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Monday, 8 January 2018

NBtM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Lottie Loves by Samie Sands


Contemporary Romance



“Will you marry me?”

Four words I’ve waited my whole life to hear. Four words I was sure would change my life forever…and they did. Just not in the way I expected.

Finding out my extremely gorgeous rock star boyfriend was about to propose had the complete opposite effect I thought it would. Rather than catapult me into a future I’ve always wanted, it plunged me back to a past I tried to forget.

Now I can’t get him out of my head. I can’t help but wonder what could have been, how our lives would have ended up if he didn’t leave me behind, a shattered mess.

All these memories are dangerous. They’re bringing my past back to ruin my future. And worst of all, they’re taking me right back to him, my childhood sweetheart, my first love…my biggest regret.

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“What am I going to do, Lotts?” he asked me, giving me a look of sheer helplessness. “How am I going to come back from this?” 

“Well, I’ll help you,” I gasped at him seriously, growing increasingly excited about the prospect of spending even more time with Joe. Things were much better anyway, and I wanted to take that one step further. I figured if I could start tutoring Joe, I could drag him away from the idiotic ‘popular crowd,’ and we could go back to being the us we were when we were younger, the us I loved so much. “I’ll go over everything with you, I have extensive notes from all the classes, maybe I could get you back up to where you should be…” 

I trailed off because he was giving me a strange look, one that had my heart thundering loudly in my chest. As his eyes shone with an emotion I didn’t quite recognise, I gulped down the massive ball of emotion that had lodged itself firmly in my throat. My ears buzzed, and my eyes swam. I had the intense sense that something monumental was about to happen…I just wasn’t quite sure what it was.  

“You’re always there for me,” he murmured thoughtfully, his gaze falling to my lips. My blood boiled inside of me as I shifted uncomfortably where I sat. I felt scrutinised, weird, and I didn’t know what the hell to do. “No matter what, you’re always there.” 

Then before I could even think, before I could grasp what the hell was happening, his lips had smashed against mine, and his hands were tangling themselves up in my hair. My instinctive reaction was to pull back, to find out what the hell was going on with Joe, but then the realisation screamed in my brain that Joe was kissing me, and that it might be the only shot I ever got.  

My heart raced so quickly I feared it might burst from my chest, a fiery spark lit within me, and although it wasn’t quite what I’d been picturing in my mind—it was far too desperate and needy for that—I felt alive, tingly, and I knew this was proof that we were meant to be. I knew we’d finally overstepped that mark, we’d crossed the line and there would be no coming back from that, but I was excited. I felt this was how things had meant to be all along. 

As we finally pulled apart, and we gazed into one another’s eyes, I thought I could see some shock there, almost as if he hadn’t quite expected to do that. I didn’t mind that though, I was certain I looked the same. In that way, it was really the perfect moment—in my mind, at least. It was spontaneous, unexpected, and incredibly excited. 

“I…” I started to speak, to ask him the millions of questions floating through my mind, but before I could get anything out, we heard Joe’s mum calling him home. Usually this wouldn’t mean too much, we would hang out for a little while longer, but this time he jumped up rapidly with a regretful look in his eyes, and he raced away. 

It’s just because he needs to think things through, I tried to reassure myself, as I trudged slowly and sadly to my own home. He just needs to sort out his own feelings.  

Out of an intense desire to recall this situation fully, now that I’d started thinking about it, and wanting to be armed with as much knowledge as possible, I raced back to my diary, and I flicked through the pages until I found the relevant one. 

26th May 2007 

I just kissed Joe. 

I don’t even know how to describe it, it was utterly the best moment of my life. All of my dreams couldn’t even begin to imagine how good it was going to be. I can’t even believe that I’m writing this…after all the heartache, all the wondering, it’s finally happened and now we can actually be together.  

This is the best thing ever!

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3 out of 5 (good)

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I really wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be one that I could rave about to you and beg you to read. The blurb sounded so incredible, it had my attention and made me want to read it.

As I cleared my scheduled and started reading the story, I was perplexed. At times, the story was excellent. It held my attention, grasped its claws into me, and made me keep reading. At other times, it felt forced reading. It left my attention wondering, its claws were slipping, and left me confused. I felt like I went back and forth during the entire story.

Having a read like this is incredibly frustrating. It’s not frustrating because the author did a bad job writing the story, or frustrating because the story was lacking, it’s frustrating because it’s hard to fully explain in writing why I was struggling so much, so bare with me as I try to explain.

As I sit here and write this review and think in my head, I think there are two biggest reasons that the story wasn’t “great” all the way through; over writing and lack of description or explanation. I know, these two seem to make no sense together, right? Let me explain. I think, at times, the author went in a little deep with her writing, her explanations, and back story. I think some of it wasn’t necessary. However, the way that this story is written, you get “back stories” or history of the main character and her childhood sweetheart. However, you don’t get a warning when it is the flashback, you just kind of have to know. Certain times, it’s glaringly obvious but other times it’s not so obvious and required me to go back and re-read a little bit to realize I was reading a flashback. I think maybe had these been labeled a little bit better, it might have helped my mind prepare a little bit and not have so much confusion.

So, overall, it wasn’t a bad read. The main female character has some serious inner turmoil and is forced to make a pretty intense decision. She had, what I would consider, an unhealthy first love, and her heart doesn’t want to let go. It’s intense and heart breaking. I can recommend to read the story, just prepare yourself for flashbacks and know if it doesn’t seem like current times, it’s probably a flash back. Maybe the author will choose to edit her story a bit to make it more clear. If not, it’s still a good story.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Samie Sands is the author of the AM13 Outbreak series, published by Limitless Publishing. She's also had short stories included inAmazon best selling anthologies and work featured on Wattpad. Lottie Loves is her first book in the contemporary romance genre.
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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thank you so much for the feature and review! :)

  3. I think I understand what you're saying. I'm not a fan of flashbacks, because I have to pay really close attention and know that it's a flashback. I think it would definitely help if a dated time was given in flashback (January 1, 2010) and then "Present" written to let the reader know what's going on. Thanks for the reviewing. I was really wondering about this book.

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