Saturday, January 25

New Release Review and Giveaway Changing Course by Aly Marinez


Title: Changing Course
Author: Aly Marinez 
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: January 29th, 2014
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I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had. 

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

**Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.**

My Review

Aly Marienz… lady you just rocked my world and I have no idea how to put into words how I feel about it. I read daily, finding new books and falling in love with them is an addiction, I get to chat with fellow book lovers and fan girl over some amazing Authors. But sometimes, its just not enough. Sometimes I'm so shocked by a book, and the need to express how much I love a book that I can't articulate what I want to say, what I want to feel. Changing Course is one of those books.
What I do know is...
It's a journey of pain and anguish.
About losing the one person who owns you, yet coming to terms that there can be more.
About letting go and moving forward while someone holds apart of you that you're to scared leave behind.
It's more than words, it's a feeling, it's filling you with emotions and experiences that you didn't see coming but at the same time you don't know how you want to feel about it.  
It was brilliant 
Absolutely brilliant

Changing Course starts off when Sarah and Brett first meet and start dating. Their attraction was instant, the sex is hot, the connection was fast. You laugh, you swoon, you fall in love with them. Until the one night  it's all taken away. 
It's one of those strange situations where you know what is gonna happen, but yet your still devastated when it does. Aly is a mastermind.
She gets you to fall in love with Sarah and Brett and then rips it out. She makes you feel their anguish and while teasing you with hope.
Only to rip it away. 
She Builds you up encases you with love and warmth and then right in front of your eyes she strips you of their light and covers you in darkness.

"Sarah, don't do this. Damn It! Stay with me." I reach over and gently brush the blood soaked hair off her forehead…..

You really don't think you can come back from it. And then you meet Jesse…..
Jesse is young, fun and works a the local coffee shop that Brett visits every morning. Secretly crushing on him for a while, she eventually asks him out. 

It's been four years since the accident and Brett is still holding on to Sarah. But Sarah is long gone, and the woman you first meet at the start, died in that accident. While Brett knows he lost Sarah that day, he can't and won't completely walk away from the woman he vowed his life to. 

When he starts seeing more of Jesse, he starts to realise he not only lost his wife, but over the years he lost himself. While giving himself permission to finally feel again, he becomes closer to Jesse and soon finds himself falling for her. 

I remember thinking nooooo, I love Sarah, please I can't handle this...
But the love you feel for the full of life Sarah is soon replace with hatred. Your emotions are all over the place. She is long gone and in her place is a woman so full of guilt and anger you only feel sorry for her, until she gets in their way.. Sarah, somehow comes out of her haze and situates herself in Brett's and Jesse's life. 
It was madness. It was pure and real madness.

"Can you please tell me what poison she injected into your brain? I can't be your anti-venom if I don't know what she bit you with tonight."

You go from loving Sarah and praying for her, to hating her and wanting to slap her. It a cluster fuck of emotions leaving you feel lost as to how it's all gonna play out. 

Brett's struggle is raw and real in every sense because you felt it with him. He is lost and conflicted and you can't hate him for it, if anything you love him for it. He lost his wife, his first love to an angry, sick woman that he can't walk away from. And is falling in love with Jesse and he doesn't know how to handle it.

"I'm broken Jess, but I need you to hear these words before I go….

I'm sorry about all of this, I truly am. Please believe me, and think about what I've said. I can't promise you anything more than tomorrow, but maybe one day, the fog will disappear leaving only sunny days ahead." 

You felt his struggle his pain, his desire and when he let go, you went with them.
It was erotic and mind blowing hot. It was intimacy on a new level. Knowing his love for Sarah and then finally letting go with Jesse was powerful. 

"Tell me what you want?"  
"I want to make your world go silent." 

I really don't want to give too much more  away as it's one of those books you just have to experience yourself.
The secondary characters were strong, I loved Kara, she was great. Caleb is swoon worthy and I can't wait for his story. Brett's family were the best and I loved every moment with them in it.
I highly recommend Changing Course, Aly Marinez debut is one not  to be missed. And one Author to watch out for. I can't wait for more!

  5 Stars 

Changing Course goes live on January 29th, 2014

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  1. This books sounds sooooo good, I can't wait to read it!

  2. I am looking forward to reading it, thanks for the chance!

  3. I know Aly personally and CAN NOT WAIT to read her debut book!!! She's a beautiful person inside and out!!!!

  4. Looking forward to read it!!!!!

  5. Great review can't wait to read it thanks for the giveaway

  6. Awesome review! I really really want to read this!

  7. OMG what a great review..I must read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  8. Sounds great. Good luck everyone.

  9. book sounds good.cant wait to read

  10. This sounds heartbreaking and very emotional. Cant wait to read it.

  11. This book sounds very emotional. Looking forward to reading it.

  12. sounds awesome thanks for the giveaway!!

  13. Sounds like a 'good one'. Great giveaway.

  14. Looking forward to reading "Changing Course". Thanks for this giveaway.

  15. Loved the review thank you for the giveaway!

  16. Added to my TBR. Great review. Thanks for the giveaway.