Monday, December 2, 2013

Blog Tour: The Line That Binds, by JM Miller

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Stained with heartache and cursed with vengeance, a stone well lies on a nineteenth-century estate, waiting for the Stockton line to wish again.

When seventeen-year-old Lila Wayde's father loses his high-paying job in Las Vegas, the family relocates to a Pennsylvania estate bequeathed by an estranged aunt. Lila begins a new life there, one not corrupted by wealth and fake friends. She soon meets Ben, the groundskeeper's gritty grandson, and experiences the kind of happiness her life's been missing. But as she settles into the ancient house, she learns information about her ancestors and the old stone well that may make her wish she'd never come.

Ben Shadows has lost enough in life. So when Stockton Estate's owner, Janine, wills the land to her great-niece Lila, Ben fears for the fate of the property. He decides to find out Lila's intentions as the new owner, but his grandfather wants him to protect her from Stockton Estate's alleged curse. As Ben helps Lila dig through the estate's history, they grow closer than he ever intended. Now, along with concerns about the property and the reality of the curse, he struggles with feelings he can't ignore.

Will the secrets of Stockton Estate bring them together or will knowing the truth rip them apart?

**Recommended mature YA for mild language and mild sexual content**


"Oh, Genie," Pop sighed through his white mustache and let his bald head fall for a moment. He wiped a hand beneath his eyes before he moved to the desk. Upton slid paperwork in front of him to sign and handed him a stack to keep. When he returned to his chair, we both stared at each other. Pop's heavy eyes were glassed with conflict. I saw the relief hanging in them, knowing the house that had become our home would remain ours. But there was more there. His eyes dropped to the paper outlining the small portion of property now declared his. It was not all of Stockton Estate. "The curse," he said with a sigh. 
Pop and Janine believed the property's stone well was responsible for her Alzheimer's. "It's cursed," he'd said years ago, shortly after I'd moved in. As a kid, it was easy enough to believe. I'd gone to the well several times with my own wishes, my own desperate cries. Wished my mother and father loved me enough to stop their addictions. Wished for Harper's life the night she overdosed. But even though I was willing to take my chances with the curse, Pop told me later that the only person the well wanted was Janine and that somehow her blood was forever linked to it. "The Stockton curse runs deep and transcends time," he'd said. The rumor was that it gave Janine the power to grant other people's wishes. In return, the curse supposedly claimed her memories. That's why Pop was worried now. Janine may be gone, but her blood was back. Family blood. 

4 out of 5 stars

I have read a lot of paranormal romance novels. I love this genre and am so glad that my blog partner introduced me to Twilight those many years ago! That being said, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started The Line That Binds.  

It seemed like a unique paranormal read from the synopsis but I never expected to fall quite so in love with the story or characters! I had never heard of the author, JM Miller or anything but I am soooo happy that we were invited on this blog tour so the book and author could be discovered! 

This book grabbed my attention almost immediately. I was a little confused by the prologue but only because it wasn't what I expected. After re-reading it along with chapter 1, I was sucked in completely.

The basic premise of the story is about a curse that flows from ancestor to ancestor from a scorned lover in the 1800's.  The curse allows the cursed person to grant wishes but lose their mind in exchange. There are no vampires, werewolves, witches or ghosts. (At least not yet!) Ben has known about the curse but believes it is nothing but folklore and superstition. LJ is next in like to receive the curse but knows nothing of the curse.

I love love love the characters in this book! Lila Janine Wayde (LJ) and Ben Shadows are so amazing! I love the way the perspectives alternate and keep you in each characters head.  I also loved that both characters are undeniably flawed and broken but can seem to repair and complete the other. There is so much more I would love to tell you about these characters but you just need to READ THIS BOOK, and discover their greatness yourself!

What will happen to LJ? Is the curse a hoax or real? What will come of the new found friendship between Ben and LJ? Are their pasts too horrible to overcome?  I honestly cannot wait for the sequel which is slated to release March 2014.

I hope you love it! ❤

About Author JM Miller
J.M. Miller first discovered her love of writing in high school where she penned poetry for extra credit in English class and even braved the anxiety of an open-mic night at a local coffee shop. Life soon followed, with a couple of careers, marriage, and a baby. The urge to write again came not long after her daughter's birth, this time calling for more than a few lines in a messy composition notebook.
She is a military spouse, and a veteran herself, who finds inspiration in the people she's met and the places she's lived and traveled.

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