Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Love, Always by Yessi Smith

Love, Always
Author: Yessi Smith
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14


**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for readers under the age of 17.**
In love with a man on the brink of greatness, Dee has her life figured out. The love they share is comparable only to the love they feel when they find out Dee is pregnant. Josh and Dee welcome their future together with eagerness as they plan a wedding, baby, and the upcoming tour for Josh’s band Wasted Circle. Big things are finally happening.
During Wasted Circle’s first big show, tragedy strikes leaving Dee alone. The life her and Josh planned for ends up being nothing but desolate promises. Unable to watch his best friend’s girlfriend drown under her own despair any longer, Adam steps in to help Dee cope with her loss and the upcoming birth of her baby. Adam is patient, kind and unrelenting. He stands by her side, never faltering despite his growing desire to be more than Dee’s supportive shoulder and the idea that he is betraying Josh. He refuses to give up on Dee and remains loyally by her side even when she admits herself into a psychiatric ward and he is left to father Josh and Dee’s baby.
But even sweet and sturdy Adam has his limits.

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I reach my trembling fingers down and feel the sticky wax between my legs. I rub the strip back over the wax, hoping it’ll stick this time, to no avail.
This isn’t happening. Please, this can’t possibly be happening.
I reach for the package the wax came in and with it in my hand. I sit on the toilet lid, reading to see if there’s any emergency instructions. Nope. Nada.
Maybe warm water. I go to stand up to run a warm bath, but am barely able to inch upward.
I’m stuck to the toilet lid! With my hands on my face, I start to laugh until tears pour out of my eyes. I’ve glued myself to the damn toilet!
Hayley!” I yell through my hands and tremble in laughter when she peeks in.
What is it, babe?” She rushes to my side with worry seeping through her pores, which causes me to laugh harder. She rubs her hand over my back trying to console me until I can contain myself.
I’m not crying.” I wipe the tears from my face and she arches her eyebrows at me. “Okay, I am crying, but I’m fine. Or I will be. I just need your help.”
I explain my dilemma to her, and within seconds she is lying by my side on the floor in hysterics. At least I keep my life amusing.
Okay,” she breathes. “Okay. Maybe the package.” She picks it up, but I tell her I’ve already read through it. “Did you follow the instructions?”
I let it cool down a bit too much I think,” I admit. “Maybe if I run a warm bath it’ll come off.”
So we just need to get you off the toilet.”
I nod. “First run the bath.”
We need a first aid kit. Just in case.”
A first aid kit. For my inner butt. I should probably blog about this.
Hayley leaves me as she searches for my stash of antiseptic and band aids. Maybe she’ll find my pride along with it.
She returns quickly with a handful of crap and a big grin on her face. “You’re tweeting about this, aren’t you?”
I shrug. “No such thing as TMI on social media.”
Hayley puts her hand under my arm and we nod at each other. “Count of three,” she whispers. “One, two, three.”
With her help, I stand up hard, taking the toilet lid with me. Well at least I’m no longer stuck to the whole toilet.
Hayley looks at me, and I’m afraid I’m going to burst into real tears. I have a toilet lid stuck to my ass.
Well, there’s a fashion statement.” Hayley grins, and I gently sit back down with my new appendage.
 “Think Adam will notice?” I smile back.
He’ll probably think you’ve been swiping fast food when he’s not looking.”
What am I gonna do, Hayley?” I half-laugh, half-cry into my hands.
I have an idea.”
I follow her into my bedroom and hold onto the bed frame as instructed while I wait for her to pull the lid off.
Count of three?” she asks and I shake my head.
Surprise me.” I close my eyes and grip my bed tightly.
Surprise me she does when she yanks the lid clean off, breaking it into two pieces, and lands on her butt. I’m too tired to yell from the pain, but manage a few giggles when I see my friend holding the broken lid triumphantly over her head like some warped version of the Incredible Hulk.
I reach between my legs again and whimper when I feel the glue still there.
That’s what the warm water’s for,” she reminds me.
But what if I get stuck to the bottom of the tub?”
Don’t let your ass touch the bottom, stupid.”
I’m not the one holding two broken pieces of a dirty toilet, asshole.”
Hayley drops the lid with a hard thud and glares at me. “Who glued themselves to that same toilet, dipshit?”
You girls okay?” Max calls through the door.
Yes,” we sing in unison and start to laugh once again.
Warm bath.” I nod, hoping I remember not to let my ass touch the bottom.
You want a wash cloth?” she asks, but then laughs, probably picturing it stuck to me as well.
I step into the tub on weak knees and exhale slowly as I get ready to not quite sit in the tub.
Oil!” Hayley exclaims, pulling me out of my tub. She reaches for the box and dumps the rest of the contents on my bathroom countertop, squealing when the small tube of oil falls out.
I’m an idiot.”
World class jackass,” she agrees.
Out.” I push her towards the door but she plops herself on the floor adamant to see the grand finale of this performance.
I glare at her without much vehemence. I’m far too excited to see if the oil will work. I rub my fingers together with the oil and run them over the glue, which miraculously begins to dissolve.
I shriek in delight, pouring more oil all over my hand and enthusiastically rid myself of the wax while Hayley snorts behind me.

The only promise we have is today, you and I know that better than anyone.”

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~this review may contain minor spoilers~

He's not gone! He's not dead!” I yell at them as my body shakes in terror. He can't be gone. He can't be dead. “He wants to live,” I beg them.
Adam holds me tightly to his chest as I listen to a stranger whose voice will forever be embedded in my brain pronounce him dead.

Dee is finally at a point in her life where she is happy beyond measure. The love of her life is about to hit the big time with his band Wasted Circle and they are excited to be starting a family. But tragedy strikes on the night of their first big concert, taking Josh away from her forever and spinning her life completely down the rabbit hole. Depression consumes her and the will to live is in short supply, not even the promise of her baby seems to be enough to pull her out of the black hole she has lost herself in. Josh's best friend and band mate, Adam, steps in to try to help her in any way he can, but nothing seems to work and she eventually ends up admitting herself into a psychiatric hospital for the help she so desperately needs.

I promised Josh I'd watch over them and I'm trying, but I'll be damned if it isn't hard. The more time I spend with Dee, the more my desperation for her grows. The more she grieves for Josh, the more certain I become of my own self-worth. My presence doesn't diminish her pain, but is a constant reminder of all that she has lost.

Adam is no stranger to loss, but when he loses his best friend right as they are starting to take off; it almost destroys him. The only thing keeping him going is his promise to take care of Dee and their baby, but the more time he spends with her, the more he wants from her; though he knows that would never be possible. It doesn't stop him from remaining by her side through it all, taking care of her anyway he can and doing his best to bring her back to life for him and her daughter. Even when she has herself admitted, he steps into the father role with everything he has; but everyone has their limits, and sweet, sturdy Adam, is starting to think that maybe he just isn't enough.

She's so insecure and scared and sad. I want to hold her in my arms for the rest of eternity until all she feels is the love I have burning inside of me. I want to be with her. I want to hold her in my arms like I did last night. I want to be hers. But she won't take me; she knows I'm not good enough. But I'm trying. I'm really trying.

I'm just gonna go ahead and say it; this book damn near destroyed me and I still loved every frickin minute of it. The emotions this will drag out of you right from the beginning are intense and exhausting but so worth the journey. I was shattered for Dee but the girl does prove to be stronger than she ever could have expected, it just takes her awhile to get there-which I understand. But the real show stopper in this book was Adam; there really are few people like him. He just gave so much of himself with so little thought and never once asked for anything in return. His lack of self-worth was devastating because he deserved so damn much, he just didn't see it. His love for Dee and their daughter was clear in everything he did and he never wavered. He proved to be an incredible dad to Josie and everything Dee needed, even when she was to far gone to see it. We also get some amazing secondary characters in Hayley and Max, they came into Dee's life exactly when she needed it and even though their meeting or backgrounds were far from typical, it didn't matter- they were perfect as they were. And let me just say; if I ever met a woman like Amber I would probably cut a bitch- just sayin'. This journey is truly one of heart-break and healing, fear and growth, but underneath it all is the hope for a love that transcends it all against all odds. This is the first book that I have ever read from Yessi Smith and that woman ripped my heart right out of my chest, several times; yes she fixed it all up nice and pretty but she hasn't given it back. I'm happy to say, I'm totally okay with that. She has earned her spot on my One-Click Addiction List one tear, laugh, and blush at a time and I don't see her ever going anywhere.

I held the reigns and set the pace but she held my heart. I'd never given my heart to anyone else, but somewhere between our touches and whispers, I surrendered it to her.

 I'm a Hispanic living in South Florida with my redneck husband from Texas and our "half breed" son, who is actually the reason I started writing again after years of celibacy. My son loves stories, but not the kind you can read in an existing book. No, he'd rather make up a story, complete with our own illustrations. So, thank you, Son, for igniting a flame I had let go out.
I also live with two dogs: a neurotic Border Collie we call Nitro and a midget Rottweiler named Nisa.
I have always found my sanctuary at the beach and in music and writing. I wish I could write rhymes so I could become a famous rapper, but rhyming is completely lost on me. My son surpassed me in the rhyming game by the time he was four. This is something I am very proud of.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's in Human Resource Management. I have held several jobs, from picking up dog poop to upper management positions. And now I am hoping to leave the business world behind so I can live full time in a world that does not exist until I place my fingers on a keyboard and bring them to fruition.
I published my first book Life's A Cappella last year.

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