Welcome to the blog tour for Parting Chances by Caylie Marcoe!!!!
I was very honored to be able to review this book for the author. I love her work and you can't go wrong with one of her books! So without further ado, check out the deets to the book!
The road of Haley Cavanaugh’s life has been filled with cracks, potholes and detour signs. Her mom’s cancer forced her to grow up too fast and her brother has moved across the country instead of sticking around when she needs him most. Now, her parents are forcing her to move out. They say she needs to follow through with the plans she’s set for herself, but Haley is torn between her dreams and her family’s reality. The only thing she has to look forward to is living with her best friend, Kyler.
What she doesn't need right now? Eli Park. Haley remembers him as Kyler’s boyfriend’s geeky roommate, but he’s anything but geeky now. Now, he's downright hot. And Haley cannot get him out of her head.
It would be easier if they didn’t have class together five days a week. Or have weekly study dates. And if she didn’t spend way too much time with Kyler at Eli’s house. But, the closer he gets and the harder she falls, the more Haley pulls away. Her heart is too fragile to end up broken on the side of the road. She thinks she’s got it under control until Eli brings home another girl and Haley realizes what she has to lose.
As Haley’s life is turned further upside down, will she be left to pick up the pieces of her heart alone?
The whole time I was reading, I was mentally writing my review in my head. I had phrases that were perfect and I wanted to use. But now, as I sit here having finished the book and attempt to write a review, I don’t know what to say.
I love Caylie Marcoe’s writing. I love Choose Us and as soon as I saw she had another book coming, I put it on my TBR list. I didn’t even need to know what it was about because Caylie Marcoe is always a must read.
I loved Haley & Eli’s story. I had a hard time putting it down. But at the same time, I had a hard time picking it back up when I had to put it down. Don’t take that to mean that it’s forgettable or in any way bad. I was just avoiding the inevitable. This book is sad. Heart wrenchingly sad; it’s going to make you ball your eyes out, soak your pillow and go through a whole box of tissues. And the worst (best?) part is that you know it’s coming. From page one, you are warned. (Actually probably the blurb too but like I said, I love the author’s writing so I’m not sure I completely read the blurb. I saw her name and jumped on this.) But those warnings in the book didn’t deter me. There were some moments of sadness throughout the story. But it wasn’t all consuming. Then a reminder of what’s still in store would come and I’d have to walk away and take a breather. The further I got into the book, the more I dreaded picking it back up because I hate crying my eyes out and had already developed the occasional tear leak.
But the story kept pulling me right back in. I had to know what was going to happen between Haley and Eli. Would they make it? Would Haley realize she needed him? Sure enough, I got to the point where I couldn’t put it down because I was so far into it and the author had me in tears. The author pulls you in with friends to lovers story and then sucker punches you with the emotion of other events that leaves you a blubbering mess.
Eli was such a great guy. He was always willing to be what Haley needed from him. I can’t think of another book hero that was that patient. He had his moments of frustration with her, which were totally understandable, but he never gave up. He would do anything for her. There was one point, after the inevitable happened, that Haley pushed him away. I was literally screaming at her for being an idiot. I was really hoping, that after everything they’d been through, when that moment came, she would let him be there for her. Unfortunately, she did the opposite, and that really frustrated me because at a time like that, she needed his support.
One of my favorite parts of the book was Haley’s brother. I would really love a book for him to see how he and his girlfriend came together and got their HEA.
I really do love Caylie Marcoe’s writing. She always brings her stories to life. I can’t wait for the next one!
I swung back and forth for a while, letting the breeze settle my nerves. I don’t know how long I was out there for, but eventually, I heard a car pull up. The door shut and footsteps thumped up the stairs.
“Hello,” a masculine voice drifted towards me.
I opened my eyes and was greeted with crystal blue eyes, messy brown hair, a lopsided smirk and six feet of tall, lean man.
“Er…um…hi,” I croaked out. Okay…the man was gorgeous. Pretty sure I was blushing.
“Haley?” gorgeous mystery man asked.
I nodded. I didn’t know who this guy was, but he seemed to know me. And if I opened my mouth to ask him, I’m sure I would sound like an idiot again.
He gave me that adorable lopsided grin again. “Eli.” He pointed at himself, like I should know who he was. Eli was leaning against the porch railing, staring at me with amusement in his eyes. Maybe if he wasn’t so damn attractive I could get my brain to start working again. But for now, I could only stare.
“You don’t remember me, do you?” he asked. “The four of us hung out together when I roomed with Noah in the dorms.”
Holy shit. This man in front of me couldn’t be Noah’s roommate. There was no possible way he was the same guy. I hung out with the kid all the time, and this guy…no, not him. Not him at all.
“You look nothing like you did freshman year.” I blurted out. Then quickly turned red and clamped my hand over my mouth.
Oh God, he’s going to think you are the biggest idiot.
Eli laughed. “I was a lot scrawnier back then. Had longer hair. Wore thick framed glasses all the time.” His voice still sounded the same. That was something at least. “When I moved back home to help my mom, I worked with my uncle at his construction company. I guess that helped me gain a little muscle.” He shrugged like he was not confident with how he looked.
The more I stared at him, the more he was becoming familiar. Freshman year, he was this quiet, slightly nerdy kid. He always wore comic book t-shirts. He had spent most of his time on his computer or playing video games with Noah. Kyler had kept telling me that he had a crush on me, and she even begged me to go out with him a few times, but I always came up with reasons I couldn’t. Mostly those excuses dealt with my crush at that time—Drew. Blah. I was so not going to think about that douche when Eli was standing in front of me.
I mean, I enjoyed hanging out with him as a friend, but dating? He was definitely not what I thought my type was. Though, what I thought my type was turned out to be a bunch of jerks, so maybe I should have given the nice guy a chance.
“You okay?” he asked gently, pushing off the railing and taking a seat next to me on the swing. “You seem lost in thought.”
I shrugged, not knowing what to say.
“You don’t remember me, do you?”“Oh no, I do.”
Born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, Caylie fell in love with reading at a young age. With her lively imagination, she created numerous stories in her head throughout her childhood and teenage years.
Her first novel, Choose Us, released in April 2014 and became an Amazon Bestseller. Parting Chances is her second novel. She also released a short story sequel to Choose Us, titled Forever Us. She is part of the writing group, The Rebel Writers, who are a group of like-minded word-nerds, determined to take over the literary world, one book at a time.
When she isn't slaving away at the keyboard, Caylie is an avid reader, and lover of coffee... copious amounts of coffee. She also has an unhealthy addiction to coffee mugs, chapstick, water bottles, football, and tv shows--binge watching is her favorite.
She chases her two kids around the house all day, and has a husband whom she adores.
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