Tuesday 10 September 2013

Blog Tour - Feeling This by Casey Blue

Title: Feeling This

Author: Casey Blue

Genre: New Adult (Romance)

Publication Date:  September 4, 2013

Cover Design:  B Design

Event Organized by:  Into the Night Reviews

Whoever said life is hard didn’t know the half of it!
Completely devastated when his life is ripped out from underneath him, Jordan Rhodes decides to take a break. A break from everything he’s always known; the country club life-style, his life-long friends and his overbearing parents. He just wants to be free to get lost and not feel the pain he has endured.

Kimber Maguire has been dealt the tough card her entire life. An ailing mom, a sister who refuses to face reality and a yearning for the one that got away, she finds putting one foot in front of the other as her only saving grace. What she really wants is to be free of feeling the pressure that is her life to get lost.

But when Jordan finds Kimber while losing himself, they both discover, sometimes you just need to feel to be found.




Casey Blue is a hopeless romantic always striving for the perfect love in which to write about. Her ideal swoony boy constantly changes. She is the Hyde to Jekyll and Hyde; whatever her other half does, she’s a little naughtier! J She is addicted to caffeine and loves Jelly Bellies. She loves imperfect characters because in the end we are all imperfect. She has been writing her whole life but ‘Feeling This’ is her first New Adult masterpiece. She is happily married with kids and lives in the sunny state of Florida.




***Actual rating is 3-3.5 let-me-tell-you-why stars***
My feelings towards this book were all over the place. One minute it was cheery, then all of a sudden something would happen and I would just ask myself ‘whaaaaat, is this for real?' While the overall story plot was an aspect I enjoyed, the in-between details really lost me: the sudden mood swings, the lack of communication between Jordan and Kimber, and as a result, the misunderstandings that could have been avoidable but instead, dominated most of the book. To me, it wasn’t that these aspects themselves were bad, no; it was the way they were presented, one after another, that made me constantly question the believability of the events.
Stop here if you don’t want any specific details/possible plot spoilers. Please keep in mind that below is my take on certain parts of the book and don't reflect the general point of view. You just have to read the book to experience it yourself.

The beginning started strong. It was everything I could ask for: attention-grabbing and suspenseful. Reading about Susan from Jordan’s POV really was painful. I just had this constant feeling of doom when it came to her and I was just waiting for the bomb to drop. Then –swoosh- we are flipped into Kimber’s POV, which obviously is nowhere close to Jordan and she has a boatload of her own baggage to deal with. Even though I was a bit surprised by the sudden change, I still liked it. I liked the idea of having two characters, who are SO far apart in social status, beliefs, and personality, to converge and fall in love. Sadly, that feeling of euphoria did not last long.

It’s pretty clear that something unfortunate happens to Susan, and Jordan is left picking up his broken pieces. He wants a clean break from his high-style life, and on the spur of a moment, he winds up in Mount Vernon, Kimber’s hometown. Kimber’s life has been rough. She deals with an absentee sister, an alcoholic mother slowly deteriorating from MS, schoolwork, and her own love life problems. She is probably one of the sweetest, kindest, most selfless heroines I’ve read about, but even those beautiful qualities could not overshadow what I thought were her biggest flaws: insecurity and a COMPLETE lack of communication.

Scenario 1: The day after Jordan and Kimber had sex (2 weeks after they met) they are both at the ranch where they work and Jordan is heading his way to Kimber when he gets a phone call from his mom asking him to come home. He turns towards the barn instead and Kimber decides that it was a strike.

“What the hell? I was convinced he was on his way over here. Now he’s done it again. For the third time his actions speak volumes louder than his words.”

What actions?! *face palm* She could have called out to Jordan but instead, she decides to keep quiet and blame Jordan for not reaching out to her. Communication is a two-ways street Kimber and you did your fair share of avoiding Jordan too.

Scenario 2: Kimber and Jordan are at his best friend’s wedding and at the party, Kimber goes to the bathroom and sees Jennifer (a rich, spoiled girl who’s been after Jordan forever) suddenly kiss Jordan and she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion (He turned his face to the side for goodness sake). I say wrong conclusion because all throughout the wedding and even before, Jordan didn’t do a SINGLE thing to hurt Kimber or their relationship. Anyone with an ounce to their brain can tell this was Jennifer’s ploy to chase Kimber away. In fact, what Jordan says to Kimber later is a perfect sentence that characterizes their relationship.

“Oh Kimber, why do you always run?”

Overall, I liked the premise of the story. I really did. But it was hard for me to connect with the characters. I wanted to be ‘wowed’ by their bond, uprooted by their painful baggage, but I didn’t. I didn’t feel it so it saddens me to give it a 3 star rating.

Copy kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

- Review by Feifei 




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