Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BOOK BLITZ: Around the Bend by Britney King

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Title: Around The Bend Author: Britney King Book Blitz: January 5-7 Hosted by: SBB Promotions Add to Goodreads

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If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn’t even look twice. I’m that normal. I’m just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell—I’m so cliché, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. But what I also have—what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line—are secrets.
Deep, dark, deadly secrets.
We all keep secrets, don’t we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they’d be shocked…right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story? In this book, I’m laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might’ve seen had they been paying attention. What I’ve found in life is people often believe lies before they’ll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I’ll let you decide which is which.
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Myles didn’t wait for a response. He simply grinned, grabbed her arm just above the elbow, and led her out of the bar, and back to his room. Pain was a given, she’d just realized. And sometimes, you just needed to give into it—no matter what form it showed up in.
Jessica watched him go as she dug her toes further into the wet sand and squeezed them, watching as the muddy water poured over her feet and enveloped them. She let him get a ways ahead before she allowed herself to smile—just a little. All along she’d let him think he was breaking her, but maybe, just maybe, they’d actually been breaking each other.
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Erin's Review
Talk about a flawed heroine! Everything about Jess's life is a mess.And I mean everything. Her marriage, her social standing, her relationship with her children...everything. And it all took a downward turn after the accident.  What's left after that isn't pretty.
Britney King did an amazing job at taking the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. This story goes to show that it doesn't matter what house you live in, what rung of the social ladder you are on, life can knock you down. What good are outward appearances if you are falling apart behind closed doors? The story is full of twists and turns that I never saw coming.
It's a compelling storyline that grips you from the beginning. Full of angst and emotion, a solid 4.5 stars from me. I can't wait to read more from Britney.
Heidi's Review
Around The Bend by Britney King is a book where you think you know where the direction the author is going to take the reader-but blind sighted. This story focused on the main character Jessica. Injured in an accident she had to overcome many obstacles, hitting rock bottom, finding her way again, betrayed, love and loss all in one book. So many twists and turns in the book leavings you thinking wow!!

I would give Around the Bend by Britney King 3.5 out of 5 kisses.

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Britney King
For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler extraordinaire. That just about covers it...
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn't driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it's genetic. She is the author of two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys--serving and running Austin Women's Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.
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