Sunday, September 15, 2013

Blog Tour Close: Feeling This by Casey Blue

It's been a fabulous tour for Feeling This by Casey Blue with an awesome line up of blogs participating and supporting this sweet story.  Thank you so much to everyone that posted, visited and hopefully purchased during the tour! 

 Don't forget Feeling This is on sale for the duration of the tour so you've still got a short time to grab a copy for just 99c.

Title: Feeling This
Author: Casey Blue
Genre: New Adult (Romance)
Publication Date:  September 4, 2013
Cover Design:  B Design
Event Organized by:  Into the Night Reviews

Whoever said life is hard didn’t know the half of it!

Completely devastated when his life is ripped out from underneath him, Jordan Rhodes decides to take a break. A break from everything he’s always known; the country club life-style, his life-long friends and his overbearing parents. He just wants to be free to get lost and not feel the pain he has endured.

Kimber Maguire has been dealt the tough card her entire life. An ailing mom, a sister who refuses to face reality and a yearning for the one that got away, she finds putting one foot in front of the other as her only saving grace. What she really wants is to be free of feeling the pressure that is her life to get lost.

But when Jordan finds Kimber while losing himself, they both discover, sometimes you just need to feel to be found.

I really enjoyed Feeling This.  It was a sweet story about two people letting go of their past and trusting their feelings, living in the moment and finding happiness with each other.

Jordan Rhodes is a wealthy young man on the cusp of having the life he's always wanted - madly in love and about to propose to his fiance, a career waiting in his father's company - what more could anyone ask for?  A series of events completely out of his control send him spinning down a spiral of despair and heartbreak and Jordan is left just wanting to escape everything that reminds him of what he has lost.  I really liked Jordan, he is a passionate man who feels intensely and for me there was an element of seizing the moment and living as if you only had today in his character.

Kimber Maguire has a background that couldn't be more at odds with Jordan's.  A mother stricken with multiple sclerosis (MS) who's turned to drinking for solace, an absent older sister and the responsibility of caring for her mother and paying the bills.  Kimber has dreams to do and be more and with the support of Mrs Bruin is taking a few college classes, which adds to her hectic schedule and responsibility.  Kimber is a bit of a firecracker - quick to anger, slow to trust - and she does whatever she can to keep people out of her life, not wanting them to see what she is dealing with.  Having taken responsibility for so much from such a young age she is reluctant to let people in and believes that she needs to deal with things herself.

In his attempt to escape his past Jordan finds himself in the small town that is Kimber's home.  The two encounter each other and there is a connection between them that they tentatively explore.  I wasn't entirely convinced by their relationship, but I did enjoy reading the two come together.  Their personalities absolutely impacted their interactions - Jordan was moving forward, despite his view that he was broken.  He clearly had feelings for Kimber but would second guess his ability to be what she needed.  Kimber was mistrustful and self doubting, never believing she was worthy of Jordan (or really anything actually). 

As with many stories I wanted to shake the two of them and tell them to just tell each other what they were thinking and feeling.  It could have avoided much of the angst they had to deal with ... but then it would have been a simple boy meets girl, they fall in love, happy ending - and where's the fun in that?

Feeling This is well written.  I really enjoyed Casey's writing style and it did not take me long to finish the story.  There are some wonderful supporting characters who have stories of their own.  Jenna, Kimber's sister, was intriguing and it was nice to see a small part of her journey in the story.  Heidi, Kimber's brazen and outspoken best friend, was also fabulous!  The pace was fast and I suspect some will find this unrealistic, but I was happy with the story and it's conclusion.

4 out of 5 stars

Casey Blue is a hopeless romantic always striving for the perfect love in which to write about. Her ideal swoony boy constantly changes. She is the Hyde to Jekyll and Hyde; whatever her other half does, she’s a little naughtier! J She is addicted to caffeine and loves Jelly Bellies. She loves imperfect characters because in the end we are all imperfect. She has been writing her whole life but ‘Feeling This’ is her first New Adult masterpiece. She is happily married with kids and lives in the sunny state of Florida.

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Casey is offering an incredible tour wide giveaway!  
  • Ebook of Two Roads by L.M. Augustine
  • Ebook of Tied Up in Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn
  • Paperback of Tied Up in Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn
  • Ebook of Love Notes by Heather Gunter
  • Ebook of Heartstrings by Heather Gunter
  • Paperback of Heartstrings by Heather Gunter
  • Ebook of Fatalism by LK Collins
  • Ebook of So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn
  • Ebook of Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez
  • Ebook of I Have Her Liberation and SWAG by EL Lea
  • Ebook of Fading by E.K. Blair
  • Ebook of Every Rose by Lynetta Halat
  • Ebook of Everything I Never Had by Lynetta Halat
  • Ebook of Feeling This by Casey Blue
  • Paperback of Feeling This by Casey Blue