Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Walk Into Me by Jill Prand

Title: Walk Into Me
Author: Jill Prand
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Series: Walking, Book #2
Publication Date: January 17th, 2014


I know I will never get over her. Watching her walk away with him ripped my heart out and left it bleeding on the floor. But I can’t hide anymore. I have to face my life without her. ~ Brad
Brad has been in love with Lisa for as long as he can remember. One night years ago they took each other’s virginity but while it was the best night of Brad’s life, for Lisa it was a way to forget about Bobby. Or was it?
Brad re-emerges right when Lisa needs him most. Only Brad knows everything about her and when Lisa’s insecurities come to the surface the shoulder Lisa needs is Brad’s. Now Brad has to decide if he has it in him to trust his heart.

****4- Oh, Brad... -Stars****
~this review contains spoilers from book one~

I hate the fact that yet again he's had to watch us together. If I didn't need him so much I would make a clean break and let him go. Instead, I'm selfish; he's the one who knows me best and I can't give him up.

I can honestly say I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one, I think the biggest reason for that is Brad. I made it no secret that I did not like Lisa, or Bobby for that matter, at all after book one-sadly my opinion doesn't change much after this book, although I did warm up to Bobby-if only marginally. On the other hand, Lisa reached all new heights of selfishness and I honestly just wish she would stay the hell away from Brad sometimes. Theirs is definitely a give/take relationship- Brad gives, and gives, and gives.... while all Lisa does is taketaketake. I know he loves her with all that he has and would do absolutely anything for her, but I just want him to be happy for a change and I just don't think she cares enough about anyone but herself to ever make that happen. It really says something about the author that she can make me feel sooo very strongly about these people that I'm screaming at my kindle without a care that they can't actually hear me. For better or worse, she fully submerges you in the story and refuses to let go.

Just watching them all night will be torture, but I can't avoid it anymore. My life is here and I need to get back into it. No more hiding; I will just need to try and move on.

Watching Lisa walk away from him and straight into Bobby's arms, has got to be one of the worst days of Brad's life. He has loved Lisa for most of his life and it's killing him to lose her to Bobby once more. He has to get away for a little while, he just can't handle seeing them together and their very heavy PDA. So he takes off, distance is what he needs if he hopes to ever get Lisa out of his system and have any chance at all to move on. But he can't miss her birthday, no matter how much it hurts to see them, so he sucks it up and heads home. What he wasn't expecting was Lisa's reaction to his return. Something has changed in her and he has no idea what to make of it. What he does know is he can't leave again, not having Lisa in his life is just not an option. And when Bobby leaves, once again, Brad is the one Lisa leans on in her time of need- her best friend, the one who has always been there for her, the one who knows her better than anyone else, the one she can always turn to, the one she is starting to develop unexpected feelings for..... feelings she can't ignore but has no clue what to do with. Lisa has to decide who she can't live without- the one who makes her pulse race & her blood boil, or the one who has remained a strong and steady force in her life for as long as she can remember. But fate might just take that decision out of her hands and the aftermath will change everyone.

He understands that I want him, but I want Bobby, too, and I dn't know how to choose one of them. I need them both and it will probably end up killing us all. We will all end up bleeding in the end and I wish I could walk away from both of them, but I'm not strong enough for that.

If I didn't love Brad already, this book would have put me over the edge. He is everything I could hope for plus we got to explore his sexy side in this one and It. Was. Hott!! I LOVED that the POV's jumped between Brad & Lisa this time cause
a) it's BRAD and b) I don't think I could have spent another entire book inside Lisa's head without completely losing my shit.
Now I am going to have my freak out moment in regards to that freakin ending......
WTF DUDE-SERIOUSLY?! I should have seen that coming but-I. Did. Not. I am going to lose my mind waiting for the next book even though I am scared to death to actually read it. Something tells me things aren't going to end well for a certain someone and I don't know how much more heartbreak I can handle with regards to this very special person to me. I may have some very strong opinions where this series is concerned but one thing is clear-Jill Prand has definitely captured my attention and stolen my sanity and I would like it back please.

I've loved her since the sixth grade, when she sat next to me on the bus the first time. I can't imagine my life without her.

Title: Watch Me Walk Away
Author: Jill PrandGenre: Romance, New AdultSeries: Walking, Book #1Publication Date: June 7th 2014


At the age of seventeen, Lisa was broken when Bobby left. He was suppose to be her first. First Love. First Time. First Everything. No word for six long years. She moved away from the painful reminders sacrificing her relationship with her best friend Brad. She struggled to rebuild her life.

Now six years later she returns as a strong, successful woman grabbing a job at one of New York’s hottest marketing agencies. She is dating a gorgeous guy with his eyes on a corner office. But it all changes when she sees Bobby.

Can she risk another heartbreak from Bobby? Will she be able to repair her friendship with Brad? Lisa will have to decide between the man she's with, and the two men that want her.

Who will she be with, and who will she tell to "Watch Me Walk Away?"

***3 ½ -Torn- Stars***
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

He's still in love with you.”
“No way. He's the one who couldn't even pick up a phone or a pen to contact me after he left. He never once got in touch with me. Than at that New Year's Eve party he was all over me until he found out I was still a virgin-then he stopped like I had grown three heads! He doesn't love me, he never did.”

This is going to be a difficult review for me to write, mainly because I just didn't love this book. And here Is why I'm torn-the story itself wasn't bad (except for a few plot issues I personally had, though I won't dive into those) and there was nothing wrong with the writing. I had no problem with the authors style and will absolutely come back for more from her. My problem was the main characters -the Hero & heroine specifically (and I use those terms very loosely). I just did not like Lisa or Bobby. At. All. To the point that I just didn't care what happened with them, I had zero interest in seeing their story play out and that almost killed the book for me completely. Now the secondary characters I loved, they saved the story for me. Especially Brad-OMG I loved this guy and felt so freakin bad for the way he was treated, I think that made me like Lisa even less-but I'll get back to that later.

They all know what happened and how it broke me. Hell, I didn't go to a party for three months after New Year's. I barely socialized with my friends. It left me seriously and clinically depressed. I even saw a psychologist to help me get back into the world. Putting myself back there again is not an option. Bobby gets no more chances to screw up my life.

Lisa & Bobby were high school sweethearts-they shared a love that most people only dreamed of. She believed he was it for her, he was her everything...until he enlisted in the Army and disappeared from her life without a second glance. No calls, no texts, no letters or emails, just nothing. He keeps in touch with their other friends from school, but writes her off completely and leaves her a broken mess. A year later, just when she is starting to pull herself together, he shows back up and destroys her all over again before walking away from her once more. Unable to stick around all the people he still allows in his life for fear of having to hear of him secondhand, Lisa flees her hometown and leaves behind all that she knows, including her best friend Brad.
Now it's six years later and Lisa is a successful business woman returning home with a new job and a successful boyfriend of her own. She has never gotten over her heartbreak at Bobby's hands, but she is moving on and she's happy...ish. Until she runs into Bobby again and all her old hurts, love and lust come crashing down on her. Bobby makes it clear he wants to give them another try, Lisa wants to mend her friendship with Brad and avoid Bobby at all costs. Only he doesn't wanna play it that way, he wants to explain why he walked away from her and see if they can rebuild what they once had. But Lisa is terrified of trusting her heart with Bobby again and things with Brad are a lot more complicated than she expected. So does she take a chance on Bobby once more or stick with the new/safe boyfriend, even if he doesn't stir the same feelings in her that Bobby always has?

It really is good to see you again. I've thought about you a lot over the years.”
“When you were thinking about me, did you miss me?”
Damn! What the hell! Why did I ask him that? Just because I missed him for years doesn't mean he missed me.
His eyes hold mine. He isn't smiling anymore. His face is serious.
Every day.”

Lisa's inner-monologues throughout this book did nothing to endear her to me. She spends so much time lamenting about Bobby, but shows no sympathy or compassion to Brad's feelings. Brad has always been there for her, long before she met Bobby, but she is very quick to drop him for other people. And her bitching about how 'clingy' and obsessed with her he is, even joking and rolling her eyes at her boyfriend of two whole weeks the first time she sees Brad in six years, just set my teeth on edge. I think that was the point I just stopped liking her and couldn't give a crap if she ever got a happy ending. The fact that Brad, not knowing about her inner-bitching, still continues to be her friend, is there for her whenever she needs it and will do whatever it takes to have her in his life, even when she talks to him like she is just doing him a huge favor by allowing him in her presence, just made my dislike of her even more solid. Bobby is another one I never warmed up to, from his charming appearance in the prologue, and all the way up to the end. I just didn't buy his reasoning for leaving things the way he did, but maybe that's just me. He also played the jealous/possessive card a little hard for someone who had not earned the right to. Now the sex....that was damn hott! I have no problems giving the author props on that, those scenes were done exceptionally well ;)
the ending wasn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it did not give me the warm and fuzzies. It did leave me very very sad. I am hoping, with all of my heart, that Brad finds himself an HEA at some point. In the end, while I didn't love the story and I strongly disliked some of these characters, I'm not holding it against the author. I still liked her writing and am ready to give another one of her books a read-especially since the next book will strongly feature Brad!! fingers crossed people-this man deserves some happiness.

Baby, you were always mine, even when you were with someone else-you were mine.”

 Living in Northern New Jersey originally from Long Island, Jill Prand is a wife and mother of two girls. She's been an avid reader all her life, spending Sunday afternoons curled up with a good book. "We had a huge bookshelf in our den when I was a child with a diverse set of authors like Ayn Rand, Stephen King, Mario Puzo & Danielle Steele. I cut my literary teeth on Walter Farley, Judy Blume and SE Hinton before raiding my parents library." Jill is currently working on the Walking Series as well as a stand alone novel. She loves to hear from readers.