Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Lost In You by Heidi McLaughlin - Review, Giveaway



Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lost In You by Heidi McLaughlin.  The tour is hosted by Good Choice Reading Promotions.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Heidi is also giving away a Kindle Paperwhite, which you can enter to win below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Lost in You
by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date:  May 6, 2013

Lost in You Synopsis:   Ryan Stone is a less than average teenager. He doesn’t have fancy clothes. He doesn’t carry around the latest smartphone and he definitely doesn’t have an MP3 player. Instead, he goes to school, does his chores and dreams of a new life away from Brookfield where he’s expected to follow in his blue collar family’s footsteps.

Hadley Carter is America’s Pop Princess. A successful recording artist living her dream with a sold-out tour and a handful of Grammy’s there isn’t much that she wants for, except love. But finding love on the road is near impossible when all she longs for are romantic dinners, a nighttime stroll on the beach and holding hands with someone who isn’t going to exploit her.

When a chance encounter introduces Ryan to Hadley, will he be like her adoring fans looking for a way in, or will it be Hadley who pursues Ryan even though it might cost her the only career she's known.

Lost in You is a story about following your dreams, taking risks and getting lost in love.

My Thoughts:  Ryan Stone is 17 years old.  He doesn't come for the best side of town, his family doesn't have much money, his parents are extremely strict, extremely religious, and his dad is one of those people that expects you to say "how high" when he says jump.  Ryan has always done everything he can to keep the peace at home rather than face his dad's wrath.  He doesn't have many friends, with the exception of one, and that would be Dylan.  Dylan and Ryan have been best friends since elementary school.  She comes from the better side of town, she tells Ryan everything, and his mom really likes Dylan.  Ryan would do anything for her, because she is his friend, so when she asks him to go to a concert in a nearby town that she won tickets and backstage passes to, he relents and says yes, even though he isn't looking forward to it.  His parents let him go, because he will be with Dylan.

Ryan has never heard of Hadley Carter before, so he doesn't have any "expectations" going in.  When they go backstage with the other contest winners, he isn't expecting much.  He gets his food and pretty much finds a corner to get out of the way in.  Hadley Carter is a pop star and an "idol" to many young girls.  She loves singing and performing, and loves meeting her fans even more.  When she sees Ryan across the room, she knows she has to meet him.  She sends her friend Alex over to find out more about him.  Then, against her manager's wishes, she invites everyone to her hotel room for an after-party.  Ryan isn't really impressed with the after-party and attempts to sneak out,  but Hadley catches him and they go onto the balcony so they can talk and get to know each other, and wind up spending the entire night out on the balcony.  They click automatically and Hadley can't stay away from him.  Ryan, though a little confused, feels the same way. There is only one problem, Ryan is 17 and Hadley isn't.  How will they handle the age difference?  What will people think?  Is it worth the risk?  Is this really love or just a passing infatuation?  Can this kind of relationship even work?  All these are questions that must be answered, but will the answers Hadley and Ryan find be the ones they want to hear, and what will they have to sacrifice in the process?

When I read the synopsis of the book I thought it sounded really good, but was a little leery when the whole instant love situation between Hadley and Ryan seemed to happen.  Don't let that dissuade you, because the story is so much more than that.  Yes, it seems like a whirlwind romance, the kind you only see in a movie, but the things that happen to Ryan and Hadley are anything but a fairy tale.  Needless to say, with the exception of Hadley's best friend Alex, everyone else is totally against these two being together.  Her manager doesn't like it, Ryan's parents don't like it, and Dylan especially doesn't like it.  Then, when you throw the age thing in, it only adds fuel to a destructive flame, one that threatens to destroy any hope of a future together.  I can't go into to many details about what happens and goes on in this story without spoiling it for you, and what I've told you so far is just the beginning.  Heidi McLaughlin takes these characters down a road of love, heartache, difficult choices, sacrifice, separation, pain, joy, and freedom to love again, so trust me when I tell you this is not an "insta-love" fairy tale type of story, no matter what it seems in the beginning.

I really did enjoy Lost in You, despite my concerns when first starting it.  I grew to really like both Ryan and Hadley, and though I liked Dylan in the beginning, I kind of grew to dislike her as the story progressed.  I was very happy with with the ending, and with the bumpy rough road it took to get there.  I thought Heidi McLaughlin did an excellent job in bringing everything together and closing it out.  The ending is one of the main things that makes or breaks a book for me, and this ending was outstanding.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then Lost in You is something that is most definitely worth checking out.

Teaser:

The things I do for friends.  Well, actually just one friend.  If anyone else had asked me to attend a concert where there are five men - or are they boys? - dancing around gyrating their junk in our faces, I would've given them a resounding hell no.  Yet I stand here, for Dylan, while she paws at these dudes in white pants.  What guy wears white pants anyway?  She freaks out each time one of them touches her and yells loudly in my ear that she is never washing her hand.  I want to remind her that she has other people's germs on her because they've touched a lot of people and then themselves throughout their performance.......When the group leaves the stage, Dylan grabs my hand with the hand she said she was never going to wash, sharing the boy band germs with me.


Heidi McLaughlin Bio

My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you'll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I'm writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.

I'm also an active reviewer on The Readiacs - a site I own with my best friend and uber special beta, Yvette.



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23 comments:

  1. I just bought this one this morning because I just know I am going to love it but it is really nice to read your review and know you enjoyed it!

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  2. This one sounds AMAZING! I think that two people who spend an entire evening talking can 'fall in love'. It's just that only time will tell if it's real love and can survive anything. I'm definitely going to have to grab a copy!

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  3. Thank you so much for participating in the tour. I'm happy to read that you enjoyed the story. Hope to work with you again in the future.

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  4. This sound like such a beautiful story. I would love to see how things go between these two. And what an amazing cover too!

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  5. Good review. I just love blog tours because i get to find new books everyday without browsing goodreads :)

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    1. So true, there are so many good books out there :)

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  6. The ‘famous’ person storyline is not my favorite (although I LOVE the With ME books by Kristen Proby) and Forever My Girl was okay for me. But I do love this cover. Still debating on this one…great review though!

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    1. I liked this one, but I don't know if you would Nereyda.

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  7. I couldn't imagine being a pop star on the road all the time; never knowing if you will ever find that one true someone. This book sounds very interesting and will end up in my collection of books soon.

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  9. I'm currently reading this now, age diff seems interesting!

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    1. It does. I'll be interested in hearing how you liked it.

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  10. I really liked this one, too. The ending was absolutely perfect and totally upped my love for the story.
    Great review!

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  12. Thank you for the great giveaway! I haven't read this but I'm looking forward to it

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  13. thanks for the giveaway! I hope to win ^_^

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