Saturday, August 9, 2014

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & GIVEAWAY: UNSETTLED BY SC ELLINGTON




Unsettled Synopsis:
After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted…until he wasn’t.
In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington, D.C. where she folds into the fast-paced society unnoticed…until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton.
Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenseless against Logan’s confidence and charm—and it doesn’t hurt that he is absurdly beautiful.
As much as Logan didn’t plan on pursuing her, he is drawn to Brooklyn’s muted beauty and her witty persona. For all his success, Logan is ensnared in the coveted world of unequivocal wealth and power, but behind closed doors is taunted by his own demons and an undeniable need to atone for a monumental mistake.
As the two embark on a tumultuous obstacle course saturated with unknown twists and turns, Brooklyn is left to question whether she can endure the journey ahead.

OUR REVIEW:
Unsettled is a story that centers around Brooklyn, a twenty five year old woman living in D.C. after she fled the West Coast for reasons that are revealed in good time in this book. She clearly has been hurt before, and so she is very abrasive and really hard to get to know. She has a job that she hates, a boss that she hates, and is living with her best friend Alex and her significant other Jay. 

You know..all of that is true..sucky job with a sucky boss..and trying to get over a broken heart...and I bet that many people would identify with her plight. It's not pretty..sexy...funny..but true.

I had a lot of things that worked well for me with this book, and several things that didn't. The main issue for me was the pace. The first 30% of the book or so was setting up for...something...but I wasn't sure exactly what. This made more sense to me, as I re-read the synopsis and remembered that this is only book one in a new series. So whether or not this will hinder the series in the future, and gain new fans will be determined...because I obviously haven't read the next installment. BUT it gained steamed midway, with a lot of the kinks that I was having trouble with smoothed out. S.C. seemed to gain her footing with her characters and we got some conflict going. 

To an extent, I agree ...it was a slow start but having read the book, I understand a little more as to why we needed some of the backstory. The last half of the book went really quickly; there was more plot and less of what I like to call "pretty prose" (unnecessarily pretentious or wordy passages or lots of detail, in my opinion, can get in the way of the story and it felt like that for a while, at least at the beginning). The novel's plot and prose really picked found its footing and became more and more engaging and easy to read. 

I think we both agreed the beginning was definitely more 2 1/2 to 3 star caliber, but definitely rate the second half a solid 4...so it does get there. But you have to have patience with while you do it. I also look at Unsettled #1 as Brooklyn's story...and I have a strong feeling that #2 is going to be much more Logan-centric. I did appreciate very much that while Logan is a young millionaire entrepreneur, he doesn't come off as the usual egotistical arse that I've had lately. 

For me it started as a solid 3 and the ending was a definite 4. It ends on a cliffhanger and I'll be very interested in seeing where she goes with the next book. I hope to know even more about Logan (as I feel like I know Brooklyn fairly well) and for the love of god...get rid of that douche, Damon. (Oh and more Alex, please!).

Courtney: 3 1/2 Stars
Shelley: 3 1/2 -4 Stars

Surrounded Synopsis:
Everything was falling into place. Even amongst all the chaos of Washington D.C., Brooklyn and Logan found each other.
Brooklyn never expected Logan...and as it always seems to happen with her...things fell apart. She has been through this before...was she strong enough to do it again?
On the outside, Logan was the epitome of wealth and confidence. Many knew his name but few knew his secrets. He never expected Brooklyn...but now she's walked away. He knew what they shared mattered to her...and she...she mattered to him more.

SC Ellington Bio:
S.C. Ellington is an up and coming author who enjoys expressing her creativity through frequently writing adult, contemporary romance novels that readers can relate to, but more importantly, enjoy.
Aside from writing, Ellington enjoys curling up with her e-reader and absorbing herself in novels loaded with emotion, desire, and passion. She also likes to spend sunny, wistful afternoons, in her hammock thinking up new ideas for great stories. Her debut novel, Unsettled was generated while consuming her favourite snacks - hot chocolate and popcorn

Ellington currently resides on the west coast with her beautiful Keurig, family and loving friends.
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