I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Story of You and Me by Pamela DuMond
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on October 20th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Recommended for New Adult and Mature Young Adult Readers: She's driven to save her life. He's haunted by breaking one. Some secrets are risky to share. But nothing's more powerful than falling in love... Nineteen-year-old Sophie has the kind of hope that makes her do weird things—like leave her family and friends behind in her small hometown and travel thousands of miles to a strange city—Los Angeles. She didn’t plan on getting into the middle of a bar fight on the USCLA campus her first night in town. She didn’t want to be rescued by twenty-one-year-old Alejandro, the hottest guy she’s ever met. She has no time to fall for a guy because her stakes are high—life and death. Sophie’s starting a promising, experimental USCLA Medical study that could heal her debilitating disease. But California’s filled with all kinds of alternative healers offering medical miracles. When she ventures on her own to find them, she quickly discovers that L.A.’s a tough city, with bad guys more than happy to take advantage of her. She hires Alejandro to be her driver and her bodyguard. Their journeys take them to sunny beaches, dicey ghettos, campus hang-outs, gang-infested hoods and celebrity parties. And she learns that healing doesn’t always come the way you think you need it. Sophie’s healing is six-foot-two-inches tall, has stunning hazel eyes, black, shiny hair and a rock solid chest that shelters her. Her healing is a smart, gorgeous Alpha Boy with a killer sense of humor—Alejandro. As they fall in love, she realizes Alejandro isn’t your typical college party boy—he has a dangerous past. And Sophie isn’t the only one who keeps secrets. A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption. (HEA for Sophie and Alejandro.)
At first I nearly didn’t get into this. I don’t know what was holding me back although it was one of those reading days that reviewers can sometimes get. Too much reading, too little time, now I just don’t want to read! I have to say though, I pushed through the first couple of pages and then I fell in love! Love, love, love! And by first couple of pages, I think maybe by 5% I started getting into it. This definitely wasn’t a book where I was struggling at 25% … Oh no! It got really good, really fast.
First of all, once I got into the characters I found myself really enjoying their stories. They are different, really unique characters. I was worried that Sophie was going to be the cliche “I’m too strong for a man to help me” type of girl, but she really is engaging and although she does have a strong and stubborn streak, she is very real. She realizes that she needs help and she asks for it. Fabulous!
Then there is Alejandro. This guy just sounds drop dead gorgeous but with a huge heart too!? Girls everywhere are going to want this guy as their book boyfriend, seriously! The fact that he doesn’t hesitate to hurt her is so endearing. I mean this guy hangs out in bars but is called the “driver” because he worries so much about students getting hurt while driving drunk. That’s so serious stuff right there and totally swoon worthy.
And finally, FINALLY a book where they don’t say I LOVE YOU in the first two sentences. I mean come on! I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow. Really light but has some angsty moments, but not enough to bog the book or the reader down! Pretty light and easy. If you have issues with the first couple of pages, take my advice and keep reading!
She is repped for film and TV by Ensemble Entertainment.
She writes stories with heart, romance, some tears and always giggles.
New Adult and Mature YA:
The Story of You and Me – A Love Story.
The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One) is the first in the series of romantic time-travel historical thrillers.
Romantic, comedic mysteries featuring Annie Graceland — a psychic, female amateur sleuth:
Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys
Cupcakes, Sales, and Cocktails – A Novella
Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys
Cupcakes, Paws, and Bad Santa Claus – A Novella
Non-Fiction Health and Beauty:
The Girlfriend’s Guidebook to Staying Young
Pamela’s also a chiropractor. She loves the beach, yoga, TV, movies, animals, her family and friends and lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.
Find more info at www.pameladumond.com.