Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Escape the Doubt, by Andrea Michelle

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After the unexpected death of her Dad and the haunting manner in which he died Riley Shaw built invisible walls around her heart. Barriers she created to protect her from splintering into broken pieces that couldn’t be repaired. She was unable to move forward from her past letting the guilt of her parent’s mistakes dictate her own choices. 
Dean Warren was safe. Being with him was innocent and peaceful because she didn’t truly love him. His words held her captive in a false sense of security. His eyes were deceptive and his promises of never pushing her beyond what she was willing to give were broken leaving Riley Shaw in a state of regret and doubt. 
Joshua Parker had the power to take what was left of Riley’s splintered pieces and ruin her completely or make her whole again. He was her best friend, her next-door neighbor - everything she wanted and settled on never having. Loving him was as easy as breathing air. The fear of losing him forever was more real to her than the feelings she couldn’t escape. 
When faced with the very thing she feared the most and in the arms she thought were safe Riley finds herself questioning every decision she has made over the past two years. When she finally escapes the doubt in her head and accepts the truth in her heart is it too late? 
Is taking a chance with your heart worth the escape or was it better to have never loved at all? Can forgiveness really set you free? 

*Warning: This is a mature young adult novel. Recommended for readers 17+ due to underage drinking, sexual content and adult language. 

*This is book one in a series however can be read as a standalone.

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3.75 out of 5 stars

It’s really no secret that I love YA fiction.  It kind of started with Twilight and has spiraled out of control to a guilty pleasure.  I guess I like to relive high school with some of my favorite book characters!  There high school years seem to be way more drama filled and action packed than my own.  

Escape the Doubt is a book about high school senior, Riley Shaw.  Riley has so many ghosts in her past that she can’t let go and allow herself to be happy.  She is stuck with a jerk of a boyfriend, Dean, but her heart has no feelings for him at all.  Riley is so busy blaming herself for other people’s mistakes that she can’t seem to move on in life.

Josh Parker is Riley’s best friend.  They have basically grown up together and have a tragedy that will link them forever.  Josh can’t stand Dean and knows what a horrible person he is but is torn as to whether or not to reveal it Riley.

Josh is a fantastic character.  I love how romantic and sensitive he always is to Riley’s feelings.  He seems to get into some predicaments that had me screaming at the book, but so did Riley.  Sometimes I wanted to slap some sense into her!  For someone to be so smart, she really had me frustrated at times.  I loved the change in POV from Riley and Josh, it’s always nice to be in the other persons head.  Overall, I think this book is a really good read.  I would recommend it.  I am really excited to read the sequel and see what else will happen between these two!  Andrea Michelle is a very talented author and I am so happy that I signed up for this arc and blog tour!         

About Author Andrea Michelle

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Andrea Michelle was born and raised in Louisiana. She spent years in Tennessee and in Texas and made it full circle back to the boot she loves so much and is currently living in Baton Rouge. She is a mother to three beautiful daughters and married her best friend at the young age of nineteen. She is a new self published author with a debut novel in the mature young adult contemporary romance category. She is a dreamer, a true Gemini at heart and has a fascination with love stories. She finds inspirations in all things (friends beware) and loves poetry and music. Her writing journey began as a young teen where she used to escape into a world of fiction and poetry just to cope with emotions she didn't understand. She wasn't an avid reader until her adult years and then her addiction to the one clicker became an obsession that cannot be tamed. She is not genre specific as a reader and she will not be genre specific as a writer. "I am not writing to tap into a niche but writing whatever my heart feels is the story to tell. Each WIP I create will have it's own voice. Some may thrive and some may not." When Andrea isn't writing you will find her reading, listening to music or spending time with her precious family. She is excited yet nervous to share her passion with you but looks forward to the journey ahead. She loves to hear from her readers and is eager to make new friends. Links below so you can friend, like, follow and support her. 

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