BLOG TOUR: Take It All by Emma Grayson (Review, Giveaway)

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About the Book

***Inspired by true events***

 

Judy Garland said it best, ‘For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed but my soul.’

 

If you asked her why she loved him, she would only be able to tell you it was because he was who he was and well, she was who she was.

 

Plain and simple.

 

All her life Lennox Ward felt incomplete. That her heart was always searching for that one special thing; that special someone she had yet to find.

 

Then Caleb Kingston came strolling back into her life unexpectedly, and little did she know her world was about to come crashing down around her; forever shattering it.

 

Is love enough to conquer all?

 

Will she be able to lead them out of hell and off their path of self destruction?

 

Or will Caleb take it all?

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*

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About the Author

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Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta with her family and six year old son. She is Amazon’s Bestselling author of Unbeautifully Loved, the first book in her Breathe Again series and Take it All, the first book in her two part series, Blinded by Love. She is currently working on Unbearable Guilt, Breathe Again book two, as well as Promise it All the conclusion to her Blinded by Love series. She is also in the prewriting stages of her new trilogy series, Saving You; a spin-off from Blinded by Love. When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, going to movies, reading, enjoying Starbucks latte’s with her girlfriends, or watching rerun episodes of Criminal Minds and Flashpoint. She’s the lover of music of all kinds, television, coffee, all things purple, Oilers hockey, Bradley Cooper, and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops and a pack of gum.

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Review

    

“He was her all, he would always be her all, and she knew it the day he unexpectedly walked back into her life. That moment when their eyes met, she knew they were made for one another; that they were meant to be. They were each other’s missing piece and he found her, in all his glory, grabbing her by her heart and soul and never letting go.”

 

The story about two childhood friends who got back into each others lives after 10 years. About the love they have for each other. About the life of an drug addict. His struggle with drugs through the eyes of his love one. About all she went through because the love she has for him.

 

Lennox always dreamed that she will end up with Caleb, but then he moved and she didn´t saw him until their date 10 years later.

But people change. Something happens and they are not like you remember they were.

 

They were things Lennox didn´t know about Caleb. Things that he hided from her. Things that if she found out she would run away from him.

But she didn´t.  She felt betrayed but she didn´t left him. She knew that there wasn´t going back. That she loved him no matter what. That she can´t be without him.

 

“I’m too far gone to walk away from you,” she said softly, her heart racing in her chest as her stomach tightened with anxiety. “I’m crazy in love with you, Caleb. I have been since I was a little girl.” She shrugged her shoulders, “I love you, so much so that it hurts to breathe or be away from you.”

It was sweet and beautiful that two childhood friends got back into each others lives.

Their story is emotional, overwhelming. You could see, you could feel the love they have for each other.

But the hard parts to read were how Lennox felt seeing Caleb using drugs. How she was scared that something will happen to Caleb when she fell asleep or when she wasn´t with him.

She saw him use drugs. She saw his mood swings. She was with the whole time because she loved him. She thought she could help, him save him. But you can´t save or help someone who doesn´t want it.

 

You never know what you gonna do in the name of love, because of love, until life puts you in a situation that you have to make a decision.

When you love some  with so much power strength with all of your being you stand by your love one cause you can´t imagine being without the love one. You don´t leave their side cause you are blinded by love.

 

I loved Raine. I loved the way their friendship grew. How he was always there for her. But she didn´t love him. When she was around him that feeling wasn˙t no way near how she felt when she was around Caleb.

Caleb made her all on fire. She wasn´t herself when she was with him.

Raine made her feel comfortable she didn˙t feel any sparks when she was with him.

 

I won´t judge Caleb. I won´t judge his decisions or why he is using drugs. It isn´t on me. I just hope that his love for Lennox will be strong enough to help him beat his addiction. That he´ll hit the rock bottom and admit that he needs help.

 

This is the book I didn´t put down until I finished it.

It wasn´t easy to read especially when you know that it was based on true events. It made all of my emotions much more stronger, deeper.

I lived through every single word. Through everything Lennox went like it was my own story.

 

The end left me speechless. I can´t wait for the 2 book.

I just hope that their story has a beautiful conclusion. That Caleb was able to beat his drug addiction so he could be with his love and have his happily ever after. These are my hopes for something I wish will happen in the conclusion of their story.

I know that things don´t  end the way we want in real life but that’s what we seek from books. Escape from reality. Happily ever after.

But even if happily ever after doesn´t happen for Lennox and Caleb I hope that she´ll have her.

◔◡◔≦  5 read  ◉◡◉≦

>>>ARC received in exchange for an honest review<<<

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Excerpt

Lennox and Caleb were lying together in his bed after making love. Her head was resting against his chest, feeling the movement of it rising and falling, while his eyes were closed as his hand played softly with her hair, smoothing it back in a relaxing manner.

“Why Dove?” she asked softly, her finger making soft, small circles on his left peck right above his heart.

With his dishevelled hair and bright affectionate eyes, he tilted his head down and looked at her with a lazy smile playing across his lips, and asked, “What’s that?”

Lennox lifted her head off his chest and looked at him with her exuberant golden eyes as they shimmered with desire. “You called me your Dove, why?” she asked softly, her voice smooth like honey.

Caleb, still looking down at her, basked in the beauty that was all her. There hadn’t been a moment with her where he didn’t find her anything but breathtakingly beautiful. And watching her lay across his chest, naked, and covered in nothing but the thin sheet that he wrapped around them, felt like a dream. He had come close to having the best thing in his life walk out on him and he never wanted to feel that again; that gut wrenching, jagged knife to the heart feeling of something special, something only lucky people get blessed with, come a step closer to falling away from you. But looking down at her, bathing in nothing but the pure bliss of what they had just shared, like everything was right in the world and nothing could touch them, it was simple why he called her his Dove.

They were a symbol of many things but the one thing that stood out to him was hope. Hope, the one thing Caleb never had and never believed in, the one thing he had been so sure he’d never find, especially as of late, and he ended up finding it. And he found it in the one person he didn’t want to be without, the one person who shined so bright, she lit up his dark world. That’s what he saw when he looked into her golden honey eyes, a glimpse of hope; something to hold on to and show him the way out if he let her. Unknowingly she was his saving grace from all the dark, treacherous parts of his life; she was his Dove.

“Hope, Lennox. You give me the utmost of hope.”

“Hope?”

“Yeah.”

“Hope for what?” she asked, tilting her head to the side not understanding.

“Everything baby,” he said simply and before she could say anything else he reached down and lifted her up, rolled her onto her back then hovered over her as the softest look washed over his face. She reached her hand up to run it over his forehead, then smoothed it softly down, over his cheek where his head turned into her delicate touch and his lips brushed against her palm, his stubble scratching the back of her hand.

She sighed at the warmth of his breath gliding over her hand, “I love you baby,” she breathed.

“Love you too, Dove.” His lips claimed hers hungrily and they started making love for a second time that afternoon.

Reading order

Take it All (Blinded by Love #1)

Promise it All (Blinded by Love #2) Expected publication: winter 2013/early 2014

Playlist

Kiss the Rain – Billie Myers

Drunk Enough – Angels Fall

Everything – Buckcherry

Monster You Made – Pop Evil

With You – Emerson Drive

Cry – Cassadee Pope

Poison & Wine – The Civil Wars

Try – Natasha Bedingfield

Let Her Go – Passenger

Colorblind – Counting Crows

It Goes Like – Thomas Rhett

Liar – The Cranberries

White Suburban – Skylar Grey

Linger – The Cranberries

Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade

This Years Love – David Grey

Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Cocaine – Eric Clapton

Skyfall – Adele

Stuttering – Fefe Dobson

Religion – Skylar Grey

Falls On Me – Fuel

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

Titanium – Madilyn Bailey

Told You So – Cassadee Pope

Collide – Howie Day

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Wear Me Out – Skylar Grey

Cry With You – Hunter Hayes

Kiss You Inside Out – Hedley

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Falling – The Civil Wars

You – Paul Brandt

Wanted You More – Lady Antebellum

All You Ever – Hunter Hayes

Tangerine – Led Zepplin

I’ll Be The Light – Colton Dixon

Bed of Lies – Matchbox Twenty

I Was A Fool – Tegan and Sara

For My Sake – Shinedown

Good To You – Marianas Trench

‘A’ Song – Hedley

Overjoyed – Matchbox Twenty

23 – Jimmy Eat World

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

The Way – Matchbox Twenty

All We Are – OneRepublic

Brave New World – Hedley

Wonderwall – Oasis

Wanted is Love – Phillip Phillips

Just Like a Pill – Pink

Broken – Seether

Back 2 Good – Matchbox Twenty

Everything – Lifehouse

Call Me – Shinedown

Every Lie – My Darkest Days

If I Lose Myself – OneRepublic

Bury Your Head – Saosin

So Easy – Phillip Phillips

Blurry – Puddle of Mudd

Love the Way You Lie part II – Rihanna & Eminem

Breakdown – Seether

With Me – Sum 41

Dare You to Move– Switchfoot

Now I’m All Messed Up – Tegan and Sara

Lie To Me (acoustic) – 12 Stones

The Kill – Thirty Seconds to Mars

Polaris – Jimmy Eat World

The Best I Ever Had – Vertical Horizon

Somebody Like You (acoustic) – Pop Evil

Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know) – Hinder

I Can’t Stay Away – The Veronicas

 

 

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