Thursday, 19 March 2015

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Unforgettable Sun by Kathryn Andrews

Title: Unforgettable Sun
Series: Hale Brothers #3
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2015
Matt Hale

I’ve never really been included. I’ve never felt like I truly belonged. But then again, how could I? Living on this island, I’ve seen and heard too many things. Lies. Secrets. 

“Lies I’ve been forced to tell and secrets I’ve been forced to keep. They keep me locked to myself.”

They’re the reason I stand on the edge of the horizon and watch from afar. Other people’s lives have evolved, but not mine. It’s exactly the same. Day after day, the sun rises, and every time its rays penetrate my skin, I’m reminded that no matter how desperately I don’t want to be, I’m trapped. I want to live. I want to breathe. I just want to be . . . free.

Elle Summers

If I had my way, I would have walked off the catwalk and straight out of the public eye years ago. Never-ending contracts and obligations have kept me prisoner until recently. 

“Now it is fear that has me trapped and running from my life.”

I’m now hiding in a tiny beach cottage in my mother’s hometown, praying no one will find me. No one understands. The demands, lack of control, threats ... I just want it all gone. I want to escape. When do I finally get to be me? Free.

Matt
With one foot in front of the other I start running. Over the dunes and into the sand, I push as hard as I can. With tears streaming down my cheeks, visions of the fire play out before me. Gasping for air, the smell of smoke fills my senses. I didn’t notice it before but now it is so strong I almost gag. Wiping my nose with the back of my hand, I desperately try to find some fresh air. But no, there it is again, that smell. It’s on my skin. It’s like it isn’t just following me, but now permanently a part of me. Charging into the water, I dive under into the silence. My hands run over my arms, my face, and through my hair. I’m frantic and I have to get rid of the smell.

Washing up on to the shore, I curl up into a ball on the wet sand. My heart is broken for Beau and I’m so afraid. So very afraid. He’s the one and only person who has ever shown me love and the thought of losing him paralyzes me with fear. My sobs are still silent. I’ve been taught not to make a sound. But they hurt so much. Without a voice, I mouth his name over and over again. I just want Beau. I need Beau. He’s the only one who can make this all better, and make everything about this dreadful night disappear.
But he isn’t here and he can’t be.

With my eyes pinched shut, the smell of smoke in my nose, and the feel of a nonexistent heat against my skin, I know. I know it with a certainty that has robbed me of my voice and permeated itself into my pores that, no matter what, everything about this night will be . . . unforgettable.
 


 









Trish's rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 UNFORGETTABLE STARS

Wow, just wow… Kathryn Andrews you really blew me away with this beautiful story and ending to this fabulous series. You not only create beautiful, heartwarming stories, but you create characters and lives that we want to be a part of. Everything about this series is so real. It felt so real to me. You impressed me from Drops of Rain, Starless Nights and now Unforgettable Sun.

Every detail of this family is untold in the final book of the Hale Brothers Series. I’m really sad to see this series end. I really felt like I was a part of these people’s lives. Kathryn’s writing style is so beautiful, real and honest, that her characters are like your best friends.

I laughed; I cried and loved my way through this whole series. Matt, especially has a soft spot in my heart.

Matt Hale is one complex hero with many inner demons to deal with. Always the loner, always the one who felt left out and didn’t belong. The quiet one and the one hardest on himself for all he has been through. He wants to forget his past but it keeps haunting him. He is surrounded by his own darkness until he understands what it means to “Follow the Sun”.

Elle Summers is a super model and she is struggling with more than one thing in her life – It all seems a little fake. She wants to be herself, but feels that she can’t - until her relationship with Matt develops. What a beautiful, complex, scared young woman she is – just trying to live her life the way she wants to. Not the way her mother wants it. Are there too many obstacles in her way? Can she really move on?

With so much going on in Elle’s life, she just needs to get away. But will it help her heal? Will she be able to start over?

There are a lot of secrets that come to the surface and the drama unfolds one piece at a time.

Matt is just trying to make the most of his life on the Island. As an adult, he just wants to go about his business not bothering anyone.

Elle and Matt have this chemistry and bond that is there from the moment of their first kiss. OMG the feels in this book. Kathryn Andrews, you have a way of making me feel things for your characters.

This love story is not one simple ride. It has it fair share of bumps. It is trying and scary for both of them with everything they have going on. Truths are revealed, drama unfolds and all the things you wondered about from DoR and SN come to light as well as Elle’s story.

This story was so emotional for me. Matt was so emotional. I felt for him and what he had to deal with from his past. My heart broke for him – it ached for him, but it also cheered for him when he realizes that he is better than his past.

“I like it when you smile,” I say to him.

“Well, that’s what happens when I kiss you. Can’t help it. Want more smiles? Keep the kisses coming.”

He is such a beautiful, torn up soul. He just needs to believe that he can be loved. Elle shows him this – it is with some resistance, but they get there. This is what I love so much about Kathryn’s writing. How she brings her characters together.

It was breathtaking – this story – these characters, just beautiful.

Unforgettable Sun is a moving and touching read that left me racing through the pages for more. I’m really sad that it is over.

This series, these brothers – was just beautiful watching them finding themselves in their own stories was amazing.

I am so looking forward to what’s coming next Ms Kathryn Andrews. Love your work.



 


 


 

OVER TEN YEARS ago my husband and I were driving from Chicago to Tampa and somewhere in Kentucky I remember seeing a billboard that was all black with five white words, “I do, therefore I am!” I’m certain that it was a Nike ad, but for me I found this to be completely profound.

Take running for example. Most will say that a runner is someone who runs five days a week and runs under a ten minute mile pace. Well, I can tell you that I never run five days a week and on my best days my pace is an eleven minute mile. I have run quite a few half marathons and one full marathon. No matter what anyone says . . . I run, therefore I am a runner.

I’ve taken this same thought and applied it to so many areas of my life: cooking, gardening, quilting, and yes . . . writing.

I may not be culinary trained, but I love to cook and my family and friends loves to eat my food. I cook, therefore I am a chef!

My thumb is not black. I love to grow herbs, tomatoes, roses, and lavender. I garden, therefore I am a gardener!

I love beautiful fabrics and I can follow a pattern. My triangles may not line up perfectly . . . but who cares, my quilts are still beautiful when they are finished. I quilt, therefore I am a quilter.

I have been writing my entire life. It is my husband who finally said, “Who cares if people like your books or not? If you enjoy writing them and you love your stories…then write them.” He has always been my biggest fan and he was right. Being a writer has always been my dream and what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.

So, I’ve told you who I am and what I love to do . . . now I’m going to tell you the why.

I have two boys that are three years a part. My husband and I want to instill in them adventure, courage, and passion. We don’t expect them to be perfect at things, we just want them to try and do. It’s not about winning the race; it’s about showing up in the first place. We don’t want them to be discouraged by society stereotypes, we want them to embrace who they are and what they love. After all, we only get one life.

In the end, they won’t care how many books I actually sell . . . all that matters to them is that I said I was going to do it, I did it, and I have loved every minute of it.

Find something that you love and tell yourself, “I do, therefore I am.”


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