Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Escaping Heartbreak by Regina Bartley

It’s time for Sawyer to start living her life. Since she was fifteen she has taken care of everyone but herself, including her older brother Dane. She has been lying to herself to keep from feeling the pain of her parent’s death. Now she is twenty and she’s ready to start a life of her own. Moving into her parent’s lake house would be the perfect escape. Wouldn’t it? That’s what she thought. Only, it led her right into the emotional place she’s been hiding from all this time. All of those years of running from her feelings, she now has to face them. It’s too much. She can’t deal with it alone. Someone has to help. She’ll do anything to escape the heartbreak, but you can only run so far. 

Travis can’t believe his eyes; his half-opened, blood shot eyes. Sawyer Evans was in the flesh and standing over him. He hadn’t seen this girl since he was ten years old. Travis only saw the Evan’s during the summer when they moved into the lake house. He and Dane were best friends. When Dane invited him and the old gang to a welcome back party at the Lake House, he couldn’t wait to go. It turns out getting wasted was only half the fun. Seeing Sawyer was the other half. She was the sexiest girl he’d ever seen and he was going to make sure that she knew it. Only she shot him down time and time again. He’s determined to break down those walls and get inside her head, but he’ll have to be sober to do it, and no matter how hard he tries, she’ll always run. He can’t keep chasing her. He has to figure out a way to make her stay.

It’s time to stop running, stop hiding, and start learning where the true escape lies. Everyone will face heartbreak, but not everyone will find love. 

Stand Alone Novel for ages 18+ due to graphic language, and sexual content.

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This was my first read from Regina Bartley and let me tell you it won’t be my last. Escaping Heartbreak was a great book. It had an amazing flow to it and I honestly couldn’t put it down. It was an easy read and had a down to earth feeling.

With the loss of her parents in her teens Sawyer pretty much took over as the mother figure in her household. Her Uncle was the adult to take care of Sawyer and her brother Dane but she was the one who nurtured the two boys of the house. I found myself feeling sorry for Sawyer because instead of grieving the loss of her parents she kept herself busy taking care of everyone else.

Finally Sawyer was ready to spread her wings and moved into the family lake house that she spent her childhood summers. She hasn’t been there in many years so this was a big step for her. This is where I found myself kind of cringing for her. Sawyer was now by herself with all of the memories that she had purposely pushed deep down inside.

Have you ever had a childhood crush that ended up breaking your heart in two? Sawyer ended up meeting THAT guy again. She had reservations which I am pretty sure that I would have had as well but this is when we meet Travis. Sawyer is drawn to him but at the same time is trying to guard her heart a little better this time around. Will she end up guarding it too much or will she let go?

Travis is absolutely AMAZING but he too has his setbacks and secrets that may make or break his chance with Sawyer. My heart was breaking for Travis. The whole situation that was dealt to him made my heart break but the way he handled it made my heart melt.

This is one of those books that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling. It was a great love story and I am really excited for the next one to come. I really loved all of the characters as well. I loved Sawyers personality and the playfulness between Sawyer and Travis. My heart broke then melted back together again. What I think I loved most about this book was the fact that it had a real feeling to it. The situations hit me hard and felt like reality.




Regina lives in Kentucky and is currently releasing her third book. Her books include Chased and Challenged, both of The Graysen Pack Series, as well as her newest book Moonshine. Her true love is writing paranormal, but writing Moonshine made her discover a hidden love for Adult Contemporary Romance. She says that you can expect her to write a little in both worlds. 

She is married with two kids and when she is not writing she is reading and reading and reading. She loves her cat Jacob, who was named after her favorite werewolf. Go figure... If you put her in front of the T.V. she would most likely watch sports, unless The Vampire Diaries is on. Her favorite things are her family, books, football, chocolate, Bruno Mars, and well Bruno Mars, enough said. She loves to keep up with her fans and you can find her several places.

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