look forward to what she creates next.

My rating for this is a C.

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


Dakota Madison has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy new romances, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.



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