Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BOOK TOUR: Remembering Joy - Jenni Moen + REVIEW!!!

Released: June 7th, 2013

Alexis doesn't believe in fairytales. She knows first hand that life can turn on a dime – that one stupid mistake can shatter dreams and irrevocably shape the future. Even though her memory of that day is hazy, she has spent the last ten years trying to put it behind her and focus on the future.

Armed with the knowledge that her career will be her only legacy, Alexis works night and day to prove that she is more than just her last name. It's not only she doesn't have time for love – she doesn't have the heart for it. After all, there's no point in starting something that you can't finish.

However, when she meets Adam, she's drawn to him in a way even she can't deny. He is dark and brooding and strangely charming. He's the perfect distraction from the mundane life she's created for herself. And, as if fate is pushing them together, he seems to be around every corner. It's enough to almost make her entirely forget about her past and take a chance.

Unfortunately, Adam's memory isn't hazy . . . not in the least. And, what she doesn't remember, he can't forget.

"If I didn't know better, I would say that we were absolutely perfect together."
Guess what? I had been planning to just rush into this book and finish it since my review was due on the 25th but boy, am I ever glad that I took my time reading this book, even if I actually finished it in a few hours. I started before school and then continued reading after school. Shit, man, I'm a blubbering mess writing this review.

Remembering Joy taught me about the meaning of forgiveness and having to move on from the past and trudge on forward. The story was not only compelling but it touched my heart (as horribly cliché as that sounds) and struck me deep. It was beautiful, hilarious and painfully saddening.

I am so freaking glad that I decided to join this book tour. THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK I READ DURING A BOOK TOUR THAT I'VE EVER GIVEN A 5 STAR TO!!! Yes, I am definitely happy with this book. More than happy actually.

The story takes off with Adam seeing Allie for the first time in years and this memory of his hits him like a ton of bricks. He's swept away with revenge and his scheme to get back at her for what she did in the past. SHIT! That was like the moment I thought, "Yes! Yes! Yes! He's going to freaking mess up at one point!"

But hot damn, by the end of the book, I take it back. I want to take it all back because I was on the floor. On my side. Crying my eyes out. My sister told me I looked like an idiot like that. But, since I was enjoying a fantastic book, I merely flipped her off and moved on.

Let's officially start this review with Allie (Alexis), shall we?

Allie is one of my favorite heroines now. I know it may seem like I label a lot of the female characters in books as favorites but I can't help it. Some of them are just so alluring and unbelievably charming that I fall for them.

So, Allie has been carrying this guilt around for so long, and she feels like she doesn't deserve a relationship, a real one at least.
"I'm a dead end, Adam." And at that moment, that was exactly how I felt inside… a dead end.
I can't help but sympathize for her character because she has all these nightmares and, of course, the burden inside of her, yet she has to be strong everyday to carry on.

This is me right now:

I just really don't know what to do with my life now. This book was so heart-breaking in so many ways in the end despite the extremely happy and exciting scenes in the beginning.

But the best part? Adam made her better. Happier.
"When I was with him, I wasn't all wrapped up in the past that I'd let dictate my future for so long. It was nice to just enjoy the present. I knew better than to think that there was a fairytale happily ever after in store for me, but it was nice to not feel like an emotional abyss."
Then there's Adam who you just have to sympathize for too, in spite of the fact that he had douchey intentions.

But, not only is he super hot,
"Each muscle in his chest and abdomen was marvelously defined, but there was nothing bulky about him. He was perfectly lean."
(TOTALLY MY TYPE OF GUY!) but he is also super shmexily sweet
I have been thinking about dessert and am hoping that you are, too. In case you can't wait until the next time.
(He sent her a cake btw and guess what's written on the cake?)
For more dessert, call 212-240-9609
(And it sure as hell isn't the bakery's number.)

and super possessive ;) (you know how I like my alpha males)
As I leaned down to kiss her, I looked over her head at the guy paying too much attention to my girl, and I raised my eyebrows at him. Then I flicked my tongue in her mouth and flipped him off for good measure.
Hot damn, baby, hot damn.

BUT! By the end of the book, this would show Adam:

FFFFFUUUU, this book was just so brilliant, I fell in love with it over and over again.

Minor Faults:
  • The dream was repeated too many times, even if it was to create suspense, it was just too much.



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Finding Joy (Joy #2 4.5 APPLES!!!

About The Author:

Jenni Moen lives in her hometown in Oklahoma with her husband and three crazy, exuberant kids that have the potential to burn the house down at any moment.
When she's not chauffeuring kids around town, performing mom duties as a short order cook and maid, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and exercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading… and now writing… that are her true escapes.

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