Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Teaser + Giveaway: Hope by Sydney Lane

Title: Hope
Series: Choices
Author: Sydney Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: October 15, 2014
Review Source: eARC

She's the high school softball star. He's the fraternity chaplain.
He's the good guy. She's the wild child.
Eliza Nichols has a secret. After one night, one mistake, she throws away her softball career, walking away from everything she loves. Broken and damaged, the last thing she needs is someone making her question everything she's done.
No one has ever made her want to be so good.
Declan White is the stereotypical nice guy. When his fraternity brother betrays him with the girl of his dreams, he struggles to be the man he is without losing himself.  Eliza might just be what he needs.
No one has ever made him want to be so bad.
When these two come together, their lives collide in a battle of wills. One moment can change the rest of your life. You can accept it... or you can hope for something more.


"If I have learned anything, it's that you can't make someone feel the way you do.  It's meant to be or it isn't.  Part of loving somebody is about making sure they're ready.  Ready for what you want.  Ready to receive your love.  Ready to love you in turn.  The other part of loving someone is that you are faithful.  You will wait for them, give them time.  You will give them everything, even when they can't offer anything.  Something for nothing. ~Declan.

In the first two choices books we have watched Declan support his friends and frat brothers unconditionally. Even when that meant that he lost the girl that he thought that he loved.  In Hope, we meet back up with this group of friends, and Declan is still trying to come to terms with the fact that Quincey is with Brody and she is trying to give him the space that is needed for him to copy with the things that have taken place.  Declan is trying to figure out where and who he is and why the "good" guys always seem to finish last.

Eliza is the newby of the group, just starting her freshman year at UT.  She is lucky enough to end up as a roommate with Corrine, which in turn places her and Delcan in each others paths quiet often.  The feelings that seem to pass between the two are hard to figure out and they are both unsure as to how to react to the Choices before them.

If there is a series that allows you to go back and remember how you were during your early adult years, this has to be it.  Sydney Lane does a fantastic job of writing about the Choices that can change your life in the blink of an eye.  She does a wonderful job of approaching the topics of drinking, sex, drugs, suicide, heartbreak, love, and even abuse.  She writes all these into her stories and shows us how her characters chose to deal with the issues that enter their paths.  It reminds me of the poem the road not taken, where we often wonder what if we would have chosen a different path.  This is the way that her stories will leave you thinking.  Now, don't get the wrong idea, these are beautifully written stories that will leave you emotionally charged and even feeling good about life as well.

I think that HOPE, is the best title that she could have given this book, because you can see how Declan lives by this one single word.  Again in a way it gives us that reflection on how we can look at our personal day to day lives and how with out HOPE, what do we really have to help get us through those tough and trying times, other than faith.  I think that the insight that Sydney Lane gives us through her stories is great, and if you actually stop and think about what she is conveying through her stories you will not only finish the book, but you will finish it with a brighter outlook and that all true feeling of HOPE.  My only sorrow is that I do not want to have to leave this group behind.   I would love to see how Seth's story plays out and see how he handles the demons that seem to all but swallow him whole a points.  Again though... when he is needed Declan seems to be there.  

I hope that you as a reader will enjoy this book as much as I have.  

"Because I can hope it gets better someday.  Easier."  " That's just the thing.  It can only get better if you let go of your pain.  It's your choice."  ~ Eliza and Quincey.

Declan's POV
"You just can't help yourself, can you? You're always trying to rescue somebody! Did you ever think it might be you who needs to be rescued?" Her eyes widen, almost as if she can't believe she said that.
We stand, unmoving, as our chests heave with emotion, her words hanging thickly in the air between us.
I close my eyes and lean back against the door, taking several deep, calming breaths. I choose my words wisely because this is probably the last chance I'll get. "You're wrong. I'm not trying to rescue you." My throat is tight, the words forcing their way out of my mouth. "I just want to be there while you rescue yourself."
For a moment, I think she's not going to respond, and when she finally speaks, it cuts me to the core.
"The pain, the emptiness, it eats at me. I feel as if I'm being destroyed from the inside out. And you want to take that away." Her voice breaks, and she takes a deep breath, briefly closing her eyes before opening them. "Well, you can't. You can't because sometimes, when everything else fades away, when no one else is here with me, that pain is what reminds me that I'm alive."
A lone tear rolls down her cheek, opening the gates as two more roll down behind it, and then three, until she is shaking and crying, and reaching for me. I open my arms, folding her naked body into my chest. Silently, I hold her as her pain flows from her, soaking my shirt.
When someone you love, someone you’d lay your life down for, gets lost in the dark, you follow them. Maybe you can’t be the light they need. Maybe you don’t even need the light. And maybe, just maybe, it’s enough to just be there in the darkness.

Sydney Lane lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and children. Growing up in Smalltown, USA, Sydney dreamed of being a writer. After spending an outrageous amount of money to go to college, Sydney finally decided to follow her heart. Drug dealer and mommy by day, her alter ego is an author by night. Sydney is very active in charity work for anti-bullying and depression awareness groups.

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