Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Totaled by Stacey Grice

Title: Totaled (Totaled #1)

Author: Stacey Grice
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Bree Murphy is stuck. Forced to grow up too fast after the tragic death of her mother, she has little time for any sort of life for herself. Now in her early twenties, she is coming to the realization that she deserves to put herself first.

Drew Dougherty is also stuck, in a state of merely existing. Memories and secrets of the day he lost both of his parents haunt him, forcing him to cope the only way he knows fighting.

When these two worlds collide, hidden truths are revealed and relationships are put to the ultimate test. At a crossroad in their lives, they must decide if taking a risk is worth everything.

Or will their love be…Totaled.

Totaled is a full length, new adult contemporary romance novel. Due to mature content, profane language, and sexual situations, this book is recommended for ages 18 and up.

I am a mother, wife, Registered Nurse, avid reader, and most recently pursuing taking my own writing to the next level. I appreciate honesty but not cruelty, a wicked sense of humor, and a good cup of coffee, blond with enough creamer to coat my tongue yellow. 

Being an astute people watcher and having an extremely judgmental mind gives me constant inspiration for my stories. But my characters, like many authors, are conceived from actual people in my life. A hodgepodge of personality traits, real world instances, and conversations that I have directly taken part in are the foundation for my fictional world.

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My Review

For a debut novel, I'd say Stacey Grice did a fantastic job.  The characters were fully developed, and I found myself totally invested in them, truly interested in seeing how things would turn out for them.  Drew is a too-good-to-be-true gorgeous, strong alpha male who is also sensitive, caring and protective of those he cares about.  Bree-forced to grow up too quickly-is also a very strong character, taking care of everyone else and putting their needs before her own, standing up for her brother and being a rock that her friends and family can count on.  And Liam-such a sweet, innocent guy and my favorite supporting character from this book.

You get a lot of detailed backstory so you can see what shaped the characters into the people they are today, and it helps you see the overall picture very clearly.  At some points, some of the detail can feel like a little too much, but overall I think it contributes well to the story.  Everything does flow well, making for a smooth read, and the action from the point of Drew's first pro fight on keeps you flipping the pages to see where it all leads.  

Be warned...the ending will make you want to scream and throw things.  But it will also make you check every single day to find out when the next part of their story will come out.  I've GOT to see what happens next.

18+ for several steamy scenes and language...and 4.25 stars from me :-)  Now where's the next book!

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