Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Teaser + Giveaway: Memoirs in the Making by Adrian Smith

Title: Memoir in the Making
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Genre: Lesbian Romance
Publish Date: May 1, 2015
Review Source: ARC

The first day of her junior year in college was supposed to go off without a hitch. But when Ainsley Jacobs sat in her memoir class with a professor she’d never had before, her life took an unexpected turn. She couldn’t get her well-dressed professor, Meredith Frenz, out of her head.

Meredith had lived a lonely yet comfortable life for the past fifteen years, and despite flings here and there, she had no desire to jump head first into a relationship, especially one with her student. Despite all her thwarted efforts, Meredith was determined to keep to herself and push Ainsley away.
Forbidden love is often the most attractive.

 When getting a chance to read a new F/F romance I jump all over it.  This one by far will go down as my favorite.  It is truly a great romance story that definitely shows the way that life as a lesbian can really be and the internal battles that we fight when we are drawn to someone and how it will be received.

Memoir in the Making is about Meredith who is a college professor teaching writing.  She has managed to keep a low profile, not drawing any attention to herself for many years.  The only people who truly know about her sexuality is her best friend, who is also gay.  She also holds another secrete close, but that two will be revealed in due time.  What she doesn't expect his her world to be tilted the first day of the semester by Ainsley, a junior taking her class.

Ainsley herself has worked hard at keeping a low profile as well.  There are few who know that she is gay.  She has avoided having any true relationships, just a few partners here and there.  What she doesn't expect and tries to fight at first is her attraction to her Memoir professor Meredith.  Knowing she shouldn't, but desire pulling her in she fights the battle to stay away, but will the pull be to much.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. Some female novels seem to be written without showing the true feelings of the two women.  This book had just enough of the push and pull drama, as well as the true feelings and battles to make it a good story.  Not to mention, it seems that most lesbian stories seems to skate around the actual physical connections of the couple, this one does not.  In fact it is very well written.  The bedroom scenes are very realistic as to how the heat can rise quickly, and for that to me it made the book that more enjoyable.  This book not only tells a wonderful story, it has just enough drama to keep you pulled in and wanting to see if they can overcome their latest disagreement.  Hats off Adrian in writing a spectacular book.  I will reread and recommend this for a long time to come.

"I'm in love, and I can't get out of love.  I tried a few times, but in all honesty, I don't want to."  ~ Ainsley.

Meredith stopped short when she saw Ainsley sitting at one of the benches just before the library. Her heart skipped a beat, and she made to turn and walk more quickly to the sociology building. Instead, Ainsley caught her gaze and stared back, her face not giving away any emotion. Meredith looked at her briefly then closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. She had fifteen minutes left before the meeting began. What the hell, she thought. 
“Ainsley,” she said and sat next to the young college girl on the bench. Ainsley’s jean-clad thigh brushed against her own, and heat sank into Meredith’s body. Meredith ignored it and risked a glance in Ainsley’s direction. “Everything all right? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
“Yeah,” Ainsley said, her voice cracking on the word. She cleared her throat and tried again. “Yeah, everything’s fine. Just waiting for my friend.”
“Ah,” Meredith answered. “You know, junior year was my hardest year, and not because of school work. I sincerely hope yours goes much better.”
“How did you know it was my junior year?” Ainsley asked, her brown eyes widening when she turned to look at Meredith. 
“Roster sheet,” Meredith said and shrugged. “They give us a whole lot of information on our students.”
“Oh, I see.”
“Are you sure you’re okay? There’s a change from ten minutes ago when I saw you.”
“I’m fine. Promise.” Ainsley rolled her eyes, and Meredith noticed a blush creeping into her cheeks. 
Oh, Meredith thought, now it makes sense. I’ll have to watch out for that one. It wasn’t completely out of the blue for a student to have a crush on her. Meredith straightened her back and looked around, suddenly glad they were sitting in public where the rest of the world could see, not that she thought Ainsley would try anything. It was just easier that way. 

Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, has a generous and soft heart. She loves to rescue stray cats and dogs, as well as those who just escape. Her hoard of animals currently includes two cats, a dog and a fish, but no children as of yet. She’s passionate about LGBT et al rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
AJ loves to read and write lesbian fiction, simply for the fact that strong women make her swoon and when two are involved her knees turn to jelly and she falls head over heels in love. AJ travels around the United States, and sometimes the world, gathering up stories for her novels. Currently, she lives in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere and is rather difficult to find except on the internet, where she spends a lot of her time.


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