We were fortunate enough to be given the privilege of wrapping up this wonderful blog tour for this sublime book.
Eighteen-year-old Nicole Harrison has spent her high school years devoted to academics and dance, leaving no time for a boyfriend and a life. Her parents’ shocking divorce causes Nicole to believe that true love is impossible to find. After spending her life in a small Texas town, Nicole joins a foreign exchange student dance program in the country where she was born. After years dreaming about her birthplace, she boldly leaves her world behind and moves in with a host family on the island of Okinawa in Japan. She anxiously awaits a year of improving her dance technique while enjoying a world of new experiences
Jonathan Hayes was born to a Japanese mother and American Marine father via a surrogate in the States. After his father’s tragic death in Iraq when Jonathan was only a baby, his mother moved them back to her home in Okinawa. As a child, Jonathan’s mother immersed him in American culture to honor his father. His good looks and immense musical talent have left him with no shortage of female admirers. But after a bad break-up from his girlfriend of two years, Jonathan plunges into a playboy lifestyle that leads him along a destructive path. As his wounds begin to slowly heal, he tries regaining his self-respect by living on the straight and narrow. But his heart remains closed to the idea of love; that is, until the night he sees the beautiful and innocent Nicole Harrison, upon the balcony of his neighbor’s home.
While Nicole tries to navigate an unfamiliar country, she also has to learn how to navigate the unfamiliar and unwanted feelings she’s developing for Jonathan through some very heart-wrenching and trying times.
Will her fears push him away, or will Jonathan show her the truth of loyal love?
**Not suitable for readers under the age of 17 due to some language and sexual content**
This book was truly beautiful to witness. It took the dreams of a young adult just reaching a point in her life that those dreams could become a reality and facing the realization that love comes in so many forms. Nicole dreamed of something more, after her parents divorce she took her dreams of dance and of the place where she was born and made them a reality. with a little nudge (and a whole slew of interesting vocabulary) from her best friend she was on her way to a whole new land of opportunity. After her parents split she built herself up to be this fantastic “ice-queen”, to only feel what she let herself feel and only live the way she felt that she should. The only thing she wasn’t expecting was Jonathan Hayes. Jonathan is this gorgeous product of a very loving family that was broken when he was a baby. His father dying in a tragic accident and his mother raising his as only she knew how, he was a beautiful, musical prodigy. A musical prodigy with a tragic past, a jealous streak and a huge heart that who turns Nicole’s world upside down. But can the ice-queen melt? Or will his jealousy destroy them both…..Guess you will have to read to find out.
This book was incredibly written and the characters were very well-developed. I grew an attachment to Nicole’s grandmother right away, feeling in my heart for my own grandma. I wanted more, I wanted to hear more of the story, see more of the dance and feel more of the music. It inspires ❤
I really enjoyed this book! It has a cute, witty humor to it and I love Nicole’s best friend, Annie. She is hilarious! It makes me wish I had a best friend like her growing up. Nicole has pretty much lead a sheltered life. One she’s created all her own. Her parents divorced and Nicole just doesn’t believe in the idea of love any more. She instead focuses on her studies and dance. After graduating high school she decides she needs to branch out. She was born in Japan and has decided to attend a dance academy over there and see the place where she was born. She quickly shuts Annie up by telling her that love is not in her future. She doesn’t care about the military men that are stationed over there. She is going to be staying with a host family over there that have a daughter named Emiko and she will be too involved in dancing to be able to worry about that. Her and Emiko have been exchanging emails and Nicole thinks it’ll be like having the sister she always wanted. But as soon as she gets there her plans seems to change. She meets Jonathan and Nicole starts to wonder if there is something to the “love at first sight” everyone keeps talks about. She’s never been attracted to a guy like this. Sure there were some hot guys in high school, but they didn’t give her butterflies like Jonathan does. She starts to hang out with him and decides to push all her fears aside and take a risk, but there are some secrets along the way and she wonders if she can hold on to him or if she should let him go. She has a lot of inner turmoil over this. Jonathan is her first boyfriend… should she try to keep a relationship with him or give up on love all together. You should definitely read this book and find out!
We were lucky enough to get to do a lil giveaway for ya’ll prizes are listed below, please enter at the rafflecopter linky
5 Winners total
1 set of Dre Beats Solo headphones, 3 signed book plates and 1 e-book
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Here are all the fantastic blogs that the tour stopped by:
Feb 18 WhirlwindBooks, http://www.whirlwindbooksandreviews.com/
Feb 19 Beauty, Brains and Books, http://beautybrainsandbooks.com/
Feb 20 Reading Books Like A Boss, http://readingbookslikeaboss.blogspot.ca/
Feb 21 Shh, Mom’s Reading, http://shhmomsreading.com/
Feb 22 Always A Book Lover, http://alwaysabooklover.wordpress.com/
Feb 23 Flirty and Dirty Book Blog, http://www.flirtyanddirtybookblog.com/
Feb 24 Natasha is a Book Junkie, http://www.natashaisabookjunkie.com/
Feb 25 The Indie Bookshelf, http://theindiebookshelf.blogspot.ca/
Feb 26 Have Book, Will Read, http://havebookwillread.com/
Feb 27 Into The Night Reviews, http://intothenightbookreviews.blogspot.ca/
Feb 28 Candy Coated Book Blog, https://sweettreatblogblog.wordpress.com/