Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway: ✩You Turn✩ by @mcroslydon

Adult Contemporary Romance
Second Chances Series
Release: October 6, 2014

“I was the little girl who loved you from afar. I was the woman who gave herself away for you and ended up losing a lot of who she was.” 

 
“Then allow me to give back some of what I stole.”

After being dumped by her fiancé, Eleanor Carrington flees to Paris to stay with her self-medicated mother. While keeping her mom from popping pills like gummy bears, Eleanor launches a new, no-strings-attached life plan with absolutely NO falling in love whatsoever. On her part at least, because her self-esteem could do with one or two Frenchmen going un peu crazy for her.

What she doesn’t need is for her first Grand Amour to burst back into her life. What she doesn’t need is all-American Zachary Murdoch—or a more mature and sensitive version of him—to schmooze his way into her heart again. She grew up loving the/this/that man until he dumped her five summers ago. Whatever shit-show/life drama she’s just been through was a stroll. What Zach put her though was a climb up Mount Everest. Barefoot. In a bikini.
Now a club-owner in Paris, Zach is intrigued by the troubled woman who was once the sweet girl he had to give up. Offering a shoulder for her to cry on is what he owes her. Loving her is what he lost the right to. Because there’s a reason he broke up with Lenor and that reason is why she’s in Paris.

But Paris is called the City of Love…

Will he be her turn at love?

*** You Turn is a contemporary adult romance and part of the Second Chances series. However, Lenor’s story can be read as a stand-alone novel. There is no cliffhanger. ***

4 Second Chance Stars
…sometimes our first love is also meant to be our last.

You Turn should have been one of those predictable, slightly cheesy, romantic reads that threw in a little angst to mix things up…and yet it wasn’t. It was unpredictable with some twists I never saw coming, it was light on the angst without being boring or cheesy, and it was romantic in a way that keeps you rooting for the couple throughout the entire book. In short? I really REALLY enjoyed this book.

After first meeting Eleanor in No Reverse, I have been impatiently waiting for her to finally get her HEA. Having read both No Reverse and Fast Forward I can tell you that you can definitely read this as a standalone, but I would recommend you read those two books anyway simply because they’re fantastic.

Five years ago, eighteen year old Eleanor fell in love with Zachary Murdoch III and he shattered her. Two months ago Lenor’s fiance of 4 years broke up with her to be with the love from his past. Heartbroken, Lenor runs to Paris to care for her recovering addict mother and to try to escape the heartbreak of her past. She wants to move forward, so the last thing she expects is the flesh and blood blast from her past.

I realize whatever I went through with Josh has been a stroll through Central Park on a sunny spring day.
What the man opposite me put me through was like climbing Mount Everest. Barefoot. In a bikini.

You Turn is told in alternating flashbacks of present and the days of the past that led Lenor and Zach to first fall for each other and then for Zach to break her heart. What I loved is that the author gives you a clear division with the past being told solely in Zach’s POV, and the present solely in Lenor’s. This allows the reader to not only understand the characters that much better, it truly allows you to feel for the characters and the why’s of what happened.

Zach never got over Lenor nor the way that things ended with them. He wants this new chance to prove to her that he’s no longer the damaged and broken boy from the past that turned to booze, drugs and women for his comfort. He’s moved on and made something of himself being the owner of a sucessful Parisian club. He has money and success but what he truly wants is her forgiveness. He would love a chance for her heart, but he knows that he will never deserve that again.

Spare me the word ‘sorry’, will you?
“I don’t believe in ‘sorry.’ I believe in the truth and the truth is that you were the first friend I ever had.”

This is not a book that is overly steamy or even steamy at all, and even though that would usually bother me (what? I never hid my pervy ways. This is nothing new), I found that I loved the story and the second chance romance so much that I didn’t even bat an eyelash at the lack of steam.

I fell for Zach hard in this book. Having seen the past from his eyes and knowing what drove his actions and decisions then truly allowed me to understand him that much more. Seeing the way that he tried to atone in the present and his clear love for Lenor was just…gah…I don’t even have the words. It was emotional and lovely and at times broke even my poor black little heart.

I. Was. Never. Your. Friend.
I was the little girl who loved you from afar. I was the woman who gave herself away for you and ended up losing a lot of who she was.”
“Then allow me to give you back some of what I stole.”

Seeing the Zach from the past, he was definitely far from perfect. But it also helps you understand the Zach of the present that much more. The author did a great job with characterization and showing the true growth of both these characters.

My whole life I’ve looked up at him from afar or up-close. He has been my hero only to turn into a fallen one.

The romance between Zach and Lenor is a slow burn with a strong undercurrent of their chemistry. It’s constantly present even through their push and pull. And while this romance is what I’d call steamy lite, it definitely still had it’s moments.

I want you to fuck me. No and on that desk of yours. I want you to remember how good it is to be inside me each time you enter this room to work. I want you to remember me. I want you to remember what you lost and I want it to hurt.

It wasn’t overly angsty yet it had it’s share of turbulance. What truly made this book were the incredibly endearing characters. I loved the way the author portrayed Lenor through her struggle of losing her fiance, Josh, to another woman without having her come across as a vapid and selfish little rich girl. I was already strongly invested in her character in the first two books, and that only solidified for me here.

This was a beautiful and touching second chance romance that you won’t be able to help but fall for.

If you haven’t yet discovered this author, I strongly recommend you get acquainted.

On a side note, I’m really hoping we get a book for Sam next. I’ve been wanting one for him since Fast Forward

Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave—and under the grey London sky—, you are welcome to come and say ‘hello’ from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

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The author is giving away (1) CHANEL Beauty Bag ($150 retail value, International), (1) Signed Copy of YOU TURN and (1) $20 Amazon Gift Card (International), and (1) Signed Copy of YOU TURN and (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card (International)!! You can enter on her Facebook page!

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