Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Crossroads by Megan Keith

Welcome to our stop on the Crossroads by Megan Keith Blog Tour.  This is book two in the Finding My Way series and it is a fabulous next instalment.  This time we get see a lot (and I mean a lot!) of Nick ... oh yeah, Em's back too ;)

Title: Crossroads (Finding My Way, book two)

Author: Megan Keith
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 13 September, 2013
Cover Design: Kari Ayasha at Cover to Cover Designs

Nick is about to head overseas on an adventure of a lifetime. It’s what he has always wanted, to travel the world, to experience new cultures, see the places he’s dreamed of for so long. He should be over the moon. Instead, he’s been in a slump ever since he lost his friend Em.

Nick is a player, always has been. The first time he ever wanted more from a girl he was shot down. So now he’s left licking his wounds. Emma made her choice and now Nick has to live with it.

Or does he? When he finds out that Emma is single after all, will he fight for her? Will he be able to convince her to give him a chance? And if he does, what will happen when he leaves?

Nick has reached a crossroads in his life - the girl or the dream. Seems like an easy choice when the girl of his dreams is Emma. But what if she doesn’t see things the same way? 

My heart starts to race at the sound of his voice over the loud speaker.  Immediately I seek out the location of the booth and spot him as he walks out of it.  He looks good.  I can’t believe he’s here.  I know my eyes are bugging out of my head but I can’t stop staring.  Not only is Nick the DJ tonight but there he is, in my direct line of sight with his arms around a girl.  And she’s very attractively smiling up at him.

“I’m sorry Em!” Kat yells in my ear.  “I swear he was not the DJ listed to play, you saw the posters outside the club too.”

I swipe at my eyes as angry tears form in them.  She’s right, we had both checked.  There must have been a cancellation or something, it’s the only explanation.  I stand still as a statue as I watch Nick put his arm around the girl’s shoulder and they head for the exit.
“Em.”  Kat’s pulling on my arm.  “Please look at me.”

When I can no longer see Nick, I turn to face her.  The look on her face is a mixture of pity and pleading.

“Who’s for another drink?” I ask with false cheer.  I don’t wait for a reply from either of the girls as I hastily make my way to the bar.  I shove my way to the front, not caring about the toes I’m stepping on or the rudeness of my approach.  I don’t care that I am cutting in line.  I yell out my order for a shot of tequila.  Before I’ve even paid, I have drunk it and ordered another.  Kat spins me back to face her.

“I’m sorry Em.  I swear I didn’t know.”

I turn away from her.  I feel the hot tears about to overflow from my eyes as I hand over my money to the bartender and swallow my second shot.  I look Kat square in the eyes.

“I want to go home.”

Having read and loved Finding My Way I couldn’t wait to pick up Crossroads and see what would happen next for Nick and Em.  Having lost Em in Finding My Way Nick has managed to get himself together enough to finally plan his long dreamed of overseas trip.  He should be ecstatic about that, and a small part of him is, but a larger part is devastated that Em is gone.

Funnily enough, Em is equally as miserable, lamenting choices and lost opportunities.  A chance run in with Nick leaves both of them wondering whether there may be a future for them together after all.

The story is told from alternative points of view, so we get to know what is going on in each of the characters heads.  I’ve said it before, I love this approach.  The insight I get from each perspective makes all the difference to my connection to the character.  Hearing exactly what Em and Nick were thinking was perfect, although I did want to take them both and shake them furiously on more than one occasion.

I loved Nick.  Watching him transition from the ‘player’ to the guy who really felt something meaningful for a girl and didn’t want just a hook up was gorgeous.  He was sensitive, vulnerable and we still got to see plenty of his strong and sexy side ... mmmm, plenty!!!

Em really blossomed.  She was quite timid and uncertain in Finding My Way, but in Crossroads we got to see a much more confident side to her.  There was still the internal dialogue of doubt, but she progressively believed in herself and the circumstances around her and I applauded her courage and creativity many times.

Crossroads is a beautiful, beautiful story about falling in love, about taking chances and about finding a sense of self worth.  Megan Keith has a writing style that is an absolute pleasure to read and she builds characters that are relatable and (particularly in Nick’s case!) loveable.  She also writes some pretty fabulous sex scenes ... just saying!

You must read Finding My Way first or you won’t understand the significance of much of what happens in Crossroads.  New Beginnings is book 3 in the series and from the little sneak peek at the end of Crossroads it will tell us Seth’s story ... can’t wait!

4 out of 5 stars

Megan Keith is a married, mother of three, living in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia. She has a constant thirst for a good story, whether it is in books, music, movies, on TV, or just plain old-fashioned gossip. She has always had a creative side and loves to let her imagination run wild. On a few occasions over the years, Megan has put those imaginings into a written story, but never dreamed of publishing. She has always loved to read, but it wasn’t until she got given a Kindle that it became a full-blown addiction. Her introduction to the world of Indie Authors re-ignited her passion for writing. Megan published her first book Finding My Way in June 2013. Crossroads is the sequel and the second book to the Finding My Way trilogy.

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