Friday, April 24, 2015

review || SINCE DREW { blitz }

Since Drew by J. Nathan
Publisher: Self-Published (4/23/2015)
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: NetGalley, Xpresso Book Tours
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Rating: ★★

All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when a near-fatal accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

about J. Nathan || I'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. Happy endings are a must. Don’t leave me with an unexpected cliffhanger or someone dying in the end. I’ll be depressed for days. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of my existence. My family, friends, sangria, and watermelon margaritas are the light… 

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{ excerpt } .
He approached the chair beside my bed and dropped down into it, keeping his eyes trained on mine. 


A devious smirk tipped his lips as he placed the bag on the floor and lowered my tray table in the space between us. He reached inside the crinkly bag, letting his hand linger. I’d give him props. He definitely knew how to pique my curiosity. His hand slid out grasping a shot glass. His eyes stayed on mine as he placed it on the empty tray table in front of him. Then he reached back in and pulled out a second glass. 


A slow sexy smile skated across his lips as he slid the glass across the table in front of me. But he wasn’t done. He reached back in the bag and pulled out a full bottle of vodka.

“Seriously?” I laughed.

He nodded. “You scared?”

“Scared I’m gonna drink you under the table.”

He threw back his head and let loose a shoulder shaking laugh. So carefree. So comfortable. So unbelievably breathtaking. 

But once it continued much longer than necessary, I crossed my arms over the UNC printed on my powder-blue T-shirt. “Are we playing a game or just trying to get sloppy drunk?”

His laughter subsided as he dug into his pocket and pulled out a quarter, holding it up so the fluorescent lights in my room reflected off it.

“So, we’re wagering?”

He nodded. “And with the pain meds getting the liquor to your head quicker, you being drunk off your ass is just an added bonus.” 

I swallowed down. Hard. 

“Now if I win…” He twisted his lips like he really needed to consider the stakes. “I get to give you a sponge bath.” 

He said it so matter-of-factly, it threw me for a loop. Then again, it seemed like a win-win for me. 

“If you win,” he continued. “You give me a sponge bath.” 

“Who said I’d want to give you a sponge bath?” I totally did.

“Seriously? Have you seen me?”

I almost choked on the arrogance floating around the room. But in all honesty, I liked it. Too much. A guy who knew who he was and what he wanted turned me on. It’s what I was drawn to. What I normally sought out. I nodded toward the vodka. “Where’d you get it?”

“My buddy Avery smuggled it in.”

“All in an effort to get me drunk?” 

His smile spread wide. “All in an effort to get you drunk and give you a sponge bath.”

“Ever think of just asking?” 

{ review } .

"Tell me what I need to do. Tell me how I don't lose you."
Oh. My. Goodness.

What do you get when you start a story with a car accident, a heroine who drops f-bombs in her head like nobody's business, and a hero who's tired of making everyone else happy?

Well, you get SINCE DREW.

This is one of those love stories that will make you think twice about what you just read; it's going to make you hurt, and cry, and make you happy, all within every word you suck in. 

I think one of the aspects that gets this story to truly grip you, truly make you question what you've read, is that fact that it's told only in the view of Andi. You only can feel what Drew is thinking and feeling based off of how Andi sees it. Do you see things that she misses? Sure. But there were times that I just wanted in his head!

Drew makes mistakes.

One mistake had me having harsh feelings towards Andi, even -- her lack of compassion and making that one mistake very selfishly only about her... 

I understood why, of course... but I really wanted her to step back and see what that very mistake had done to Drew, why he made that mistake and what it was doing to him as he tried to overcome it.

So many things about this book were spot on. I loved Drew and Avery's friendship; equally, I loved Andi and Logan's friendship. On that note... I can't wait to see what all went down with Avery and Logan, because those two... Mmhm. Oh, and sidenote? Avery's a guy, Logan's a girl. 

I loved the bantering between Drew and Andi -- even when Drew was being an ass and not talking to anyone but Andi. I loved that Drew wanted to make things right by Andi -- and he spends a good amount of their story fighting for her, fighting to make what he did right.
...I just knew I didn't want him hurting anymore. Hurting sucked. And we'd both done too much of it.
"Tell me this isn't all one-sided," he whispered.
Staring into his sad eyes, my head somehow meshed with my heart, at least for the time being. I shook my head. "It isn't."
This is one of those stories that I'll certainly go back too. When AFTER AVERY, a novella, comes out, I know that I'll be itching for Drew and Andi scenes, but like I said above... I'm very curious about Avery and Logan.

{ giveaway } .

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