Friday, July 7, 2017

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: Falling for Forever (Before Forever #2) by Melissa Chambers

Book Blurb:

Falling for Forever (Before Forever #2)by Melissa Chambers

Publication Date: July 3, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

Jenna is counting down the days until she turns 18 and hits the road to L.A. to continue the fame she has going from the music competition she had been competing on. But her dad made her a deal, if he can get her into the exclusive and full performing arts school he wants her to attend, she will hold off on her dream until she graduates. Well, surprise, strings were pulled and Jenna is now attending a new school that just so happens to have a talent competition with a cash prize that would help her to achieve her dream. But there is an obstacle in her way and his name is Miles. Miles is incredibly talented, has a chip on his shoulder where Jenna is concerned, and plans to win the competition for himself. Game on!

I had read the synopsis for this book and was instantly interested, knowing I had to read this story about music, competitions and enemies to possible romantic partners. I love anything having to do with music, and the most fun books I have read have been about reality show competitions so I knew I had to read more. I did not know that this was the second book in the series until I started reading the book and saw it listed on Goodreads, but I am pleased to report that not having read the first book did not in any way hurt my enjoyment of this story. Both books are standalone romances/finding yourself stories with different main characters, but the books connect through the side characters showing up to connect the books. Now after reading this book, I can't wait to jump into the first book and see how Chloe and Landon get together (did I mention it is a step-sibling romance? Yes, please!)

You can feel the characters love of music bleeding through the pages, as of the music became tangible and I could feel it too. Both Miles and Jenna have a passion for music, and the way they describe the songs, the feel, the creation, it was so well done that I felt emotions for the music they described, as if "music" is another character that plays a role through the entire book. Jenna was not the spoiled, entitled "pop-princess" I was expecting, instead she was just an ambitious girl who knew her own mind, limits, talents and desires and tried hard to be the best in each situation, be it musician or person. She was so down to earth and could roll with the punches like a pro, and the relationship she had with her father kind of made me want to melt. Miles appeared to be shy and quiet, but he was so self-confident I was shocked. At times he made some really awful choices that made me want to shake him, but then he would do something epic and over the top to make up for it so I couldn't be mad. The two were such complete opposites, it was the perfect dynamic for an explosive relationship. Also, the side characters such as Chloe, Shane (who I heart), Nicolette and the girls are the perfect amount of detailed to make me want to know their backstories next, so I am a guaranteed Before Forever fan to see who will show up next.

I can honestly say that I had no idea what the ending would be, or who would win and I was on the edge of my seat to find out. Overall this was such a sweet story with really well developed and complicated characters that I loved and rooted for. The book had a good plot with some twists, but the winning factor was the characters for me. I really enjoyed Melissa's writing style, she was able to bring people to life and create empathy in the reader. I will most certainly be reading more from her in the future...maybe with Shane??? This is a perfect read for anyone looking for the perfect teen romance with a dash of self-discovery, and amazing friendships. Oh and I loved the promotional video at the end, I had been wondering how the story would wrap up...

I received this title in return for my honest review.

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Catch up with the other book in the series:

Book Blurb:

Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s...inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again...

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Hello! And thank you so much for having me!

1. Dream vacation destination

Hawaii! I’ve never been. One day…please. Really though, I’m happy with anywhere that’s warm and has palm trees.

2. Best writing moment

I get a little obsessed with the moments just before a couple gets together…that first time that there’s a hint from both sides that they want to move into the possibility stage. A touch of a hand…a look that lingers way too long…a first really flirtatious remark. I could live in those moments constantly!

3. Who do you fan-girl over?

Too many to count! I met Becky Albertalli (Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) at a signing once and fan-girled pretty hard. I think, though, if I met Sophie Kinsella I might need extra oxygen.

4. What was the last book you read?

I just finished listening to The Couple Next Door, which was fantastic! I love mystery novels. I tend to switch off between contemporary YA, mystery novels, and women’s fiction. But honestly, I’ll read anything anyone recommends to me.

5. What book are you most excited to read?

I very much want to dig into Becky’s follow-up, The Upside of Unrequited. It’s on my TBR list after three that I’ve started that I’ve vowed to finish before I move on again. I’m a serial book-starter, by the way!

6. Favorite TV show

Just one? I’m a closeted Big Brother fan. Okay, I’m not closeted. I’m right out there. BB is an essential part of my summer experience!

7. Coffee vs. tea (or something else like soda?)

Tea, tea, tea!!! And more tea. Iced, and just a little sweet. I love bottled Tazo Black Tea and Honest Tea (Lori’s Lemon).

8. What was your dream job when you were little?

I worked at the Hello Kitty store when I was a teenager. I would still be working there now if they would have me.

9. Sweet or savory?

I’m eating peanut butter M&M’s as I type this, to answer your question.

10. Are your characters ever based on real people?

Oh, don’t make me admit to that! Let’s say pieces and parts of real people and leave it at that.

11. If you could do anything besides being a writer what would you do?

I wish I were a person who loved to be outdoors rock climbing and breathing in mountain air, so I’ll say a rock-climbing instructor. I would fail miserably at this job for a variety of reasons, by the way.

12. What are you working on next?

Oh, I so want to tell more about this! Let’s just say it’s another YA. That’s all I can say. *bites on fist*

13. Author that inspired you the most and why?

When I first decided I wanted to write YA, I Googled something like “Popular YA Romance Novels” and came up with Anna and the French Kiss. After reading that book, I knew I would always strive to write a hero as swoon-worthy as √Čtienne St.Clair. Oh, and Judy Blume to the max, always. No one does it like her. Her writing holds such a dear place in my heart.

Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with me!

Author Bio:

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

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1 comment:

  1. Such a fun interview! Thank you so much for having me!

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