Friday, May 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP & GIVEAWAY: "What Happens Tomorrow" by Elle Michaels

We are so excited to be one of today's stops on Elle Michael's "What Happens Tomorrow" Blog Tour. See all the book and author info, buy links, our review and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Signed paperback! Good Luck & Happy Reading!

No one knows what happens tomorrow...
When Brooke Adams suffers the unimaginable, she knows her heart will never be whole again. Faced with the choice of giving in to her grief, or fighting to regain a resemblance to the life she once knew, she chooses to fight.
Not ready to give up, Brooke starts a new life where no one knows her past. As she slowly puts the pieces of her life back together, Brooke meets her neighbor, Tyler Reynolds. Soon, he becomes her friend, her rock...
and her complicated constant.
Despite her best efforts, she finds herself falling for him, but what will happen if Tyler learns the truth about her past and realizes just how deep the damage is?
The risk might be too much...
5 Stars *****

What happens when your entire reason for being is taken away from you? How do you react? Better yet, how do you go on living? 

Let me tell you what Brooke didn't do. She didn't give up on her life when it was expected of her. Brooke lost everything in one split second, losing herself in the aftermath. She grieved for years and then one morning she woke up and decided she needed a brand new life. She packed up, moved from Seattle and all it's pain to Santa Monica to start anew. She knew no one, didn't have a job, but just knew this is what she needed to survive life.  She found an apartment (think Melrose Place) for her and Charlie her puppy, life saver, and best friend. 

One morning at the coffee shop around the corner from her house she literally ran into the hottest specimen of a man she'd seen in a very long time. After she profusely apologized he disappeared but only to show up on her doorstep later that day. No, Tyler wasn't a stalker but he did live in the same apartment complex. He just had some life altering issues himself so he knew hurt and he had seen that hurt in her eyes. He wanted to take that pain away and he was so taken with her he couldn't just let her go. He felt something (not just hot coffee) when they ran into one another. He needed to get to know her.

He became her best friend and they'd often lie around and watch movies and eat dinner together all the while he's slowly falling in love with her. He continued to catch the glimpses of pain and hurt in her eyes but she would never reveal the source. Never once told him about the night her whole life came to a crashing halt. 

So, what happens when Tyler tells her how he really feels? Will she accept him with open arms or will she continue to live in her darkness and keep all her hurt and pain inside? Will he help her to live again and maybe actually love again? Is she willing to put herself back out there? To take a chance on life and love?

I cried some fat, ugly, and snot-faced tears reading this book.  I cried and cried. I couldn't put it down. It ate at me. It sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. I absolutely fell for this book. It's fantastic. I hurt, I laughed, and I fell completely in love with Tyler. He's the epitome of the perfect book boyfriend. He's honest, loyal, sexy, and sensitive. Brooke is beyond amazing. She's tough yet soft, she's been trampled by life but is still going. She's a rock with a soft heart. 

This book is about love and hope, going forward and learning to live again. It's about taking pain and growing from it.  I hope everyone who can, takes the time to read this book. It deserves to be seen, read, passed around and discussed amongst friends. 

On a personal note, I have a very close friend who had her world ripped away from her much like the same way Brooke's was. I watched her hurt, cry, and suffer. I watched her become the shell of the person she was. But I also watched her kick life's ass. I watched her pick herself up, go on because you can't move on, and make a brand new life for herself. I watched her morph from her shell back into her beautiful and living self again. Does it still hurt? Yes, always. I could never imagine going through anything like this but I would pray for the resolve that most women, who find themselves in this situation do. They fight their way back and kick the hell out of life's ass. I honor all of you who've fought this courageous fight. 

Favorite Quotes:

Come on, Brooke, this is the kind of shit romance novels are written about. That Hallmark makes movies of the week about.  Location 864

"How did I get so lucky a second time in my life?".....His lips curl into a smile. "That's because this is my once in a lifetime love, and you just happen to be the lucky lady I've fallen in love with."  Location 1554

I started to sob. Sob because of the finality of what I was about to do.  Sob because I missed Matt and Katelin.  Sob because I wanted to be with them.  But then.... Sob because my mom and dad would find my lifeless body and they would never recover.  Location 1146.  
~ Shannon D. 


Elle Michaels is a professional in the tech sector, residing with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Having spent years acting in and directing stage productions, she dreamed of writing a screenplay, but at the suggestion of a friend, she decided to write a novel instead.
She has always had a passion for reading and romance. There is nothing she loves more than to get lost in a sexy romance story.
When not working or writing, she can be found spending time with the love of her life, her two young children and Yorkshire Terrier.

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