Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to the Drawing BoardL.L. Collins #5star #Review #Giveaway

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Title: Back To The Drawing Board
Author: L.L. Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 10, 2015

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Lies. Betrayal. Deceit. Carter knows them all too well. His whole life was based on them. He decided long ago that his life would be on his own terms. No one would dictate his future, since he'd had no control over his past.

Desire. Lust. Love.

Julia is the bosses' daughter. She's everything that Carter wants, and nothing that he thinks he needs. She's got plans of her own, and Carter is one of them.

Both determined to control their own paths, can she show him what his future could be like if he just lets go, or will he send her BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD?

This book blew me away. I loved the interactions between Carter and Julia. They just had a fun way to communicate. Their light-heartedness really balanced out the more series parts of their lives. I just felt like I was a part of their lives. They could easily be a couple I would love to be friends with. 

I will admit that the very beginning threw me off. I felt like I walked into the middle of the story, which in a way I did. Carter found out some life altering news right off the bat. Since I didn't know the characters yet, it was hard to understand what part that played in the story. However, it really caught my attention and I needed to see where it was going. After reading it all, I wouldn't change a single word of it. 

At the end, I found myself putting my hand over my heart and just sighing with contentment. Their story was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great love story.

This book is written in dual POV. It is a stand alone. It wasn't until I read some of the other reviews that the thought that it could be part of a series even crossed my mind. I didn't put the characters together at all. 

“Let’s play a game,” I said, breaking the silence. “A quick one. We’re only a few minutes away from the restaurant.”

“Never Have I Ever again?”

“Nope. Let’s do a short version of Twenty Questions. Like, two questions. We can resume later.”

“Tell me the rules.”

“We get to ask each other any two questions, and we have to answer them.”

Carter cleared his throat, looking over at me. “Sounds…interesting.”

“You start,” I said. I wanted him to get personal.

“You’re putting me on the spot,” he laughed.

“That’s the point.”

“Okay….have you had a serious boyfriend before?”

I furrowed my brow. That’s what he wanted to know? “Yes. In high school. We broke up after our first year of college and I haven’t talked to him since. His name was Scott.”

A look I didn’t understand passed over his face. “He was your only boyfriend? Like, ever?”

“That’s what you want for your second question? It’ll be my turn next.”

He nodded, so I continued. “He’s been the only…serious boyfriend. Since him, I frankly haven’t had the time or the desire to have a boyfriend. I’ve gone out with guys, but that’s it. Nothing serious.” I didn’t think I wanted to get into the details of all of that, so I was glad it was his last question.

“My turn. First, where did you get this hot car?”

He laughed. “My dad and I restored it. It’s a ’69 Camaro SS. It took us most of the last few years to perfect it. He’s a mechanic, and I didn’t grow up knowing anything at all about cars, so it was a great way for us to bond. I found out that I love restoring old cars, and driving them. And having hot girls in them.” He wiggled his eyebrows at me, and we both laughed. I loved that he was lightening up with me. Now it was time to get more serious.

“Okay, my next question is…if you could remember one thing about that night that we can’t remember, what would it be and why?”

Carter coughed. “Whoa,” he said. “You don’t mess around.” We hadn’t discussed ‘that night’ since right after we both realized we couldn’t remember. “I…Julia. Wow. I’m not sure how to answer that.”

“Truthfully,” I said. I loved making him uncomfortable.

“I wish I could remember touching you,” he said, the deepness of his voice tickling all through my body. “Everywhere.” It felt like he just had touched me, everywhere. I squirmed in my seat, almost wishing I hadn’t asked. Now I really wanted to attack him.

When I didn’t answer, he looked over at me. I smiled, reaching out and touching the scruff on his face, my favorite thing to do. “Wow is right,” I said quietly. “I wish I could remember that, too.” We looked at each other until the car behind us honked their horn.

L.L.LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. The Living Again series: Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, Finding Forever, and Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella are available now in both eBook and paperback. The Twisted Series, consisting of both Twisted Souls and Twisted Paths, is available now exclusively on Amazon. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out to try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 15, and a mom to two boys, 13 and 11.

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