Friday, October 25, 2013

Literary Nook Book Promotions Book Review: Loving Liberty

Book Info:

Title: Loving Liberty
Author: Belinda Boring
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Categories: Coming of Age
Publisher: Blushing Heart Press
Release Date: 7/14/2013
Heat Level: Sweet
Word Count/Length: 73,000 words/340 pages
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Synopsis: Liberty Montgomery is many things:

A dutiful daughter.
Perfect wife-in-training.
Easy to manipulate.

But secretly she wants more.

For years, Liberty has dreamed of a life filled with opportunities—a life where she makes the decisions, living by her own rules. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her, ones that involve her submission and total obedience. Every attempt to break free from their control is met with threats, leaving her feeling trapped. Just when all seems hopeless, Liberty meets Oliver Nichols. With just two words, be brave, he stirs up her secret longings for more . . . friendship, fun, and independence. He almost has her believing her dreams are possible. However, taking a stand can be terrifying when you've spent your entire life pleasing others.

Are some chances worth taking? What would she risk for freedom?

Excerpt: “You’ve made my job near impossible, Liberty.” His hand moved from my lower back, brushing up my spine. I didn’t bother hiding my shiver.
“I did?”
Our eyes locked. “The second you showed up, I didn’t want to leave your side. Then when you were dancing . . .” Oliver tightened his hold of me and turned us around.
“I was hoping you noticed.” My gaze dropped enough so I stared at his mouth—his perfectly kissable mouth.
“With you in the room, no one else exists. Of course I noticed.” He slowed down the pace of our dancing until we were swaying on the spot. “You were wrong, you know? When you said I was dangerous when we first met. The way I’m feeling right now with you in my arms, and the way you’re looking up at me . . . you’re the one who’s dangerous. My heart was at risk the moment I saw you sitting alone at that table.”
It was now or never. The timing was perfect, the chemistry between us demanding immediate action. I didn’t wait for him to act. I rose on my tiptoes and kissed him.
 This kiss would forever go down in my memory as my first. It was how it should’ve been—all consuming and life changing. Everything faded away the second my lips touched his and he responded. There was no thought of being inexperienced. I instinctively knew what to do, almost shattering when my mouth opened and his tongue touched mine.
He tasted completely forbidden. With the pulsating thump of the music in the background and my thudding heartbeat, my hands escaped into his hair. There was no getting enough of him. I was kissing him with everything I had, matching him stroke for stroke, indulging in what he was offering.
The moment was far from innocent. His hand held me firmly, one lowering to my behind where he drew me in, pressing me against his body. I felt everything—sensations—both physical and emotional. We moved together, touching. When he broke away long enough to cup my face with his hands, he left me somewhat dazed.
My lips felt bruised. I could still taste him, and staring at his lips, I wanted more.
“Liberty.” He all but breathed my name and the walls around my heart crumbled completely.

Review:  This book dealt with the serious topic of bullying. However as I read it, that wasn't the interpretation I got. Loving Liberty to me felt like Cinderella meets something V.C. Andrews would have written.

Loving Liberty is the story of a girl trying to break free of some super controlling parents to have a life of her own.

This is a good and a bad thing for me, good because Liberty's poor little rich girl thing was overshadowed by her super creepy parents and her wicked...sister. (really...really wicked).

I think you almost have to view this book like a fairy tale, because otherwise, Liberty's being 21 and not being able to decide anything for herself, from the clothes she wears to the food she eats won't sit well with you. It didn't with me. Liberty was really really spineless.

Which actually brings me to my thoughts on the whole bullying thing. Most of the bullying was done by her sister, Erica. This chicky is seriously messed up. Liberty is messed up, but her sister is even more so.

And then there's the guy her parents want her to marry! 


Andrew is smarmy creepy scum.

It is no wonder Liberty is messed up.

Emotionally abusive family all the way around and they hand pick a controlling guy for her to date..which causes issues with the witchy (use the b word if you like that suits Erica too) sister.

Then there's Oliver..the sweet guy she meets at a charity event, but unfortunately he's the help!

All through this book I kept trying to picture Paris Hilton taking this kind of crap from her parents...I'm pretty sure if they did something like Liberty's parents did, there would have been more than one sex tape!

I got so infuriated with Liberty because she was so weak. Oliver brings her out of her shell but not enough for me. 

I did love Oliver though. He was very much a free spirit, but he wasn't stupid either. He's the kind of hero most women wouldn't mind having in their lives. He brings out the best in Liberty.

For me this story would have worked better if Liberty was younger...even if she were a freshmen in college instead of 21 and a legal adult. (Especially when it came down to the creepy therapist...but I won't get started there..because that's where the book takes an almost gothic turn).

I have to admit, at the end I wondered if Belinda would be writing a sequel so we could all see how well Liberty does with her new found freedom.

Rating: 3 flowers

Author Bio:

A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. It wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes. Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends, and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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