Monday, June 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Since I've Been Loving You - Kelli Jean


Congratulations to Kelli Jean on the release of SINCE I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU!



SINCE I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU
by Kelli Jean
NOLA's OWN #4

There's a saying that three is a crowd.

With her heart and soul shattered, Alys Stuart suffers in silence for a secret she's hidden from everyone for eight years. 

Xavier "X" Johnson sees right through her facade, and vows to love her and cherish her until his dying breath. Because he understands what it means to have a secret that no one can ever know.

But just as X starts to heal Alys with his love, her secret comes home—in the gorgeous form of Connor MacGregor.

How can she choose between the man who makes her soul soar, and the man who wants nothing more than to give her the world?


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Review

If there was ever a book that I could call bittersweet it’s Since I’ve Been Loving You.  Told in three points of view—Xavier, Connor, and Alys—it’s the story I’ve been anxiously waiting for since I first fell in love with the NOLA’s Own series.  Now if you haven’t read the series (what the hell are you waiting for?) don’t worry, this can be read as a standalone.  But if you have, you definitely know what I’m talking about.  All that being said, SIBLY is beyond words.  If you follow my reviews at all, you know my feelings about Kelli Jean.  I adore her words but this has to be one of her top reads for me.  And it’s definitely in my top 10 of 2017.

Xavier “X” Johnson is a gentle soul, he’s self-sacrificing, and just all around an amazing person.  From the get go you get to see just how much he’s willing to sacrifice and how far he’s willing to go for his “brothers.”  Alys is a dichotomy.  She’s sweet and unsure but also strong and sassy.  Connor is sweet, sexy, and talented.  The relationship and relationships between the three are confusing and complex.  It’s a painful, ugly cry inducing, and awe inspiring journey that we go on with them.  Oh my, the FEELS.  Like with most of her books, Jean does not hold back when it comes to drawing every single drop of emotion from you.

This book is one big ball of angst.  But that’s not all you’ll get; there’s humor, there’s heart tugging, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I loved immersing myself back into the world of NOLA’s Own and seeing the unconventional family the characters created for themselves.  This is definitely a must read for me.  I’d recommend it to everyone, yell from the roof that people need to buy this book, it’s that exquisite.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J



MEET THE AUTHOR: KELLI JEAN

Born and raised in Miami, Kelli Jean traded the tropical heat for the arctic. Now she deals with twenty-four hour daylight in the summer, zero sunlight in the winter, and believes the Northern Lights make up for the mind-boggling amount of ice and snow she has to put up with for seven months out of the year. She’s surrounded by mountains and ocean and sheep, and claims her bizarre sense of humor is what keeps her sane.

The insane don’t know they’re insane.

Kelli uses her imagination to create worlds she can escape to from the mundane tasks of everyday life, such as washing the damn dishes and vacuuming up Legos off the floor—and don’t get her started on the mad amount of cat hair on the end of the couch. She gave up on that a long time ago. When the household goes to sleep at night, she writes down everything that happened in her head while doing such tedious chores. But she enjoys living in her own head, so that’s pretty cool.

Technology terrifies her. She can barely turn on a computer, and was completely shocked when she’d actually written a book on one. To this day, she has no explanation for this baffling mystery. It took her three years to realize she can take screen shots of messages and pictures of bearded, tattooed men with her phone. Now that she’s mastered this task, her phone is slowly dying, and she’s nervous that she’s going to have to buy a new one and it will take her another three years to learn how to use it.


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