Friday, August 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Effortless with You by LIzzy Charles (Review, Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lizzy Charles' Effortless with You from Swoon Romance.  My stop today features a review and a tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Title: Effortless With You
Author: Lizzy Charles
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 12, 2013
Publisher:  Swoon Romance
Source:  eARC provided for tour
Effortless With You Book Blurb:
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can't end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls' dreams, but definitely not Lucy's. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he's the most beautiful jerk Lucy's ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there's more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

My Thoughts:  When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for Effortless with You, I thought it sounded like a cute YA contemporary romance, and it is, but I wasn't expecting just how much I really enjoyed it.  It's finally summer.  Lucy is looking forward to hanging out at the pool with her popular friend Marissa.  She finally has a boyfriend, Zach, and things seem to be going good, well except for at home.  When Lucy was a freshman in high school, she suffered some intense bullying because of her athletic ability and the fact that she was better than the senior girls.  It was awful for her, and coupled with some "mom issues," her already low self-esteem hit rock bottom.  Enter Marissa, who "saves" her and "transforms" her into the image that Marissa wants her to be, which isn't necessarily a good thing.  After her grades dropped and she gets in trouble one too many times, Lucy finds herself with a job, arranged by her parents, for the entire summer. Who she wasn't expecting to find sitting behind the wheel of the truck she was picked up in for work was Justin, the most beautiful, cocky, popular, aggravating boy ever, with eyes that you could lose yourself in for days. While other girls swooned over him, Lucy was determined that wasn't going to be her.  As the summer progresses and she and Justin get to know each other, she begins to see him for who he really is, and her heart begins to betray her.  He's nothing like she thought he was, and that makes it even harder for her to know that they will never be anything more than friends.  After all, he doesn't see her in that way, he has a girlfriend, and there is no way he would be interested in her, is there?

Effortless with You was a great YA romance.  Though the plot is good, it isn't unique, but the character building was superb and really set this story apart from being just another cute YA romance.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching Lucy's character grow and come of age.  She dealt with some really hard, really tough things.  She was naive about a lot of things, especially regarding Marissa, Marissa's motives, and her boyfriend, but she also came to possess a wisdom and strength by the end of the novel that were beyond her years.  She has issues that are centered around her and her mom's mental status that go back to early childhood, which  have deeply scarred her, and I was really touched as they worked through this over the course of the book (and it wasn't easy by any means).  She met a really great group of guys, who she worked with, and I just loved them all, especially Alex.  Then there was Justin - swoon - he was such an amazing guy.  He could come off as a jerk, at least in Lucy's mind, but he was really great underneath.  I just loved him.  Their's is not a love at first sight relationship by any means, and it was really great watching them as they progressed from not getting along, to friendship, to even more.  Lucinda didn't always handle things in the best way and messed up a lot, but she also grew tremendously.  I was almost like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.  Overall, this is a wonderful YA contemporary romance, and if you enjoy that type of story, then Effortless with You is something I most definitely recommend checking out.  

About Lizzy Charles
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

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  1. This does look like a really good YA Romance! And yes, that cover is GORGEOUS. It's always nice when a book surprises you with how much you enjoy it.
    Great review!

  2. This sound like a read for me for sure! I love happily ever afters, I am a sucker for them!!

  3. Anything but leaving things open.

  4. I definitely like the HEA endings best. This one does sound like a fun summer read. In books like this the characters are key and it sounds like this one is a winner!

    1. Me to. I hate to read them if they don't have a HEA.

  5. My answer is all of the above. I just need to be emotionally involved. Whether I end the book with a smile on my face or in tears, that's all that matters to me.

  6. I'm all about the HEA. If there's no HEA, then hopefully there's a sequel that will give me my HEA eventually.

  7. Depends on what I'm in the mood for... but generally HEA :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Im a sucker for the happily ever after and happy endings. It kills me when a book ends sad or dramatically. Even though those endings can mean more to come, but still happy ever afters are great.

  9. I'm an escapism reader, so HEA is the best!

  10. I like tragedy and death :)

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