Friday, May 29, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: A Life of Inches by Douglas Esper

Title: A Life on Inches
Author:  Douglas Esper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: May 26, 2015
Review Source: eARC
Ryan Kelly and Woodie Wodyzewski always fight for every inch.

Whether on the baseball diamond, the basketball court, or even the dance floor, these two friends are true competitors.

When Ryan beats Woodie in a bike race because Woodie has the misfortune to be hit by a car, he seems to have won. But the beautiful girl who crashes into their lives is worth far more than any trophy.

Molly De Leon knows all about winning, and nothing will keep her from her goals.

Ryan and Woodie have been vying for Molly since the day they met. How can she possibly choose between them?

Woodie has a complicated family situation and she desperately wants to help him through his misery and confusion. A little on edge with a temper, he’s the bad boy in her life who reminds Molly a lot of her mother, a powerful politician she’s grown up watching bend men and women to her will with a simple smile.

Ryan, on the other hand, is very close to his parents, grounded, and has a good sense of humor. He’s not your typical jock; he’s a safe, reliable pick, and a constant in Molly’s life—that is, until his injuries lead him down a destructive path.

Molly realizes it’s time to make a decision…

But how can she risk losing either one of them when they both own a piece of her heart?

When you and your best friend are always competing against each other, one must unfortunately be the winner.  This is what we find when we meet Ryan and Woodie.  They are two childhood friends who have grown up together and always been on the same teams fighting to be the top performer.  When a chance encounter introduces them to Molly they are both instantly taken by her.  Unfortunately for Ryan, Woodie gets the jump on him due to the mild accident involving him and Molly's car.

As time moves forward we are able to follow this threesome as they go through their college years and into adult hood.  For Ryan he always seems to draw the short straw and lady luck always seems to evade him when he needs him the most.

Being the more laid back of the two friends Ryan always swallows his pride and swears that next
 time he will get the upper hand on Woodie.  Even when Woodie's temper causes rifts, Ryan still protects and stands up for his best friend no matter the cost.  Even when it cost him the girl, aka Molly.

This book is a story that if you are a fan of baseball will give you enjoyment.  In a way it kind of reminds me of the movie Bull Durham.  The way that we follow the lives and careers between Ryan and Woodie is well written.  Add to that the way that Molly is always in the middle of them and adding just that ounce of flirty competition to the threesome gives it more life.  I like how the author wrote them all following their dreams and ambitions to that of adulthood and showing what hard work as well as dedication will get you.  Even when life has it ups and downs he shows us what happens with each path that we choose to take and the outcomes of what happens with those choices.

The further into the story I went the more I wanted to see Ryan who always ended up being the under dog reach the top of the podium.  I guess I am the one who always wants the little guy to win the game and the girl.  Add to the fact that I rarely get to read a romance written by a man, this one doesn't have the male taste to it which makes the romance in it have that sappy feel that we all are hooked on.

Douglas Esper

It was at a very early age when I, Douglas Esper, (your friendly neighborhood author) realized I had a passion for the written word. As a youngster, I couldn't get enough books to satisfy my desire to read and to this day, I still own many books my parents got for me. In school I gravitated toward reading and writing to the point teachers grew impatient with me for writing stories in class.

The passion and drive to read and write continues to this day and my goal of feeling comfortable in my own writing skin seems within reach. I've self-published 2 picture books for kids, Sammy's Birthday Surprise and The Mystery of the Flying Tomatoes, a few short stories, and my debut novel, A Life of Inches, will be released by Limitless Publishing spring of 2015.

I live in North Ridgeville, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, with my wife, our kids, and that meddlesome dog.

I'm currently falling in love with David Fulmer books, and also enjoying the latest Les Roberts mystery novel. If I'm not reading or writing you can find me watching the Cleveland Browns losing on Sunday, writing music with my band, or observing my kids doing cute, and usually messy, stuff.
Hope this helps you learn a bit about me, but now it's your turn...introduce yourself!


1 comment:

  1. thanks a ton for reading and offering feedback!