I hope you all have a great day! The blog tour of the day is for Michelle Lynn’s new book, Don’t Let Go! Enjoy o/
Author: Michelle Lynn
Release Date: August 25th
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Sadie Miller is attempting to change her ways and hide somewhere no one knows her former self. She only wants to finish her final year of college, obtain her degree, and get out from the hold of her affluent parents. Then she meets Brady Carsen, the lead singer of The Invisibles, a local band popular with the college crowd. She tries to stay away but quickly realizes that, although he might not be what she’s used to, he’s exactly what she needs and more importantly, everything she could possibly want.
Unfortunately, Sadie’s troubled past left her with insecurities that make her question Brady’s true intentions. And while Brady is convinced that Sadie is the one for him, he has his own secrets that he fears will be their undoing. If they want to be together, they will have to stand united and fight the outside influences that are threatening to tear them apart. Can they put their pasts behind them for good in order to secure their future?
I really enjoyed Don’t Let Go. Yes, it is a college romance. Yes, there’s a band and a hot musician. Yes, there is disapproving parents. So what? If an author is able to make it work, I’m all for doing it. And boy, Michelle Lynn makes it work!
There were some lose ends and I felt like some parts of the book and the character’s story could have been more explored, but even through the parts I didn’t like, I couldn’t put it down…
Sadie is a girl with low self-esteem issues. She grew up to be an overweight girl and after a tragedy, she suddenly loses a lot of weight and becomes her college promiscuous girl. The weight part was only introduced in half of the book and I liked it that way, because the story, and Sadie and her issues, aren’t defined by this. They might be defined by her parents’, specially her father’s, neglect while growing up.
She is this rich girl, but we don’t see a daddy’s girl or a princess when we’re introduced to her…In the very beginning of the story, in the first page, we can see that she has some problems and that’s where the book started picking my interest.
After some very bad things happen to her, she makes some really bad decisions and the aftermath of that makes her transfer to another college. Not because of others, but because of herself, she just wanted to start clean and to be somewhere she wouldn’t be defined for her parents’ wishes and money.
At the new college she meets genuine friends and she also meets Brady Carsen. He is a good boy disguised as a bad one, has a potty mouth I loved and is perfect for her. He isn’t perfect, nobody is. But they are perfect for each other. Brady has trust issues and some problems of his own to deal with, but they both help each others to confront their fears and problems, and that’s what make this book such a good trip.
The characters grow up and mature from where they began in the story and a lot is revealed and explained. Sadie and Brady began to trust each other, along with others, and they also began to deal with their pasts and how to grow strong as a couple. I loved that Sadie’s mom and grandmother also are a part of this growing up group!
There will be a second book with the story of two characters that fascinated me, and some of the lose ends I mentioned has nothing to do with it. I do hope to see more of Brady and Sadie’s story in the second book and I already preview I will enjoy it a lot, because I loved Grant and how mysterious he is! I just hoped I got to see the aftermath of the decisions Sadie and Brady make through the end of the book…I guess I will have to wait, because some of them I am sure will be featured in the second book.
I can’t wait to see more of their story, even if it’s from the sidelines of other characters’!!!
The next morning the light wakes me up, streaming into the small room and I find myself alone in a strange bed. I look around, trying to remember where I am and what I did. The dirty clothes overflowing in the hamper and the sports team paraphernalia on the wall tell me that I am most likely in a frat house…again.
I tip toe to get my shoes, hooking them in my hands. I slowly open the door, peering right and left down the hall. I see no one, so I quietly make my way down the stairs. It seems like the front door is a mile away and I can’t get through it fast enough. Just as my hand reaches the knob, I hear talking in the next room.
“I wouldn’t brag, Soren, I had her last week.” A deep voice laughs. “Actually, you might be the last to have her.”
“She a great lay though,” Jeff Soren says in return.
“I told you she was,” the other male agrees. “Ever since…the incident, she has become the college slut.”
“I know. It’s kind of sad though.” Jeff’s voice actually sounds concerned. “I wish…”
“Dude. You can’t save girls like that, you just enjoy what they give you,” the other voice replies back.
I close my eyes, taking a deep breath. I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Mascara is stained in long lines down my face and my long honey-colored hair looks like a bird made it their home. My lips are swollen red, and I can’t help but think I resemble a hooker on the corner waiting for her next trick.
I turn the knob to the door slowly, hoping Jeff and his buddy don’t hear me. I sneak out, walking across the street to my sorority house. I am happy to find that everyone is either still asleep or out. When I crash into my bed, I take the picture out of my drawer that’s been hidden away since last year. I clutch it hard against my chest, while sobs escape my mouth. Curling up into the fetal position on my twin bed, I can’t help but think how I have disappointed him. I need to change the direction of my life. Make him proud of me.
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About Michelle Lynn:
Michelle Lynn has always been a reader, but her passion has become a full-blown addiction since her husband bought her a Kindle for Mother’s Day. She’s pretty sure that he regrets this on a regular basis. Especially when she has it propped up next to the stove while she cooks, which often results in a burnt dinner. Or when he loses sleep because the glow from the screen wakes him up when he rolls over at three in the morning. He does agree, however, that she uses this gift more than any other he has ever gotten her. She joking counters that, because of some of the steamy novels she reads, he also benefits more from this gift than any other he has gotten her. 😉
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
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