November 15, 2015

Review - When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle





Synopsis
“Marry me.”
“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”
What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?
Of course, I said yes.
Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.
Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.
I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.
Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.
Answers I can’t give.


Release Date: November 10, 2015
Cover Designed By: Najla Qamber Designs
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26300655-when-i-was-yours?ac=1


Excerpts
Adam POV

Making my way through the hotel, I exchange pleasantries with the staff on duty. When I reach the coffee shop, I push open the door and step straight into the past.
Evie.
She’s standing behind the counter. Her face is turned slightly to the right, her attention on the TV mounted on the wall, and her hair is pulled back into a ponytail.
But it’s her.
I feel like a speeding train has hit me, and I’m pretty sure my heart has stopped beating.
It’s really her.
She’s here.
“Evie?” I breathe out her name, like I’m taking my first real breath in a very long time.
Her body stiffens at the sound of my voice. And I watch as her face turns my way. Those big whiskey-colored eyes that I fell in love with all those years ago meet mine, and my world stands still.


Evie POV

My eyes rake over him as I remember the Adam I knew ten years ago and compare him to the Adam I see before me. The long hair is gone, replaced with cropped locks. The unshaven scruff on his face is still very much there though. At least some things haven’t changed.
“You cut your hair.”
“It has been ten years.”
“I know. I just...I remember a time when you said you’d never cut your hair.” A small smile touches my lips at the memory.
“Yeah, and I remember when you promised to love me till death do us part. Shit changes.”
My smile drops from my face. My cheeks sting like he’s just slapped me.
I deserved that. Doesn’t stop it from hurting like a bitch though.


Playlist





Track list

1.     Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
2.     This Love – Taylor Swift
3.     Here With Me – The Killers
4.     One Last Time – Ariana Grande
5.     High Hopes - Kodaline
6.     Maps – Maroon 5
7.     Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
8.     Secret Smile – Semisonic
9.     Boys of Summer – Don Henley
10.  Just Another Girl – The Killers
11.  Leave Right Now – Will Young
12.  When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
13.  Crying For No Reason – Katy B (Radio 1’s Live Lounge Version)
14.  Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
15.  Hold On, We’re Going Home - Drake
16.  Wings - Birdy
17.  Crazy In Love – Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
18.  My Immortal – Evanescence
19.  The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
20.  Hotel California – The Eagles
21.  Fighter – Christina Aguilera
22.  White Wedding – Billy Idol
23.  November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
24.  Photograph – Ed Sheeran
25.  Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye



About the Author
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, TROUBLE, REVVED and REVIVED.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.


Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01692EJJU

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Was-Yours-Samantha-Towle-ebook/dp/B01692EJJU/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1444197024&sr=1-10&keywords=samantha+towle

iBooks US - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/when-i-was-yours/id1047120678?mt=11
iBooks UK - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/when-i-was-yours/id1047120678?mt=11

·       Two signed paperbacks and a $20 or £20 Amazon gift card. Paperback giveaway international. Gift card:  UK and any country that can use a US dollar gift card

Embed Code: Samantha Towle's WHEN I WAS YOURS Release Day and Blog Tour Giveaway

My Review 
I should’ve known from the moment I met her that, eventually, she’d be my downfall. I mean, I am Adam, and she’s my fucking Eve. It had been written in the cards.


Adam and Evie met when you they were barely legal adults, him eighteen and her seventeen. Regardless of age they developed a connection and for almost a year their love was a fairytale. However, some fairytales don’t end in happily ever after. One week after their marriage Evie up and leaves Adam with no explanation. He spends countless hours and his financial resources to search for her, but never finds her. Ten years later she accidentally shows back up in Adam’s life and he is demanding an explanation. 


The story is told in dual POV’s, which I love, especially in a story like this. I think in second chance stories you almost need both opinions so you can truly understand and see both sides. I also need to know where their head, heart and intentions lie after allowing so many years to pass without reconnecting. The story also incorporates the past and present throughout, so you see key moments and parts of their past when it is relevant to their future. 
And for that wondrous brief moment in time, she was mine, and I was hers.


Adam is taking a year off before attending Harvard. He and his best friend decide to rent a beach house to fully enjoy their year of freedom. Adam is your typical manwhore and has a one night rule, but when he becomes captivated by the blonde girl drawing on the rocks. Adam is a fantastic hero. I love how he masculine, but not over the top. He was sexy as hell, but not unbelievable. Being a believer in fairytales I absolutely loved his devotion to Evie, not saying he was a saint, but he never truly gave up.


Evie came from an underprivileged family. Her, her father and sister had lost their mother and now her younger sister was sick. When we meet Evie she is just doing her best to get by and help her family. Her financial situation is opposite of Adam, but she never complained. She didn’t mind working hard and doing what she could. I loved her selflessness, even if it was at times frustrating. 

I absolutely adore Samantha Towle’s writing, she is one of my absolute favorites. This story was tough for me, because my heart truly broke for the characters and their time lost. My only real issue and this is really just preference was the amount of time they spent apart. I hated knowing how different their lives could have been, but it also shows how powerful each other’s presence was in their lives. So of course in the end I truly loved this one and highly recommend it!


ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 






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