Wednesday, April 26, 2017

{Blog Tour} Tell Me How This Ends - Victoria De La O (Review & Excerpt)

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In TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers, but by the time the truth comes out everyone is in too deep. No one wants to get hurt, but love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds. Fans of Tamarra Webber and Erin McCarthy will adore this emotional and heartfelt RITA nominated family drama.
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Dear Readers,

Years ago a restless, troubled man sprang to life in my head, and he wouldn't leave me alone. He had a younger brother that he loved more than anything in the world, so I sat down and tried to write their story. And it wasn't very good. But these brothers--Jude and Ryan--never left me. A decade later, I realized that, like Frankenstein's monster, they were waiting for me to create their loves. And a few months later, Tell Me How This Ends was born. 
The book is the first in the Tell Me trilogy, which is heartfelt, fun, and sometimes emotional. It was my pleasure to follow Jude, Ryan, and their friends through three books. I'm not going to lie; there were tears when I wrote the final scene.
I am so honored that Tell Me How This Ends has been nominated for a RITA award, but I'm even more humbled by the readers who have taken the time to tell me they love the book. I hope you love it, too.

Synopsis:

2017 RITA® Finalist

Brothers Jude and Ryan McAllister are inseparable. When Jude stepped in to raise Ryan after the death of their mother, it became the two of them against the world. But the scars it left were bone-deep. Then Lizzie Price comes along.

Lizzie hopes Ryan's kindness can help heal her wounds from a toxic relationship. But when she meets Jude, their powerful attraction makes him difficult to resist. The problem is, Lizzie doesn't realize Jude and Ryan are brothers, and they don't know they're falling for the same girl.

By the time the truth comes out, everyone is in too deep. Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers. All of them agree that no one deserves to get hurt. But love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds.

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The Tell Me Series
Tell Me How This Ends
Tell Me Not to Go
Tell Me That You're Mine (coming summer 2017)

Review

This book follows three main characters.  Lizze who is college student studying nursing who then meets Ryan a classmate.  Lizze thinks Ryan is cute and asks him to tutor her so she can get to know him better.  Lizze one night goes out with some friends and meets Jude who keeps her on her toes and challenges her.  Lizze doesn’t know for a small portion of the book that Jude and Ryan are brothers.  Jude practically raised Ryan so they are very close.

Things I loved was the way the author used the multiple POV’a throughout the book.  I find love triangles to be a little difficult of a topic, but the author does a great job switching in between the character’s thoughts to show us a lot more of what is going on.  I never felt like the love triangle was overpowering the book and I never wanted to yell just pick one, it was handled extremely well.  There were other issues going on with the characters that the author took her time to go through.  Also, the author goes back a few minutes when she changes POV so that we get to see the same situation from another POV.  I loved the author’s style of writing and her ability to keep the story moving along.

Lizze is a very interesting character in the book.  We know that something happened in her life to make her move from Utah to CA, but we don’t get the full story until we are a good portion into the book.  I sort of thought it was something worse then what happened, but still it was something awful that she went through.  We can tell that Lizze is very guarded and that she is going to give 100% of her attention into a situation.  I feel that Lizze has a large amount of personal growth during the book and she also comes into the book as more confident than her past.

I go back and forth with Jude and Ryan I wanted to like one more than the other, but in the end, they are both different and bring completely different things to the table.   They each have a lot of rewarding qualities as well as things they need to work on.  I think that Jude is a little hard around the edges, but he has a lot of weight on his shoulders and doesn’t know the right amount of balance.  Ryan seems a little to sheltered from what Jude is holding so he appears to be more carefree.    The author did a great job creating two distinct male leads that don’t overshadow one another.

My biggest downfall with this book is more towards the end and without giving any details away I feel like in a relationship you need to have closure.  I felt like the change in relationships wasn’t discussed enough for me.  I guess I wanted a big blow out and that isn’t what I got.  I felt like there were a lot more emotions going on and I don’t feel they were fully expressed at the end.

I would suggest this as a weekend read or beach read.  The book is easy to follow along with and I got totally lost in the book, which gave me trouble putting it down.  I just wanted to know how it was all going to play out and what was going to happen.  I would want to read this when you have more free time to read. 

I received a copy of this book from Barclay Publicity for the purpose of providing and honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 4/5

Excerpt from TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS
Copyright © 2016 
Victoria De La O


I can’t sleep, so I head to the kitchen. I don’t bother to turn on the lights, because the dark doesn’t scare me. Most of the terrifying things in life happen in the daylight.
Ryan must be up, too, because I see light coming from the kitchen. Sometimes we meet like this in the middle of the night and eat a snack. I make the PB&J, and he pours the milk.
There is someone standing at the faucet but it’s not Ryan, and my brain takes an extra couple seconds to compute what I’m seeing. Elizabeth is there, her back turned to me, her face in profile. Her hair is messy and long, and she’s wearing a shirt that comes to midthigh. She turns around and sees me. Her mouth and eyes go wide, but she doesn’t scream, like a silent movie actress.
“What are you doing here?” she asks, which doesn’t make sense to me at first. Then I see she’s wearing Ryan’s Panic! at the Disco T-shirt. My brain has apparently been dormant for the past two minutes, because suddenly, it chugs to life. My synapses fire, and I make connections, and I know that this is the girl my brother has just fucked, and even worse, has fallen for.
I can’t help it: I start to laugh. I laugh so hard that my eyes water, and I slide against the cabinets to the floor. She walks around the counter and stands in front of me. I stare at her legs, which are long and smooth. She crouches down, pulling her—Ryan’s—T-shirt down so I don’t see anything essential on the way.
“Stop it,” she says, looking at me like I’m crazy.
“Guess it’s going well with college boy,” I say, taking in her bedhead. “You definitely picked the better brother.”
“Oh, my God,” She covers her mouth, and I feel like a bully, but I can’t care.

Praise for TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS:

"...readers will be so invested in these protagonists that they'll keep flipping through the pages to see how everything turns out."Library Journal

“If you have not discovered Victoria De La O, stop what you are reading and go read Tell Me How This Ends! If you are an Abbi Glines fan, you will love Victoria De La O’s writing.”—My Girlfriend’s Couch Blog

“Tell Me How This Ends is one of my favorite books ever—I was totally engrossed in the love triangle between brothers Ryan and Jude and sweet Lizzie.”—Siobhan Davis, Amazon Bestselling Author

About Victoria De La O:
Victoria De La O is the award-winning and RITA®-nominated author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out with her family, arguing about films, and partaking in chicanery.

She also enjoys writing about women’s issues, practicing Wonder Woman spins, and talking to readers, so hit her up on Facebook or Twitter.

6 comments:

  1. doh if only triangles did not make my skin blister. Sounds like you enjoyed it. I can see how this could be a fun summer read

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  2. Ohhhhh goodness. I hate love triangles. I didn't even read most of this post because the cover was enough for me! And then I read that they are BROTHERS? Gosh. No thank you. *breaks out in hives* In all seriousness, I'm glad you enjoyed the book though, Kristyn. =)

    Have a lovely week!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  3. I don't mind love triangles and the brothers thing totally doesn't bother me. I will have to check it out!! Great review!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! The love triangle was handled very well in this one!

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