Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Downward Spiral by: Bria Starr

Title:  Downward Spiral
Author:  Bria Starr
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  September 15, 2014
Review Source: Enticing Journey


One horrible night changed everything.

And now, Paige can’t stop the nightmares. No one can...
Except him.

When Paige Tomlin unexpectedly runs into Eli Stone one day, memories of that awful night don’t come crashing down on her like she thought they would. Instead, memories from when they were young and inseparable surround her.

The boy she rode the bus to school with every day.
The boy who picked her up and drove her around the first day he got his license.
The boy who told her his deepest secrets.
The boy who left her without saying goodbye…

The man who came back for her.

Thrown into a world of fear and confusion, they lean on each other for support and survival.

But is the one thing that brought them back together the very ting that will rip them apart forever?

WOW! Bria Starr has done it again! This book is fantastic! Such a wonderful story of fear and bravery; love and friendship; trust and commitment. Such a wonderfully told story and it creates such deep emotions that you begin to cheer for the characters.

Six months ago, Paige had a traumatic experience and in that one night she saved someone and became a hero. What if she doesn’t feel like a hero? What if she needs saving not only now but even before that night? Paige has a boyfriend that even though has been there for her through this experience he’s also very controlling and she has realized that she’s not in love with him.  Maybe she hasn’t ever been?

Eli and Paige have been best friends for most of their life. They did everything together and never went a full day without seeing each other. They were there for each other more that anyone else ever could be. He was her everything and she loved him deeply. When his mom dies (he’s fifteen) it rocks his world. His mom was his safe person. His dad was not very nice and after his mom is no longer there, things are much worse. After graduation he decides he can’t take it anymore and leaves. No goodbye or anything. Paige is beside herself with hurt and anger. She has no idea where he is and really won’t know for three years.

Eli is back and all those feelings are back again in full force. Can she forgive him? Can she understand? Will he be understanding to her hurt and anger? Will he be able to express how he feels about her?

What happens when you learn the person you thought you loved, were going to possibly marry, is the one person that changed your life forever. When the truth all comes out where will this leave Paige & Eli? The way the events of this story come to conclusion is just fantastic! What a wonderfully written story!

I love this story! I thought at first that we needed to get on with the secret. The truth about what happened “that night” but by the time I got to the end I understood the reason. The story needed to be told the way it was. The build up and the learning of the characters were as important to the story as the the story itself. I guess my lesson in this is trust your author! LOL I do have to say that this is the second story I’ve read of Bria Starr and I’m still a huge fan!!!!

Highly Recommend!

DeAnn pops her perfectly curled head of short blonde hair in. “Someone’s asking for you out front.”
“What’s the matter? What happened?”
“Nothing that I know of. I assume it’s a friend of yours?” She’s unsure because she knows I don’t really have any friends besides Laura, and she knows her well from the time she used to work here.
I walk out to the dining room and look around for a face of recognition. DeAnn comes up behind me and points towards the far window in the back. There’s a small group of teens sitting there, your typical high school crowd. They’ve always seemed to favor this exact table throughout the years.
I approach them and smile. “What can I help you with today?”
“Is that her?” I hear one of the other girls ask her. I look over at her but she’s looking at the girl in the middle who is wearing a smirk on her face.
I politely ask again, “Is there something I can help you with?”
“Are you her?” she slyly replies.
“I’m the manager here. Is there a problem with your order?” I motion to their half-eaten plates of food.
“Are you the hero?”
I stiffen. “I’m no hero. Just a manager.” I want to smack that snotty look off of her face, but I continue to smile.
“I just wanted to see you. We all did. You’re nothing special.”
My patience is running thin. “No, I’m really not,” I reassure her.
Her eyes darken and her lip curls up in a grin as she quietly says, “You know he’s going to come back for you, don’t you?”
My body stiffens and I fold my arms across my stomach, suddenly feeling like I’m going to vomit. “If that’s all you wanted, I have work to do. Enjoy your meal.” I smile as I turn away and walk through the restaurant, trying not to run and draw attention to myself. When I hit the hallway, I scurry, the tears starting to form.
        “Fucking kids,” I whisper after I shut my door. I squeeze my eyes shut and take a few deep breaths. It’s been a long time since anyone has dared harass me. But never here. I’ve gotten the occasional comments and questions, but no one brings it up anymore. It’s been six months for crying out loud.


Bria Starr grew up in a small town in Minnesota and continues to live there with her husband and two kids. She’s a stay at home mom who is very close with her family, loves junk food, and is always cold. Her favorite things include reading books, writing, listening to music, and watching too many movies.


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