Monday, August 26, 2013

Release Day Review: TWO ROADS by L.M. Augustine


by: L. M. Augustine

A New Adult novel


The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.


Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Heat Rating: Slow Simmer

I adore L.M. Augustine's writing, there is just something about it that resonates within me.  His books have the ability to tap into my inner teenager and reminisce about all that dorky, awkward, drama that made it so memorable.  Two Roads was a such an amazing book that I sat down to read it and couldn't stop reading (Mr. Blushing Reader literally had to pry the Kindle out of my hands at one point).  Two Roads is a brilliantly witty story, that has an incredibly moving and heart-tugging story.   You will laugh out loud, you will tear up and you will leave with a bit more knowledge on poetry (I am not a huge poetry person but I really liked all the bits of poems in this book).  

 Cali and Logan, I hate them so hard (read the story you will understand that I am not being mean here).  I LOVED Logan!  Give me a Nerdy-Hot, but slightly built man and I am a happy girl. Logan fits that bill to a T.  His character has to be one of my favorite book boyfriends.  I loved he gave as good as he got and kept pushing Cali out of her comfort zone.  Cali, bless her heart, was a confused mess (but at 20 aren't we all?) having lost such a big piece of her life she found herself creating ways to survive each day.  When Logan comes back into her life, he brought with him feeling she wasn't ready to deal with and so he became her perfect target to hate.

I really enjoyed the enemy angle of Two Roads, it was entertaining and really let you know that as much as they claimed to hate each other, there were strong emotions involved.  L.M. Augustine does a great job creating characters.  His characters are imperfect, sarcastically brilliant people, that have emotional issues they have to overcome.  They are real people searching for some happiness but struggling to find it, while being so entertaining that you can't help but get lost in their stories  (I love that his characters all have a bit of  nerdy tendencies, which I think,  makes them stand out).

I could go on and on about Two Roads, but the bottom line is this:  you NEED to read this story.  If you can 1-click just one book this week, make it this one.  I promise it will make your week brighter (and give you great April Fool prank ideas).

L.M. Augustine is on my must-buy-all-their-books-immediately list because I know I will get an emotion packed story that will leave me completely satisfied and sighing in happiness at the end.  I can't wait to see (get my hands on) what he writes next and will be waiting (impatiently) for many more wonderful books in the future (please tell me you are working on something new L.M).  

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L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. 

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