Sep 23, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Review--Walk Me Down by HJ Bellus

Graduation night was the worst night of my life.
My heart was shattered, lives were lost, and permanent wounds formed.
I hate the color red. I hate my old shallow self. I hate life.
Stuck in my sister's town over the first summer since tragedy struck, I only have my crazy best friend to make life as normal as it can be.
One broken tooth
One hot stranger, Finn.
Makes me hate less and hope for more. This summer has the potential to save me, but only if I find the courage to let it. My name’s Tess and this is my story.

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My Review

"Love isn't meant for me. Fairy Tales are lies and are only created to crush people."

Graduation Day. For most eighteen year olds, that's the day of saying goodbye to friends, giving hugs and looking forward to your freedom.

For Tessa Jones, it's the day her world stopped. How do you move forward when everything that was right in your world suddenly turned out all wrong?

I was silently sobbing by the end of the first chapter. By the second chapter, I was so sympathetic for Tessa. Everything just keeps getting worse and you wonder if she will ever come out of this dark place.

Four years later...
Cinnamon Jolly Ranchers. Who would have thought that that would be all it would take to find the one person she never knew she needed?!
Finn Evans is known around town for being nothing like his family. Instead of wanting to practically own the town, he would rather work with his grandfather on the family farm. 

"If Finn wants you, he'll have you or fight like hell to have you. Be ready to accept it or fight it the rest of your life, Tess. You couldn't have picked a better man to be with."

Finn keeps making his appearance in every part of Tessa's life. And he's slowly making it into her heart.

"Why not just walk away from me? It would be a lot less painful, I can assure you that."
"I'm stubborn and I know what I want. I want a chance with you. That's all I'm asking. You've been on my mind since that first night together."

They were adorable together and their friendship was turning into love quickly, but not everything was on their side. Insecurites will always be with Tess. She can never get away from her past because she has to see it everyday. A familiar feeling she can't shake. Finn is dealing with his past and the future his father wants for him. It seems as if the world is stacked against them...but true love only comes once.

Can Tess and Finn move past everything in their way to get their happily ever after?

I absolutely loved this story by HJ!! Through tragedy comes second chances and it was written beautifully! 

Finn and Tess were such a wonderfully complicated couple. They pulled from each other strengths and they comforted in their weaknesses.
I loved the secondary characters, too. Tessa's sister,Tommie, and her best friend, Scarlett, are amazing bookends for her. They know exactly what makes her tick. Her brother-in-law, Will, is the the epitome of a good man. He jumped into her life when she needed so much. I kind of wish he was a part of my family:)Plus, I loved Finn's brother, Wes. He was too funny!

I can't wait to hear what's next for this group!! A wonderful story!!

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!!!!!!
Twitter: @hjbellus

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