Wednesday, June 4, 2014

August Moon by Tammy Morea

August Moon

Release Date: May 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

What do you do when the one who broke your heart, is the only one who can fix it?

There is nothing in this world stronger than the powerful emotion of being in love.  Except, maybe the paralyzing pain of a broken heart.

Moving to a small unfamiliar beach town in the summer before her senior year of high school is really going to suck. Raven, a black haired beauty, from a well- off family was certain about that. Miserable in her circumstance’s, nothing could convince her otherwise, until Raven meets Quinn, a local with a love for surfing and a bad reputation to go with it. Despite the very different worlds they live in, their desire for each other is undeniable. Raven’s fears and misery start to vanish as she and Quinn fall deeper and deeper into each other.

But things change drastically when Raven is unknowingly used as a pawn, in a turn of disastrous events, caused by Quinn’s older brother.

The events that follow could silence Raven’s heart for eternity and completely destroy what’s left of Quinn’s soul.

August Moon is a captivating story of young love.  Bringing two unlikely hearts together.  Only to be shattered by one tortuous decision.  Putting these star-crossed lovers on course for the ultimate challenge of forgiveness.

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 Jennifer's Review:

The story centers around 16 year old Raven. Raven moves from Brooklyn, NY to a small seaside town the summer before her senior year.  Naturally she is uneasy about the prospect of starting a new school and making all new friends. Luckily Raven comes from a huge, loving, close knit, Italian family so it just happens her cousin Jo already lives in this new town. Jo quickly brings Raven into the fold of her group and immediately Raven starts to feel at home. One day on the beach with Jo, Raven meets Quinn, a lifeguard at the beach with connections to Jo's group. This is a YA book, about teenagers so its love at first sight.  Just preparing you for that fact if you are an anti – love at first sight. In a YA book, so it works for me as that’s a typical teenager thing. 
Raven & Quinn are somewhat opposites – Raven from a close knit, rich family who places lots of value on traditions and culture while Quinn is the son of a firefighter and nurse who may have been close knit at one time but are now divided with one brother in jail and another headed down the wrong path in life. In the end is their love strong enough to conquer the differences?
Quinn – strong, loyal, good, brave – he stole the book for me! Throughout the book he is trying to help his mom juggle a demanding job and carrying for a family. He helps around the house and takes care of both his younger and older brother. Essentially he is the stabilizing force in the family.
Raven – easy to like, sincere, innocent & sometimes clueless --  her emotions were a bit “crazy” at times but it came off ok for me since her character was sincere about them.
Tammy writes the book in dual POVs –which is a huge favorite of mine. I love getting into the mind of multiple characters as you as a reader are able to identify and build a bond with them so much easier!

The book ends with an cliffhanger – ahh! I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings --  unless the next book is already out but this book does end on a “doozey” and we will all have to wait till book two comes out to find out how it ends!

I loved the supporting characters and I think this really helped make the book:
Sal – even though Sal might be classified as a “bad” guy in this story, I liked him and would like to see more about him. Maybe his own story? 
Jo – such a great BFF to Raven. Genuine and loving
MaryKate – so liked Quinn having a BFF that was a girl! And Marykate was a fantastic BFF to Quinn with good advice to him. She cared about him and truly wanted him to be happy.
Declan – so not ok with his disregard for his little brother. But his character definitely added to the story.

This is a story of teenage love. If you are ready to transport back in time to high school for some cute, sweet, and sometimes a little cheesy summer young love, this is the book for you! It promises to remind you of younger days when falling in love happened so quickly. Of course there are some twists and turns and a cliffhanger ending but you will just have to read it to get the details!

About the Author

I am a Young Adult Author, My first Novel August Moon will be released in late spring 2014. Besides writing I love to read Romance, YA, ChicLit, Fantasy, Paranormal and a good auto biography never hurt anyone. My other greatest passion is animals, I love them all, but I have a weakness for dogs, I wish I could save every single one that needs saving. I have a dog Tank, he’s my heart and he’s a big… mush, I bite his face all day long and he lets me. I also love mini pigs, one day I will have one. My fiancĂ© Chris doesn’t think so, but what does he know. I think I’m an amateur photographer, but really I just like to take pictures and sometimes they come out really good. I love Riding on the back of Chris’s Harley, it’s my favorite form of transportation. I’m obsessed with the Twilight Saga, those books literally changed my life. Tattoos are sexy, I have seven. I pretty much love anything with a skull on it. My thumb is very green, just ask my air plants. I can cook my ass off, just ask Chris. I enjoy being active in all different ways- hiking, biking, camping, taking Tank for a 3 mile walk, working out or sitting on the couch all day catching up on my DVR recordings. I love to dress up and wear make up and accessories (I have a ring addiction, that I think I might need some counseling for) and heels, but I can get dirty on a camping trip or hang out in my sweats and a tee all day, I will even walk Tank in Pj’s with no make -up on(yep, you heard me, Pj’s, no make up- outside in public) I come from a big crazy Italian family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And just because I want to give her props, I think Marilyn Monroe is the sexiest, hottest, bad-ass bitch in the history of bitches ( bitches meaning all us girls.)

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  1. This sounds cute! I think I'm overdue for a nice read :)

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  2. Sounds good, can't wait to read it, thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. I think the cover is gorgeous! I am definitely a judge of covers. :)

  4. Sounds great and I love the cover!!

  5. This sounds like a good read, thanks for sharing!!!

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