Friday, August 21, 2015

✯Blog Tour Review w/Giveaway✯Back To The Drawing Board by L.L. Collins

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Title: Back To The Drawing Board
Author: L.L. Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 10, 2015

Synopsis
Lies. Betrayal. Deceit. Carter knows them all too well. His whole life was based on them. He decided long ago that his life would be on his own terms. No one would dictate his future, since he'd had no control over his past.
 
Desire. Lust. Love.
 
Julia is the bosses' daughter. She's everything that Carter wants, and nothing that he thinks he needs. She's got plans of her own, and Carter is one of them.
 
Both determined to control their own paths, can she show him what his future could be like if he just lets go, or will he send her BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD?


 ✯✯5 Life Changing Stars!!!✯✯

Finally!!! I been waiting for Carter's story. Even since the truth about parents came out, I been dying to get into his head. I couldn't imagine being Carter and getting that  life changing news after the serious accident he had. I was hoping and praying it didn't make him go down a dark and twisty road. L.L.Collins really did an excellent job with Carter's story. Julia was the perfect match for Carter.

We meet Carter in the Twisted Series. He's the son of Liane and Ronan oops I mean Blake.. Yes, this considered a standalone. But, the Twisted series gives you Carter's parents story from their childhood. This book picks up 5yrs since we last saw Carter and his parents.

Carter has now graduated college and headed to Denver to interview for the internship he's been dreaming about for the longest time now. He won't let anything or anyone get in the way. Carter has had a hard few years. He had his life all planned out. Or at least he thought so. When he found out that everything  he thought was real was in fact a lie. Carter was in shock. 

Julia knew Carter was special before she even met him. Her father has never asked her to sit in on an interview. Once she walks in and sees Carter her breathe is taken away. Then, listening to him speak she knows he's perfect and really hopes her dad will give him the internship.

That night they both end up at the same bar. Both running away from things. They end up running into each other. Both end up having too much to drink and don't remember what happened. They do know there's definite attraction and chemistry. And, both hoping Carter gets the internship so they can be together again. 

Carter was ecstatic when he got the internship. He couldn't get Julia out of his head. But, he grew up with Ronan and his words kept repeating in his mind. Carter kept reminding himself this internship could turn into his dream job. He can't let anything get in the way. 

Carter and Julia work great together. For Carter just starting out he's great at it. He has definitely done his homework. Julia and Carter try and fight this thing this pull between them. But, it's too strong. Or I should say Julia is strong. She knows what she wants and she wants Carter.

Julia is not afraid to call Carter out on his BS. Carter isn't the only one with a messed up family history. Julia is stuck between a rock and a hard place. While she loves her job. It's not her passion. Julia is so used to having to do what is right or whatever her parents wanted. That she has never spoken up for herself. Julia has secrets of her own. Ones she has only told Carter.

Carter grew up a lot in this book. Carter grew up thinking one thing his whole life. Ronan drilled it into his head about having a career first. Then, Blake came in and showed him something else. Love. Unconditional love. Even though Blake had been through a lot. He has a successful business. But, none of that matters or compares to his love for his wife and children. Carter went back and forth from hearing Ronan's words and then Blake's. In the end he did what he knew in his heart was right.

Carter and Julia were perfect for each other. Both were very family and career orientated. They do what they think it's right and not by what they're told to do. They had come up with the craziest ways to get to know each other a more. These two were seriously hot, seriously caring and hysterical. This story started with them going down one road. But, as they grew things changed. They're roads changed paths and started going down another road. Except this time they weren't alone. They had found other people willing to accept them for who they were.

L.L. Collins has  a way with telling her stories. She brings you characters that you can relate too. They are characters I can see myself in or can say yup that person can so be my friend lol. Only she can do that. When my friends ask me for a go to author of mine. L.L. Collins is always in my top 5. Even though this is considered a standalone. I feel like it completed Blake and Liane's story. Because, when the Twisted series ended it didn't feel like it was complete. My mind kept saying I needed Carter.

I love how she explained exactly how Carter felt with the betrayal. And, how he moved on and embraced his new life. Even though she didn't make it easy on Carter. She did it perfectly. I'm glad it was her writing these characters and not somebody else. I will totally continue  stalking her. Oops! I mean following her.

Playlist
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Smoke and Mirrors~ Imagine Dragons
Love Alone is Worth the Fight~ Switchfoot
Fool For You Anyway~ Foreigner
Time~ Creed
Broken~ Lifehouse
Everything~ Lifehouse
Sail~ AWOLNATION
Halo~ Beyonce
How You Remind Me~ Nickelback
If Today Was Your Last Day~ Nickelback
Just As I Am~ Brantley Gilbert
Bleeding Out~ Imagine Dragons
Something I Need~ One Republic
The Fighter~ Gym Class Heroes
No Ordinary Love~ The Civil Wars
Dust to Dust~ The Civil Wars
Photograph~ Ed Sheeran
Lost In You~ Three Days Grace
The Best of Me~ Brantley Gilbert
Like I’m Gonna Lose You~ Meghan Trainor, John Legend
Yours to Hold~ Skillet
Riot~ Rascal Flatts
Fly~ Maddie & Tee
Sparks~ Coldplay
Where It All Begins~ Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum
It Was Always You~ Maroon 5
Love Someone~ Jason Mraz
Everything I Didn’t Say~ 5 Seconds of Summer
Inside Your Heaven~ Carrie Underwood
So Small~ Carrie Underwood
Broken~ Seether
My Own Prison~ Creed
Goodbye My Lover~ James Blunt
100 Years~ Five for Fighting
Six Degrees of Separation~ The Script
If It’s Love~ Train
This Ain’t Goodbye~ Train
This is What it Takes~ Shawn Mendes
You’re Beautiful~ James Blunt
Marry Me~ Train
You and Me~ Lifehouse
Accidentally in Love~ Counting Crows
Smile~ Uncle Kracker

 
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EXCERPT
“Let’s play a game,” I said, breaking the silence. “A quick one. We’re only a few minutes away from the restaurant.”   “Never Have I Ever again?”   “Nope. Let’s do a short version of Twenty Questions. Like, two questions. We can resume later.”   “Tell me the rules.”   “We get to ask each other any two questions, and we have to answer them.”   Carter cleared his throat, looking over at me. “Sounds…interesting.”   “You start,” I said. I wanted him to get personal.   “You’re putting me on the spot,” he laughed.   “That’s the point.”   “Okay….have you had a serious boyfriend before?”   I furrowed my brow. That’s what he wanted to know? “Yes. In high school. We broke up after our first year of college and I haven’t talked to him since. His name was Scott.”   A look I didn’t understand passed over his face. “He was your only boyfriend? Like, ever?”   “That’s what you want for your second question? It’ll be my turn next.”   He nodded, so I continued. “He’s been the only…serious boyfriend. Since him, I frankly haven’t had the time or the desire to have a boyfriend. I’ve gone out with guys, but that’s it. Nothing serious.” I didn’t think I wanted to get into the details of all of that, so I was glad it was his last question.   “My turn. First, where did you get this hot car?”   He laughed. “My dad and I restored it. It’s a ’69 Camaro SS. It took us most of the last few years to perfect it. He’s a mechanic, and I didn’t grow up knowing anything at all about cars, so it was a great way for us to bond. I found out that I love restoring old cars, and driving them. And having hot girls in them.” He wiggled his eyebrows at me, and we both laughed. I loved that he was lightening up with me. Now it was time to get more serious.   “Okay, my next question is…if you could remember one thing about that night that we can’t remember, what would it be and why?”   Carter coughed. “Whoa,” he said. “You don’t mess around.” We hadn’t discussed ‘that night’ since right after we both realized we couldn’t remember. “I…Julia. Wow. I’m not sure how to answer that.”   “Truthfully,” I said. I loved making him uncomfortable.   “I wish I could remember touching you,” he said, the deepness of his voice tickling all through my body. “Everywhere.” It felt like he just had touched me, everywhere. I squirmed in my seat, almost wishing I hadn’t asked. Now I really wanted to attack him.   When I didn’t answer, he looked over at me. I smiled, reaching out and touching the scruff on his face, my favorite thing to do. “Wow is right,” I said quietly. “I wish I could remember that, too.” We looked at each other until the car behind us honked their horn.  

About L.L. Collins
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LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. The Living Again series: Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, Finding Forever, and Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella are available now in both eBook and paperback. The Twisted Series, consisting of both Twisted Souls and Twisted Paths, is available now exclusively on Amazon. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out to try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 15, and a mom to two boys, 13 and 11.
 
 
 
 
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