Monday, 27 April 2015

Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads by Becca Ann and Tessa Marie - Book Tour


Lexie Boggs has dealt with enough drama for one teenage girl, and just when she thinks it's about over, the father who abandoned her a decade ago shows up looking for redemption. At least… that’s what he says. Ryan Parker thinks his future is set. He’s got a sweet job set up, graduation on the horizon, and a lifetime of dreams he’s planned with his girlfriend, Lexie—including a king-sized bed for their soon-to-be apartment. Only a slight snag tugs at the fantasy when Lexie starts putting aside all she’s worked hard on for her deadbeat dad and his “sickness.” Suddenly school is the only time spent together, and as Ryan expresses his suspicions about why Daddy Boggs is really back, Lexie pulls away, hoping Ryan is wrong but fearing he’s right. And as graduation approaches, Ryan and Lexie struggle to keep the futures they thought they had firmly intact from crumbling all over their now lonely king-sized bed.

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About the Authors

 Cassie Mae (AKA Becca Ann) is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

My Review

I awwwhed, and grrred, I laughed and I cried. And cried. Not going to lie there was a lot of crying involved. Most of it was unexpected and came out of nowhere. I'm going to miss these guys so, so much. Lexie and Ryan have been one of the cutest couples and almost feel like friends to me so I will miss them. I know I'll get to see more in Brett's story so I'm still holding on to that thread and I cannot wait for that! I think I'll have to beg for more Nate and Kaylee. . .even a scene or two (*cough* or twelve *cough*) I don't mind. ;)

Anyway I'm rambling. That's what happens to me with these books. I turn into one of the characters. Which just shows how amazing the writing is, right? 

I'm going to miss them but I couldn't imagine a better ending. Lots of growth and learning in this one as Ryan and Lexie got ready to leave school; their comfort zones; the relationship they had for years. A lot of people cannot wait to leave school so they can get away, be free, start their own lives but they soon learn that it's kind of hard. Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads highlights this as well as what it's like to have a relationship in school and try to hold onto that as life throws curveballs at you and you have to adapt to survive. And so does the relationship.

I have always loved the characters in this series; even if sometimes I did want to throw a spanner at Ryan or a bottle of "Life Gives You Lemons" nail-polish at Lexie. They're still such an adorable couple. 

Reading this series has been a treat because it just shows how seamlessly two authors can work together and not have you stuttering to read every time the characters voice changes. There is no problems like this with these two. If you didn't know any better you'd think it was one person (or that the characters are real, like I do). And to be honest: they could share a mental wave-length, I don't know. I'm afraid to ask. But this works so well for Lexie and Ryan. Each section slots together perfectly and helps provide a smooth reading experience. 

I don't want to spoil anything and just tell you to read it but as the title suggests there may be some ups and downs but that just makes the story that much more believable.

Hope you enjoy it like I did. :)


P.S. If you're anything like me you'll fly through it in no time. Not because it's short but because you just have to finish it. So be prepared for that.

P.P.S. Please note: If this seems a little bit all over the place it's because I just finished reading it and had to get out all the feels. They're not exactly organised. . .or linear. Thanks for understanding!

P.P.P.S. I had to look up SOL. I feel old.

P.P.P.P.S. Sad that this is the last time I'll be singing Teenage Dirtbag while reading. (He drives an IROC)

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