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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Moonshine by Regina Bartley BLOG TOUR + MY 5* REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Innocence taken... A tragedy happened... A heart is left broken... Is love enough to survive?
Shine Craven has to learn this the hard way. One tragic day leaves her questioning her strength and her sanity. She is left fighting an internal battle that she believes can't be won.
Her best friend thinks that he loves her enough to save her, but sometimes sweet words just aren't enough. Once he hears her secret, will he still believe that love will heal her or will the truth be too much for him to handle?
Sometimes when we are faced with such horrible events we force ourselves to overcome, but at what cost? Will he stay or will he go? Find out if love is enough.
Stand Alone Novel Recommended for ages 18+ due to graphic language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.
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My Views
Gut wrenching, breath-taking, truly moving and heart breakingly beautiful, Moonshine is a book that I will never ever forget.
This book was not what I expected and it was also unlike any other book I have read this year. For these reasons and the fact that it is absolutely superbly written, it made it on my top list of books from 2013.

 I absolutely adore both Moon (Ryker) and Shine's characters, they crept into my heart and my head then stayed there even after I had finished the book, for me that's a sure sign of a good story.

You cant beat a book with a dual point of view, I love that we get to be inside both Shine and Moons heads. Especially with a story of this nature, the dual POV really helps to understand how each of the characters is dealing with 'THE SECRET' (no spoilers here!) and how it can effect more than just the person the tragedy has happened to.
Regina Bartley doesn't skip or gloss over what has happened nor does she dive straight into a happy ever after, oh no, she gets to the nitty gritty and allows  you to see the internal struggle the characters go through and the pain they are feeling. 

Moonshine had me crying my eyes out, you see the thing is, you cant help but be sucked into this story from the first word  to the last word and you feel the characters pain right along with them. 

Bradley (AKA Johnny) is Shine's friend who gives us a whole different dimension to this story. He is a big part of Shine's recovery and comes equipped with his own set of tragedy's. He also causes alot of twists in the book, the first one I was like BooM ok I wasn't expecting that and then he leaves us with a DAMN BOOM that I wasn't expecting but was just so right for this story.

Overall I LOVED this book HARD. It is an absolute MUST READ that I cant recommend enough and so I give it 5 BIG BOOK LOVE STARS! 

I was lost in thought when my phone started to vibrate. You could hear the loud vibrations as it rattled in my hand. "Crap," I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was a text from Moon. I don't know if I opened it because it was just habit, or if it was because I wanted to see what he had to say. Either way, I may regret the decision.
Moon-Do you remember that day we met as kids? I have been thinking about it all day. That was the day that I met my best friend. Tell me you are still my best friend. I miss you and I don't understand what I did. I lost my dad and my best girl all in one day. I am such a damn mess, Shine! I need you and I know that you need me. Please! If I were there I would kiss you like I always do and tell you it will be okay! I read the message twice before another one followed quickly behind it. Moon- I gotta go help momma now, but I am not giving up on you. Know that when I look at the stars tonight I will think of you. You have to come back to me Shine. I need you. The tears flowed freely from my eyes. I swear, that damn boy. Geez, I love him so much that it hurts.
Meet Regina
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Regina lives in Kentucky and is currently releasing her third book. Her books include Chased and Challenged, both of The Graysen Pack Series, as well as her newest book Moonshine. Her true love is writing paranormal, but writing Moonshine made her discover a hidden love for Adult Contemporary Romance. She says that you can expect her to write a little in both worlds.
She is married with two kids and when she is not writing she is reading and reading and reading. She loves her cat Jacob, who was named after her favorite werewolf. Go figure... If you put her in front of the T.V. she would most likely watch sports, unless The Vampire Diaries is on. Her favorite things are her family, books, football, chocolate, Bruno Mars, and well Bruno Mars, enough said. She loves to keep up with her fans and you can find her several places.
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