Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Breaking Lauren - Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Breaking Lauren by Jordan Deen.  The Tour is sponsored by AToMR Blog Tours.  The author is also giving away 2 print copies of Breaking Lauren as well as some swag.  You can enter the giveaway below.  Don't forget to check out all the other great stops on the tour.  The link is below.  

Breaking Lauren
by Jordan Deen
Publisher:  May 24, 2012
Publisher:  Black Rose Writing
Sourde:  ARC provided for tour

Book description:

Seventeen-year-old Danny Cummings' life is far from a fairytale, but that's okay since he doesn't believe in happy endings. After spending a year in juvenile hall for maliciously beating his sister's boyfriend, Danny embraces his badass image. Spending most nights drinking, fighting and collecting gambling debts for his Uncle, Danny's life is out of control. His addiction to the bad boy lifestyle won't let him do anything about it, even with his family begging him to go straight. But, when fifteen-year-old LaurenMcIntosh stumbles into one of his nightly escapades, the self-proclaimed anti-romantic can't concentrate on anything except Lauren and the fact that she's on the same path his sister was on. Danny knows true love happening for the villain is as common as gamblers paying their debt on time, but he's never backed away from a challenge before and he hates the idea that history will repeat itself.

Growing old with the man she loves—in the small town where she was born—is the only dream Lauren McIntosh has ever had; that is until her family is practically run out of town amidst rumors of arson and adultery. So, when she meets Danny at her new school and hears the rumors about his activities from her new friends, she wants nothing to do with him or the gossip that seems to follow Danny everywhere. After a dangerous and ill-fated attempt at sneaking out, she develops unwelcomed feelings for Danny that he seems to reciprocate. But, Danny’s unrelenting pursuit makes Lauren nervous, especially since he's the only one that wants to know the secrets surrounding her family’s move. Lauren can't tell if Danny's intentions are true or if he has other plans for their new-found and unlikely friendship. The only way to figure out is to let him in and that could destroy everything, including the popularity and social acceptance she desperately seeks. 

My Thoughts:  When I read the synopsis for this book I immediately thought it would be something that I would really like.  I mean the idea is great and there's nothing I love more than a misguided bad boy.  I totally fell for Danny.  His character was great.  Loved everything about him, the good, bad, and ugly.  I was really proud of him and how he progressed throughout the book.  Lauren, however, was a different story.  In the beginning, I thought she must have something really special about her for the hot bad boy and the high school quarterback to both have their eye on her, especially since she kept referring to herself as a little overweight, but unfortunately, I never saw what that was.  As the book progressed, I found her character to lack the depth and appeal that Danny's had.  I actually kind of wanted to slap some sense into her a couple of times and tell her to get a grip and look what's in front of you.  For the benefit of the doubt, she was very young and had "vain imaginations" that she felt she had to live up to.  Given the shamble that her parent's marriage was in, I couldn't understand why she would be so insistent on having the same thing.  

The idea behind the story was really good, but I felt like Lauren's denial of her feelings for Danny went on too long and I would have liked to have seen her and Danny get past that hurdle by the time the book ended.  The ending....WOW......major cliff hanger.  I was a little disappointed.  If you're a cliff hanger lover, then this is right up your alley.  I don't mind cliffhangers, to a point.  I can handle hanging off the Smokies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but this was like dangling by your fingertips off of Mt. Everest, and despite what I thought of Lauren, I have got to see what happens next.  Please, please let it finally be a happy ending.  I guess I am a sucker for those.  

Overall,  for me this book was okay.  I didn't love it, but I didn't dislike it either.  Again, the concept and idea behind the story was great, the way it was executed just didn't do it for me, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be something that you would enjoy, and I would encourage you to check it out for yourself.  I will be reading the next book in the series when it is available because I have to know what happens with Danny and Lauren.  I am crossing my fingers that she will grow up and come to her senses, but I'll just keep hanging on the edge until that book becomes available.  

I grew up in a small town 45 minutes outside of East St. Louis, Illinois. I discovered my talent for telling tall tales at the age of seven when my family home burnt down. Of course losing my family home wasn't exciting enough! So, aliens did it. The dogs wanted revenge against the cats because they could be inside... you get the idea.

At twelve, my family relocated to California and I've continued to concentrate on my love of all things reading, writing and story-telling.

My reading taste hovers towards the YA audience as there is just something authentic and magical about first loves and building friendships that will last a lifetime (or not).

Even though 'The Crescent' is a YA Urban Fantasy, I tend to write a bit of everything. I have a few edgy YA novels in process, a book about witches, a Sci-Fi novel and several others that I'm not sure where they are going yet. Again, I write what I feel, when I'm feeling it.

Writing is like the air I breathe, I'd die without it.

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  1. this is a great interview..i love the story and the cover,,
    nice to know you jordan..
    thanks for the chance to win..

    icha09 at gmail dot com

  2. I felt exactly the same way about Lauren. Glad you liked it. Very nice review!

  3. I almost signed up for this tour but there was omething about it that didn't really grab my attention. (Besides that awful cover, looks so 80's)

    1. The ending just got me. It was one of those where you check the Kindle to see if maybe pages are missing or something, then when you realize they are not, you pull your hair and scream "there is no way."

  4. Is this New Adult? I love new adult. Contemporary? I tlooks kind of cool. I love YA and NA. the developing age levels of reading are awesome, since I'm like, right there. I kind of agree with Nereyda (above comment), the cover does look like it's from the 80s. lol. Thanks for the tour and giveaway!

    1. This is a YA book. I love the New Adult Contemporary books that we're staring to see a lot more of now also. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Thank you for your review...I prefer happy endings and am not a fan of waiting (i'm working on cultivating patience lol) but this sounds like a good read. So thank you for offering this giveaway!


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