Friday, May 9, 2014

Review Tour & Giveaway ~ Sick Day by Morgan Parker

"I believe that if someone says he loves you more than air, he's lying to you."


Hope and Cameron made a five-year promise before college. Years pass and they never see each other again. But then one month before his planned wedding to Riley, Cameron looks outside and sees Hope in the pouring rain, watching him.

Now, three years later, Cam has one day – a sick day on this last Friday of summer – to convince the one woman whose very existence breaths life into his lungs, that sometimes love like theirs actually does exist, and it’s that kind of love that lives forever, no matter how hard you fight to forget about it and move on.

From the author of non friction and Hope, Sick Day follows one man’s day-long attempt to persuade the love of his life that sometimes it’s okay to break promises if it means keeping the ones that count.

Crawling back into bed behind Hope, I saw that she had rolled over while I was in the bathroom. I snuggled up behind her, slipping my arms around her chest, her nipples brushing against the inside of my forearms.
Second thoughts?" she mumbled.
You're my first thoughts, my only thoughts," I whispered back, burying my face in her dark hair. I loved the smell of Hope.
What will happen once you go back?" she asked, her voice warming up to the conversation.
"I don't know," I admitted.

*****5- as brilliant as I expected -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I wanted to believe that our love -this thing between Hope and I- was as strong as Oliver and Olivia's, but I didn't truly know that. I knew how I felt. But Hope? I figured she had given up on us long ago, walking away without so much as a glance back.

Once again, Morgan Parker has knocked me over and I'm not even a little surprised by this- the man is a friggin genius. His characters and story lines are so unlike anything I have read before, they completely draw you in and refuse to let go til the bitter end. I do recommend reading Non-friction & Hope before starting Sick Day. This is not a sequel to these books, however, they do all revolve around one base story- the story within the story of Non-friction, 'Our Story' which is the story of Oliver & Olivia. And just like in Non-friction & Hope, we get little snippets of 'Our Story' in here and it's amazing to me just how much they all have in common. I do have to admit, I had no real love for Hope going into this book. The little bit of time we spend with her in the novella leading up to this left a foul taste in my mouth- in fact, I will go so far as to say that I kinda thought she was a bit of a bitch. Sadly, my opinion of her doesn't change to terribly much, but I will get back to that later....

You're married, and I'm in love with Matt. This? Our 'sick day' together? It's sweet and everything, but it's not changing anything.”

This is the story of Hope & Cameron. As high school sweethearts going in separate directions post-graduation, they made a promise to each other that in five years time they would reunite and begin their lives together. They loved one another fiercely and saw no reason to doubt that they would indeed follow through with their promise.... but promises are often made to be broken and life takes a different direction than they had originally planned. Seven years later, Hope ends up on Cameron's front lawn in the pouring rain-one month before he is to be married. It doesn't take long for these two to realize that they both still love each other very much, but they are both in committed relationships now. Cameron has no desire to let Hope slip through his fingers again but she takes that decision away from him and he is forces to move on with his life, which he does....mostly. Three years later, Hope once again makes a surprise appearance in Cam's life and he decides enough is enough. He will not let her go again, they have wasted enough time and he refuses to waste another minute without her in his life. But with Hope leaving town in less than a week, Cam takes a sick day from work and spends this time trying to convince Hope that a love like theirs doesn't come around very often and doing all he can to make her stay.

I wasn't delusional enough to ignore just how pathetic I was to cling to this idea that Hope and I would be together someday. It was the most insane belief in the world, and I fully accepted that.

No one does complicated relationships quite like Morgan Parker does and this book was no exception. There are so many obstacles standing in Cam & Hopes way, but he will not be deterred. I did warm up to Hope just a little bit more in this book, but she still drove me a little insane. Stubborn as hell and also just a little bit hypocritical at times. Yes Cam made mistakes in the past where their relationship was concerned, but so did Hope-not that she would readily admit that. She was all about throwing his screw-ups in his face whenever she could, but cold-heartedly shut down any chance at forgiveness and flat out refused to take responsibility for any wrong doing on her part. She was very much a master at the mind-fuck. Of course, my opinion could just be colored by the fact that I just don't like her-who knows? It is just an opinion after all. None of this changes the fact that I loved the book-Morgan can do no wrong in my eyes, and I loved getting to re-visit with Oliver & Olivia again, even though the ending of their story is so very tragic. If you have not picked up one of Morgan's yet, I strongly urge you to do so. The man definitely knows how to write engrossing, heart-wrenching stories that will keep you up til all hours of the night, unable to put the book down til you know what happens to these people. You might not always like where the story takes you, but you will understand how you got there. He is a hidden gem that I was lucky enough to stumble across and all I can hope for is that his reach grows.

I would speak to him through the shooting stars every day. Love can do that. It's fierce. It's permanent. It outlives our bodies, and it outlives us.

**Sick Day can be read as a stand alone. However, Morgan Parker’s two previous books, Non Friction and Hope have some story elements that are tied to Sick Day. Not having read these two will not affect the Sick Day story line at all.**

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rockstar, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it.

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist. It starts with... well... }i{ .

Note: the f-word is used 231 times in various formats throughout this story. Read with caution.

 Morgan Barker, the lead character of Non Friction and brilliant author of Our Story, has all but recovered from the heartache caused by Emma. But when his company's accounting firm sends Hope to inquire about some suspicious account practices, Morgan is reminded of the beautiful story he created. He is reminded because Hope has a different version of Our Story than the unpublished, never-seen-before version that Morgan created. Read more about Olivia and Oliver's ongoing and difficult love affair, their secret moments and the struggle that kept them apart for so long.

 Morgan Parker is the pen name of the shy and introverted banker that wrote Non Friction, the novel that fans and readers voted as the #1 Funniest, Sexiest Book of 2014 at goodreads. When he's not writing, Morgan likes to do lots of fun stuff. Like sleep and eat. He jogs every day, usually to Starbucks for his daily fix at the end of his lunch hour.

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