Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Excerpt: Goodbye, With Love by Niquel

Title: Good-Bye, With Love
Author: Niquel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: January 15, 2016
Review Source: eARC
Have you ever wished you could have something so bad, even though you knew it was forbidden?

Jonathan Gates was just that—forbidden. He was everything I could ever want in a man: charming, a great listener, open-minded, and funny. It also didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes.

We'd been through a lot together: breakups, makeups, firsts, lasts, and anything else you can imagine. I was once told he was my soul mate, but I refused to believe that.

I didn't want to love him. I didn't want to fall for him because...he was my best friend!

But I did, and I fell for him hard. I was in love with my best friend, and it was time he knew how I really felt.

Goodbye With Love was one of the few novels I have had a hard time actually getting into this year. The story line started out slow; the main characters - Mickey Dawson, and Johnny Gates - are twelve years old, and have the world at their feet. When Mickey is diagnosed with cancer at a young age, the reader can easily begin making conclusions that will essentially punch you in the gut come the ending. I stuck through with this novel due to the fact that it did pick-up, and the story line really started to take off. The characters were well developed for the story, and didn't really falter from the original idea of who they were.

I'm not sure where to go with my review because I feel if I put the story line, and touch on the basis of this story that I could give it all away. It certainly didn't end the way I expected it to, and for that it saved a lot of tears. BUT, there are parts of this novel that will have the reader crying, laughing, being mad at Mickey and Johnny, and in complete bliss at the ending. I love the cover for this novel as well; it's simple, but is still enough to draw a reader in.

The only thing that I docked this novel for was honestly the length that it took to get to the main point of the story. I felt that the beginning really drug on, and that it was more focused on their teens, than it was their adult years - which I wish there would have been more of. I will recommend this book due to it's story line - I thought it was unique, and a well told story with a happy ending.

Age: Sixteen
Diary Entry: Broken

Dear Diary,

Here I am again, bawling my eyes out, heartbroken, and feeling so numb that I’m scaring myself. I feel like I’m being punished for wanting to love someone. Why is love such a tormenting thing for me? I wish someone could take the feeling of love away from me so I wouldn’t keep getting hurt. My heart feels like someone put their hand on my chest and dug their nails into my heart until it was a second away from stopping. 

When will it stop? The pain of rejection—that’s what this has to be. Once I fall for someone and make it clear they’re all I want, they slap me in my face and tell me with their actions that they don’t love me in the same way, whether they mean to or not. It took me a while to let him back in after the last time and now it’s happening all over again and I can’t face this hurtful truth. I never thought he’d put me through this again and now that I’m older and really understand what true love means, I didn’t think I’d be here all alone again. 

This was complete bull and the stupid note he left didn’t make things any better. How could he do this to me? And leave me a note so vague I don’t even know why he’s really leaving? Who would try to hurt his family? 

I tried so hard not to fall for him again and what does he do? He takes my heart, stomps on it, and buries it in the dirt. 

I can’t deal with this right now. Screw you Jonathan Gates. Even if it takes me years, I will get over you, and you better not try and weasel your way back into my life.

Good-bye to this chapter of my life. It’s time to grow up and enjoy the next few years.

Niquel is a self diagnosed coffee addict, lover of rice and beans, and chocolate—preferably not all together. She’s the creator of multiple stories full of love, passion, and power. She may toss in a ghost story every once in a while.

When she’s not busy taking care of her two little girls, she's writing or creating graphics Or you can find her binge watching TV with her significant other. 

Boston born and raised, she’s always been a creative soul: attending multiple colleges to develop her love of the visual arts.


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