Aug 12, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Review for That Girl by HJ Bellus


This book is about That Girl…

The girl who leaves behind her past, including her name; runs away from home and vows to never let another identity claim her again. Broken dreams, an abusive step-dad and ugly memories from her childhood are the only shattered remnants that have the ability to haunt her.

With no money, an endless blank slate laying ahead of her and no hopes for the future, she sets out to survive at minimum wage jobs, moving from town to town, changing her name with each move, and never allowing glimpses of her past to threaten her empty future.
Average in every way, from her looks to her personality and even her style, there is not much to remember about her. When she abandons one town for another, she leaves behind her fake identity in the search of the next one, while leaving people asking themselves, “I wonder what ever became of that girl.”

This was her reality until Lincoln Wilks.

The number one defensive football player in Fort Collins who finally names That Girl.


That Girl. 
I know her. You know her. We all know her. But do any of us truly KNOW her? 
Well let me tell'll KNOW her now.

Can I tell you that as a reviewer, I look for the greatest points in a story and try to highlight as much as I can without giving the story away. I couldn't do it with this particular book. I could highlight the entire book! Right from the first chapter, I had to know--I needed to know "That Girl"

Her story is not an easy one. So, it's not sugar coated. She was born into cruelty and she was unloved. So, when she turned 18, she knew she had to escape. She ran. She ran to get away from her demons, her pain, and her name. In every place she stopped, she had a different identity. Why let anyone know who you really are? She didn't want to relive it. She didn't want anyone that close to her. So, she kept moving and kept changing her name. Only to be remembered in every town as "That Girl".

"There are days I fight against the voice, and other days I just let it win. If I can live the rest of my life alone and safe, that will be enough. My safety and learning to live easy with my scars wil always be enough...My new enemy is faceless and is always there to bully me. Time."

She kept running for miles until she came to the football town of Fort Collins. It was at 1,014 miles that she stopped. Something finally held her attention. Or should I say someone. Who knew that her world would be changed by a football player whose beautiful eyes not only drew her in, but reflected pain and sadness, as well? 

"How in the hell has this man done this to me? Never in my life have I been so taken in by a person."

Lincoln Wilks is a star football player at CSU. He has the looks, the friends, and the love of a small town. But behind his facade, there is a boy who just wants to be accepted by the ones that are supposed to love him the most. 

Just when he thought his life wasn't ever going to change, he sees her. He can't seem to get "That Girl" out of his mind. She's a mystery that he wants to solve and he will try everything he can to win her over.

"I get upset when you compliment me, and then I tell you the effed up story behind my scar. Every time you touch it, it erases just a little bit of the pain."

"Then let me touch you all the time."

Lincoln tries to bring her out from behind her mask--from behind her scars, to show her that she is beautiful and she's worth getting to know. She's worth love. But it's not that easy. When your pain runs as deep as hers does, it's not an easy process.

As their love grows, it becomes easier to open up and reveal some of her secrets, but even some things need to stay buried. How long can she keep them from Lincoln? If he finds out, will she loose him forever? When the world seems stacked against them, can they pull through?

In a journey to get away from herself, she actaully ends up finding her true self. She finds it in the small football loving town of Fort Collins. She finds it in the arms of the guy who accepts her for who she is, not what she comes from. 
Does every bad start have a happy ending? Does every broken soul heal with time?

In the end..."It's just pizza."

Like I said at the beginning of this review, I could have highlighted the whole book. I believe I did:) I have read books that have moved me and brought out emotions that I never knew I had. This book hit an emotional chord that I wasn't prepared for. In a weird way, I became "That Girl" and I felt her pain. I wanted to run with her, stand beside her, fight for her, and love her. She breaks your heart and Lincoln mends it. Gahhh!!

I can not express every feel I had...So Many Feels!! 

HJ Bellus has a way to draw you into a story from the first page. She can take you to the darkest places and you'll still come out smiling because it's the perfect ending. I applaud her for this amazing book! Trust me when I tell you that you will need tissues and you will want to hug your loved ones when you finish:) Beautiful book!!!

"Life is a funny creature. Once you think you have everything figured out, and clear sailing is all you can see in your future, life thorws you a curveball, and no matter how fast or slow it comes at you, you have to decide in a spli second if you'll catch it or allow it to destroy you."

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About the Author

I am an independent author excited about releasing my first novel very soon. A big dream coming true!!! I'm all country...the kinda country where green grass grows and corn pops up in Miranda and her bad ass music!!! Just a simple country girl getting one story out of her head at a time...I always fall hard for a trucker style hat...especially if it's a John Deere hat....loves me a good ol' farm boy!!!!!!
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