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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blog Tour/Review ♥ Under the Orange Moon & Beyond the Orange Moon by Adrienne Frances ♥ #giveaway

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Under the Orange Moon

coverDylan Mathews grew up in a house that was always filled with good-looking guys. However, with four protective older brothers they never stood a chance.

Except for one.

Dylan knew she loved Ben McKenna from the first time she laid eyes on him. When he started sneaking in her room, she thought he felt the same way. But just as their passion ignited, he left for college and never came back.

Until now.

Returning home after 5 years, Ben realizes Dylan has always been the one for him. Can he win back her heart and finally find love under the orange moon?

Beyond the Orange Moon

Sometimes fate strikes in unexpected ways.

Lucy Dalton was tired of living a life she didn't want.

Charlie Mathews was living the life he always wanted.

But one night, fate changes the course of their lives forever. A year later, Lucy and Charlie's paths meet again, igniting a spark that neither can deny.

Lucy knows he doesn't remember her, but she's already in too deep.

Charlie knows the unwritten family rule: Mathews men never admit when they're broken.

Can they leave the past where it belongs and find a way to look beyond the orange moon?

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Review by Bev - Under the Orange Moon

4 Stars

It is no secret that I love a brother’s best friend story. I am not sure what is about these stories that, if done correctly, can leave me with a huge smile on my face. This story did just that.

Dylan Matthews grew up as the only girl surrounded by her brothers and turned into a huge tomboy. This isn’t a story where the girl turned from ugly duckling to beautiful swan, no Dylan was always beautiful. It just so happened she could also keep up with her brothers.

Ben McKenna is her twin brother Jonah’s best friend and always consider one of the Matthews since he was around so much. Dylan being the tomboy she is, was always around the guys. Then one day her feelings for Ben changed into more, she wanted Ben to see her as a girl. She wanted him to want her as much as she wanted him. This wasn’t the case though, as they say boys will be boys.

"Boys are stupid, the never know a good thing until they’ve run it over a few times.”

While it may not seem like Ben is interested, he is. There is something about Dylan. She gets him, accepts him, and calms him. However, Ben’s home life isn’t like the Matthews. While his father is successful and his family is wealthy, his dad left he and his mother when he was younger. Since then his mother has done nothing but instill in him how he is not good enough and just like his father.

So despite Ben’s attraction to Dylan he refuses to let things go any further. Except for the nights they share. Yes, every night Ben comes to Dylan’s room and sleeps with her - just sleeps. Until the last night he is in town before he leaves for school. That night Dylan decides to lay it all on the line and make her move, only to have him leave.

The story picks up five years later and despite them both growing up not much else has changed. Dylan still thinks about Ben and compares every guy to him. Ben still yearns for Dylan but knows he will never be good enough to deserve her.

I really enjoyed this friends to lovers tale and the little bit of sneaking around. I enjoyed seeing the couple interact and seeing how well they knew each other. They were truly friends and knew each other inside and out, I loved the connection they shared. My only compliant is I wish there had been more time for Ben to redeem himself. His character really frustrated me and I would have felt better had I seen more groveling. However, the story is well written and the characters were developed and likable, I just wish Ben could have been more lovable. I will definitely be reading more about this family! Highly recommend if you are looking for a sweet, quick read.

"I have always loved you. Even if you make me go away, just know that I will never stop. I will love you for the rest of my life."

Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

Review Beyond the Orange Moon 

Absolutely Adored Stars

I couldn’t love this story more. I was so excited to start this one and usually that usually leads to disappointment with me. I tend to hype books up too much in my head and then when I finally read them I am let down, but not with this one! I knew I would enjoy this story based on the blurb but what I didn’t expect was to totally and completely love it.

"Sometimes you have to play the hand you were dealt, kid. My hand led me to you and that’s good enough for me.”

Charlie Matthews met the love of his life, they dated, got married, then had a perfect little boy. For one hour Charlie had it all: a son he adored and the love of his life. Then she was taken from him.

Lucy Dalton is almost done with nursing school. Everything is going according to plan, she is completing her practicum with her best friend and dating a med student. Things are right on track until the night a beautiful woman delivers a perfect little boy. That is the night that will change her life forever. The night she will hold this tiny newborn while his mother dies and his father begs for her to live. That is when Lucy realizes she was never meant to be a nurse.

One year later, Lucy and Charlie are struggling to move on. Neither knows how the trauma effected the other. While Lucy will never forget Charlie or his family, Charlie has completely blocked it out, so when he sees Lucy in the coffee shop, she is working in, he has no idea they have met. Even though time has passed Charlie doesn’t know if he is ready to move on.

"I can’t drag Lucy down this road. I don’t even know where it ends."

"Wherever you make it end. And, right now, you need to think about how it begins.”

After some convincing Charlie decides to pursue Lucy. She has her reservation too, one being that she has never confessed that she was the nurse that night and witnessed his tragedy first hand. She feels like bringing it up would only hurt him and since she doesn't want to hurt him, she shouldn’t see. Now don’t worry there isn’t a lot of unnecessary drama or back and forth. Things are pretty straight forward and their story is able to progress.

Lucy was the perfect heroine in my opinion, despite her secret she had the best of intentions. I loved how she loved Jackson, how she wanted to preserve Meredith’s memory and not replace her. Lucy was completely selfless with her love, she was willing to give her whole heart to this family.

As I have said this story is a favorite for me, watching these two fall in love, deal with their insecurities, and grow was completely heart warming. The Matthews family has experienced so much loss, but they stay positive and don’t shy away from their memories. I love how we get pieces of their father in every book, they are always perfectly timed and give the story so much depth.

I know it is just twelve days into the new year and this book was released last year, but I could seriously see this being a favorite of 2015 for me. This story broke my heart, but left my heart full of happiness when it was over. I truly loved Charlie and Lucy’s story. Oh and we can’t forget little Jackson, he was a show stopper for me.

I highly recommend this beautiful, breathtaking story.

Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet the Author

Adrienne Frances works in the writing department at a university near her home. In her spare time, she loves to be with her husband and two sons, who have made her exactly who she is today. Writing is a passion that she has appreciated for as long as she can remember. She believes that a wild imagination is a terrible thing to waste and should be captured and brought to life by all who are blessed to have one. This way of thought, as well as her love for the written word, is what led her to become an author.

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