Author: Justine Dell
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC provided to blog tour participants
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At the age of thirty, with two failed marriages and a tanking writing career, Samantha Moore deals with the world with the only tool she had left: anger. And she’s tired of it. When her grandmother’s near-death sends her rushing back home to Vermont, she hopes for the chance to overcome the rage ruling her life.Once she’s home, Lance Cummings becomes a constant source of indigestion. Lance is a single father who learned first-hand the devastating effects of a damaging relationship. He sees through Samantha’s nasty temper—straight to her cry for help. He wants to help her, but he also wants to know why Samantha ran from him—and their future—twelve years before.Taking care of her Grams, dealing with an alcoholic brother, and getting Lance to remove his annoyingly attractive nose from her business is draining on Samantha. And she’s only got three weeks to finish her stagnated novel or her publisher will drop her. No pressure. To top it off, pretending to hate the man she actually loves makes each day in Vermont harder than the last. Especially when Lance turns up the heat.
Wow, what a tough book. Not tough as in I didn’t like it, it’s difficult to push through…tough as in, hot damn, some people are a hot mess. Samantha is so fucking broken I swear my heart hurt just reading her story. Ached deep inside, really. I feel like I need to find her and hug her but I’m pretty sure she’d throw me a beat down if I tried. Girl has some major anger management issues. MAJOR. I know she’s had some shit thrown her way but damn, she really falls off the deep end with her emotions. But let me back up a bit…
“Angry people are not always wise” – Jane Austen
I love the quotes at the start of each chapter…if I could, I’d share all of them with you – they’re pretty beautiful. All American Girl is a painfully honest story about one woman’s journey through heartache, betrayal, loss and redemption. Samantha is proof that you can’t control what others do to you, you can only control your reactions. To say Samantha has lost control of her reactions would be a bit of an understatement. She is so broken and bitter, it’s a wonder anyone will even want to be in the same state with her, much less the same room. Good thing she has some good friends who stick with her even when she does everything to push them away. I get that she’s been dealt a pretty shitty hand in life but damn, Samantha is beyond angry, she’s Eminem angry, minus the snappy beats and rhymes. But…but, the carefree, happy Samantha is still in there, she just needs to be brave enough to let her out again.
Lance, bless his heart, Lance…he’s an awesome hero. I mean hero in every sense of the word. He’s loved Samantha for a very long time and now that she’s back in his life, he’s made it his mission to find the girl who captured his heart all those years ago. She does not make it easy for him. Not. One. Bit. A lesser man would’ve told her to fuck off five minutes into their disgruntled reunion. No joke, she is not easy to love at all…but she needs love worse than any character I’ve ever read. Girl is broken and pissed and not afraid to lash out. I just want to fix her. I’ve never felt such a deep connection to such an unlikable character, well done Ms. Dell – that’s usually a deal breaker for me.
The secondary characters in this story make me feel the promise of a second book. Grams is spunky with lots of love and wisdom to share, Cole, the mother fucker who starts this train wreck in motion, well…he’s working on it. I think he may’ve gotten off a little easy but hey, that’s what second books are for, right?!!? You reading this Justine Dell? Tell us you’re working on more please! I need to learn more about Candice and why she thinks she’s awful with relationship advice…I see a whole story in Candice. And Jenny, well she’s just an awesome best friend and I want to see her find happiness, too. Of course we get a couple of sweet faced kids tossed into the mix just to make your heart ache a little more. For those of you worried about the HEA, it’s there but goddamn, Dell makes you work for it. I’ve hit on every emotion since I picked this book up last night and I’m exhausted.
Add this book to your TBR pile, you won’t regret it. Omnific is giving away one digital copy of All American Girl and some other sweet treats. Scroll down for your chance to win…
Giveaway per blog: (1) digital copy of All-American Girl by Justine Dell, postcard with book cover, and Maple Candy in baggies of two. The book will be sent from the publisher and is open internationally.
Justine lives in the Midwest, happily catering to her family, which consists of a horse-obsessed teenage daughter, four dogs, and a husband who is too good to be true. She’s never moved from her hometown, but hopes to grow old in a much warmer climate. During the day she works a normal job with college students who try their best to keep her young. They’ve done a good job thus far. At night, said teenage daughter and her horse require mounds of love and attention. The weekends belong solely to her and her writing. That’s when she morphs into a sticky bug, unable to leave the confines of her computer chair. She started writing three years ago after seeing a movie that set off a chain reaction she couldn’t have stopped if she’d wanted. It’s not a hobby for her; it’s an obsession. One she loves and one she loves to share. Her debut novel, RECAPTURED DREAMS, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold. Her second book, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, will be published Feb 26th, 2013 by Omnific Publishing.