Wednesday, January 9, 2013

AToMR Blog Tour & Giveaway: Back to You by Priscilla Glenn




“I always knew I would fall in love with you,” he said softly, “but you were never supposed to love me back.”
-Priscilla Glenn, Back to You





When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

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Lauren and Michael became friends in high school. Michael was the ‘bad boy’ in high school. Life was not made easy for him, he had a difficult childhood. I felt for Michael. Growing up the way he did…getting blamed for things that were not his fault. I wished someone would have stopped and showered him with some hugs and lots of love.  Lauren was considered the good girl who was taken with him. 

She was able to see in Michael what others did not. She saw past his ‘attitude’ and issues, and realized that there was something good underneath. He needed love and the right person to show him that he was worthy of receiving it.

Their friendship seemed like an odd match to their friends, but that did not stop them from continuing it. But one day that the special friendship that Lauren and Michael share ends badly and abruptly.

Eight years later, they come back into each other’s lives. Even though they have not seen in each in so long, there is still a connection between them.

Showcasing POV’s from both Lauren and Michael, the story flips from past to present as the reader sees what happened to make them loose touch for 8 years and how that has affected their life in the present. I thought that the dual POV’s was a nice bonus. I always like to read what the other main character in a story is thinking versus just the one.  

Their emotional and drama filled journey made for an engaging read, that I enjoyed.  Even though I was cheering for Michael and Lauren to make it, I still felt like Michael could have tried harder when it came to him letting Lauren know how he felt. Apart from that I liked the writing. I became invested in these characters and how their story was going to play out. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

** I received this book from the Author as part of the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you so much!** 

Giveaway:

3 Signed print copies of BACK TO YOU are up for grabs!!! So make sure to enter and tell all of your friends in the process!
                                                            US/Canada Only.


About the author:


Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three beautiful children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years. Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. Her guilty pleasures include great books, good wine, anything chocolate, and Robert Pattinson :)

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