Friday, December 13, 2013

{{Xpresso Book Tours}} Blog Tour + Giveaway: [Review] ON SOLID GROUND by MICHELLE KEMPER BROWNLOW

On Solid Ground by Michelle Kemper Brownlow 

(In Too Deep #2) 
Publication date: December 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Gracie survived an emotionally abusive relationship that wrecked her. Her ex, Noah, systematically chipped away at her self-esteem through intimidation, humiliation and infidelity which left Gracie unable to trust her own perception of his intentions. But after falling head over heels for Jake, her best friend and the man who stood by her through it all, she is ready to experience life in the way it was meant to be lived.  However, Gracie may find it impossible to simultaneously heal from the trauma of abuse while navigating a relationship with Jake. Can she put her heart on hold in order to heal her soul?The sequel to the five-star debut novel, In Too Deep, chronicles Gracie’s steps toward healing as she falls deeper in love, reaches out for help, stands on her own, steps out of her comfort zone, faces her biggest fears, and reconnects with a sensual, talented soul from her past all in hopes of finding herself on solid ground.

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(*Received an ebook for this tour. I'm not a paid a reviewer. All thoughts expressed are my own.*)

Loved it! On Solid Ground was even better than In Too Deep. I'm in Love with Jake even more now. He is my favorite character in this series! :) I really enjoy how Michelle told the story in Jake and Gracie POV, Switching between the two with every other chapter back and forth. Seeing the way Jake handles things with Gracie was amazing. Then to have Gracie become a much stronger character and person after the hardship/abuse she received from "F**KStick" (as Becki would say) 

I found myself having a hard time putting the book down. I wanted to know what was going to happen in the end so bad. I was happy how Gracie finally found herself and was happy that she had someone as wonderful as Jake to help her. When people are abuse..any form of abuse be it physical or mental helps to have someone there and to find the help needed to get over the pain. I'm glad Michelle showed the friendship and love the other characters had for Gracie.

Okay lets pause and take in the ending was AMAZING! I was Freaking over the moon happy with how Michelle ended On Solid Ground! It was one of my most favorite endings of all time :) 

All in all I really enjoyed On Solid Ground. It's a Must Read ( but read book one first..which is a must because it was a good as well. ) 

Book One

In Too Deep by Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Publication date: June 6th 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: New Adult Romance

Long- Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.

Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.

Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?

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About The Author
Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.

The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.

“Writing is my way of making sense of the world. When I give my characters life on the pages I write, it frees up space in my mind to welcome in new stories that are begging to be told,” says Brownlow.


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  1. Awesome review, Brenna! You make me want to pick this series up right meow!! And I'm super curious about this epilogue, now, too! They can usually break or make a whole book for me and it sounds like this one it def. memorable!!

    1. It was a super sweet ending! I love HEA ..Thanks for always stopping by and read my reviews :)


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