Preview: Maybe Someday, by Colleen Hoover

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“…People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”

Let me start out my saying two things. First, I was so blessed enough to receive this ARC, right before Christmas. And let me tell you, I was so thrilled and excited. I bow down to the book gods, wherever they are. I’ll even buy them chocolate. I mean seriously, do you realize how hard it is to read a good book and not be able to talk about it for MONTHS????? I’m so glad it comes out next Tuesday.

Second, Colleen Hoover is so talented that I will read any book she writes, even a vampire book. That woman knows how to destroy you and break you apart and then put you back together. And this book is no exception. And since I kept this a secret for so long, Ms. Hoover, if you write a character in a future book, with pink hair, you don’t even have to tell anyone it’s based off of me. It’ll be our little secret. 🙂

I knew this book was about musicians and writing songs, but this was about way more. It was about feeling the music. Music reaches down into a person and touches their soul and it changes them. I was so drawn into the feelings of this, that I had to remind myself to breath, many times.

The most exciting part of this book, is the music that went along with it. I LOVED the music!!! Griffin Peterson, who is actually on the cover of Losing Hope, has written an entire album to go with this book. At certain parts of the book, you use your phone to scan the QR code, or click on the link in the ebook, and it will take you to the song, so you can listen as you read. I’ve read it three times, with the music, and I can’t imagine reading it any other way. The emotions that went through me, while the music was playing, was just…..WOW. Now when I’m driving and I hear the beginnings of Griffin’s songs, I start to get teary eyed, because I know what scene they go too. Usually when I see song lyrics, in books, I never know the rhythm they were singing too, but this combination was perfect. I have never experienced a book like this. I know I say I’m overwhelmed in lots of books, but music is in my blood, so books with music touch me on a level that I can’t explain. Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to explain what I was feeling. Again, it was a long three months of not being able to rave and talk about the songs. I’m so glad the album is available to everyone now.

But enough about me and my crazy crying eyes, let’s talk about the story….

Sydney Blake finds herself captivated by her neighbor, Ridge Lawson, and his musical talent. As a music major, she feels connected to him, as he plays his guitar across the courtyard. When she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, with her roommate, she is suddenly homeless, and has no idea what to do. That’s when Ridge steps in and helps her out.

Ridge has been in a dry spell, writing wise, for quite sometime. But when he finds his muse in Sydney, he isn’t prepared for what happens next. The more he tries to stop it, the faster it happens.

I will admit, about 1/4 of the way through, I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. I won’t say why, but something wasn’t settling right with me. But as I kept reading, I realized I was WAY off, in my assumptions. Clear as mud, I know. But trust me, just read the whole book and you’ll understand.

When Ridge and Sydney write music, you feel the music. But soon they start to connect on a level they never expected. They have so many feelings that they can’t say out loud, so they say it in the words of their songs. As I read the beautiful words they created, I died. Every.single.time.

The scene, where he first feels her sing, whew!!! That was a powerful scene. My stomach was in a million knots!! I was sitting at the edge of the couch and feeling everything they felt. I was so emotionally involved in their story, I could barely hold myself together. And when you add the music, in the scenes, I couldn’t see through my tears.

The closer he moved and the longer we stared at each other, the more my body was consumed by need. It wasn’t a basic need, like a need for water when I’m thirty or a need for food when I’m hungry. It was an insatiable need for relief. Relief from the want and desire that has been pent up for so long.

Thankfully, there were a few hilarious scenes that had me cracking up and startling those around me. Ridge’s friend, Warren, was the comic relief in this emotional story. I just loved him and his pranks. I totally wasn’t expecting those parts. He was a riot!!

“Listen, Syd. I don’t mean to be rude, but all this moping around for the past few months has caused you to put on a little weight. Your ass looks huge in those jeans. The blue dress may be able to hide little of that, so go put it on, or I might be too embarrassed to go out with you.”

This book was quite hard to review without giving away any spoilers. But I will say, a few of the scenes had me stunned silent, and I’m never silent. I felt like I was sucker punched, a couple of times also. And some of the scenes I had to step back and collect myself. I almost needed my happy pills, in those ones. The connection between Sydney and Ridge was almost instant and no one could stop it from happening. By the time I finished this, I was emotionally drained and mentally satisfied. Another perfect book to add to my shelf. Well done, Ms. Hoover. Well done. A perfect book. A perfect album. The most perfect reading experience.

“It’s you. My heart…wants you.”

~Melpomene

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Review and a GIVEAWAY#1!!!!

Are you wondering what book??? One word……..SLAMMED. Are you excited??? Not only that but it is a SIGNED copy!!!

This is a book that is really hard to describe for me because it’s one of my favorites, by one of my favorite authors. Okay, I’ll start with a summary and try to go from there and see if I can make any sense.

At 18, Layken, her mother and her younger brother pack things up and relocate to Michigan after her fathers’ death. The first person she meets there is her neighbor across the street, Will, and his little brother. They have a sudden, intense attraction to each other that only intensifies after a fantastic first date. Layken is thrilled that this move isn’t turning out to be as horrible as she feared.

However, almost immediately after the first date they are shocked to discover they cannot see each other anymore. Layken and Will are both miserable, which is made even worse by having to see each other daily as neighbors and as their odd little brothers become best friends. They try to deal as best they can but Layken is ready to explode.

That description does absolutely nothing for the book because the book is awesome. The dialogue is incredibly funny between the little brothers who are both nerdy and ridiculous but adorable. The slam poetry is amazing. I found myself reading and re-reading each slam, trying to get the intonation that would make it sound best. Layken’s best friend Eddie, is great and provide both an outlet for Eddie and more laughter the book needs to balance out the seriousness it has.

I literally both laughed and cried while reading this book. I don’t cry a lot when I read. I mean, I did cry reading Little Women and Gone With the Wind at certain points if you know what I mean…not to give any spoilers away. But I don’t cry at the majority of books, and I read a lot of angsty stuff. This one made me cry, but I was laughing while I cried. It’s so hard to explain. But other Colleen Hoover fans get it because once you read Slammed you will want to read Point of Retreat. Then you realize she’s written a few other things. Then you’re pretty much hooked. You’re welcome for that!

A couple of us muses were lucky enough to go to a book signing this week and we have a few signed books to giveaway. In case you didn’t notice the #1, there’s more to giveaways to come. The first will be this wonderful, awesome, gut wrenching book. We’re also including some swag Atria Publishing was kind enough to give out at the signing! With the SIGNED book you will also receive a great Hopeless bookmark, an I ❤ Atria Authors card and a great purple Colleen Hoover bag! You know you want it. So we'll make it easy, just like our Facebook page and comment on this post and that's it. We'll keep it open til next Thursday. Good luck!!!

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Amazing book signing last night!

Last night was the first night of Atria Indie Author’s fall tour with their 3 best selling authors – Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines! These authors are really huge in the New Adult/Romance world of books and 2 of us Muses have been pretty much beside ourselves with excitement and not doing a very good job of hiding it very well! Melpomene is a huge fan of Colleen’s and had introduced her books to me, and I promptly fell in love and read every single book she wrote.  We were both ecstatic to see all 3 authors coming to this area.

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The big day finally came and it definitely lived up to the hype! Melpomene was so excited that her fabulous husband drove her down early in the day and she basically cased the joint all day. However, she was not alone – there were a few hardcore fans there to keep her company on and off during the day. By the time I met her there she was pretty much telling others in line about our little blog and discussing the awesomeness of the authors. They were in line to get a line number to get books signed.  Our friend, Vi, joined us there and it was pretty great to be amongst our people – other people who loves books as much as we do.

Vi went upstairs to sit down and save 2 seats while we got our 2 line numbers. By the time I went to sit down another huge fan was reporting us to the bookstore for saving seats unlawfully or something. Which was very confusing because this other woman was in the front row and at this point the rest of the rows were pretty empty so I was confused as to why she was so upset, my line number was 16, the friends Melpomene had made were 13 and 14. Vi is a petite woman who was there only to meet us and this other woman kept talking about it very loudly for about 45 minutes so it was kind of hilarious to see her start a mini riot. We owe Vi lots and lots of favors! I would have gladly sat 3 or 4 rows back if this woman would have asked us to! So that was the mini drama of the night.

Then the authors came in – Colleen first, then Abbie Glines and finally Jamie McGuire.

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I just have to say that it’s not fair for authors to be this talented AND pretty! Then they had to open their mouths and be funny in person too. Colleen came out taking pictures of the crowd and when the commentator started asking them questions she immediately did not want to answer – as in she preferred one of the others answered first. What struck me the most is how much they seem to get along. I don’t know how it works in other publishing houses but either these three are superb actresses or they really are friends.

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Most of the time was spent laughing – the authors were charming and answered the questions about their current releases, their musical inspirations and their advice for aspiring authors. My favorite answer of the night was Colleen’s that she likes Eminem, but that’s just because I do too. All 3 authors signed a ton of books, bags, kindle covers, and pretty much whatever we asked them to. They were super friendly with the fans and took pictures. The place was packed but they didn’t give the impression that they were getting tired at all.

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I left a bigger fan because all 3 were great in person! If you can make it to one of their tour dates – GO!! Atria made it a very cool event with some neat swag and it was very organized. Plus you know the AWESOME AUTHORS kind of made it even better. I might still be on a weird kind of high this morning 🙂 I’ve been to multiple signings this year and it’s just so fun to be around people who love to read and people who are interested in what you’re interested in. We made friends sitting there, all of us talking about our favorite books, which authors we loves and getting recommendations for more. Such an excellent experience!!

Oh and you might want to stick around this week and next for some possible giveaways tied into this awesome signing!!

~Clio