Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Jamison - Niquel

Title: Jamison
Series: Spasm Rockers #1
Author: Niquel
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 21, 2016

Some people call it puppy love,

But I know the truth.

Even though we were kids, too young to know better,
I knew.
I was absolutely head-over-heels in love with Cody Jamison.
There wasn’t a moment in my life that he wasn’t a part of.
There wasn’t a part of me that didn’t belong to him.
And just as I was about to tell him…
He left.
Left town.
Left me.
Shattering my heart into pieces.
But now, he’s back.
Just like that.
But, we’re no longer those bright-eyed little kids we once were.
He just re-emerged,
Claiming a spot as the lead guitarist in my brother’s band,
As if nothing ever changed.
But it did.
Everything's different now.
And I won't let this asshole strum his way back in,
Reclaiming my heart,
Not without an explanation.
He’s going to have to work for it,
For me.
Cody Jamison can’t have me,
Until I have the truth.

I’m torn…on the fence about Jamison.  It started off pretty amazing and then things just seemed to get a little lost plot wise from there.  CJ and Shannon have known each other since they were little and were childhood sweethearts.  He was her brother’s best friend and hers too.  Then CJ’s parents fled his father’s troubles, taking him with them out of the country.  Shannon was devastated when she never heard from him again.  Fast forward a decade later and CJ walks into a band audition for Shannon’s brother.  Soon, they are all reunited.

This story seemed like it had everything and the kitchen sink thrown into it—long lost sweethearts, mob connections, manwhoreness, drugs, etc.  It was overwhelming and didn’t leave much room for a lot of depth to the storyline beyond the childhood chapters.  And this was disappointing.  I love these types of stories for the depth and history to them.  The characters were also hard to connect to.  I absolutely loathed Jamison at some points but at others he seemed redeemable.  It was like he was two different people.  I kept waiting for Shannon to wake up and move on.  Yet she hung on, innocent and na├»ve. 

I was just underwhelmed with this story; it leaves a lot to be desired.  There were spots of brilliance in this book, the author is descriptive and helps you immerse into the story.  I just couldn’t connect with the story or the characters.  Maybe I’ll have better luck with my next Niquel story since this was my first.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

"Oh my!!! This book was amazing." ~Paula, 5 Star Goodreads Review

"This book will take you on an awesome roller coaster of emotions from the very beginning to the last page." ~Victoria, 5 Star Goodreads Review

"This is my first book by author Niquel, but it definitely will not be my last! I absolutely loved the story of Cody (CJ) and Shannon!" ~Penny, 5 Star Goodreads Review

“Oh my God, Shan, quit being a wuss!”
“I can't, it's too high!” I yelled down at my brother, who was safe on the ground. I don’t know why I let him talk me in to doing stupid things like this.
“C’mon, Shanny, just put your foot in the holes and jump when you get to the last one,” CJ egged on.
Anytime he was around and asked me to do something, the fear inside of me went away. “Okay.”
“Holy crap, are you all right?” My brother asked, as the sky spun behind his and CJ’s heads.
“My head hurts really bad.”
“Dang, I’ll go and get Mom. Can you stay with her, CJ?” He nodded his head, and then helped me sit up. He kept looking at me funny with his eyes; eyes that were the color of chocolate. 
“Why are you looking at me like that?”
“I was looking at the small dots across your face. What are they?”
I placed my hands over my face, and rubbed my cheeks, wishing they would come off. “My mommy calls them ‘freckles’ and I hate them.”
"Because people are always teasing me about them. Mom said I got them from being in the sun too much." 
"So let's call them sun kisses! The sun loved your face so much, it left little kisses behind."
I giggled so hard, that it made my head hurt more. CJ was almost thirteen, like my older brother, but he made me feel fuzzy inside.

Niquel is a self diagnosed coffee addict, lover of rice and beans, and chocolate—preferably not all together. She’s the creator of multiple stories full of love, passion, and power. She may toss in a ghost story every once in a while.
When she’s not busy taking care of her two little girls, she's writing or creating graphics or you can find her binge watching TV with her significant other. 
Boston born and raised, she’s always been a creative soul: attending multiple colleges to develop her love of the visual arts.


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