Monday, June 20, 2016

~*♥Release Blitz with Review♥*~ The Color of Us by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

Title: The Color of Us
Series: College Bound #2
Authors: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari
Release Date: June 20, 2016

Eighteen year old Alexis Sinclair is lost in the darkness of grief. Since the death of her sister in a car accident, she can’t find the will to get out and enjoy life again. When she’s forced to face her biggest fear and take a summer Driver’s Ed course, she’s surprised to find hope in the most unlikely person.

Liam O’Connell is trouble. He isn’t proud of his dark past, and he knows Alexis is the one girl he has no business pursuing. Doing the right thing has never been easy for him, but this time, it just might be impossible.

The perfect girl and troubled boy are all wrong for each other, but as Liam helps Alexis cope with her grief, they realize nothing has ever felt more right.

That is, until Alexis uncovers a secret about Liam that breaks her heart.

Liam knows he can’t allow the one good thing in his life to walk away without a fight, and he’s determined to convince Alexis they can find their way out of the darkness together.

Can he prove he’s worthy of her, or is some love too tainted to be saved.

Title: The Color of Us
Author: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (College Bound #2)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Diane

When I initially started reading this story I thought it was going to be a predictable college romance kind of book/ bad boy meets good girl. But OMG! Was I wrong. It cut deeply into my heart. I should have known that Laura's stories are far from predictable and that her writing style is impeccable. I have never read anything written by Christine before but she didn't disappoint me. This combination of authors have created an amazing 5 star story. If reading a story makes me shed some tears, it deserves all the stars in the sky.

This is about Alexis, an 18 year old who's living in darkness thinking that there is not any possible light or color in sight for her. She's grieving in her own way. She meets Liam, who's got the bad boy vibe going for him. He's seen his share of trouble by also being on the wrong side of the tracks. Together they will bring color into their lives that's until it all comes crashing down on them. Liam needs to step up and grow up so he will make some life altering changes. Alexis will be going through yet again some life changes.

This wonderful story had different facets to it. Pure first love that stayed in the depth of them and prevailed. Going through grief of loved ones. The need to find themselves by becoming mature responsible adults. Finding a middle ground by enjoying living life in an healthy way. Above all forgiving others in order to be able to move on.
This story is so beautifully written with words that are like music to my ears. I basically read this story in a day because it was engaging, endearing and very addictive. I was kept on the edge of my seat because of the numerous sweet twists and turns that surprised and moved me.

These characters had raw emotions that made me feel for them in a major way by making me weep. This story flowed well with never a dull moment. I connected with these characters for personal reasons.

Standalone told in a dual POV with a much deserved HEA. This is the second story in the College Bound series. I highly recommend this emotional journey of laughing, crying, swooning that left me happily smiling at the end. Its a full ride I do not regret getting on. I'm anxious to read more from these combined authors.

The Pledge (College Bound #1) – Released July 27, 2015

Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs.

Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren't the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.

When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he's worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can't deny the chemistry they share.

Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?

Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels. Her debut novel, NOT YET, is a Top 100 Amazon Bestseller.

The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeinated, bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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