Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Undertow by Leigh T. Moore - Review & Giveaway

Falling in love will pull you under...

-Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process.
-Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
-Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer's seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members. 

Anna hopes to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option. 

Now she's in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she's starting to love.
Recommended for 15+ due to mature themes and sexual content.
If you have not read Dragonfly, you will need to go back and read it.  This book is not a standalone.  In order to fully understand the story you need to read Dragonfly first.

Love changes everything.  Anna has grown a lot closer to Julian.  She doesn't want to get too close to him just yet because she just recently ended things with Jack and doesn't want to use him as a way to get over him since she really does have feelings for him.  Anna is also trying to deal with the decision to not tell him the biggest secret of his life, and knows if he finds out he'll never speak to her again.  But she promised his mother that she would never tell him.  

Bill Kyler has given her three journals: his, Alex's, and Meg's.  She reads them all when her parents are gone for the weekend.  She learns that it was Meg's idea to have the journals and in them they all write their deepest and darkest thoughts.  Meg's shows how unhappy and lonely she was in her marriage to Bill.  But then again as you read it you'll discover that she did things that Bill didn't want and even though she said she would be okay with his workload in the end she wasn't and it ate away at her.  In the final two you'll discover what led to their affair and ultimately Meg's death.  This was the sad part for me because Meg never really understood that they really didn't set out to hurt her.

This book wasn't what I expected.  I understand you need it in order to get to the rest of the story that will be coming in Watercolors, but I was expecting to see more of Anna and Julian in it.  The journals are well written and all follow the same journey just in different perspectives and told in the view on how their lives were in the span of more than five years.  I look forward to Watercolors, this just wasn't exactly what I expected, 4 stars.

***ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review***
Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING, its companion, THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO, a SEMIFINALIST in the 2013 "Best Indie Book Awards," sponsored by The Kindle Book Review; a new adult romantic suspense novel ROUGE, which was a 2013 ABNA QUARTERFINALIST; and the DRAGONFLY series, a contemporary YA to new adult romantic saga.
A southern expat and beach bum (and ex-journalist and editor), Leigh lives with her husband and two young children in a landlocked location. To compensate, she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperon, group activity leader, and referee.
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  1. I used to keep a journal/diary when I was younger. I've recently thought about taking it back up. I'm looking forward to starting to read this series! I have them on my TBRs & Dragonfly is already downloaded on my Kindle.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! The last journal I kept was 15 years ago when I was pregnant. My daughter now has that journal as a keepsake.