Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Book Tour for Lottie Loves by Samie Sands (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Rockstar romances are among my favorites which is what first drew me to this story.  What kept me reading was the emotions surrounding second chances as two people find their way back to each other and which Ms. Sands talks about below.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Lottie Loves by Samie Sands, along with getting my impressions of this book, then visit the other sites hosting this tour to learn even more about this book.  In honor of this compelling contemporary romance readers will want to make sure to fill out the form below for their chance to win a $10 bookstore GC, a print copy of this book, along with 3 e-copies of this book too!

MS. SANDS TALKS ABOUT SECOND CHANCE ROMANCES...

The theory is that we get wiser as we get older…whether that’s true or not, I don’t know! With all this growing up and maturing, we learn lessons that we didn’t have in our armory when we were younger. The knowledge that these lessons could’ve made us act in a different way in certain relationships, particularly with the one that got away can be very frustrating.
Second chance romance novels almost let us explore that, without actually having to go through it ourselves, which is especially appealing if it isn’t possible for us to travel back into the past. Seeing characters grow together, prove that they’ve changed, and re-ignite the spark is exhilarating…although it doesn’t always work out of course. Sometimes there is too much water under the bridge, and no matter how many lessons that are learned the past cannot be forgotten.
Personally, I love these books, I think it always makes for an interesting read, mostly based on the feeling that two characters are meant to be (or not, as the case may be) and it’s wonderful to see them finally getting their chance to make things right!

Will you marry me?”
Four words I’ve waited my whole life to hear. Four words I was sure would change my life forever…and they did. Just not in the way I expected.
Finding out my extremely gorgeous rock star boyfriend was about to propose had the complete opposite effect I thought it would. Rather than catapult me into a future I’ve always wanted, it plunged me back to a past I tried to forget.
Now I can’t get him out of my head. I can’t help but wonder what could have been, how our lives would have ended up if he didn’t leave me behind, a shattered mess.
All these memories are dangerous. They’re bringing my past back to ruin my future. And worst of all, they’re taking me right back to him, my childhood sweetheart, my first love…my biggest regret.

EXCERPT:

I yanked my phone angrily out of my pocket, not at all in the mood to talk to anyone, least of all the name that I saw plastered across the screen.
Danny.
I rolled my eyes, almost stuffing the phone back in my pocket, really not wanting to speak to him. My mum had put me in the worst mood, and for the first time ever I wasn’t excited to talk to the man I loved.
Just as my hand slid into my jeans, my heart pounded uncomfortably against my chest, and I rapidly changed my mind. I couldn’t ignore Danny, not when he’d done nothing wrong. Just because I was all shook up and pissed off, it wasn’t his fault. Plus I had no idea when he would call again, so I shouldn’t miss this opportunity.
Hi…” I started, but Danny jumped in almost instantly, not letting me get a word in edgeways.
Lottie? Are you okay? It isn’t true, I promise you. I didn’t…it isn’t what it looks like…I…” He sounded panicked and stressed, which meant he wasn’t making any sense, causing everything within me to halt in shock. Danny was a pretty laid back person when it came to most things, so to hear him like that meant that something really bad had happened. I just couldn’t work out what it was...
Woah, slow down.” I tried to sound calm, but even I could hear the hollow twinge to my tone. “What the hell are you going on about?” I stood outside the front door to my home, unable to even think about hunting through my bag for the key when something so potentially life changing was about to happen.
You mean you haven’t seen it yet?” He gasped weakly, his words cracking painfully with emotion. I shook my head silently, waiting for him to continue. “I…I thought you hated me already. I thought you knew.” He panted a few times, and I noticed my breaths becoming as ragged as his, as if my body was trying to prepare me for what was to come next. “The newspapers…they’re saying some things. Some awful things…but they aren’t true, I promise you.”
What do you mean?” I asked, everything swirling around inside of me until I almost felt sick with it all. My brain wasn’t quite processing any of Danny’s words, but my body had already come to its own, very unwelcome, conclusion. “What the fuck are you saying, Danny?”
At the industry party last night…there was this girl…”

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

This is not your typical romance.  From the book’s synopsis I thought I’d get caught up in the world of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll.  Instead, readers will get caught up in one woman’s journey to discovering where her HEA truly can be found.  It’s an introspective read, a tale full of a young girl’s dreams and heartbreak balanced with an adult woman’s practicality.  All of us have doubts and moments of what-ifs and this book explores that as readers are taken on a journey to the past as well as dealing with the realities of today in a narrative that’s a bit jumpy.  Lottie thinks her life is good until she finds out her boyfriend’s going to propose on the same day she hears the rumors of her drummer boyfriend’s act of infidelity.  She must decide what the truth is as well as where her heart is happiest.  To do that she reconnects with the one other man who ever made her heart sing to see if he’s the one who got away or the one who was never meant to be.

On a whole this is a compelling read, far from your typical romance as it’s more about what’s in the heart as opposed to what’s between the sheets.  There’s a lot of melodrama, a bit of roughness to the overall narrative, and a few soap opera-ish moments that were viewed through a teenaged girl’s lens.  The emotions that Lottie conveyed regarding her first love Joe were effusive and were reminiscent of my own feelings at that age.  Looking through her diary and looking back at the past though made Lottie more relatable and sympathetic. She once had stars in her eyes but time and reality has made her more pragmatic and I admired the conclusion she reached and how she got there. As to the two men in this story, they are merely the backdrop as we don’t get to know them too deeply.  They’re both a bit unlikable at times and I can’t help but think there was someone even better out there for her.  Their personalities and their deeds though are part of Lottie’s story and are just pieces to the woman she’s become. From the first page to the last readers will find this to be an unforgettable read full of intense emotions and surprising twists and turns as it ultimately takes us on an empowering journey to HEA.

My rating for this is a B-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Samie Sands is the author of the AM13 Outbreak series, published by Limitless Publishing. She's also had short stories included in Amazon best selling anthologies and work featured on WattpadLottie Loves is her first book in the contemporary romance genre.

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27 comments:

  1. I do enjoy reading second chance romances.

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  2. Thanks so much for your review, the excerpt and the giveaway.

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  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

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  4. How did you spend your new year? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. I didn't go out this year because of the terrible weather. How about you?

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  5. Great post - I enjoyed reading it - thanks for sharing and Happy New Year :)

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  6. Thank you so much for the review!!!

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  7. Happy Hump Day! Kids are back to school today and wasn't the happiest about it. Hope your day is a great one and thank you for the giveaway.

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  8. Thank You for the chance to win ;)
    Happy New Year!

    Fiona N

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  9. I'm here helping my bro out today while he is working on his birthday. He asks me to thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. Happy Friday! Enjoy your day and if you're in all this cold bitter weather, keep warm. Thanks again for the giveaway.

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  11. Good Morning! Another cold morning here but think tomorrow will be a little better. The older I get the harder winters become. Hope your day is awesome,fun, and warm. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I've been working all weekend but it is going by quickly. Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for all you do and the giveaway.

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  13. Happy Monday! We'll make the best of the beginning of another great week. Hope it gets a lot warmer here thank what is was last week. Thanks again for the giveaway.

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  14. Hello and stopping by to thank you for the giveaway. Have a terrific day.

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  15. Good Morning! I sure appreciate all the hard work you put into bringing us great giveaways. Thanks so very much!

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  16. Hello! Is it me or is this week flying by....wow! I hope you have a good one and I appreciate the chance at winning.

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  17. Going to be a snowy morning here in Michigan. Hope your day is terrific and I want you to know how I appreciate all you do bringing us these great giveaways.

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  18. Hello! Wishing you one terrific Saturday and thanking you also for the giveaway.

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  19. Good Morning! Stopping by to say thank you for the giveaway and hope your Sunday is terrific.

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