Monday, September 30, 2013

No Turning Back by Casey Peeler- Release Day Launch and Review!

No Turning Back Synopsis:

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Later, she realizes it’s a mistake, just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision three weeks before the fall semester begins.

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were four and is the only one who knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what if” questions.

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!

At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jackalope Joe? How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?

No Turning Back (Full Circle #1)Review of No Turning Back by Casey Peeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charley is a country girl about to head to college and attempt to explore her independence and discover herself while not losing sight of her roots. She was involved in a terrible relationship in high school that ended in an awful way, and Charley is determined to move forward in her life and not let that event and relationship hold her back any longer. She goes away to school and meets Joe, who is charismatic and fun. Charley is still emotionally and physically attached to her best friend Cash from back home, and is trying hard to allow herself new experiences while not losing what she already has.

I love how straight forward and honest Charley is. She is completely up front about her feelings and intentions and it made her character completely endearing. I loved how even while she faced strong attraction to both Cash and Joe, she laid it all out there for both of them knowing that being completely honest could cause her to lose one or both of them. I also enjoyed how she was true to herself and held strong to her own needs and beliefs.

Charley's friends are fantastic, and it was nice to see her put a healthy support system in place both at home and school. Cash is obviously a big part of that support system, and he is someone that anyone would love to have in their lives. Doesn't hurt that in addition to being completely supportive and respectful, he is also super hot. A combo to appreciate for sure! Joe is an interesting character, and at times it is a true struggle for the reader to figure out who the better choice for Charley is.

There is an element of mystery to this story and there are a couple things that we are trying to figure out during most of the book. A huge piece of information is revealed to us right as the story ends, and will make it difficult to wait for the next book in the series to come out so that we can see what happens next. At times the dialogue was a little choppy and there were a couple situations where the characters didn't seem completely authentic, but overall I would recommend this book, and I will be continuing with the series as soon as the next book is released.

Casey Peeler Bio:

Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author. No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing September 30th. Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) will release spring 2014.

Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

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  1. Thanks for the fabulous review and helping out on my special day!

  2. Sure thing! I'm really looking forward to the next one :)