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Monday, 13 October 2014

REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - The Reason I Stay by Patty Maximini

Book & Author details:

The Reason I Stay by Patty Maximini
Publication date: September 10th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.
Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.
Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

Those are the values Mathew Rogers built his adult life on and plans to spend the rest of his days honoring. In his pursuit of happiness, he embarks on a one year journey where he’ll have to prove he can live by his values and rely only on himself.

Four months and thirteen days later, due to a series of unfortunate events, he finds himself in the rickety town of Jolene, Alabama. There, he meets Lexie, a waitress with some serious attitude and values of her own.

Never underestimate the healing power of chocolate chips.
If it walks and talks like a jerk, it’s definitely a jerk. Stay the hell away.
When in doubt, go with a smile and kindness. It goes a long way.

Taken by her beauty and personality, Mathew questions all he’s ever known and, much to his surprise, begins to give a damn about someone else for once in his life. The problem, however, is that Lexie seems to despise him.

Desperate to get his life back but unable to get in his car and drive to the next unplanned destination, Matt stays in Jolene. In the midst of arguments, unlikely friendships, new values and heartbreak, they’ll both try to find a reason to stay.



**** out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

Matt was a dick - it's that simple. At the start of the book I was second guessing why I was even reading it. He was arrogant, cocky, smug, there just didn't seem anything 'nice' about him. And Lexie thought the same, especially when he was a jerk to her. She really gave him what-for and I was cheering her on for doing so. The thing is, that got under Matt's skin. She hadn't fallen for him like everyone else did.

There are so many good bits about this book it's hard to point any out. I was very surprised by how good this book got considering how I felt about the start but it all makes sense. You need to dislike Matt at the beginning, it's all part of it and makes the whole thing so much more satisfying when things progress. Both our characters have trauma in their pasts but how they deal with it is completely different. The supporting characters, whether for good or bad, really help make up this story. The difference between Fritz and Eric was a joy to read and really helped to show how different friends can be at different times of your life.

I won't give away any spoilers but suffice it to say, I started off not liking this book and ended up really enjoying it and even being moved to tears at one stage. I can definitely recommend this author and this book to all fans of the contemporary romance genre.

BLOG GIVEAWAY – Open Internationally

If you would like the chance to win one (1) ebook copy of The Reason I Stay then this is all you need to do:

1) Share this post on Social Media and leave a comment on this blog saying where you have shared it and provide a link.

2) Agree to leave a review on with your usual 'book store' online when you've finished.

Closing date for the Giveaway is 16th November 2014 and the winner will be announced same day.

The prize will be sent out after 18th November 2014.


Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

Author links: 

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-Southern Belle Book Blog >> Excerpt
-Sassy Book Lovers >> Excerpt

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October 24th
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October 27th
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October 28th
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October 29th
-True Story Book Blog >> Review + Playlist
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October 31st
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  1. I love it when you start off being unsure and end up loving a book! I like how well written these characters sound especially! Great review, Merissa!

  2. I promist to review!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS TORI CARLSON! You have been chosen by as the winner of one (1) ebook copy of The Reason I Stay in the Blog Competition.

    Please confirm within 24 hours either below or by messaging For The Love of Books whether you would like it as a PDF, ePub or Mobi and with the email address you would like it delivered to!

    Your book will be sent out after 18th November 2014. Please contact me within 7 days of this date if you have not yet received it. It will probably arrive as an attachment to your email so PLEASE check your Spam box daily!