Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blog Tour: No Reverse by Marion Croslydon - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for No Reverse by Marion Croslydon.  The tour is hosted by AToMR Tours.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  The author is also offering a giveaway in conjunction with the tour, which includes three prize packs.  You can enter that below.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  

Title: No Reverse
Author: Marion Croslydon
Age Group and Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: August 8, 2013

Book Description: 
A girl who needs to undo the past. 
A boy who wants to forget it.
In love, there’s no way back.
At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.
Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancĂ©e’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.
Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.
There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…
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My Thoughts:  Josh MacBride loved Cassie O'Malley with everything that was in him, and Cassie returned that love wholeheartedly.  When Cassie got pregnant, she and Josh got married.  Josh's dad was not happy about it at all.  He considered Cassie to be "white trash."  Josh, on the other hand, had a future, a big bright future ahead of him - one which Cassie didn't want to stand in the way of - one which Josh would have easily and willingly given up for her.  Cassie thought she was doing the right thing, the best thing for Josh, but wound up breaking his heart.  Fast-forward 5 years.  Cassie is still in Steep Hill Kansas.  She's been waiting tables and taking care of her sick grandmother for the past five years and she and Josh are technically still married.  She has just buried her grandmother when she receives divorce papers from Josh.  She also receives another letter, a letter which changes everything.  She knows she has to talk to Josh, to come clean and tell him everything, which requires her to go to England, spending what little money she has left, but...when she gets there, not only is he not happy to see her, he has moved on and is engaged to someone else.....someone who is worthy of him........someone from an important and wealthy family, someone better than Cassie, someone who can fulfill his dreams, or can she?  

I really did enjoy this story, but it was also so heartbreaking.  Josh and Cassie, pushed by forces that were against them and not for them, each made choices that they thought were the best thing for the situation they were in at the time.  Josh neglected to tell Cassie before they got married that he had been accepted into Georgetown, and she in turn fabricated her own web of deceit, thinking she was doing what was best for Josh.  He was angry, hurt, and did everything he could to forget Cassie, and then moved on.  Cassie on the other hand, was sort of in limbo.  She loved Josh, but she knew she couldn't be with him.  Nevertheless, she was going to have to face her demons and do what was best for everyone involved, and to do that she had to travel to England, where Josh was finishing up at Oxford.  The series of events that transpires after she arrives is intense and emotional, to say the least.  To be honest, Josh was kind of a jerk, and in his defense, he thought he had reason to be, but a jerk nonetheless.  Even though he tried, he couldn't deny his feelings that were still there for Cassie, feelings he had tried to forget with alcohol and women, until finally he found a woman he thought he could move on with.  "Lenor," bless her heart, was a rich bitch that had her sweet moments to, which made it hard to totally dislike her.  Cassie found a temporary job and some new friends, who wind up playing a role in her future.  She can't deny her love for Josh anymore than she can deny the fact that she needs air to breathe.  I really liked her, but I got aggravated with her, because she believed the lies about herself - that she wasn't worthy or good enough, and because she loved Josh, she was willing to sacrifice whatever was necessary, including her own happiness, in order for him to be happy, but there was one thing he had to agree to, and that my friends, I can't talk about.  I liked Cassie, felt bad for her, got aggravated at her, got upset with her, and my heart ached for her and what she was going through.  

I continually rooted for this couple throughout the entire book, despite Josh's jerkdom, because he does begin to redeem himself before it is all said and done.  I have a feeling I will fall in love with him in the next book though.  Their relationship felt like this couple was on an emotional roller coaster that kept changing directions, highs, lows, to the left, to the right, backwards, and forwards.  Then, there was a turn I wasn't happy with, another turn when it looked like things were finally going to work out for these two, and the author switches tracks again and leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger, which sets things up for the sequel.  Despite that, I was happy with the point these two found themselves at, and I am excited to find out what Marion Croslydon has in store for these characters in the next book. This story is not easy for these characters.  They go through a lot and find that love is something you have to work for, there are consequences and repercussions that result from bad choices and lies, broken hearts and hurt feelings take time to mend, and finally, that honesty and truth are the glue that holds love together.  If you enjoy New Adult Contemporary Romance, then No Reverse is something I would recommend checking out.  

About the Author
Marion’s parents are terribly disappointed with her…


They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job.
But deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain).
That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity.
Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.
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Prize Pack #1: Signed copy of No Reverse, £10 Amazon gift card (British Pounds), 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse mug, 1 No Reverse mouse pad, 1 No Reverse pen
Prize Pack # 2: Signed copy of No Reverse, £10 Amazon gift card (British Pounds), 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse mug
Prize Pack # 3: Signed copy of No Reverse, 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse pen



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23 comments:

  1. I'm not sure what I can write that'll convey how awesome the blurb is and how much it makes me want stop everything, get the book and a box of tissues, and sit down and read it. :p

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    1. I really did like it. In fact, I stayed up to almost 3:00 a.m. to finish it.

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  2. Despite your frustration with Cassie and her inability to see her own worth (and Josh's jerkdom), this sounds like a really fantastic read Ellen! I'm glad Josh begins to redeem himself, I'm already rooting for the pair of them. Lovely review!

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    1. It really was good, and really, I think the frustration just made me connect more with her character because I so wanted to see things work out for her. Josh starts out as a jerk, but he comes around, and I think I will probably fall in love with him when I read the next book in the series.

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  3. This seems like a tumultuous, and great story. I really wanted to fit in the tour, but just couldn't. Excellent review, Ellen!

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    1. Thanks Andrea. It is a good book. It is so hard to fit in all the tours and books we'd like to read - there are just too many good ones out there.

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  4. I am so torn about this one. I really want to read it but I hate cliffhangers too! I think I might pick this one up and then hold on to it until the next book is out.
    Beautiful review Ellen!

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    1. Thank you. I really am anxious to read the second book.

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  5. This sounds like a great book. I hadn't heard of it before. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

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  6. This sounds really good. I think I might get frustrated since it's clear their communication skills suck, but the overall story sounds fascinating.

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    1. It was a bit frustrating at times, but at the same time they both had some growing to do. It was really good, but I am ready for the second book.

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  7. I'm always looking for more great new adult books & authors.

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  8. That is really mean. You got me wanting to know right now what happens and what the twist is!! I hate cliffhanger endings but am a sucker for those kind of books. I might have to go get it now! Grr...

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    1. I know, I'm sorry, but it would be a major spoiler. I am not a fan of cliff hangers either. This one isn't too bad, but you definitely want the next book when you're done.

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  9. Even though I just wrote a lengthy post on why I am burned out on NA contemp today I am interested in checking this one out. I read a brilliant review for it yesterday and you make a compelling case as well. Josh sounds like a tough sell and I am interested to meet him!

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  10. This sounds so good!! I've never heard of it before. Glad you liked it! :)

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  11. Love your review! I like the cover and the blurb and it's something I think I would like to read. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  12. Seems to be a great book! Can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

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  13. thank you for the chance to win. sounds like a great book

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  14. Sounds like tissues, wine and chocolate are needed when cracking this one open, lovely review Ellen!

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  15. This books sounds really good. Great review by the way.

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