Sunday, August 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Review, Guest Post, & Giveaway: Just Human by Kerry Heavens

Meet Liv and Danny...

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her, so she lets him go without a fight when his parents make him move back to America. She knows she will never love anyone like she loved him, but she has to move on.

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him, because she does nothing to get him to stay, so he goes quietly when his parents leave the UK. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her, but he has to move on.

Twelve years on, they have made a good job of pretending, they may have almost forgotten. But when they get in touch via Facebook, it seems that it is all still there. 

They quickly find that they are intensely compatible in ways they hadn’t even begun to explore before they were forced apart. 

Can they put aside their fears and give it a go? Or will deep rooted doubts and insecurities tear them apart?

Ahhh… what a fabulous read! Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed is that the author is definitely NOT American. Sometimes that is a problem, but it definitely was not in this story. The differences in catch phrases or terms was really the only thing that I noticed being different. The story itself was so good that the differences really were no big deal at all.
I <3 Liv. I really do. I think that girl is strong, feisty, and fiercely independent. Though, with all those traits, she wasn’t scared to rely on Danny. I loved that. Liv wasn’t the typical weak, insecure girl we see in a lot of stories these days. She had all great qualities.

Danny. Oh Danny, boy. He is such a great guy, but man I wanted to shake him sometimes. At times, he is very insecure and it kind of frustrated me. I did, however, really like how he went for things full force. When he worked up the nerve, he didn’t hold back at all. I really loved that.

Overall, I absolutely loved this story! I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters – including all of the supporting characters! Kerry Heavens did a fabulous job telling Danny & Liv’s story. The story flowed smoothly as did the timeline. I was glad that I didn’t have to go back and constantly re-read to make sure I had the timeline right because that has been happening a lot lately. Now, there is a cliffhanger. I think that is expected anytime we know that there is more than one book in a series. But, lucky for us, it doesn’t look like we have to wait too long for it! Thank goodness! I’ve only been away from Liv & Danny for about 24 hours and I need them back!


Guest Post
We are so excited to have the author join us on the blog today! She gives us a little insight in to her thoughts on cliffhangers!

Is a cliff-hanger really such a bad thing?

I have been blown away recently, by the huge deal that is the cliff-hanger ending. I knew some people didn't like them but I didn't realise they were a source of anger, or a reason not to read a book. People get really mad if you don't tell them ahead of time that a book has one and some turn their nose up if you do.
Personally, I love them! I mean, I will admit to preferring them when I know the next book is either out, or imminent. But I still like them. If I know there is a 'to be continued', then I know I'm probably going on a rollercoaster of tension and emotion.
I love to read a book that resolves into a HEA by the end, it's fulfilling. I love to know I'm working my way up to it, feeling it coming and enjoying the rosy after glow...I do, honestly. But there is nothing for me, like the feeling you get when the story feels like its not resolving, so at the end of every page, hell at the end of every paragraph, you eye up the quantity of remaining book and mutter to yourself...'there aren't enough pages left to fix this!!!'.
I love the tension/excitement/anxiety you get from knowing that you can't possibly predict at this point where it will go. I turn pages faster even though I don't want it to end, just to find out. Then when you finally get there you are left jabbing the screen of your ereader, or trying to separate the last pages you hope are simply stuck together.
Then there are the books that resolve far too quickly. At 50% you start thinking...'this is all going a bit too well'. You just know that if they are this happy at 50% it can't last. You start to look at every detail, hoping for an early sign of a shark in the water. You suspect every ripple, every shadow, until finally you start to hear the Jaws music. For me this just makes it more interesting.
Ultimately, what it boils down to is whether you care. No one like so see a sobbing mess crumpled on the floor. No one likes to see a mad woman screaming 'Noooooooooooooooo!' Monica from Friends style.
No one...except maybe an author...
Why? Because then we've done our job of course!
All we want at the end of the day is for someone, anyone, to care about these characters we have conceived, grown and nurtured. Because even if we're not precious about how our work is perceived, those characters have still been our whole life for the past few weeks, months or years. So to know that another person is feeling that emotion is gratifying to say the least.
The important thing to do here is - THINK ABOUT THE GENRE! I tell myself as a reader, time after time, when I feel a major cliffy coming; this is a Romance of whatever description. A HEA is virtually guaranteed. It's why we're all here. Ok, so it might not be smooth sailing. It might take more than one book to get there. But you will get your HEA and it should be worth it.

I may as well admit it...Just Human has a cliffhanger. It's been mentioned in every review to date, so it's no secret. It's not a big one. No one's safety is in question, nothing is on fire and you can't hear distant sirens. It's just emotions and stuff. But I wrote Just Human and Still Human back to back and Still Human is in editing for an autumn release. So resolution is on its way people!

Give a cliffy a chance, they're not all bad!
{Kerry Heavens}

About the Author

Terrible wife
Mediocre mother
Appalling housewife
Fashion graduate
Wedding coordinator
Sex toy salesperson
Shop manager
Font collector
Romance addict
Fancier of nice men
Ok, fancier of almost all men
Awesome cupcake baker
Incessant singer
Film buff

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