Wednesday, August 31, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous,
and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

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He told me to 'settle, girl.'
He asked if 'something was wrong with me?'
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?


He wasn’t looking at me any more. I wasn’t even sure he was really in the room.
I needed to leave this alone. He had given me the clues—looking away, his jaw clenching, pain like I’d never heard from him sounding loud and clear. My instincts were telling me to shut up, but I couldn’t. I had this burning need to know more about Caden. I needed to get in there, past his walls, and I wanted to understand him.
I wanted to help him.
Caden was hurting, and I wanted to take that away.
“What happened?”
Caden turned his gaze to me now, and I felt branded by the pain I saw. His eyes were stricken. “Does it matter?”
“No.” My breath caught and held in my chest. I wanted to go to him, but I also wanted to slink away. I was stirring up his pain, but I had to know. “What happened, Caden?”
“Why do you have to know?”
“Because it’s hurting you.”
I made a decision, though I had no idea what the ramifications were going to be. I stood, my legs going numb and my stomach clenching, and I moved to his side. He leaned back, his head falling to the couch, and he watched me.
The need to ease some of his hurt outweighed the fear of what would happen next. Swallowing tightly, I stepped over to straddle him and sat down.
“What are you doing?”
He asked that softly, still holding his beer. I took it from his hands and put it on the stand next to the couch. Then I just sat there. He had to do the rest. I’d already made the first move.
I glanced down at his hands, feeling like an idiot. “What happened?”
“Why are you pushing this?”
I looked back up to find confusion warring with need in his eyes. He wasn’t pushing me away, so I sank further into his lap.
“You haven’t told anyone else about this.” It wasn’t really a question, but I saw the confirmation in his eyes. My chest tightened, thinking about whatever secret he held. “Please tell me.”
“No.” He shifted forward, and I braced myself, expecting him to push me away. He didn’t. His hands grasped the backs of my legs and lifted me so I was more fully on his lap.
I could feel him between my legs, and my breasts almost pressed against his chest. I waited. I wanted to see what else he’d say
“But not because I don’t want you to know,” he added. “Because it’s not my secret to tell.”
I nodded, my stomach doing somersaults now. “That makes sense. I can respect that.”
And there we were. His hands cupped my ass, and the pain in his gaze became something darker, something I felt too, something that began to turn off all rational thought.
“What are we doing here?” he questioned, his voice like a caress in itself.
I leaned forward, my gaze lingering on his lips. “I didn’t really think it through.”
“And now?”
“Still not thinking it through.”
“You’re okay with that?”
In that moment, the truth exploded in me. I wanted him. I wanted this—but it was more. I needed this.
I didn’t answer.
I closed the distance between us.

Title: Anti-Stepbrother
Author: Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa

This book turned out to be a whole lot more emotional than I was expecting and that’s saying something, because with every book I’ve read by this author, I’ve been put through a ringer, but not one quite like this one.

There was a lot of moving parts here. A lot of deeper issues than just what you see at first on the surface and I really enjoyed that, even if at times, some of the end results of said issues did come a little out of left field and leave me pondering.

You have the romance, which was another unlikely thing for me because it wasn’t the romance I actually went in expecting and the one that you think when the book first starts. But past the romance, you’ve got family. Issues with family, feelings toward family and what happens when you swallow down your feelings, swallow down emotions and push through, only to have it thrown back hard in your face later. It was heavy at times, but also thankfully, humorous in all of the right spots and at the end of the day, this book turned out to be so much more than just another new adult romance.

The characters, they fit with how I imagined they would act for their age, even though I haven’t been that age in a long time, but they all seemed to also have moments where their own life experiences had aged them. Made them appear older than they actually were. Being the cooler heads in the face of people and situations that weren’t. Full of advice and insight that in the end, connected me to them that much more.

This book, much like others I’ve read from the author in the past wasn’t at all predictable. I couldn’t honestly see how this would all play out by the time I reached books end and that seemed to only fuel my desire to read it even faster than I was.

Towards the end, a lot seemed to take place that while wrapped up and handled with no loose ends behind, I did get a rushed kind of feeling from. It didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story, I guess I just wished that it hadn’t all been tossed in when it was and it had actually had more time to be drawn out. One instance in particular I didn’t see coming at all (even with it being eluded to a little in the past from a few of the characters).

This was more than just your average romance, so if you’re a fan of books that run deeper, make you feel a little more and even bring you on a hell of a ride while they’re doing it, I think you’ll enjoy this as much or even more than I did. And if you’re a fan of the author, I think this book is a definite must read. I know it was for me and I don’t regret a second of it.

My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read this story before its official release. Summer, Caden…hell, all of the journey’s I got to be a part of reading this book are ones that I am very glad that I took the chance on. I can’t wait to see what the author has planned next.

About the Author

I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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