Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Where There's Smoke Blog Tour (Excerpt+Giveaway)



UNBELIEVABLE! That is the only word I can use to describe this novel! (Unbelievable in a good way). I just went through an emotional roller coaster like never before. I'm still in shock of everything that happened. I don't even know where to begin! I guess I'll just start by telling you that you HAVE to read this book. I loved it! 

Elizabeth Lee has wrote such a heart wrenching, suspenseful, loving novel. I'm just in completely awe of this book. My emotions are still out of control from reading this novel, so be warned! 

Ryland and Pipper were high school sweethearts. Ryland was your typical nerd and Pipper was your troublemaker, complete opposites but were entirely compatible. They loved each other and shared a connection no one understood. 

Six Years after an disastrous event in their past they meet again in sorrowful consequences. This book was greatly concentrated on that event in their past and it was easy to see how they would shift apart so easily. 

They both have trouble letting go of the past even though they clearly love each other. After certain circumstances they discover how completely twisted their past is. 

I just need to express my disgust for Pipper's stepfather. There are not words to describe how completely disgusted I am with that man. There is a special place in hell for men like him. I HATE HIM. You'll understand. 

I loved Ryland so much. He put everything on the line for Pipper, he didn't even think about it twice. That is true love; the willingness to sacrifice everything. 

Pipper was a little more frustrating because she blamed everything on herself. She was able to oversee that when she discovered the ugly truth surrounding her. 

This book was filled with suspense, love, and justice. Three things I love. I can't express the love I have for this book and the characters. I just can't wait for the next book to come out! It is seriously one of the best novels this year! 

I stretched my arm out and placed a hand on the cool concrete, the grit and dirt sticking to my palm.  Such a contrast to the warmth I felt with Ryland firmly pressed up against me.  The curves of my backside fit perfectly against his long, lean frame, our skin heating up the chill around us. 

The fall weather had descended upon our small Midwestern town almost overnight.  It seemed like only a week or two ago we had been wearing shorts and flip-flops.  Now it was jeans and jackets.  Well, actually, now it was nothing.

I felt my cheeks heat as I thought about what we had just done.  I wasn't embarrassed.  Far from it.  In fact, I'd never felt more sure about anything in my entire life as I was about what had just happened with Ry.

“That was incredible,” he whispered against my neck as he traced lazy circles on my shoulder with his fingertips.

“Yeah,” I breathed, rolling onto my back to look up at him.  The soft glow of an outdoor utility light crept through the open side of the airplane hangar, barely lighting up the space.  “Never imagined our first time being on a blanket spread out on a cold, hard floor, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

“Me too. Let’s get on that then,” he said with a wicked grin before he pressed his lips to mine.  Propping himself on one arm—his hand resting against the side of his head—he snaked his free hand under one of the flannel blankets he'd commandeered from an airplane parked beside us. 

I liked this side of him.  The side that wasn't perfect and calculated.  The side that just did, said, and felt what he wanted.  He was literally feeling his way up my body—his hands smooth and rough all at the same time—sending all of my teenage hormones spiraling out of control.  We were living in the moment, which was exactly where I preferred to be.

“You know how much I love you, right?” His face became very serious, almost concerned.  
“I wanted tonight to be special.  I thought we'd go back to my house after we looked at the planes.  My parents are gone and...”  He was back in his head, thinking about his meticulously thought-out evening.  Doubting his ability to be perfect.  He did this sometimes—overanalyzed things.  “It didn't go exactly as I planned, but—”

“It was perfect,” I assured him. “Plans, schmans.”  I pulled his face to mine, giggling, my lips barely grazing his.  “And I love you, too.”

That was the thing about Ryland—I saw a side of him that no one else saw.  I could probably say the same for him about me.  Until him, I’d never felt like I was going to amount to much, but he believed in me, even when I didn't—which was most of the time.  When I was with him, I didn't feel like I needed to do everything in my power to piss people off.  He made me want to stay in this Godforsaken town with a family that ignored my existence.  They ignored it until I did something wrong—which was about ninety percent of the time.  Then my stepfather made sure to let me just how worthless I was. 

“So do you feel like a rebel?” I asked.  “This being your first breaking and entering and all.” 
It had been his idea to sneak on to the airfield—something that was much more in my wheelhouse than his.  I was the one who usually threw caution to the wind.  He was the good boy.  The straight-A student.  The doting son.

“Oh yeah.” He laughed. “I'm a regular badass.  Nothing like walking through an open gate to an abandoned shed.”  He cast his arm out sarcastically in the vacant space above our heads.  Nothing but sheet metal and wooden beams.  A handful of airplanes were parked around us with a smattering of fuel cans, tools, and parachutes hanging from the walls.  “I'm not sure we actually broke into anything.  More like casually strolled in.”

We lived in a town where people left their front doors unlocked.  The kind of town where everyone knew everyone and all of their business.  Truitville. It was a place with a minimal crime rate.  I think that night, that's what we’d both thought: What's the worst that could happen?

“So what's next then, Clyde?  Wanna rob a bank?”

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1 comment:

  1. This is awesome!! Thank you so much for the review! <3