Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blog Tour Promo & Review: Changed by Heather Dahlgren

Book Name: Changed
By: Heather Dahlgren
Release Date June 6th, 2014
Blog Tour Hosted By: Author Sandra Love

Kenz hated high school.  Having no friends, no boyfriend, and worst of all being bullied—graduation was the only thing she looked forward to.  After graduation, she completely reinvents herself becoming the person she always wanted to be.  Someone different.  Changed.  When she gets to college, she easily makes friends, boyfriends, and loves life.  For once in her life, she adores the person she has become.  Enter Campbell Boyd —the attraction between them is instant.  He is sexy as hell.  Sweet, romantic, flirty.  He definitely knows how to treat a woman in and out of the bedroom.   Once he has his sights set on Kenz, there is nothing that will stand in his way.  Or maybe there is something that could ruin it all?  One small detail that Kenz tries desperately to ignore—one that can only be swept under the rug for so long.     

What happens when the past and present collide and secrets are revealed?  Is it possible to forgive or will it destroy them both?  One thing’s for sure—things are going to change.

After an unfathomable high school existence being bullied, Kennedy “Kenz” Greene takes the opportunity after graduation to reinvent herself both physically and mentally.  She changed herself into a strong, determined young woman, committed to protecting herself from ever being hurt again like she was back in high school.  

When she first meets Campbell Boyd, she feels strongly attracted to him but then realizes he’s actually someone from the past she’s worked so hard to escape-though he doesn’t know it.  But the attraction between them overcomes her doubts, leading to the two becoming inseparable and many steamy scenes along the way (oh yes, definitely an 18+ read and you’ll get a lot of dirty talking with those scenes as well).  Since I don’t want to  give away too much, I’ll say that you’ll get the eventual big conflict, followed by a lot of crazy excitement before the resolution.

I thought the premise for this story was great…there’s a lot of people out there that can identify with what Kenz went through, so seeing her rise above that is quite significant and will show that you don’t have to be a victim.  I personally thought the relationship between Kenz and Campbell went a bit fast-including their declarations to each other.  I really liked their group of friends, especially Young with his raunchy, funny attitude…though Maddie’s bitchy ways sometimes were annoying.

Overall it was a good, quick read, though I found the writing to not flow very smoothly due to the quick chapter changes (which usually happened when the character point of view changed).  The other thing that I thought was a bit unnecessary was the amount of cursing throughout the book both spoken and in the characters’ thoughts.  It was a bit excessive and didn’t really add to the story (yes, cursing does add to stories when it is showing depth of emotion, but the level here was more than what was necessary to tell the tale).

I’d really like to read the other characters’ stories, especially Young’s as he was the most fun of the group.

I am 36 years old.  I am married to my high school sweetheart.  We have been married for almost 12 years and have 3 amazing kids.  I’m a stay at home mom and my kids definitely keep me busy.  I live at the Jersey Shore and love all there is to do here.  I love nature, birds especially.  I enjoy hiking and fishing with my family. 
I have always loved to write.  In high school I used to write stories, poems and a lot of love notes!  I absolutely love to read.  I love the way I can get lost in a book and forget about the world around me.  Now that I am writing books, I feel the same way, only it’s my book I’m getting lost in.   
As for now, I am loving this journey of becoming an author.  It has been more then I dreamed it would be.   You can always find me online.  I love social media, so please feel free to interact with me.


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