Monday, March 27, 2017

Release Blitz: Seat 2A - Dela

Author: DELA
Title: Seat 2A
Release Date: March 27, 2017
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When Jessie Evans, a Georgia Southern University cheerleader, leaves for her best friend’s wedding the last thing she expects is for the seat next to her to be taken. After all, she’d only canceled Seat 2A hours prior after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Kendal Vargas, son of a Spanish emigrant fashion guru, is on his way to Whistler for a “mancation”. Running to buy a neck pillow before his flight, Kendal bumps into Jessie Evans. Kendal is in a hurry. Kendal does not stop to help her. Kendal forgot his neck pillow and the plane is about to leave and hey—who could travel without a neck pillow?

Charmed by Jessie’s beauty, and watching her board his very plane, Kendal takes a whim and changes his seat to one he hopes would be next to her. Jessie ignores Kendal’s attempt to be chatty but when their connecting flight gets canceled overnight, the pair has a chance to make a real connection.

Seven years later, Jessie bumps into Kendal in the produce aisle of a Portland grocery store. No neck pillow is involved, except there is a beautiful little girl who looks just like him. Fate has given them another shot but will Kendal’s whims keep them apart?



This blurb drew me in.  There was such a potential for shenanigans—for both heat and humor but I didn’t really get either.  Seat 2A started off really cute.  The first few chapters really drew me in and caught my attention.  But after that, it started to drag for me and truthfully annoy me.  There’s a seven-year gap that really doesn’t make sense to me.  I mean, the author explains it but the explanation feels off.  Plus I usually love dual POV but I didn’t need entire scenes written out in both of them.  It kept jarring me from the story when I’d finish a chapter in one to start the next chapter back in time in the other POV.

The character development was another area that was meh for me.  After the gap, both Kendall and Jessie felt like they hadn’t matured at all.  And neither did the side characters.  These people are supposed to be in their thirties but act more in their twenties.  There is a lot of drama involved; it’s not heavily angsty drama, just drama.  Kendall is a commitment-phobe with Peter Pan syndrome and Jessie is afraid to step outside of her comfort zone and is a bit of a mess.  Both of them are pretty complex despite the immature behaviors, with strengths and weaknesses.  I just wish the behaviors matched the age a bit more.

It was a cute read, a little on the slow side for me.  There were moments where the author’s humor shined through and other’s that were really heartwarming or inspirational.  It is a clean read so if you’re into those steamy sex scenes, take a pass on this one.  But if you like cute reads this may be up your alley.  It just didn’t work for me.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

Dela is a rising author in both the Young Adult and Contemporary Romance genres. Her contemporary romance debut, SEAT 2A, will release March 27, 2017, followed by BEYOND THE NEON SHORE, the much-anticipated sequel to her popular Aztec-inspired series, THE 52ND. It is scheduled to release June 3rd, 2017.

Before writing, Dela worked as a paralegal and could be found snowboarding in Brianhead, Utah. She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and one exceptionally fat Chihuahua.

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