Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Entwine by Rebecca Berto: Release Blitz, Interview, Review, Giveaway

Entwine by Rebecca Berto
Publication date: November 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Sarah Langham’s life was the epitome of normal until her dad slept with another woman when she was sixteen. It ripped her family apart.

Twenty-two-year-old Sarah has it together, though.

Waiting at the train station to go home from her first day of her first proper job out of university, she spots a man.

He is an enigma to her. She’s drawn to him, with his square jaw; buzz of hair; and his tall, solid frame, seen under the contours of his business suit. And he’s been looking at her, too. Fate pulls them together that night on a whirlwind date, exceeding anything Sarah’s experienced before. He’s even more into her than she’s into him. Finally, she wants to trust a guy for the first time since she was sixteen.

But then they discover something.

Something that meant they were never two strangers at a train station.

And it threatens to tear their future apart before it, really, ever begins.

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Rebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading
her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She's strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

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with Rebecca Berto

What inspired you to write Entwine?
 I was in a bit of a rut and my friend suggested to free write to help. So I downloaded a program that blocked out my screen and had a serene and freeing vibe to it. And I wrote.

I wrote one scene and then during my second free writing exercise, I ended up continuing that same character and story. Fearing I’d get in a rut again if I turned it into a novel, I continued to write random scenes until about 10,000 words along.

Then I knew I had something special and I had to create a novel. The two main characters excited and ignited a passion in me I hadn’t felt for a while.

I have to thank my friend for the reason Entwine exists. It turned out beautifully, thanks to the way I approached it differently than I have to my writing in the past.

Tell us about your main character.
 Sarah is an every-girl. She isn’t a virgin but she hasn’t slept with the whole town, she isn’t stuck up, or overly reserved, and she isn’t whiny.

Sarah is fresh out of college, starting her dream job but in her personal life, she’s stuck from moving forwards by hurt in her past. When she meets an amazing guy one night, she fears he’s too good since Sarah’s nothing special. It’s the simple, yet realistic quality about her I really connected to.

Sarah is understatedly unforgettable.

Who does your book appeal to?
 Entwine is a unique one to classify.

It evokes a dream-like style at times; in other scenes it’s emotionally devastating with the hurt Sarah feels; and sometimes it’s so damn hot your screen will be in danger of igniting into flames.

If you love your sexy reads and your emotional stories, Entwine is a great balance between that.

My Thoughts:  Entwine is a contemporary romance that takes place in Australia.  Sarah is 22 years old and has just finished college and has gotten her first real job as a junior editor.  While at the train station on her way home a very beautiful man catches her eye, and she catches his in return.  One thing leads to another and they wind up spending the evening together.  Malik is a totally hottie, but he is older than Sarah, and she feels he is obviously out of her league.  Sarah has a lot of emotional issues that stem from something that occurred with her family when she was a teenager.  Malik has his own baggage he has had to deal with also.  As their paths and lives entwine together like a vine, they find out something that could destroy any chance they have together, but they must decide if that revelation and how they deal with it will cut their relationship off at the roots, or if what they have with each other is worth holding on to.

The story is told from Sarah's point of view from a then and now perspective, relating to what is going on present day, and what happened in her teenage through university years with her family and past relationships, and also how things tie into what is going on today.  While the story itself has a good premise, I personally wasn't really crazy about Sarah, or Malik for that matter.  Their relationship was an insta-love type of relationship and while the chemistry was definitely their and the romance hot, it just seemed too serious too soon and a little too unrealistic for me.  The things that occur and the secrets that are revealed are definitely interesting, but the story and the relationship just wasn't something that captured my attention or heart, and Sarah went from being what Malik referred to as mature beyond her age to a needy stalker mode and then back again.  Malik was also a little to unrealistically devoted, but when a situation arose that tested that, even though it may have been out of his control, he did something that just didn't add up to what he was professing, though he does redeem himself.  As the story unfolded, they deal with some dramatic issues as they attempt to work through things.  It does end pretty well, however.

I've read and enjoyed a few of Rebecca's books in the past and she is definitely a good writer.  While Entwined was a pretty good romance, it just didn't blow me away.  I don't have a problem with insta-love stories in general, but my lack of ability to really like or connect with the characters and the unrealistic feel of the intensity of the relationship left me a bit underwhelmed with the novel, though I didn't dislike it.  It just left me feeling a little blase, which of course is just a personal opinion.
Heather gave it 5 stars.  You can see her review here

Shirley gave it 4 stars.  You can see her review here.

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  1. What a great deal!

    I love that this just wort of came to the author and all feel together like it did.

  2. Sounds interesting. I'm very curious how her dad's affair ties in with this new guy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Loving that cover image :3 Can't really resist at that price either!

    Thanks for the post and giveaway x

    - Michelle E Dunne -

  4. The plot sounds interesting. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

  5. Congrats to Rebecca Berto on the release of Entwine!

    I wonder what program she used to block out her screen during her free writing sessions?

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed to win.


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