Saturday, 18 October 2014

***Blog Tour - Forever Love Series - Forever Dark and Forever Light by Chelsea Landon & Megan Smith - Reviews for both books- Out 16th Oct***

***Blog Tour***
Forever Love Series
Forever Dark and Forever Light
By Chelsea Landon and Megan Smith
                       Release Date 16th Oct 2014

From the lights of the field, to the curve in the road, one shattered breath leaves friendships forever altered. 

The Forever Love Series will submerge you into two novels intertwined together where love and loss can break you down, tear you apart, and even last forever, if you’re willing to let it. 
After a celebratory night for six friends on the cusp of adulthood ends tragically, they’re left learning how to carry on. Years later, through their own struggles and accomplishments, each is left suspended by fears that encase them with such an intense blinding light, and a horrific soul-stealing darkness. Can they find their way out of the intricate web of guilt and deceit? Can they grasp the light amongst the shadows of what they used to be... and manage to be who they should become?

Sometimes the only way to heal is to face the fear of forever.

Forever Dark by Chelsea Landon

In Forever Dark, a novel by Chelsea Landon, you’ll spiral through life’s twists and turns of Cash Bryant, humbled quarterback, living his dream on the brink of fame, and Madison Thomas, a girl who shares the burden of the accident and destined for failure. Two people torn apart by tragedy; fearing that letting go will sever their remaining connection.

Forever Light by Megan Smith

In Forever Light, a new novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Megan Smith, you’ll meet Landon Hayes, an all-star wide receiver who is spiraling out of control after that one fateful night, and Macy Thomas, a college sweetheart who is shy and afraid to come out of her shell since the accident. When the heart-breaking reality sets in, can they find their light or is the past too dark to find their way?

Excerpt from Forever Dark

It’s pouring outside, rain pelting my face and soaking my t-shirt. I don’t care. I still walk in the rain. 
Before I know it, I’m on the third floor and approaching her door, my shoes squeaking on the concrete floor. Taking my phone from my pocket, I send Madison a text.
You up?
She answers right away. It’s locked. Hold on.
My shoulder hits the wall, I lean into the door waiting for her to unlock it. A couple holding hands and beer passes by me. I don’t give them the time of day, even though they bump my shoulder and congratulate me on the season though we loss last night. 
Fuck football at this point.
I’m angry.
So fucking angry. 
I know I should have known that she was this girl but the fact that she kept stringing me along, that has me so angry.
I thought it was more.
That’s my problem. I thought.
When Madison opens the door, she’s dressed in my jersey from freshman year… yeah, the one she stole, and it’s a fading fucking reminder of what we used to be. I want to rip it off her body like she rips my heart out. 
When I step inside, she’s not looking at me and she won’t. She barely ever does.
“What are you doing here?” Her voice is low and hushed as she reaches to close the bathroom door.
I step inside raising an eyebrow at her, but I don’t look up, I can’t. The thump is louder, her proximity is suffocating. We don’t touch as I speak. “You don’t want me here?” 
She shakes her head, hopeless eyes fail to find anything they’re looking for. Slumped shoulders give way and she wraps her arms around me bringing our bodies together. Her hands slide over my wet shirt, catching as it clings to my body. She kisses down my jaw until her lips find mine. She captures me, right then, consuming me with her kisses. Our lips never fumble, maybe frustrated we can never get close enough, but they’re sure kisses that designate what we are, for the briefest moment. 
We’re this, right here, right now. 
A three AM text and no questions, only mumbled words of acceptance. 
I’m here for something and she knows it, her mouth finds mine again fisting her hands in my t-shirt, pulling me into her. We stumble, the wall meets her back and I’m dying, falling, soaring into the high only she can give me. I close my eyes and ignore the thump in my chest, ignore the fact that’s she’s never gonna love me the way I love her.
It’s just not going to happen. 
Stop beating. Stop believing in anything but never.
The moment her tongue meets mine, I can’t breathe again. I’m screaming in pain that she can’t see what she does to me, how she makes me feel.

My Review 
4.5 This book grabbed me and held on Stars
Forever Dark is book #1 in the Forever Love Series, this book is written by Chelsea Landon. 
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was lucky enough to have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes....

This book is dark, it’s gritty and harsh and I kind of loved it!!

This is not your average college romance at all; Cash and Madison feel more like Romeo and Juliet more than sweet valley high.

I was completely absorbed by their connection; it’s an absolute obsession with each other to the point that it’s unhealthy and dangerous.

To be honest Cash and Madison’s relationship feels more like a tragedy than a love story.

Their picture perfect high school love is smashed to smithereens following the death of their high school friend and Forever Dark follows the couple through college and their tumultuous relationship.

I’m going to be honest and say that Madison is not a particularly likable character she’s selfish and destructive, but regardless of that I really liked her. She has a sense of hopelessness that is just incredibly engaging, she’s that beautiful girl that is so incredibly sad that you just can’t help but stare at her.

Something about Madison just meant that I literally couldn’t put this book down; it was a bit like car crash literature. You know that it’s all just going downhill but you can’t stop reading because you hope that it all going to be ok.

For me that’s what Cash was in this book he was a downtrodden but ever present ray of hope and I just loved him. He should be angry and hurt and he is but as big as his pain is his love for her is bigger and he just can’t quite walk away.

This book is beautifully written the characters are portrayed with such intensity that I felt like I knew each person and I understood their actions and reactions.

As broken as Madison is Landon is just as far in the pit of despair and pain and I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store.

I really enjoyed this book it just dragged me in and I literally took my kindle everywhere with me because I just couldn’t put this book down, I loved it!! 4.5 stars.

Excerpt from Forever Light

I push everything out of my mind and move with determination. It has to be this way. It’s for the best. I throw everything that’s left of me into soul-searing sex between us. My movements becoming harder, faster, my left arm wrapped around her waist, my right hand on her ass moving her against me. Macy’s panting and gently biting down on my neck and it only fuels my fire and sends me over the fucking edge. Macy’s body tightens around me and I push harder into her chasing my own orgasm, praying she’s close because I’m not lasting. 
“Oh Landon,” she cries out. Her body goes limp in my arms as I continue to drive into her. It starts out low in my stomach building rapidly and then it hits like a freight train. 
“Damn,” I grind out still pumping in and out of her slowly as my release hits. 
I rest my head on her shoulder and it’s then that I realize she’s crying. 
Shit. Was I too rough? 
Did I hurt her? 
No, that’s all I’ve ever done is hurt her. This is more. This is her knowing there’s no chance for us. Not when I can’t give myself to her in the ways she needs. I lift her chin and a tear slips down her cheek. Her next words break that last piece that was holding me together. 
“You stole my heartbeat.” I blink, pulling away from her, and the words come out before I can stop them. 
“I can’t steal something you give to me over and over again to destroy."

My Review
4 Forever Light Stars
Forever light is book #2 in the Forever Love Series. This book is written by Megan Smith I'm a massive fan of her books so I was super excited to be given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Forever Light is Landon and Macy's story, it's told over the same time scale as forever dark and it basically fills in the gaps about Landon and Macy's relationship and expands on what we learn in Forever Light. 

I loved Landon he's a really complex character and we see a much deeper side of him than he appears in the first book.

I’m not entirely convinced about Macy she is sweet but I just didn't find that I engaged with her character as much as I expected to.

Forever Light is much like the title suggests a much lighter more typical romance story. Landon and Macy feel much younger and more juvenile than Cash and Madison and the story is much more conventional college romance.

I felt for Landon he was in a vicious downward spiral fuelled by guilt and depression. He was a total dick to Macy I'm surprised she didn't dump his ass but I suppose that's what happens when u love someone that much, you can forgive them almost anything!!

For me this book is missing the intensity of Forever Dark, I felt like I knew everything was going to be ok in this book.

This book doesn't have a real HEA but it's left with a definite sense of hope for the future,

I didn't realise that there was a third book planned in this series so I can't wait for that to come out to find out what happens for the two couples.

I liked this book it's a completely different kettle of fish to Forever Dark and a much lighter easier read 4 stars.

A stay-at-home mom, Chelsea spends her days drinking entirely too much caffeine, baking sugar-sweet treats she never eats, playing on Pinterest, and jotting down notes for her novels. A dreamer at heart, she’s been creating happily-ever-afters. She’s a lover, a writer, a dreamer, would rather type than speak, wants to remember everything, loves lots of ice in her drinks, and is slightly introverted.

USA TODAY bestselling author Megan Smith is a New Jersey native managing purchasing for an award-winning business IT and software development firm - and by night creating the memorable characters her fans have grown to adore. Smith's The Love Series introduces readers to MacKenzie Cahill - a hopeful young woman who experiences adversity, challenges and the bittersweet triumph of true, authentic love.
Smith is a wife and mother, who makes time for her family, professional life and the creation of the Cahill's world. Fans of The Love Series - Trying Not To Love You, Easy To Love You, Hard To Love You - are captivated by relationships, special bonds and family ties pervasive in Smith's emotional, energized and engaging work. Smith is also the author of the 2014 releases, Let Me Love You - continuations of The Love Series, Finding Us (Finding Series) and a few top secret projects.