Monday, July 29, 2013

After Tuesday Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the After Tuesday book tour! This book was absolutely wonderful and I'm so excited to host for it. I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a signed copy of After Tuesday. But, before we get to that, allow me to introduce the book:

After Tuesday (These Days, #1)
Released: May 5th 2013
Publisher: Renee Ericson

Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.
For the last two years, high school senior Ruby has been her own rock and solace. She has learned to depend only on herself and hides her family's issues by keeping herself somewhat unnoticeable. Despite her isolation, Ruby has intrigued the affections of someone unexpected. Finding herself loving life once again as his persistence sparks a romance awakening a well-protected heart.

While Ruby’s relationship with her father is constantly teetering, her new-found affection continues to blossom into something more than she ever thought possible. Soon, Ruby comes to realize that opening up your heart means being susceptible to love and disappointment.

YA-M: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

My Rating: 5 Roses

So completely and utterly adorable! I LOVED After Tuesday. It was such a sweet romance. It had me smiling the entire way through. And with a dash of darkness that kept things thrilling, this book was absolutely wonderful.

Ruby was a heroine that was easy to relate to. Her father is an alcoholic and, because of that, she's had to learn to take care of herself and her clean up after her dad's mess. So, she's mature past her age and determined to move past her life at home. She was a great character. She was a strong lady and completely likable. I thought she was wonderful.

Brent, the love interest, was just *sigh* utterly perfect. He was so sweet and swoon worthy, I just don't know what to do with myself. Aside from one moment when I wanted to shake some sense into him, I thought he was perfection. He was just so adorable and sweet to Ruby and determined to make her happy. Ugh, I just loved him. Just loved him.

The romance was sweet had sugar with a taste of spice. Ruby and Brent were completely adorable together. Their romance had me smiling the entire way through the book.

Though this book is mostly sweet, there was a bit of darker subject matter. That being Ruby's father's alcohol addiction. While it wasn't the main point of the book, I liked that the subject was treated with respect. And that hint of darkness added another layer to the book that got me even more hooked.

The plot was fast paced and I was riveted the entire way through. The story was absolutely wonderful and the ending was perfect. Can't wait to see what's coming next for these two in the next book. Goodness, I hate having to wait!

After Tuesday was a fantastic YA/NA romance. It was so sweet and perfect and I just loved it! For those who are looking for a great YA/NA romance, your search is over because this book is fabulous!

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Halfway to shore, in the middle of the lake, I can no longer tolerate the space between us. Putting down my paddle, I gather my courage and close the short distance to the stern of the boat where Brent sits. I don't know if my confidence comes from the comfort I feel with him after our time on the island, but I do know that I need to kiss him right now. I kneel down between his legs and clasp my fingers behind his neck. He has the most ridiculous knowing grin on his face as my mouth approaches his. With his hands still firmly grasping his paddle, his lips move in rhythm against mine. After satisfying that 'itch,' I pull back to look at him.

"I like you, Ruby," he admits.

"I bet. Who wouldn't like all of this?" I smirk as I remove one of my hands from his neck, gesturing up and down my body.

"You're cute," he says.

"You're a little more than cure. I like it." What had gotten into me? I peck him on the nose before making my way back to my seat. Picking up my paddle, I ask over my shoulder, "Are you ready?"

"Whenever you are," he replies. "You seem to be in charge."
I bite my lower lip, holding in a girlish giggle, and begin to paddle to shore.

We reach the docking area, rack our canoe, and return to the paddles. Then, we walk hand in hand to his car. While driving back to my house, he holds my hand the whole time, rubbing his thumb over the back. When we pull into my driveway, I'm happy to see no cars are in sight. 

"So, you leave tonight," he reconfirms.


"But you'll be back on Friday, right?"

"Yeah, I usually get back around four or so."

"Can I see you Friday night, then?"

"Yeah!" I say with a little too much enthusiasm. Then, in a played down tone, I repeat, "Yeah."

Brent chuckles but lets it go otherwise.

"Thanks for today. It was really great." I add as I squeeze his hand.

"Yeah, it was," he says. "All right, you, get out of here before I kidnap you for the week, forcing you to miss your last week at camp."

I have to admit that I secretly wish he would. Today had been a dream. I can't imagine what a whole week with him would be like.

Leaning over the center console, he tenderly touches his lips to mine. It's so soft and light, but it causes anticipation to build within me. Breathing, teasing, and tasting, I hope for more. This kiss is meant to be a memory burned to my lips. Hopefully, it will be enough to get me though the week, but then I realize that I'll probably remember it for the rest of my life. Pulling his mouth back, he leans his forehead against mine, the heat from out mouths allowing us to share our connection a little longer. I can physically feel my heart jumping in my chest, echoing deep within. A tinging sensation shimmies up my spine to my head, numbing all thought processes in my brain, except that of-I don't know what this is called.

"I'll call you later," he says in a low breathy tone. 

Crap. How am I supposed to leave the car now?


Hesitantly, I pull back, open the car door, and get out. Walking toward my house, I look over my shoulder to wave goodbye as Brent leaves my driveway and heads down the street.
Up for grabs is a signed copy of After Tuesday. US only. 
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About the Author:
Renee Ericson
Renee loves to wear hoodies, is fluent in Yoda speak, and likes to make videos with Lego figures. She is a long time insomniac, but doesn't have the energy to start an underground Fight Club so she settles for writing stories about the characters who plague her mind. She grew up in the Midwest and currently resides in the Boston area, but sounds nothing like Ben Affleck or Matt Damon.


  1. Wonderful review & excerpt!

  2. Thank you for the great chance I would love to win this book

  3. LadyBug LiteratureJuly 30, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Awesome review and excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. Thanks so much for reading and being part of the tour! xoxo

  5. Glad to host for you :)