Monday, 13 January 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: JJ Rossum's "Thou Shalt Not."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for JJ Rossum's "Thou Shalt Not."
(Giveaway at Bottom of Post)

~ 5 Hearts Review ~ 

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Luke Harper was finally starting to settle into his life - a life that had previously been full of more heartbreak and pain than most people ever experienced. He had a job he loved, and was blissfully content in his on-again, off-again relationship with the striking, and highly sexual, Holly. But, life throws Luke another curveball with the arrival of the alluring April, a woman stuck in a tumultuous, violent marriage to a famous athlete. Luke soon finds himself torn between what is safe, familiar, and right, and what is dangerous, unknown, and forbidden.

Review: Kirsty Lander

Is it okay to just write "Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god." for my review because that is pretty much all that is coming to mind right now? Oh my god! WHY did nobody mention the fact that this had an evil cliffhanger? Well, I assume if is a cliffhanger and that we will be getting a sequel. If not I'm going to stamp my feel like a 5 year old and start demanding. I am SPEECHLESS. Both at the story and the crazy non ending.

I really don't even know how to review this book without giving away major spoilers. I went in to this book not really knowing too much, but at the same time thinking I had it all sussed and knew how it would end. Ha, jokes on me. I couldn't have been more wrong. From the blurb I should have realised that Luke had some painful secrets lurking in his past, I just didn't know what. And that's one of the things that shocked me most in this book.. learning about his past broke my heart. I honestly hadn't expected to be in tears in the beginning of the book, but by 20% there I was wiping away my tears for the third time. I already loved him, but learning of his past had me loving him even more and I was desperate for him to find happiness.

So.. when April entered the picture I was happier than ever. April was starting school as a sub teacher, in the classroom right next door to where Luke taught, and they hit it off immediately. I loved their relationship.. from their flirty texting, to their nerdy banter when it came to their love of all things literature. It was refreshing to read about a couple that didn't form of a sexy billionaire and a young, naive, beautiful goddess. They were just normal people. 

"Beauty and brains. Smart words make me hard."

I can't really say much more about the plot, or what happens because really it is so spoiler-y, but I will mention Holly. Like the blurb says.. Luke has a 'special' kind of relationship with Holly. They are strictly friends with benefits, and whilst I appreciated their relationship in the book for what it was, I certainly never thought of it is as anything series. I never expected anything to come from it. 

"Occasionally I felt guilt over our situation, especially when she was seeing someone. 
The whole friends with benefits thing wasn't even something I would have ever seen myself doing. I grew up believing in not having sex before marriage and not straying outside of the 
boundaries of marriage or relationships with anyone. And so I had waited until I was married 
to have sex. And now look where I am eight years later. Alone, and part time fucking a girl who 
can't stay in a relationship for more than a few months. Oh, how the mighty have fallen."

All in all, this book was bloody brilliant. I pretty much read it in one sitting because I couldn't not read. I had to know what happened next, I had to know how the characters moved on from their struggles, and finally I wanted to know how it ended. I REGRET THAT SO MUCH. At around 85%, the book took a drastic turn. Like, I seriously never in a million years saw it coming, turn. Maybe that's just me, perhaps others had figured all that out, but I couldn't believe it. From then on, I felt like I barely knew the characters I was reading about, particularly April. I guess that is what J.J. Rossum was trying to get us to feel, so he completely did his job there, but still, I was shocked and didn't know what the hell to think. And then.. BAM! the freaking book ends! Oh my word why oh why did I not know this was going to have a cliffy of epic proportions? I was gutted when I came to the end and realised that nope, there really were no other pages to turn to. Gutted. 

"Charm is deceiving, and beauty fades. And when it does, 
all you are left with is who that person is at their core."

Please god let there be a sequel because I will be all over that. I rated "Thou Shalt Not" 5 hearts


Author Bio:

JJ Rossum traveled the world as a child, and called many places "home". Currently, home is Portland, Oregon, where he is at work on other novels that were hatched while people watching during many airport layovers.

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