Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Release Day Review: OUT FROM UNDER YOU by Sophie Swift




OUT FROM UNDER YOU

by: Sophie Swift




Synopsis:


“Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you.”

The day Lia Smart met Grayson Walker, eight years ago, was the day she fell helplessly in love with him. Coincidentally, it was the same day Grayson fell in love with someone else: Lia’s smarter, sexier, superior-in-every-way older sister, Alex. 

Now, nearly a decade later, Alex and Grayson are long over and twenty-two-year-old Lia has finally managed to forget all those lonely nights she spent pining after her sister’s boyfriend. But when Grayson unexpectedly arrives back in town with Alex for Labor Day weekend and the two announce that they’re not only back together but engaged, all the feelings that Lia buried suddenly come bubbling back to the surface. 

But Lia is no longer the awkward, gangly tomboy she was at fourteen. Far from it. And Grayson is conflicted by the lustful thoughts he’s now having for her. He knows he could never act on those thoughts, however. Grayson has always prided himself on being one of the “good guys.” But as the weekend wears on, he’s finding this new grown-up version of Lia more and more impossible to resist... 

Heartbreaking and sexy with a dash of humor, Sophie Swift crafts a passionate, unforgettable tale about desire, growing up, and the kind of love that shakes us to the core. 

*Contains adult situations and explicit content. Recommended for ages 17+



Review:


Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Heat Rating: HOT!



"Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It shakes your foundation to the core.It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you. "


This is not your typical love story, this is a story about how you don't get to choose who you love and sometimes you have to make tough choices.  Can you be happy by not rocking the boat and ignoring your true feelings? Or do you grab onto love with both hands and let the chips fall where they may, because love is worth it?  Out from Under You challenges your thinking on what you would sacrifice in the name of love, it is honest, brutal, uncomfortable but SO VERY good.  (It is one of those stories you kind of dislike yourself for rooting for the main characters).

Written in the POV of both Grayson and Lia, which I love,  you get to see inside these characters minds and hearts, really getting a chance to understand them (which was a crazy ride).  Sophie Swift writes a powerful story where you will feel strongly about situations, characters and how things are handled, it is brilliant!  The writing was excellent, great pacing, great use of flashbacks and POV's to let this story unfold, it was a joy to read, even if the subject was at time uncomfortable.  This isn't your they meet, they fall in love story.  This story will illicit strong emotions in you (good and bad) and will leave you thinking "wow, what would I risk to be with the one I love".  

You know going into this story that you are going to get drama, angst and the possibility of a broken heart, but TRUST me, it is so very good.  The characters are flawed and afraid to grab what they really want in life and you want to shake them, slap them and then hug them all at the same time.  Out from Under You really delivers characters that you love, then hate, then love to hate, then you hate that you love them.  

I don't want to say too much about the plot, but I will say I enjoyed how it all played out, nothing too predictable and nothing too devastating (thank goodness there was no agonizing cliffhanger!).  I cannot wait for more to come from this series.  I need more Lia and Grayson, one book won't ever be enough for these two.  And even though you are primed to hate her I am excited to see what Sophie Swift writes for Alex, I think that will be a very interesting story, I hope we get to watch love knock her flat (but I have a bit of a mean streak).

If you can handle some drama with your love story I HIGHLY recommend Out from Under You!  Sophie Swifts writes a beautifully tragic, angst filled love story that really stuck with me days after reading.  


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Excerpts:



Lia


The day I met Grayson Walker eight years ago was a solid 9.5 on the Richter scale.
I remember the chasm that opened under my feet the first time I looked at him. The tremors that rippled through my body when he first touched me. I remember the fault lines that splintered and ruptured my poor, naïve heart when he chose my older sister instead of me.
Some might say I’m being overly dramatic. That I was never actually a viable choice—me being only fourteen at the time, and him being a whole three years older. Maybe Alex, in all of her seventeen years of womanhood and maturity, was the wise choice that night.
Maybe age was the only deciding factor.
But believing that would be just another lie.
Alex always won. It’s what she did best. She had, what I like to call, an abundance of mores.
More beautiful. More athletic. More popular. More sex appeal.
Just…more.
It’s a truth untold between any two sisters. A natural inequality that just happens without any specific rhyme or reason. Genetics don’t play on a normal distribution curve. God doesn’t evenly allocate desirable traits, diligently counting the score to assure fairness. Like two children divvying up a pile of Halloween candy.
Some people simply get the better candy.
It’s true Grayson was never mine to lose. And yet, somehow I lost him every single day of my life.
I lost the “hope” of him.
Every time his lips crushed against hers in the hallway of our high school. Every time I heard the moans of their teenage experimentation in the bedroom next to mine. Every time he promised to never leave her.
It was like having to reread the same sad ending to a disappointing book over and over again.
They were together off and on throughout their entire senior year. They would fight, break-up, then get back together in some dramatic showing before repeating the whole process again. I watched them shatter and fuse back together so many times I lost count.
It was no surprise when they both ended up attending NYU together. And their rocky relationship went with them.
That, at least, was somewhat of a reprieve.
I didn’t have to witness it every day. It was an echo of longing. A pain once removed. Decidedly better than the first-hand, front-row version.
Then, one day, their relationship ended for good.
Alex decided to stay in New York City after college, and Grayson decided to move to Washington D.C. And just like that, they were no more.
That was four years ago.
And I thought that I was finally set free from the heavy, iron chains of being unrequitedly in love with Grayson Walker.
But that’s the thing about earthquakes. Just when you think they’re over, just when you start to feel safe again, that’s when the aftershock hits. And the foundation you thought was finally stable enough to stand on is suddenly crumbling beneath your feet.



Meet the Author:


Sophie Swift is an East Coast girl who recently transplanted to Southern California. She writes about sexy boys by day, and dates them by night. Her sizzling, new adult romance, OUT FROM UNDER YOU, the first in a new contemporary series, is available NOW! She loves books that quicken her pace, music sung by adolescent boys, and cupcakes with too much frosting.



Top 5 Book Boyfriends that Make me Blush!



Sophie Swift's top five favorites of all time (in no particular order)

  1. Jace from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire
    This one immediately comes to mind because I’m just NOW starting to read the series (I’m on book 2, so if you tweet me spoilers, I will have to harm you.) So I’m totally consumed in the world and swooning over Jace on a regular basis. I just love his charm and sense of humor and of course, his total demon-fighting badassery.
  2. Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
     I’ll admit Park isn’t the kind of book boyfriend I usually fall for. He’s a bit on the shy, nerdy side and I usually fall for the more strong/silent types. But by the time I finished reading this book I was head over heels in love with him! Park is just so cute and he’s so in love with Eleanor I couldn’t help but imagine myself in her shoes. Especially at age 16. Le sigh.
  3. Will Montgomery from Play with Me by Kristen Proby
    This was actually the first Kristen Proby book I read and GOD, did that man do things to me! Kristen Proby definitely knows how to write a love interest who gets women’s blood pumping. He is one hot hot hot football player. He could toss my football around any day (Is that even a real euphemism?) I found myself reading this book really slowly so I could savor all the Will parts (yes, pun intended!) GAH! HOTNESS!
  4. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
    Let’s face it, there are a lot of Mr. Darcys out there in the book world. But you can’t ignore the OG! Jane Austin must have had the same fascination with silent bad boys turned good that all of us do. I especially loved the Darcy played by Colin Firth in the BBC edition. That Colin Firth certainly knows how to smolder, doesn’t he.

  5. Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer  Nowadays, one can get lynched and quartered for uttering this name in any “favorite list.” But I remember a time when it was actually acceptable to say you were in love with Edward Cullen (and applauded!). So I’m going to pretend we still live in that time. I’m sorry but I’m not sorry. Edward Cullen is super hot, super smokin’, super intriguing, and just all around swoon-worthy. Hot vampires with virginity complexes are totally my cup of tea. 




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