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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls #1) by Anne Jolin Blog Tour & Review

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  Release Date: August 13, 2014
  Synopsis: Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn't looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she's in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble. Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had. Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah. Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight. Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?

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REVIEW:  This is one of those books that you can sort of see what's coming.  That's not a bad thing all the time but when you read the same plot three times in a week it can get a little old.  That is not this author's problem, it's mine. I need to start varying the reviews I sign up for.  Hannah broke up with Jackson, unfortunately for her Jackson is part of her group of friends so they are going to get thrown together again.  Greyson and Hannah noticed each other at a party at Jackson's house a few months ago but Hannah was taken at the time. Then Hannah goes out with the girls and gets so drunk she wakes up in Greyson's bed, not remembering how she got there.  She does the walk of shame but leaves without her purse. This is one of those times you can see what's going to happen before it does. Her wallet is in her purse, Greyson comes over to return it.

It doesn't take long for Greyson and Hannah to get together and fall in love. Greyson has a father that disappeared all the time and can't stay with one woman. He's afraid he's just like him and tries to push Hannah away. Hannah sticks with him to help him heal. Can you tell what happens next??  I'm not going to spoil it for those of you who haven't read this plot before.

So here's what I did enjoy about the book: The secondary characters stole this book. Hannah's friends are a loyal group and I would love to read more about them, perhaps in the next book.

Hannah rubs me the wrong way in the beginning, she's dealing with her life by getting drunk too often for me. Greyson while he seems like a great guy wasn't a strong enough male for me. This is a decent read and a good job as a freshman novel. I am hoping to see some growth in her next work.

3-1/2 Stars

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  Cover Designer: Melissa Gill 
Cover Model: Cro Allen
About the Author: I’m twenty four years old. I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside of Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns with my daddy and driving my ’99 red chevy truck, Clifford. I’ve been together with my handsome redneck, Jacob, for five years and this August we will be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary. I am completely and utterly obsessed with country music. I love to snowboard, go on walks with Bear (Not a real bear silly! Our chocolate lab) and I love to plan events; I don’t know if that’s considered a real hobby, but it is for me!

We were fortunate enough to travel a lot as a family, and I think that helped spark my love of reading. I’m half Viking, my mom is Danish, and her entire side of the family still lives in Denmark. We’d visit them almost once a year, every year and it’s a nine hour flight. That’s a lot of uninterrupted time to read (or in my parent’s case, entertain four children – Yikes!). My love of reading quickly turned into a passion for writing. I loved to write short stories and although I majored in Business Management, I took as many English electives I could get my hands on in college.

I’m a reader, turned blogger, turned author. I started a blog this June ’14 because I love to talk about the amazing books I’ve read, and after a few suggestions that I try writing a book, I decided to give it a go. I loved it instantly! Having always been a creative person, it felt amazing to harness all that energy and use it to tell a story that I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write – What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell, what would be the fun in that?

I am beyond excited to be embarking on this new journey as an author and I hope y’all can join me on the ride! Find Anne: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website

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