Thursday, September 22, 2016

[Release Blitz + Review + Giveaway] Jamison by Niquel

Title: Jamison
Series: Spasm Rockers #1
Author: Niquel
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 21, 2016

Some people call it puppy love,

But I know the truth.

Even though we were kids, too young to know better,
I knew.
I was absolutely head-over-heels in love with Cody Jamison.
There wasn’t a moment in my life that he wasn’t a part of.
There wasn’t a part of me that didn’t belong to him.
And just as I was about to tell him…
He left.
Left town.
Left me.
Shattering my heart into pieces.
But now, he’s back.
Just like that.
But, we’re no longer those bright-eyed little kids we once were.
He just re-emerged,
Claiming a spot as the lead guitarist in my brother’s band,
As if nothing ever changed.
But it did.
Everything's different now.
And I won't let this asshole strum his way back in,
Reclaiming my heart,
Not without an explanation.
He’s going to have to work for it,
For me.
Cody Jamison can’t have me,
Until I have the truth. 





"Oh my!!! This book was amazing." ~Paula, 5 Star Goodreads Review

"This book will take you on an awesome roller coaster of emotions from the very beginning to the last page." ~Victoria, 5 Star Goodreads Review

"This is my first book by author Niquel, but it definitely will not be my last! I absolutely loved the story of Cody (CJ) and Shannon!" ~Penny, 5 Star Goodreads Review

3.5 Stars!

I'm Torn...

After thinking about it for a while, I'm still not too sure if I liked this book or not. While there were elements that were interesting, for example the band starting from the ground up. I didn't like the star of the book, Jamison himself. The guy did absolutely nothing for me, even as the story unfolded. Actually, I disliked him more.

Everybody loves the long lost romance, young lovers reunited after years apart and Jamison had that going for it early on. However, once Cody left town abruptly and then we skipped ahead eleven years, things didn't seem to flow smoothly. We entered some extremely choppy waters with all of the characters and it was one bumpy, confusing ride until the end.

Annoyed isn't the right word for what I was feeling, more like frustrated. With the characters, the storyline and the whole kit and kaboodle really. Niquel has stories to tell, but it was all over the board. Not just Shannon and Cody Jamison, but we are trying to keep track of the band members and best friends as well. Everybody has an interesting background and the details came through at a fast and furious pace.

While I'm a fan of the manwhore turned good guy, Jamison never really seemed to turn into the good guy, but a guy that made excuses for his behavior and Shannon was the naive girl that lets him say sorry once and right back into her life. She has potential, however to me, Jamison is dead weight for her. She needs to move on.

The book was written at what seems like a hurried pace and at times, I think a dual or various point of view would have been easier to keep track of. There is a little bit of everything action, romance and sex scenes, but they are just that. Short scenes. There are too many unanswered questions or serious subjects totally glossed over as if they never happened. All of that said, I will have to admit, I'm still interested in seeing what way this whole Cody Jamison and Shannon thing is headed.

“Oh my God, Shan, quit being a wuss!”
“I can't, it's too high!” I yelled down at my brother, who was safe on the ground. I don’t know why I let him talk me in to doing stupid things like this.
“C’mon, Shanny, just put your foot in the holes and jump when you get to the last one,” CJ egged on.
Anytime he was around and asked me to do something, the fear inside of me went away. “Okay.”
“Holy crap, are you all right?” My brother asked, as the sky spun behind his and CJ’s heads.
“My head hurts really bad.”
“Dang, I’ll go and get Mom. Can you stay with her, CJ?” He nodded his head, and then helped me sit up. He kept looking at me funny with his eyes; eyes that were the color of chocolate. 
“Why are you looking at me like that?”
“I was looking at the small dots across your face. What are they?”
I placed my hands over my face, and rubbed my cheeks, wishing they would come off. “My mommy calls them ‘freckles’ and I hate them.”
"Because people are always teasing me about them. Mom said I got them from being in the sun too much." 
"So let's call them sun kisses! The sun loved your face so much, it left little kisses behind."
I giggled so hard, that it made my head hurt more. CJ was almost thirteen, like my older brother, but he made me feel fuzzy inside.

Niquel is a self diagnosed coffee addict, lover of rice and beans, and chocolate—preferably not all together. She’s the creator of multiple stories full of love, passion, and power. She may toss in a ghost story every once in a while.
When she’s not busy taking care of her two little girls, she's writing or creating graphics or you can find her binge watching TV with her significant other. 
Boston born and raised, she’s always been a creative soul: attending multiple colleges to develop her love of the visual arts.

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