Friday, September 8, 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Because of Him by Terri E. Laine

Because of Him
by Terri E. Laine
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 7th, 2017


Past and present intertwine with light and dark to tell a story ...Because of Him

Something inside me fiercely craves normal.
Sheltered all my life and taught to be afraid, I want to be bold, fearless.
Up until now I've kept myself and my heart safe.
Tade Astor, a guy so hot he steals my breath away, jeopardizes it all.

He isn't the kind of guy to give up on what he wants—me.
He’s determined to prove my safe world is missing something—him.
Even though he may not be the cocky guy I assumed him to be...
He’s definitely not the guy I should give my heart to.
But each time I see him, he becomes harder to resist.
I want to be brave and give him a chance... though it might come back to haunt me.

At the heart of Because of Him is a love story. But due to certain sensitive topics, it might not be suitable for all readers.

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She glanced down, allowing her hair to create a wall between us. “You don’t even know me," she said.
“I know you keep one side of your hair tucked behind your ear to reveal a tiny hoop earring pierced halfway down the curve of your ear. The piercing is most likely an act of defiance against your traditionally minded parents. You reveal it to show you’re your own person. But it’s the other side of your hair that hangs loose to hide your face that’s so telling. There is a part of you that’s a rebel but doesn’t want to be seen at the same time.”
While she sat dumbstruck, I reached out with my hand and allowed myself the touch of her cheek before brushing the hair to secure it behind the other naked ear.
“You shouldn’t hide a face as pretty as yours.”


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About the author:

Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.


My review:

3.5 you just can't love them all - Stars

I was thrilled when I started reading this book because come on! This is a Terri E. Laine book and I haven't missed one of hers so far.

Because of Him looked so promising and I was sure that I would love it! The beginning was definitely as good as I thought it would be but after a while, I don't know what happened, the story just couldn’t keep my attention any longer.

The story was told in dual POV and switched between past and present although it was mostly in the present. So, even if you don't like time jumps in a story, I'm sure you won't mind the few in this book. Especially because I actually loved those chapters the most (I just can't tell you why or anything else as to not spoil the story). But believe me when I say they were so different. This was also a reason why I couldn't connect with the characters because I didn't buy into them. The character from past and present felt like two different people which kind of ruined it for me because the characteristics didn't feel real.

Anyway, there were parts I loved and then there were some scenes that felt a bit meh. As intrigued as I was at first with Gavin, he more often annoyed me with the constant back and forth with Megan. This was the first time that I wasn't happy about the secondary characters in one of Terri's books.

However, I did enjoy this read but my mind just couldn't always stay focused. The characters, especially Reagan, weren’t the way I expected her to be after what she'd been through. It threw me for a loop because it gave me a hard time picturing her this way. It just made it harder to believe everything that was going on.

The Story:
Reagan just wanted to study and enjoy the kind of freedom she has being away from home and her overprotective mother. She doesn't want to meet any guys but as soon as Tade laid eyes on her, her quiet life is gone and her emotions going crazy. But how could she trust a guy that everyone's warning her from getting attached to?
'Guys that looked like him were dangerous to the heart.'
Tade has never wanted a girl as bad as the beautiful girl with the blonde hair and streaks of pink in them. He's persistent to get to know her; screw the rules he'd followed so far. Consequences be damned?!
'I'd always played my cards right and never promised more than a hookup. And so far, it had worked out. Until her.'
My opinion over this story is divided because some scenes just didn't do it for me and others really intrigued me.

Too many things were going on and I felt like some of them weren't explained properly or dealt with till the end. They felt like being left open and weren't mentioned again afterwards. Most weren't covered enough to my satisfaction and left me still confused or wondering after I had finished the book.
Maybe it's just me because my attention wasn't always on the story since it didn’t captivate me enough and maybe I missed something that had other people love the story.

The writing wasn't at all bad and the book or parts of it made a very good story. But as I've mentioned above, there were so many things going on when I would have preferred just a few to take focus on and greatly cover them. So the story mostly felt like lots of strings ending nowhere or suddenly being cut off. I wanted to love it but I just didn't buy into anything the characters did or felt. Parts of it made a nice school romance ('cause that's how I saw it) but I just hadn't expected to find this in the book so maybe I was too focused on something else that I had hoped for. I believe this is a book that will split reader's opinions. Mine is that I felt confused about what happened and that I wished it was different so I could have loved it.

I'm sure that I'm in the minority with my thoughts on this book and that's good (I'm really glad people got to enjoy it more than I did) although I would have preferred to love this book too. Maybe I should read it again? Maybe it will be different? Hm.. I'll think about it..

PS: I'm still utterly in love with the cover although I think it doesn't represent the story at all. At least I didn't picture any characters like him.

-- This ARC was kindly provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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