Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Perfectly Messy by Lizzy Charles from Swoon Romance with Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Perfectly Messy by Lizzy Charles from Swoon Romance.  Tne tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  You can see the entire tour schedule here.  My stop today features a review and the tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Perfectly Messy
Release Date: May 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren't enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin's dad's gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

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My Review:  I thoroughly enjoyed Effortless with You and fell in love with Lucy and Justin's story, so I couldn't wait to read Perfectly Messy and see how things worked out for these two.  Effortless with You was a delightful treasure in a sea of YA books available, demonstrating the talented writing of debut author Lizzy Charles, and she further demonstrates her talent in Perfectly Messy, holding the reader captive as the story unfolds.  Lucy and Justin have gone through some difficult situations and things finally seem perfect for them, until they aren't.  Faced with not only the challenges normal teenagers face in life and relationships, they are also faced with the fact that Justin's father is in the public eye and the negative press that that sometimes includes, especially when your perfect world begins to fall apart.

I love Justin's character.  He is a hottie, but more than that, he is a real stand-up guy that has a good head on his shoulders and is responsible, yet still manages to be a dreamboat.  When pressures from family, school, his dad's political race, and being a good boyfriend mount, he kind of crumbles and doesn't handle things too well.  I got really aggravated with him, but that is a good thing, because it just made him seem more real, and though heartbreaking, watching him grow into the guy he becomes is so worth it.  Lucy's character is much more mature in this novel, almost too understanding at times, but then that fiery side comes forth and she manages to stand up for herself showing the tough girl she really is, while igniting that spark in Justin that spurs him on to realize what he wants and needs in life, and what he needs to do to get it.  

To make a contemporary romance shine brighter than the others these days is quite a feat, and Perfectly Messy is definitely one of those books that shines bright and makes you take notice.  The story is well written, keeping your attention from beginning to end, causing the reader to love and root for the characters, cheering them on to the finish line so they can find their happily ever after.  The romance aspect is done really well, and the characters....well, Justin has definitely got the swoon factor down pat.  If you are a fan of YA contemporary romance, then Effortless with You and Perfectly Messy are two books that I would most definitely recommend and are well worth making the time to read, perfect for young adult readers and those of us who are young at heart.  
Effortless with You
by Lizzy Charles

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.

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You can see my review of book one here. 

About the Author:
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. Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

  2. Great Review, gotta add these to my tbr!

  3. Oh goodness, looks like I need to go grab this one!

  4. Sounds like an emotionally heavy book! Just what I was looking for :P

    - Ellie of The Reading Slump

  5. I haven't heard of this series before, but it looks good. Thanks for sharing, Ellen!

  6. these look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  7. I'm trying to get more into contemps, so maybe I will give these ones a try. They sound pretty good!

  8. I really love the cover, thanks for sharing!

  9. This one sounds good! The other one sounds really good as well!

  10. thanks for the review! I will definitely check this book out :D

  11. I absolutely loved these books! So good!

  12. This sounds really good. Glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Effortless with You sounds like an interesting book that could lead to romance. Thanks for this fun giveaway!!

  14. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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