Friday, January 31, 2014

Always You Blog Tour!

Welcome to our stop on the Always You Blog Tour!

We have a huge soft spot for Missy Johnson's book so we were extremely excited to read Always you. 

I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.

One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.

You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.

I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?

Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.

My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem?

I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.

Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.

Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.

So, how do we want to start this?

Um.... So Lindsay, what was your first impression of Always You?

rolling on the floor  Are you turning it around on me? That's my line! ;) 

big grin  Or you can go first...

*Nikki pretending to be Lindsay* So Nikki, what was your first impression of Always You?

Well, Lindsay, I was interested from the blurb alone. After reading the first couple chapters my interest was still piqued, which is good!

Same here! I was very curious about what Dalton's father's illness was....

surprise ME TOO! You know me... so nosy! winking 

rolling on the floor  Are you writing my part for me?

LOL. I was actually trying my hand at being a smart-ass.... I'm thinking I failed...

I wouldn't say you failed... You just caught me by surprise. If I'd known that I wasn't needed, I could have started a new book! ;) 

HA Ha! No way you can leave me to a review alone! Who knows what I'll come up with winking 

LOL. You're doing pretty good so far. I'm thinking you should take over all reviews for us. No one would even miss  me. winking 

What! No! I would miss you!!!!!! We can't have "2 Book Lovers" without you! Ok, back to the review... big grin  What did you think?

I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from page one and didn't want to stop reading. I could have easily stayed up all night reading if I didn't have to be up early the next day. 

Me too. I hated that I had to wait all day at work to get back to it.

The student/teacher relationship is an interesting topic. My only other reading experience was Unteachable by Leah Raeder.

This was my first, so I have to be honest here, I was a little nervous about how I would react to this situation. The fact that  Wrenn was actually 18 and Dalton was only five years older than her made me feel a lot better about the situation. 

Even though there were some heavy things going on in this with what happened to her family and with his dad (and him), this was definitely lighter than Unteachable. 

I felt that the heavy stuff was done very well too. It was sad and heartbreaking, but not too much. Does that make sense? 

Yeah, that makes sense. And since you brought it up...we have to discuss what happens with Dalton. We don't have to go into details and spoil it but i have to say that I wasn't very happy with his outcome. I was hoping for the opposite of what happened. 

Oh me too! I was so mad I almost threw my kindle on my bed. Into a soft plump pillow.  big grin   No need to hurt my baby.

LOL. I wasn't quite that bad. It wasn't as traumatic as what happened in Beck. 

No but I was still disappointed. I wanted the opposite to happen and I felt like that kinda ruined some of the story for me. And the fact the the epilogue was only 5 years later... It would have been nice to see them further in the future.

I agree with you. I would have been ok with the 5 years in the future if they were pregnant or had a kid, but they didn't. And that was left hanging. I wanted some closure on them for the future. 

Exactly. I wanted to see them settled in their HEA! 

I didn't really feel like it was a HEA. Yes, they end up together and it is a HEA but with what you find out near the end, it's more like a HFN. 

I agree actually. That was another aspect I found slightly disappointing.

What else were you disappointed with in this book?

Well, there were a few times here and there that the dialogue was a little cheesy, but other than that I thought it was a pretty good book.

Granted, I've been out of high school for fdkfjaf years so it was bound to happen! big grin

LOL. That says five years...right? winking 

Uh, yeah! We'll go with that winking 

The one thing I liked most, was the fact that they met when they were young, and then reconnected. I felt like they were meant to be together. day dreaming

LOL. I loved that! I kept waiting for them to make the connection between them. And I loved them together as a couple. There was so much chemistry there. 

There was definitely chemistry! I liked that they started as kind of friends before moving forward too. It made it seem more realistic.  

I agree. There was that crush/friendship on her part that helped her start living life again. He gave her something to look forward to. And he was so sweet in the way he connected with her as friends before anything happened between them.  

Exactly. It was nice that she was able to start really healing after her tragic past. And I think she helped him with that too. 

I agree. And I think that's why the end was so disappointing for me. After such a great friendship and relationship, and all the stuff they went through, I wanted them to get all the good things that should be coming to them. 

That's how I felt too. 

So, even with our issues, would you recommend this?  

Absolutely. It was definitely a good book. 

What's your final rating?

3.5 you?

I would give it a 4.  

So, there you have it. We both enjoyed this book and we definitely recommend checking it out!

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a get the picture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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