Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Escape the Doubt by Andrea Michelle


After the unexpected death of her Dad and the haunting manner in which he died Riley Shaw built invisible walls around her heart. Barriers she created to protect her from splintering into broken pieces that couldn’t be repaired. She was unable to move forward from her past letting the guilt of her parent’s mistakes dictate her own choices. 

Dean Warren was safe. Being with him was innocent and peaceful because she didn’t truly love him. His words held her captive in a false sense of security. His eyes were deceptive and his promises of never pushing her beyond what she was willing to give were broken leaving Riley Shaw in a state of regret and doubt. 

Joshua Parker had the power to take what was left of Riley’s splintered pieces and ruin her completely or make her whole again. He was her best friend, her next-door neighbor - everything she wanted and settled on never having. Loving him was as easy as breathing air. The fear of losing him forever was more real to her than the feelings she couldn’t escape. 

When faced with the very thing she feared the most and in the arms she thought were safe Riley finds herself questioning every decision she has made over the past two years. When she finally escapes the doubt in her head and accepts the truth in her heart is it too late? 

Is taking a chance with your heart worth the escape or was it better to have never loved at all? Can forgiveness really set you free? 

*Warning: This is a mature young adult novel. Recommended for readers 17+ due to underage drinking, sexual content and adult language. 

*This is book one in a series however can be read as a standalone.
Escape the Doubt is a story about love and loss.  Riley and Josh have been best friends since birth, but somewhere along the way, things have "shifted".  They see each other as something else and not the little boy or girl they played with all those years next door.  However, expressing their feelings is not so easy.  They also find that there are many obstacles in their way of finding happiness.  That is, if they are meant to be.
The characters were definitely young, naive and a bit stubborn at times, but I did fall in love with them.  I couldn't blame Riley for being so guarded since she experienced so much hurt in her young 18 years.  I think by the time we see her in the next book, she will have matured and gained a lot of confidence.  Josh made me want to throw my Kindle at times.  As hot and sweet as he is, he needed to open his mouth and stand up for himself and what he wanted.  He was very frustrating but finally came around. 
This Young Adult book was very well written.  I liked the alternating POV of Riley and Josh.  I enjoyed the poems and thoughts at the beginning of each chapter.  I like how it combined their love for music and song writing.  It gave a nice glimpse into their heads.  This is not my usual genre, but I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes young romances, drama and emotional roller coasters.  Looking forward to the next book in this series! 
" Don't let the past swallow you up to where you can't live in today or see a better future.  Find the beauty behind the ugly baby, even if you have to dig deep to get to it and just let it be its own kind of beautiful."
xo, D
Andrea Michelle was born and raised in Louisiana. She spent years in Tennessee and in Texas and made it full circle back to the boot she loves so much and is currently living in Baton Rouge. She is a mother to three beautiful daughters and married her best friend at the young age of nineteen. She is a new self published author with a debut novel in the mature young adult contemporary romance category. She is a dreamer, a true Gemini at heart and has a fascination with love stories. She finds inspirations in all things (friends beware) and loves poetry and music. Her writing journey began as a young teen where she used to escape into a world of fiction and poetry just to cope with emotions she didn't understand. She wasn't an avid reader until her adult years and then her addiction to the one clicker became an obsession that cannot be tamed. She is not genre specific as a reader and she will not be genre specific as a writer. "I am not writing to tap into a niche but writing whatever my heart feels is the story to tell. Each WIP I create will have it's own voice. Some may thrive and some may not." When Andrea isn't writing you will find her reading, listening to music or spending time with her precious family. She is excited yet nervous to share her passion with you but looks forward to the journey ahead. She loves to hear from her readers and is eager to make new friends. Links below so you can friend, like, follow and support her

Playlist for this novel: 
3 Door Down- Let Me Go
Kings of Leon- Closer
Incubus- Wish You Were Here
The Neighbourhood- Sweater Weather
Taylor Swift- You Belong With Me
 (featuring Amy Lee)- Broken
Phaleh- Afterglow
Luke Bryan-
 Crash my Party
Cassadee Pope-
 Wasting All These Tears
Andrew Belle- In my Veins
Brantley Gilbert- You Don’t Know Her Like I Do
Kenney Chesney- Somewhere With You
Stone Sour- Through Glass
Evanescence- Taking Over Me
Linkin Park- Pushing Me Away
Flyleaf- All Around Me
Theory of a Deadman- Not Meant To Be
Miranda Lambert- There’s A Wall
Bruno Mars- The Way You Are
Labrinth- Beneath Your Beautiful
One Republic- Counting Stars
Imagine Dragons- Demons
Taylor Swift- Everything Has Changed
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