Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: Without Boundaries by CJ Azevedo

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Bailey Hayes moved across the country ten years ago after a tragic accident left her motherless. Distraught, confused and just sad, Bailey opted to leave the only life she has ever known to attend college at NYU. Determined to not experience the loss of a loved one again, Bailey keeps her one friend that she made as a freshmen in college. And that’s it. She dated during her college years but she never let anything really stick. Not trusting herself enough to give her heart and not get hurt she was satisfied with the life she led. That is until she met the handsome, confident and successful Hollister Harrison.

Bailey was swept off her feet instantly with his charm and charisma. Six short months of dating, she finds herself moving in with him. The minute she had her bags unpacked, the fun loving romantic she fell hard for was starting to dwindle away as he became unnecessarily possessive and borderline abusive. Bailey insists on making her relationship work in fear of repeating her past and making a haste decision by leaving too soon. On a weekend when Hollister is out of town, she meets a guy. A beautiful charming guy whom she feels an obvious attraction for, but also a unique connection with. The beautiful charming guy is none other than her running partner’s brother. Bailey finds herself in an oddly nice predicament. 

The beautiful charming guy is none other than her running partner’s brother. Talon McAllister has chosen to dedicate himself to his family’s business his entire adult life. He adores his parents and his sister and hockey. Not leaving much time for anything else he has been single for years. Meeting Bailey Hayes changed his outlook. He wants her. He will do whatever he has to do to get her on the same page. 

Finding out she lives with her boyfriend deters him from his mission of getting her to be his. But when she calls and asks to tag along on his vacation with his sister, he can’t help but get excited. When he picks her up and sees her bruised and battered face he figures “game over” he is going to show her how she deserves to be treated. By the end of their first day together alone, Bailey propositions Talon with a brief relationship without boundaries and no lines to cross. He’s in… all in. 

Will this brief encounter without boundaries relinquish her twisted sense of loyalty to Hollister or will she walk away from her greatest love for fear of repeating her past?

Elle's Review:

Cover-to-cover this book was a fantastic read! Overall I found the book to be uplifting and downright enjoyable. I was impressed!

I commend C.J. Azevedo for approaching the issue of abuse in this novel. Dealing with a serious topic like abuse, I expected the book to be dark and unsettling.

Instead, I found the book to be incredibly uplifting. She handled the topic with such finesse.

Writing the story from dual points of view was a great way to give insight on the main characters, break up some of the more intense scenes, and create a balance between heavy and carefree moments.

I was able to digest the gravity of Bailey’s situation without being absolutely overwhelmed by the severity of it.

“That day, something inside me broke and I’m pretty sure it was my soul. Apparently your soul can heal after some time passes because I know for a fact that it’s shattering this very moment.” 
Bailey is a character that I think every woman can relate to whether or not she’s been in an abusive situation. If you remove the abuse, you’re left with a story about a girl who has to make a choice.

Does she stay loyal to Hollister whom she’s invested time with even though the relationship is longer emotionally gratifying? Will this relationship turn around with more time and effort?

“I just know that what I’m going through is because this is the path I chose many months ago when I moved in with him.”

Or does Bailey take a chance on a stranger who gives her the spark she’s been missing with Hollister? Is there a future with Talon or is there connection nothing more than a fleeting moment?

“It felt like she was ripping my heart out of my chest.”

Deciding whether to stay in or leave a relationship whose expiration date is looming is something all women can relate to. The choice isn’t always black and white, and sometimes the choice you make isn’t always the right one.

I was rooting for Talon the entire book. He’s just an all-around catch. I may not have agreed with all of Bailey’s decisions, but that didn’t take away from how much I love this story. Not to mention the epilogue was absolute perfection.

I highly recommend adding Without Boundaries to your TBR list and reading it as soon as possible! This book is a MUST READ

Jennifer's Interview with CJ Azevedo

1.       When did you first decide that you wanted to write a novel? When my notes on paper became too much to keep track of. Fall of 2012 I had an idea that wouldn’t leave me so I started to make notes of it and it soon turned into a full story.
2.       Where did you get the idea for Without Boundaries?
I really don’t know. Bailey, my heroine, had a story to tell so I told it for her.
3.       What was your inspiration? I know my answer for this isn’t exciting, but really it was just the characters inspiring me to get them out of my head and share their stories with whoever will read them!
4.       What was the most “pull your hair out" frustrating moment about writing Without Boundaries? Bailey had to make a decision and it was one where as you’re reading it you’re yelling at her to go left and she goes right. I hated writing that part but it was important.
5.       What made you decided to do an original cover for your first novel instead of a stock cover? I’m a bit of a control freak, so I wanted my work to be showcased exactly as I saw it in my mind. No matter what people say, they DO judge books by the cover, so an original, beautiful cover was necessary for me (in my eyes) being a debut self-published Author.
6.       How long did it take you to write WB? The writing took about six months, but it was nine months start to finish.
7.       What is your favorite part in WB? The Epilogue takes the cake for me, but the bathtub scene in the Hamptons… where he takes a bite of the chocolate croissant he’s feeding her, definitely favorite part!
8.       What was the last book you read? I’m currently reading ‘In too deep’ by Samantha Young.
9.       Who is your favorite author? No possible way I can answer that.
10.   Are you currently working on any future projects? Can you tell us about it? I am actually. I am close to finishing Without Doubt, which is the 2nd book in the Without Series. It is the story of Declan James who you’ll meet in Without Boundaries and the mysterious Ava Sterling, who you read about but doesn’t make an actual appearance in WOB.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I could really use the GC$ and some good news in my life for a change!