Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Relinquishing Liberty Review...

Title-Relinquishing Liberty
Series-Second Chances Book #1
By-Maureen Mayer
Genre-New Adult
Expected Publication Date- August 26th, 2013 

On the outside, Liberty Davis appeared to have it all…a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends, and a bright future ahead of her. Everything was perfect. That is until her brother tragically took his own life, turning her whole world upside down.

Left to pick up the pieces of her broken family, Liberty is faced with focusing all of her attention on helping her parents cope with the loss of their son, while putting her own life on the back burner. But what no one seems to realize is that she is just as broken inside.

Now, four years later, twenty year old Liberty is taking back the reins of her life. She leaves behind everything she’s ever known, hoping to make a fresh start…one where she isn’t faced with the constant reminder that her brother is nothing more than faded memory. What she didn’t expect to find along the way was Shayne.

Tall, dark and tattooed, Shayne Thompson has developed quite a reputation for being a player. Despite everyone’s negative perception, Liberty still finds herself drawn to him. When she learns that Shayne knows all too well what it feels like to lose someone you love, she finds that they have a lot more in common than just a physical attraction.

When Liberty discovers a secret from Shayne’s past that threatens to tear them apart, she begins to question everything she’s ever felt for him. Will Liberty choose to follow her heart or will she give up the one person who finally made her feel whole again?

**This story contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.**

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Can you provide us with a short history/bio on each of the main characters?

Liberty Davis: People say your life can change in an instant...that is exactly what happened to sixteen-year-old Liberty, the day she found her brother’s lifeless body. Growing up in Buffalo, Liberty had a pretty normal childhood: a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends and a bright future ahead of her. The day her brother took his own life, Liberty’s family was thrown through the wringer, but unfortunately her parents never recovered. Liberty was forced to put her life on the back burner, including dropping out of college, while she took up the role of the parent. Four years later, Liberty made the rash decision that she’d had enough and that for once she had to put herself first. With no destination in mind, Liberty left home to make a fresh start and found herself settling in Savannah, Georgia, where the people she befriended helped her break down the walls she had built up after her brother’s suicide.

Shayne Thompson: Shayne didn’t have the greatest life growing up. Losing his mother at a young age was a devastating blow and led him to lash out on those around him. By the age of 10, every cop in town knew his name. He was a reckless kid with a chip on his shoulder and constantly getting into trouble. As he got older, he began to use sex as a means to cope and built up quite a reputation for sleeping around with every girl in town. To add to his growing list of problems, he lost his best friend, Wade, to suicide after he returned home from Afghanistan. Shayne was determined to rid himself of his man-whore reputation, and while his friends went off to college, Shayne remained in Savannah working for his dad on his deep-sea fishing charter boat. He devoted all of his time to work and his family...that is, until the day Liberty fell into his life.
Brett Harrington: Brett is your typical southern gentleman. Not a single girl can avoid his charming ways...not even Liberty Davis. After an accidental run in with Liberty, Brett found himself captivated by this beautiful auburn-haired Yankee. Brett fell for her hard and fast, and when she showed up at the restaurant where he bartends, he thought it was too good to be true. Unfortunately she sees him as more of an over-protective brother than a love interest, and ends up gravitating towards the town bad boy. Brett and Shayne had a falling out in high school, and since then, there has been bad blood between them. Brett wants what is best for Liberty, but not if it means losing her altogether.

Maddie Harrington: Blonde, bubbly and boisterous, Maddie is an in your face kind of girl. She says whatever is on her mind without any reservations, and her sense of humor is as colorful as her crazy personality. When Liberty arrived in Savannah, Maddie was instantly drawn to her and they quickly became close friends. Maddie’s trust in Liberty allowed her to divulge a secret from her past, one where she was faced with making one of the hardest decisions of her life all on her own. Only Brett and Liberty know her Maddie’s secret...but there’s always more than one side to every story.


By Kayla:

 I thought that this book was wonderful. It was well paced and I immediately felt a connection with the characters. Liberty was a strong woman and wasn’t going to let anything get her down. Liberty has a hard time with her family after her brother’s death and she was tired of taking care of her family so she decided to go and find her own way. When she meets Brett, I think maybe he will be the one she falls for but then Liberty runs into Shayne and I’m not sure if she will choose him. I love Brett and his protectiveness of Liberty and his own sister who Liberty becomes close to and moves in with. Then there is Shayne and I thought “oh goody” a bad boy. Those are my favorite. He treated Liberty with love and kindness from the beginning and that made me want him to be the one to end up with Liberty. I won’t spoil the book. But I think that if you love a good romance this book has it all. I would totally recommend this book!!!

5 out of 5 STARS!!! 


 Maureen Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 8+ years. She’s always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot for sick and twisted horror films.

Thanks to authors like J. K. Rawling, Stephanie Meyer and E. L. James, Maureen has rediscovered her love for reading. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel. She is currently working on her first new adult novel and hopes to self-publish it late this summer.


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