Monday, May 12, 2014

Turning Home Review...


Title: Turning Home
Author: Stephanie Nelson 
Genre: New Adult

Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Book description:  
When Brooke Kingsley finally captures the interest of her four-year crush—Dylan Crawford—her world turns upside down. Feeling alive for the first time, Brooke decides to spend her last three days of summer with Dylan and discovers there’s more to him than the rumors being whispered all over town. The problem is, Brooke’s father doesn’t want his daughter anywhere near the blue-collar bad boy. As Brooke leaves for college, she’ll realize that some boys aren’t easy to forget.


Dylan Crawford has hated the Roseville Snobs his entire life, but one particular Snob has captured his eye—Brooke Kingsley. He knows he should stay away from her, but willpower has never been his strong suit. Soon Brooke is all he can think about. When she leaves for school, Dylan tries to move on with other girls, but the memory of Brooke taunts him. There’s an undeniable pull to the very girl he’s been warned to stay away from.

When tragedy strikes the Kingsley household, secrets are uncovered. Brooke and Dylan must decide if what they feel for each other is strong enough to conquer their families’ dark past.

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“I’m going to kiss you now,” he breathed, his eyes searching my face.
I bobbed my head, my heartbeat a hopeless flutter in my chest. “Okay.”
The breath of his chuckle landed on my mouth as his lips pressed against mine. My body sagged against his, and I brought my arms up and twined them around his neck. Tilting my head to the side, I moved my mouth against his, moaning when his tongue slipped through my lips. I could spend the rest of my life kissing Dylan Crawford.
Somewhere I thought I heard a cell phone ringing, but I was too lost in the sensations consuming my body.
“You wanna get that?” Dylan spoke against my lips, one side of his mouth lifted in a smirk.
“No,” I whispered.
“It’s probably your mama or daddy,” he said with an arched brow.
I bit my lip to hold back my smile. “You’re probably right, but they’re not going to ruin the last night I have with you. I’ll deal with them later.”
“I see my bad influence is rubbing off on you.”
“Would you rather I answer it so they can tell me to come home on my last night?”
Dylan’s smile flattened, and his eyes searched my face as though he was trying to memorize my every feature. I studied him as well, taking in his bright green eyes, strong jawline and full lips. I could not believe I was in his arms, after daydreaming about him for four years. Everything about our time together seemed surreal, and I knew once I left for school, it would be surreal—a dream from a time in my life where I came alive. My own smile disappeared as I wondered how long it would take him to forget our time together. Come tomorrow night would he be entertaining a new girl, taking her fishing and mud wrestling? It was very hard to remember that he could do whatever he wanted. We were not dating and probably never would. Our time was a fantasy that reality would crush tomorrow.
“Why the pouty face?”
I hadn’t realized I was zoning out, lost in my thoughts. “I’m not pouting.”
Dylan leaned forward and sucked my bottom lip in between his. My eyes wide, my heart thudding in my chest, I suppressed the moan in my throat and the heat it had created between my legs.
“I couldn’t resist,” Dylan said, setting me down. “It was just out there, teasing me with its cuteness.”


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OMG I absolutely ADORED this book.  Dylan is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks and Brooke is Roseville's Princess of sorts.  Everybody ends to tell Brooke what she wants to do with her life but then Dylan steps in and helps her realize what she wants for herself.  Brooke goes to the school which her parents choose for her but she doesn't follow the plan set before her.  She starts to make her own path.

This is a very touching, enlightening and thought provoking book.  I can't wait to read book two when it comes out.  I absolutely have to know what happens with Brooke and Dylan because while it's not a cliffhanger ending in my opinion it does kind of leave you hanging and wanting more.  I was very moved by this book!

RATING:

5 adoring stars
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Author Bio: 
You guys may be surprised to learn that I am the most boring person you’ll ever meet. The most interesting thing about me is that I write books, most of the time in my pajamas and jacked up on caffeine.

I began writing six years ago for fun and published my first book in 2012. Since then, my hobby has become my job and I love every second of it.
I live in Illinois, in the country where I’m surrounded by corn and soybean fields. When I manage to escape my office, I enjoy fishing, spending time with my family and playing Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong. Yes, I’m a huge video game nerd.






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