Sunday, April 20, 2014

Always by Amanda Weaver- Book Tour and Review

Title: Always
Author: Amanda Weaver
Genre: Contemporary romance-age 20-30.
Publish Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Independently Published
Cover by: AngstyG/
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.  

~ Book Synopsis ~
From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one. It’s New Year’s Eve, 2006, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her. Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first. Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart. Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?

Purchase Links:
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My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Justine James is a talented singer in a mediocre band with a very controlling songwriter. Dillon Pierce is the guitarist and song writer for a talented band that is becoming very popular. Dillon is attending a show where he sees Justine performing. Despite him knowing immediately that her band is mediocre, he sees the immense talent and potential in her immediately. Justine has been a huge fan of Dillon's band, and more specifically, has had a huge crush on Dillon and his musical genius. When they meet it is clear that they share a serious musical connection and understanding. Dillon gets Justine's band to tour with them as the opening act, and despite their strong friendship and obvious attraction to one another, Justine is not going to give into anything as long as Dillon is living the rock star life with the reckless lead singer of his band Ash.

Years pass, and both characters go through levels of success at different times. Through all the ups and downs, Justine and Dillon remain close, but various issues keep preventing them from acting on their desires. Both characters at different times realize that their windows of opportunity may never align, but neither can deny what feels meant to be.

If you like a long slow burn, this book is for you. It hooked me from the beginning and kept me engaged throughout. There are a lot of emotional elements at play as we watch both characters struggle, suffer, and thrive. The story spans a lot of time and both characters go through different transformations, some good and some bad, while always maintaining a strong friendship throughout. There is angst all over the place in this story, and boy did I feel it. Through it all, I enjoyed taking this journey with these characters. I really cared about both of them and was really hoping that they would be able to sort things out and live the life I knew they could have. I recommend this to those looking for a story about music and love.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author
Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are. Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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