Saturday, February 20, 2016

review || SAVING STEELE { blog tour } by Anne Jolin

Self-Published | February 9, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
Rock Falls, book 5


Kennedy Cross had her heart broken early in life. It wasn't someone or something who betrayed her—it was her own body. Despite it being all she’s ever wanted, Kennedy will never know what it feels like to feel her baby’s feet kick from the inside out. Having been pronounced infertile at only eighteen, she redirected her life the best way she could. 

Eight years and a degree later, Kennedy is one of the most well-loved first-grade teachers at Rock Falls Elementary School. It doesn’t matter that her college boyfriend left her because he wanted children of his own. She has twenty-two of the most gorgeous six-year-olds who adore her and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jackson Steele deals only in extremes. He falls victim to manic episodes lasting for days, sometimes weeks at a time, sending him reeling from volatile highs to devastating lows. It’s a living hell just being inside his own mind, and that hell has taken everything he’s ever loved away from him. But what if, this time, it gives him something? An untimely gift from God and a brunette with legs eight miles long will bring him the most unforeseen joy but also his most challenging of tests.

What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.
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{ about anne jolin } .

Anne Jolin
Hey y’all,

I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.

Mad love,
Anne Jolin

{ review } .

I have been loving this series from afar. I love the titles, love the covers...

...and now I love Steele.

"Fight for the fairytale. Raid your hell for it if you have to...Our happily ever after at all costs, remember? Just find me, Jackson. Just find my voice and I will save you." --Kennedy

This was the second book this week that I've read with a character battling manic-depressive order, and like the book prior, I felt that Anne Jolin did a great job with Jackson Steele and his episodes. She looked at the episodes slightly different than the previous book I read, but still did a great job portraying this disease and the inhibiting extent of the episodes.

Kennedy's character, too, was well-rounded. She took a negative in her life and found a way to still make her heart happy by surrounding herself with children. After her previous boyfriend left her because of her inability to have children, she simply figured having babies of her own wasn't in her cards.

Kennedy and Jackson are connected through Cole, yet haven't met prior to this story. Both keep their scars and fears hidden, afraid of the reaction of the other as their relationship progresses.

I've never told a woman I loved about my condition. Thought of it has me practically trembling in her arms by the time the words come out of my mouth... --Steele

Their journey has it's difficult moments. But it's through those moments that the depth of their love, the ability of their love seeing everything through, the reader understands just what these two mean to one another.

"Just find my voice and I will save you." --Kennedy

I am so thrilled that I had the chance to read this book. I would have found the series eventually, but having this opportunity brought the series to me sooner, and with it, I've now found a fabulous writer with a writing style that I can get lost in, and well-rounded characters that my heart absolutely aches for.

I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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