Hello all! It’s time for another book review! Today I’m going to review a New Adult / Romance called Defying Reason by Elizabeth Seckman. I read it while I was feeling incredibly crappy and I’m glad I did. It’s probably one of the few things that put a smile on my face for the nearly three weeks I was sick.


defy-reasonTitle:  DEFYING REASON

Author:  Elizabeth Seckman

Genre:  New Adult / Romance

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5

Here’s the Blurb:

Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.
A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.

My Review:

As I mentioned, I read this when I wasn’t feeling well and this read couldn’t have come at a better time. There were parts where I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at some of the goings on in this book.

Jo Leigh’s life is turned upside down when her flighty, dysfunctional mom Gayle moves them to the Outer Banks of North Carolina because Gayle’s childhood friend Jenna sells her a cottage dirt cheap in exchange for helping her family out during a family crisis. She also wants to keep Jo away from her no good, verbally abusive boyfriend, Brad. Of course Jo wants no part of this, but she doesn’t have much choice until she starts Med school in the fall.

Tanner Coulter is a spoiled rich kid who loves to party and is flunking out of college. His father, Tres Coulter, finally puts an end to it. In one fell swoop, Tanner loses his sports car, credit card, checking account, and the friend with benefits, Becca, who dumps him right before Daddy shows up. Not knowing what to do, he calls his dad as he’s driving away and tells him he wants to go home.  He thinks it’ll be parties at the beach and hot chicks, but Dad feels he needs to learn responsibility. In order to earn back his car, he must work on the family’s cottage that his mom Jenna just sold to her friend Gayle. Uh-huh. You see where I’m going, right? 🙂

Their initial meetings are somewhat awkward, but Jo and Tanner quickly form a friendship that evolves into something deeper. Of course, there are secrets and drama and deceit… Oh, my! But, unfortunately, I can’t give any of that away because I don’t do spoilers. 

The characters felt real and I could relate to them, especially Jo. Her character was well fleshed out physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Though she is beautiful, she has flaws and insecurities that we see manifest throughout the novel. I can’t help but root for her because she’s angry at her circumstances and her mother is a train wreck, always chasing after her ‘donor’ father. 

The other characters were given distinct personalities and voices, as well. I could relate to most of them in some form or another. Except Becca. No. Just no.

I didn’t notice any spelling or grammatical errors. I liked the way the chapters alternated between Jo and Tanner’s point-of-view. 

My only complaint, if you can call it one, is the ending. When I read a book, I like to imagine what the future holds. That’s just a personal preference; I don’t know how others feel. 

Overall, I loved this book and gave it 4.5 out of five hearts. (I always round-up), so it still looks like 5/5.  🙂 I took a half-heart off because of the ending; otherwise, it would’ve gotten a full five out of five hearts from me. 

That’s it for my review today! I should have another one coming up soon! Until then everyone…



eseckmanAuthor Bio:

Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever-after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.



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Another New Life Blog Tour and Review!

ANLBlogTour Title: Another New Life
Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Publication Date: June 2, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.
When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.
An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.
Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.
The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

Good morning bloggers! I’m part of a wonderful blog tour helping to promote the lovely Sydney Aaliyah Michelle’s new book, Another New Life, which is set to be released on June 2nd.  AnotherNewLifeCoverAs you all know, I love to read. 🙂 In addition to taking part in the cover reveal a couple of weeks ago, I’m also taking part in the blog tour by posting a review of Another New Life right here on my blog. Please be advised that I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. I try hard not to do spoilers in any of my reviews.

I gave ANL Four out of Five Stars ****/*****

I enjoyed this book from the beginning; the tension was obvious to me when Miranda took that first phone call from her parents that she needed to be away. Her starting school at UT was supposed to be a new beginning for her. She was leaving behind a past that was haunting her and had damaged her throughout her teenage years. She befriends her Southern belle roommate Darcy and a couple of other girls, and they have their own little circle.

It’s during her first day of Calculus that Miranda notices the ‘perfect guy’ walk into class. He was the star quarterback, but he looked familiar. It turned out that he was her best friend from when they were very young, Troy. After the initial shock of recognition, they meet-up after class for coffee and reminiscing.

They talk about how Miranda’s parents  moved away eight years earlier and how upset they’d been. Now that they were both ‘grown’, there was an immediate attraction, and they began to date. Miranda stressed their new relationship constantly because she wasn’t ready to tell Troy some of the secrets of her past because she knew they would crush him. There were times when Miranda would zone out and Troy would sense that something was off and was completely understanding and didn’t push her at all.

I loved the fact that Miranda’s story comes out little by little throughout the book. There’s no info dump at the beginning that leaves me wondering, “What just happened?” I loved that Troy’s character remained, for the most part (no spoilers) a good guy who was looking out for the best interests of his once best friend and now ‘girlfriend’.

Aside from some minor grammatical errors (don’t go by me, I could have had an uncorrected proof, I’d have to check), overall I definitely recommend this as a to be read.







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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who
Sydney has been blogging at for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process. Hails from Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published début New Adult novel, Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.