Monday, October 19, 2015

review || LOVE UNSPOKEN { blog tour } by Lisa De Jong

Self-Published | October 17, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Flawed Love, book 2


I lent my heart to the bad boy, and he did exactly what I expected he would. He broke it.

And the guy I should have been with—he’s still here. He tries to take my mind off everything I’ve lost while showing me what I could have. I’m ready for a new start, to fall in love again … to do what I should have done in the first place.

Everything seems perfect.

Then the past comes walking back in. I thought I was over him, but one look and I know that’s not true. We went through too much together for those feelings to completely fade away.

When my past and present collide, how am I supposed to choose? They both love me, and I love them.

A heart will be broken … and it could be mine.

{ about lisa de jong } .

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

{ excerpt } .

“If I had come home sooner, would I have had a chance?” he asks, sinking down in the bed until we’re eye to eye. He knows he’s making it impossible for me to skirt around the truth.
Eyes don’t easily lie to eyes.
“Yes,” I whisper. “I waited for you. Until New York, it would have been you.”
His fingers come up, gently brushing a piece of hair from my forehead. “I really fucked up with you, didn’t I?”

“Neither of us was in the right place. It wasn’t our time.”
He moves closer, brushing his thumb against my cheek. My conscience whispers but the tequila screams. “When will it be our time?”
I think about Pierce. This weekend. Everything. “It may never come, or maybe, it’s already passed.”
“I’m going to fight for you,” he declares, propping himself up on his elbow to look down at me. “I thought I could let you go if I knew it would make you happy, but after sitting alone in this apartment all weekend while you were with him, I don’t think I can do that.”
I swallow hard. “And, if you don’t win?”
“I’ve already lost, so what do I have left to lose?”
And, he’s right. He’s already lost so much that the risk is minimal.
“Pierce trusts me,” I blurt, my palms sweating against the sheets.
He leans in, kissing my cheek. “He shouldn’t trust me, not when he has the one thing I want.”
He slips out of my bed without looking back, carefully closing the bedroom door behind him. He wanted the last word, and he got it.

{ review } .

This is part two in a connected series. That said, I did not read the first book. I will often state that it was easy to fall into the newest book without having read the previous, but in this case, I really wish that I had.

We have a bit of a love-triangle going on with Pierce, Lila, and Blake. When Blake ran, Lila essentually turned to Pierce. Pierce is a good guy, but even without reading the first book, I knew I was Team Blake all the way. You could just feel the demons lurking behind his eyes and I just had to know more.

Granted, if there were ever a man to prove himself to the woman he cared about, Pierce was that man. Pierce loved Lila something fierce (oh, gosh, that rhymes...) and he makes quite a name for himself in this book.

Besides not reading the first book (which I think I still may, just to see how it all started), I've not read any other of Lisa De Jong's titles so I was pleasantly surprised in her writing style. When it comes to purchasing books from unknown authors, I rely heavily on the opinion of those I 'trust' -- other bloggers I talk to, and also authors that I follow. When it comes to touring with books written by authors I do not know, it's a bit more of a gamble. I was so happy to find that Lisa's is a writing I can get lost in. The scenes were so easy to find myself in and often it was like watching a movie play out. The emotion in this book was deep and I found my heart breaking a time or two, especially when pasts start to become talked about.

Lisa is definitely a new author for me to follow!

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