Aug 6, 2015

REVIEW of Across the Miles and Miles Apart by Rhonda L. James -- Blog Tour

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Title: Across the Miles (The Not So Bad Boys of Rock #1)
Author: Rhonda L. James
Genre: Romance
Age Category: New Adult
Release Date: February 28, 2015
Source: Copy Given by Tour Organizer

SYNOPSIS:
Sebastian Miles was twenty-three years old and living a charmed life. Loving family, beautiful girlfriend, and lead singer of the rock band, Paradox. Their debut album shot to number one on the charts, and they had just come off a worldwide tour, performing in venues filled to capacity. Then, one night, a tragedy rocked his world in a whole new way, turning him into someone he no longer recognized. Now, two years later, and on the other side of his own private hell, he learns to stop taking everything and everyone for granted. Yet, he is still alone.

 Then, one day he meets her, and suddenly, his darkened world is once again filled with hope.
Brooke Caldwell is a twenty-four-year-old prodigy in the culinary world. After a lifetime filled with heartache, she decides to pursue the opportunity of a lifetime by interviewing for a world famous chef in Los Angeles. While visiting the city, she is reminded how cold and calculated the world can be.

Until she meets him, and he shows her a world filled with the love and support that she never knew growing up.

Two wounded souls. Two hearts that continue to beat, in spite of all the damage that has been done. What happens when their damaged hearts collide? And, could they possibly be the half that finally makes the other whole?
 
 
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Across the Miles on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CeZfpi2cVUU
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Title: Miles Apart (The Not So Bad Boys of Rock #2)
Author: Rhonda L. James
Genre: Romance
Age Category: New ADULT
Release Date: May 31, 2015
Source: Copy Given by Tour Organizer
 
SYNOPSIS:
From the author of Across the Miles, comes the sequel to the love story of Sebastian and Brooke. Go back to the days after Brooke left for London, and find out what happened to place Sebastian in that hotel room with nothing but memories and a bottle of whiskey.

What happens to America's favorite rock star when his picture perfect life falls apart? Again…

Sebastian and Brooke had a fairy tale romance, until one choice tore them apart. Brooke's decision to move away and run Max Wolf's struggling restaurant, Lardon's, stands in the way of Sebastian's plan to propose on the night of his birthday. They have a fight and he takes off, leaving her to board a plane to London without saying goodbye. While there, she meets Reid, a handsome chef who just happens to live in the same building she now calls home. Their newfound friendship, and Reid's attraction to her, only adds to the strain on her already fragile relationship with Sebastian.

Then, one out of control night changes everything as they know it, and their relationship is put to the test. Now, do they fight for what they love? Or choose to walk away? Will facing your demons destroy you? Or make you stronger? Surely, a love that was meant to be can face any obstacle.

A force too strong to ignore. A need so deep it aches. Undying love.

A heart may be broken, but it keeps on beating. And never gives up.
 
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Miles Apart on Youtube: https://youtu.be/qOak1SDGJ_c
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ARA'S NOTE:
For those of you who drops by The Booksnake Etc from time-to-time, you'd notice (or not) that this is my first time putting my note at the lower half of my review. Is there a special reason I'm mentioning this? Not really. I just thought I'd point it out. All that non-sense aside, I'm really excited to share with you my review of Rhonda L. James' Across the Miles and Miles Apart. It's a 2-part series--as far as I know--and they have to be read in the order in which you see here. I'll be reviewing both books as though they are one because it is basically just one story separated to make two books. Enough of the rambling, here's what I thought of the series. 
REVIEW:
Both books are well-written. From the first page of Across the Miles, I already knew that I would enjoy the adventure Rhonda James will be taking me on. The characters are easy to fall in love with because they aren't one-dimensional; they all have more layers than an onion. I am more than willing to peel off each layer to fully understand and connect with these people. Brooke and Sebastian had the "insta-love" most books now have. Whether I liked this or not is something I'm still debating with myself. I guess after reading about a couple dozen with the same instant attraction, the appeal tends to wear-off. You just start craving for something that's a bit more realistic and long-drawn. Not that Brooke and Sebastian's love story went too fast because it's sort of the opposite. I don't know, maybe I'm just a cynic when it comes to things like that. 

Moving on, I liked the pace of both books. A lot of things happened, a lot of places shown, and a lot of food introduced. Food *sigh* I am a foodie so reading about scrumptious meals made me like this series all the more. Spoiler: We have a happy ending here; I'm not going to keep that from you guys. But prepare yourselves for a load of trials and heartaches. 

SUMMARY:
Across the Miles and Miles Apart made it to my Fave list because it's really romantic; the lines are swoon-worthy, pain felt by characters are real, and the things they've overcomed are inspiring. Both installments I give 5 stars. 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rhonda loves writing, and reading, books. When not working at her office job, you will find her writing, reading, or cooking. She lives in Michigan with her husband of twenty-two years, and their two grown children. She loves talking online with fellow Indie Authors, and learning tips and tricks for reaching her readers. Her guilty pastime is playing on Pinterest, and she welcomes you to follow her boards.

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GIVEAWAY!!
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Miles Apart. These are the prizes you can win:
- a $10 Amazon gift card


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