Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Labeled Love (Labeled Series #1) by Danielle Rocco

Title: Labeled Love
Series: Labeled Series #1
Author: Danielle Rocco
Genre: YA Romance
Publish Date: August 6, 2015
Review Source: eARC
I was twelve years old when I met him. I guess you could say opposites attract. We didn’t know it then. Or maybe we did, but we didn’t care. It’s not easy growing up in Los Angeles. Well, for me it was. But, not for him.

I’m a Hollywood girl born and raised in the business.
I have everything I’ve ever needed 
and only wanted him.

Is it possible to find your forever love when you’re thirteen? Maybe not for most, but I did.
I’m just a boy raised in the pits of Los Angeles.

I have nothing
and only ever wanted her.

Worlds apart
Miles away

It would only be her
It would only be him

Labels never defined us
But will they tear us apart

Labeled Love starts out with Jace's point of view. A quiet, shy boy, who sticks up for the school nerd in the first chapter, the reader quickly learns that Jace is the ultimate kid from the other side of the tracks. Growing up under a mom who could care less about him, a smoke filled apartment, and clothes that are too small for him, Jace has one thing to look forward to; the community center. It's here that he first comes alive. It's here that he falls in love with perhaps the wrong girl (in a right way) for him.

Shay Stark has everything she could ever dream of. The perfect family, the perfect school, the perfect friend...everything is perfect. When volunteering time comes for the Stark Family, Shay's mother worries that Shay will judge those less fortunate than her. She steps into Jace's life, and that's the end of it for them both. Shay has no idea what lifestyle Jace comes from. Jace, from watching Shay come, and go from the community center, has pieced together that she comes from a place he more than likely won't be welcomed.

The reader follows Jace, and Shay through their tween years, and into the year where they meet every Wednesday at the community center. It was so nice to follow their love story through a year long "fast forward" that brought the two of them closer. That brought them to the ultimate falling head over heels in love for one another. The ending will have you staring at your Kindle wondering what the heck just happened.

Ok, so the reason for the 4 bar review. This was a very well written, thought out, lovey dovey book. It was a typical YA Romance, that slowly, towards the end, turned into an NA Romance. Which was nice, because it took the twist that it needed to get to where it was going. Definitely a good book to pick up. It was easily read, captured my attention, and kept me wanting more. The second book in this series is one to look out for in the coming months!

“One of my FAVORITE reads of the year and I don’t say that lightly. I love how this story begins at the "beginning" and we follow it all the way through in realistic and thought provoking way. The characters are easy to fall in love it. And yeah…” ~ My Book Boyfriend

“I am blown away this is Danielle's first book, she absolutely has an amazing talent and I feel privileged that I got to experience it. The emotions and the "feels" she brought out of me was extraordinary!” ~ Sugar Shack Book Blog

“I'm completely in AWE over the raw emotions these characters bring out in me. I'm not one to read YA Romances very often, but boy what I've been missing in a truly mesmerizing fairytale of love..” ~ Goodreads Reviewer
I glance at him while twisting my lip up in amusement."She's the only one that makes me that way." He rolls his eyes at me, pushing me toward the girl that makes my hear beat. I can feel it the closer I get to her. As our eyes lock, she stands up and starts walking toward me. She looks so damn pretty. Long, dark, wavy hair, bright blue eyes, and the prettiest smile I've ever seen wraps her arms around me. It's comfort, it's familiar, and it's the best fucking feeling in the world.

It's home.

Her embrace is all I need. Even over the smell of the fire, her intoxicating scent is around me, invading me to the point of surrender. 

I don't want to let go of her...
I could try to think of a bunch of exciting things to say about myself, but really I'm just a Mom who has stayed home raising my four fabulous kids. How did I become a writer? Well, when you have a house full of teenagers and all their friends at the house all day, you find plenty of inspiration. I'm married to my junior high school love, who still swoons me just as much as when we were fourteen years old. I love to laugh, swoon, daydream, and watch scary movies. Spending time with my family and friends is my idea of a perfect day and getting lost in a book is part of my bliss. My debut novel Labeled Love is just the beginning of my writing journey. Happy reading!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting and reviewing Kelsey. Danielle was very excited about your review.