Friday, December 27, 2013

Spotlight Tour + Giveaway: Footprints by Nicky Jayne





Title:  Footprints
Author: Nicky Jayne
Genre:  YA Romance
Publish Date:  December 19, 2013
Review Source:  Swoon Worthy

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SYNOPSIS:

Standing by she watches her father leave board the huge grey beast. Taking him to who knows where. As a young girl, her mother raised her whilst her father was away at war. A single mother of sorts.

She saw familiar faces come and go, Flags wave in the breeze, Engines growl as they shut down. Each time the faces grew less and less.

Tragedy struck, leaving Riley and her mother to fend for themselves. Life was not easy. His memory covered the walls. The flag still hangs proud from the stark white walls.
She vowed she would never fall in love with a military man, she purposely steered clear of their nightly haunts. Until one day,
He came crashing into her life literally. Was it love at first sight, can she overcome the fear that comes with living the military life?



REVIEW:


WOW! You will spend the first 10% of this book in TEARS!!! Like literally running down your face tears!!! But it’s so worth it. Such an amazing story!! So many wonderful people in Riley’s life and she couldn’t live without them and she’s grateful for them, but they are also hard reminders of the past. Her uncle and his friend that runs the local eatery all served with her dad at some point. It’s hard for her to even walk around her hometown since everyone knows she’s the girl whose dad died.

Riley is 15 when her dad dies. Her mom closes herself off and because she lives in a small military town and her dad dies in service to his country, it’s extremely hard for her to let go. She sees him everywhere. Riley is the child of a military parent which means she’s sorta used to him coming and going but he always came back. He came home to see her and her mom. He loved them both very much. She was a daddy’s girl and always will be.

Now she’s in her 20’s and in college 30 minutes from home. It’s far enough away that her mind is free of reminders but still close enough in case she needs someone. Everything changes for her when her mom picks her up for “the day”. The day her dad died. They are heading to the gravesite to tell him what has happened over the past year. So much happens on this day and it changes Riley forever. She breaks one of her own rules – I’ll never consider being with a guy in the military.


Riley speaking about her dad to Tanner:


“He left me. Over and over again, promising he would come home and I waited. We both did and then one day he didn’t come back, instead they brought him back as he lays today and I cannot put myself through that again. You say it is your last time, but what do you mean it’s your last? How do you know? How could you know? I may be young but I am anything but naïve, I know the life. I’m fully aware of the threats involved with what you do. There will be a day that you are called away from me again, and that may be the last time. Do you understand? Do you really understand that I cannot let someone who I love walk away from me again and never return.”

What happens? Tanner. He’s really something special. He’s back in town to visit his dad & sister while on leave. His mom died and he’s living with his dad, which he wasn’t able to spend much time with growing up since his dad had enlisted too. Tanner himself only went into the military in order to make his dad & hometown proud. It’s not a life for him and he’s already decided this is his last deployment. He’s going to tell his dad on his visit before he leaves.

Riley tries to fight off the attraction to Tanner because of her rule. She knows he’s leaving but she can’t help it. The attraction/Chemistry is so strong that they can almost talk to each other without speaking. He asks her to wait for him. She says she will. They write to each other and she waits.

Will Tanner come back to her? Will he do as promised and make this his last mission? Is the love she felt really real and does he truly feel the same about her?

Riley spends the time Tanner is away working on herself. Letting go of her dad’s grief and mending things with her mom. She has herself pretty put together and feels ready for her relationship with Tanner.

I loved this book!!! It’s different in that it’s steamy but in a romantic way. It’s not “throw you up against a wall” but more “I see everything in your eyes/feel everything in your kiss” type of book. It’s completely about Riley and her life and her relationships. There are other characters but it’s still all Riley’s point of view and how she feels. For this book, that writing just really worked for me. It’s an easy and very enjoyable read. It has a prologue and epilogue and I like that very much in a stand-alone book. Please read……you won’t be sorry!! Amazing!!!



“He left me. Over and over again, promising he would come home and I waited. We both did and then one day he
didn’t come back, instead they brought him back as he lays today and I cannot put myself through that again. 
You say it is your last time, but what do you mean it’s your last? How do you know? How could you know? I may 
be young but I am anything but naïve, I know the life. I’m fully aware of the threats involved with what you do. 
There will be a day that you are called away from me again, and that may be the last time. Do you understand?
Do you really understand that I cannot let someone who I love walk away from me again and never return.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nicky Jayne was born and raised in England but now resides in Las Vegas with her Husband and two boys.

When she is not writing, she has her nose firmly placed in a book.

She released her first series in September 2013. The Embrace Series, Embracing Life and Embracing Love.


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