Tuesday, February 14, 2017

~*♥Blog Tour with Review♥*~ The Story of Us by D. Nichole King

THE STORY OF US by d. Nichole King
Release Date: Feb. 9, 2017
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance


— SYNOPSIS —

Moments.

Every life is made of thousands of them, each one strung together with the next. Some are yellow and happy, some are blue and sad, and some…

Some wipe out color altogether.

“I love you,” is what I should have told Maverick.

“I’m sorry.”

“I’m still fighting.”

Instead I just watched him leave.

Now my husband, my everything is battling for each breath, and all I can do is stare at the machines as the clock ticks off precious minutes.

The doctors said the first twenty-four hours are critical—but every moment is critical.

You never know which will be your last.

This is our story, and I’m not ready for it to end.



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— EXCERPT — 


I’m cold sitting in one of the waiting rooms in the ICU. Maverick is still in surgery, the nurse tells me. They’ll come get me once he’s in his room. It shouldn’t be too much longer. No one else is close by. It’s just me and my thoughts.

It’s strange the things you think of to distract yourself from the real reason you’re sitting here. Me, I focus on the oil painting on the wall. Wonder how many people have stared at it and wanted to tear it down. How many liked it. Has anyone noticed that it leans a little to the left or that there’s an inconsistency in the corners of the wooden frame? Did anyone deliberate why this painting?

I’m sure it’s meant to calm the people who look at it. Doesn’t everyone find a lake dotted with sailboats calming? But the colors are all wrong. They don’t soothe me. They’re bright and bold and demanding. There’s too much crimson, too dark of navy.

I have to turn away from it. There’re magazines on the tables, but they scream at me too. Loud headlines of celebrities with large divorce settlements, jail time, and plastic surgery. The science ones boast of the newest medical advances and archeological finds. What they don’t realize is that in here, life beyond these walls no longer exists. In here, there’re only three things that matter: life, death, and the battle between them.

I shiver again. I should have brought warmer clothes.

Hugging my knees to my chest, I focus on the fake plant in the corner. There are no windows in this area, which is how I know it’s fake. It might be a fern of some sort, I don’t know. The leaves are long and skinny, but again, the color is wrong for this place.

I shift my attention to the hallway. In here, the lights are dim, but out there they’re on full and reflecting off of the cream floor. There’s a nurse at the nurses’ station, sitting behind a computer. She’s different from the one before. A moment later, another walks up to the desk. They keep hushed voices, and I hear nothing. The one at the computer lifts her eyes to me and when she meets my gaze, she offers a sympathetic smile. I don’t smile back.

I lower my head until my cheek rests on my arms, and I close my eyes. My skin is ice against my face. Cold is what it means to be alone, and right now, I’ve never felt more alone. Alone, but not lonely. No, because being lonely is different than being alone. Lonely is a fleeting state that ends. When Finley gets here, I’ll no longer be lonely, yet without Mav, I’ll still be alone.

I think about the happy moments Mav and I shared. Our time in Cancun. The dance under the stars. His smile. His silly pet name for me.

That was us. The whole, take-on-the-world, in-love us.

The us before we broke.


Title: The Story of Us
Author: D. Nichole King
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa

“What I’m trying to say is that happy endings don’t happen without unhappy middles.” 

Love is messy. There’s no escaping that. Relationships are hard. The deeper you’re in it with someone, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, showing them every facet of yourself and having them do the same with you, it’s incredible but no doubt, one of the hardest things most people will ever face.

People often say that nothing worth having is ever easy, and I’m a believer of that. And there’s no greater showing of that then in the pages of this novel.

The way Maverick and Ali meet, its so incredibly easy. Having already lived through and come out the other side of a relationship gone bad, it’s as close to easy as it seems to get for Ali, and as far as pictures of perfection go in terms of the right people for each other, Maverick is her one. The world really is their oyster and her life really does change from shades of gray and into the most vibrant of colors.

Her dreams and reality becoming one.

The Story of Us is one of those books that as you read, you can easily see being made into a movie. It’s like a picture (which given what Ali wants to do with her life couldn’t be more fitting), brought to life. Every scene unfolding in perfect symmetry and showing you not only what we all seem to love about love, but also the cold reality of what happens when time, life and other things happen once we’ve found it.

It’s not always pretty, and that, given the events that take place in the story, is what made it so enjoyable. It really is as the line quoted above from the novel states. No happy ending worth having will be free and easy and without complication. It won’t be without trials and tribulations determined to break you. And let me tell you, this book had that and more.

As the book deviated back and forth from present day to the early stages of them meeting and falling in love, leading straight into the present and then into the future at the end, I was with this couple every step of the way. As Ali came to terms with what had become her new reality, the realizations she made, the things she wished she could have gone back and said. I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t walk away.

Much like Ali in this story, I couldn’t give up on them and I think if you take a chance on this story, really delve into the emotional rollercoaster of reality that it is at times, you won’t be able to give up on them either.

I got to experience one of the best things about romance, about books and about life as I read this story and no matter what book I move on to next after this one, it’s going to stay with me forever. The same way Ali and Maverick will.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this story before official release. This journey, it’s one I’ll carry with me always.





— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —
d. Nichole King was born with a book in her hand. During her school years, she’d hide books inside textbooks, read during recess, changing classes, and while walking home from school. She wrote her first book at the age of 11, and the re-worked version of that book is her debut novel, LOVE ALWAYS, KATE.

Her YA urban fantasy series, THE SPIRIT TRILOGY, along with her NA contemporary series, LOVE ALWAYS, was acquired by Limitless Publishing and includes a total of six books. BREAKING THROUGH, an NA science-fiction romance, is her first self-published novel.

d. Nichole King currently resides in a small town in Iowa with her supportive husband, four amazing kids, a dog, a cat, a fish, and a turtle.


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