Rewind to You Blog Tour ~ Book Review + $50 GC giveaway

Rewind to You CoverRewind to You

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

Laura Rewind to You Author
Author Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU is her debut novel.

When I look up I find his eyes on me, searching my eyes and then my lips with an intensity I’ve never seen. Never felt before. Like I’m a temptation he’s about to give in to. The sound of rain striking the wood overhead seems to fade, and tension crawls up my throat as his lips hover over mine. Despite the serenity of the moment, a torrent of emotions swirls through me as we breathe in the same air—I know Austin wants to kiss me as much as I want to kiss him.
His lips touch mine and linger. Tender and sweet. Then deeper, faster, more urgent. Everything washes from my mind, everything except his hand cupping my face and the taste of his lips as they fold into mine. I draw closer and he deepens the kiss in response, sliding his hands around my waist until I’m enveloped in his arms. Oddly, everything about this feels right: Austin’s embrace, the pouring rain, and knowing I’m with someone who will never hurt me.

Rain trickles over his lips as they part from mine. His lips brush past my jaw, my ear, his breath on my skin sending out a flicker of warmth. I slide my fingers through his wet hair and kiss him back, wrapped up in a moment I wish would last forever.

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Rae's Review

This is why I LOVE reading YA! Rewind to You is a sweet romance with such awesome lyrical writing that I couldn't help but be swept up in the feelings of the characters. Austin was such a sweet yummy guy I could see why any girl would fall for him. I really felt the pain and guilt at Sienna's tragedy in connection with her father's death. There were some parts where I wanted to yell at my Nook for her not to do certain things (some choices she made were not very smart) and I loved how Austin brought them to her attention but I chalked it up to naivety of youth. I really enjoyed this read and would give it to my daughter if I had one. It's a sweet, clean YA romance that anyone can enjoy and it will inspire some great heartfelt familial talks in connection with grief, family relationships, young love and forgiveness. The beautiful prose alone is worth it but the story and characters make the icing on the cake! Highly recommend this one!

Praise for the Book
“Johnston’s debut spotlights romance and familial relationships, including themes like grief and self-sacrifice. It’s an ideal story for readers looking for a deep-rooted YA love story with the emotional ups and downs and poignancy of a Nicholas Sparks contemporary. There’s also a touch of wit and a sigh-worthy hero – a definite on your TBR list.” – RT Book Reviews

“This is contemporary YA fiction at its best! –Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Rewind to You will steal your hear away.” –Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

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Unknown said...

Thank you for reading, and thank you for the beautiful review! :)

Rae Lori said...

Anytime, Laura! Thanks so much for such a great story! :-)