Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Again by Brandy Jeffus


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Again

By Brandy Jeffus
Published:  May 15, 2013
Source:  Author
Purchase At: Amazon | Kindle


Blurb:

From recess buddies to high school sweethearts, Eli Stone and Bonnie Jinks were constants in each other's lives. Although young, their relationship had withstood the test of many teenage tribulations. Marriage and a happy ever after were in their future plans.

One alcohol fueled mistake rips them apart. Bonnie ends up on the road with her new boyfriend while Eli joins the military. It seems as if their lives will never intersect again.

A near  fatal accident brings them together and their chemistry is undeniable. But will the pain of the past keep them apart? Can they make their love work again?



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My Take on this Journey:



Again, by Brandy Jeffus, is the story of  Bonnie Jinks and Eli Stone.  These two are the main characters in this childhood/high school sweetheart drama through adulthood.  Bonnie Jinks is a young girl madly in love with her "almost perfect," (too good to be true) boyfriend.  Bonnie thinks she knows her boyfriend inside out.  Eli asks Bonnie to marry him as soon as they graduate, and she is over the top.  She says, yes, of course, and the following week he bursts her perfect bubble, and tells her that he got drunk at a party and slept with another girl.  What is really unbelievable is that Bonnie says that she is sure they can work it out!!!  I was so angry for her lack of strength and pride in herself.  To add insult to injury, Eli, tells her "no," that there must be something missing in their perfect relationship if he was able to cheat on her!  He writes Bonnie a letter telling her that someday he is sure they will find each other again...AGH!


The book fly's.  Fast forward in to a mega-second, and it is 6 years later, and she has been with a Rock Star boyfriend named, Mick Jones.  Ms. Jeffus tells us that Bonnie went off on a road trip with her boyfriend for the last 5 years, leaving her younger sister, Tatum, and her mother, Ms. Cindy, (who she adores) on a whim, while she was off doing her thing, possibly mending her wounds.  Eli joined the service.  Fast forward once again, and Bonnie's mom is in a near fatal accident, and who is the first police officer on the scene, but the infamous, Eli, who has returned from the service to become a police officer.  Of course, Bonnie leaves Mick's road trip, and he gives her an ultimatum, (Ms. Jeffus tells us again) and Bonnie walks out to go home to her home town to take care of her mother.  When she arrives, everything has changed about the town, but of course, the attraction to "Eli the perfect!"  Somehow, she ends up looking like the bad guy in her mother, and her sisters' eyes, cause she is too naive to realize what a great guy she lost!!!  Eli treats her like he was a jilted lover and she cheated on him!  REALLY?!  Sometimes men can be selfish!  Eli never gave up on her.  He was searching for himself, and he fought to find his way back to her.


I wish that this had been more realistic for me.  I felt like it was slightly over the top.  Some people love corny, and magical endings.  The cover was great, the concepts were great.  I wish we would have experienced her ideas, rather than have been told the story.  I know I would have connected more with the main characters, if I had experienced their lives as they lived them, but I realize this might have made the story too long.  All in all, I finished the story and was able to appreciate the ideas and concepts behind it.  I give Again by Brandy Jeffus, 3 Romantic, Reunited, Long Lost Love Stars!





About the Author:



Brandy Jeffus has been writing stories since an early age. She would dictate them to her mom who would type them out on a typewriter.  She is a mother to two precious children and lives in North Texas, but she'll always consider herself an East Texan, hailing from the Rose Capital of the world, Tyler. 





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10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Lindy!
    xoxox
    Brandy

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    1. Brandy,
      You are welcome. Hope you will continue writing Romance novels, and bringing light into other people's lives.

      RO

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    2. Thank you so much :) Your positive feedback can only help me grow as a writer and I really appreciate the time and effort you took :) Be sure to leave the review on Good Reads and Amazon too if you don't mind :)
      <3
      Brandy

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  2. Yeah, this does seem a bit unrealistic to me too. It seems you never got to form a real connection to the characters. Great review, Lindy!

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    1. Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for following my reviews. I actually love romance novels. They are hard to write, and really make the reader feel what you are writing. I know a lot of work goes into these books, and I never want to discourage anyone from writing.

      RO

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  3. Good review. Thanks for participating :)

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    1. Thank You for making us a part of the Tour.

      RO

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  4. I agree how some scenes were just unrealistic. I also think that the story was just rushed and so I didn't really connect with the characters. Despite that, it was a fast read which made me not get bored. Also, I think you mixed up the MC's name with the author's name on your review. You said "Brandy" instead of Bonnie. :)

    Leigh @ Little Book Star

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    1. Thanks Leigh for the heads up. I will check that out. With all the reviews we do each week, the typing is done rather fast, and can miss some mistakes. Thanks for the comment and for following.

      RO

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