August 23, 2013

{ Blog Tour + Giveaway + Excerpt + Review } Ending a Broken Journey




Title: Ending a Broken Journey
Author: Melissa L. Delgado
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released Date:   August 3, 2013


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A childhood crush who moved away. An adult love that shattered her world. Twenty-seven year old Mackenzie Tillson hasn't been living for quite some time, rather, just existing. Life is passing her by and even with the love of her friends and family she can’t quite seem to snap out of the disconnected bubble she has created around her. Moving day by day as a shell of a person who once knew what it meant to live.

Until one day, the boy who first had her heart comes back. With a vengeance...Drew Dean has been apart from the girl he loved all of those years ago for far too long and now that fate has provided them with a second chance, he will make it clear to her that she is, and always has been the one for him. But what Drew discovers in the process, is Mackenzie may just end up being completely unreachable.

Is it possible to get through to someone who has no intentions of ever letting anyone in again? Can a person find their way through the darkness and emptiness they've created? For Mackenzie, trudging along in life alone is where she feels she deserves to be. But will she find it in her to fight and break the barrier of the internal distorted view she has of herself? Or will she let everyone and everything slip away?
As Mackenzie tries to piece together the remnants of her shattered existence, she inadvertently discovers life, love and loss are one in the same. A hopeful journey to be taken with an ending to fill the emptiness she's carried for too long.




Review

I absolutely loved this book, I hope I'm not the only one, but I love those books that pretty much shatter your heart and are constantly gut wrenching! Melissa, I'm a fan!

So who do we have? The beautiful, "broken and empty" Mackenzie Alexa Tillson (Kennie), no thanks to her ex-fiance, Wes, you'll just have to read the book to see what I'm talking about. Forewarning, I would LOVE to punch him in the face! In this book, we go through Mackenzie's past and present self and they are two very different people. A horrible relationship changed what she use to be and since it has been years of being over, she is still haunted by whatever her ex-fiance did to her. Mackenzie has the best support system around her, but she just harbors all the feelings and simply isn't ready to tell any of them.

After 11 years, Mackenzie's brother's (Kip) childhood best friend, Andrew Trey Dean (Drew) returns into all of their lives. Throughout the story, you'll hear Kennie and Drew's past memories, and they're usually in each of their memories. Drew and his brother, Jax, are back into the Tillson's lives, not only is Drew, her crush that she never could forget, he also had feelings for her ... and for a while, apparently.

Kennie and Drew both have things to share, but who is more willing to share what that is?

Man, I love LOVE LOVE this book for many reasons. The characters are all amazing, especially the support cast, and Jax is probably one of my favorites. Kip, being the super protective brother that he is, there's a lot more to love about him as well. Not only did I love the dual POV, I love the constant sharing of their past memories, many painful ones, but there's a few happy ones in there.

I'll admit, Kennie and her constant self-pity was a bit much at times. I had my moments of yelling at her and telling her to get it together, the answers are right in front of her.

And what's not to love about Kennie and Drew's relationship, it wasn't like most books, even though they knew each for years, their relationship had a lot of growing to do and it developed at a slower pace. Plus, he's such a romantic, the stuff he does for her ... guys can take a lesson or two from Drew.

Lets not forget the poetry, I loved that addition to the book.

Such a great story and everyone needs to read it!

MY RATING : 5 STARS

Excerpt


ABOUT THE AUTHORMELISSA L. DELGADO


I love anything and everything pertaining to make up or beauty. I love to write and shop. I love going to the movies and spending time with my friends and family. I love to dance. I love to laugh and to make others laugh. I'm inspired by dance, music, poetry, and photography. I feel there is beauty in everything. I believe to get respect you have to give respect and to treat others how you want to be treated. I love everything and anything vintage. I love Jesus and believe in having faith in the unseen and unheard. I love to have fun and make new memories. But mostly, I love life. Enjoying the road I'm on, and making the most of it. 



FUN FACTS

1. I can recite the alphabet backwards ;)
2. I can rap the Busta Rhymes part in the song Look at me Now!
3. I can draw and paint as well :)
4. I am slam poet (next performance in September)
5. I have an impeccable memory, most situations I can remember verbatim.
6. I am the middle child
7. I am HUGE fan of makeup. I watch YouTube tutorials almost daily.
8. I used to be a hip hop dancer
9. I love anything dealing with interior design.
10. I didn't write my first actual legitimate poem until November of last year. That was inspired by a book I read: Slammed by Colleen Hoover.


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