Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Release Blitz ~ Something About Us (Saint and Lucky #2) by Riley Hart (Reviews + Excerpt)

Release Blitz ~ Something About Us (Saint and Lucky #2) by Riley Hart (Reviews + Excerpt)

RELEASE DATE: 08.15.18

COVER DESIGN: X-Potion Designs

Falling in love was the easy part.

Lucky and Saint are head-over-heels for each other. It doesn’t matter that they met only a few months ago. It also doesn’t matter that this is Saint’s first real relationship and Lucky’s first with a man. They’re infatuated, happy, and excited to start their life together in LA.

It isn’t as easy as they thought.

Away from home for the first time and feeling like he has to compete with Saint’s experienced and cultured friends, Lucky is a fish out of water. Saint is still coming to grips with his recent loss while doing everything he can to keep Lucky happy. The only time things feel right is when they lock themselves away from the world—when they’re alone, everything is perfect.

But reality comes crashing back in to challenge them at every turn. Lucky and Saint need to learn how to stand together, as well as apart, if they’re to have any hope of making this last. They’re learning the hard way that “I love you” is when the real work begins.

Lucky Holloway had never seen so many cars in his life.

Okay, so maybe he was exaggerating a bit. It wasn’t as if back home he’d never driven into DC. Obviously, he had, but that was different. DC wasn’t something he did on a daily basis. Since he’d just moved to Los Angeles with his boyfriend, Saint, this—the mass amounts of traffic—would be his life. Every day. He figured he’d better get used to it.

Lucky watched the obscene number of cars, thinking about how many people were there. Again, he glanced at his boyfriend—his boyfriend. It was still an adjustment to realize he had a boyfriend and that moving to LA was a part of it. He would take hours in traffic if it meant having Saint, if it meant stepping outside of the world he’d always known and seeing what else was out there.

There was a loud honk, and Saint cursed and zipped between two vehicles, changing lanes into a spot where his car technically shouldn’t have fit.

“You gotta be a little aggressive to get your way.”He winked, and Lucky playfully rolled his eyes.

“Yeah, this is going to take some getting used to. It’s so amazing to me that there can be this many people right here on this freeway with us, when there are fifty other freeways with likely the same amount of people on them.”

“It’s wild when you think about it in those terms. For me, it’s life. I don’t really know any different.”Saint continued to push his way into spaces, making other cars slow down to let him in, until he exited the freeway. Lucky still couldn’t believe he was there, that he’d met Saint only a few months ago. That somehow, in the course of Saint going to Lucky’s hometown of Cottage Grove, Virginia, to reconnect with an estranged grandmother, Saint and he had fallen in love. And how so soon after Saint had become a part of his grandmother, Alice’s, life, and in turn Lucky’s life, Alice had passed away. He was angry on Saint’s behalf. It wasn’t fair that Saint had lost her so soon after finding her. It wasn’t something Saint mentioned, not outside of that moment they’d shared in Saint’s grandfather’s old office. Saint kept himself zipped tight, as though he hadn’t lost Alice and this was all about their adventure. Lucky decided to make a point of trying to get him to talk about it more.

What he really couldn’t believe was that he’d made the decision to uproot his whole life, leave behind everything he knew, and go with Saint. He’d never done something so uncharacteristic in his life—falling in love in such a short amount of time—and it was both thrilling and scary as fuck.

*** Copy provided to me for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Something About Us is the follow-up book to Something About You by Riley Hart. I loved Something About You and was beyond excited to get this follow-up story on Saint and Lucky. In my review of Something About You, I said that the one thing I really wished was more of their ending. Lucky had made a big decision to leave his family and go to LA with Saint and then that was it. Riley with all her magical writer abilities has granted my wish!!

This book starts where the last one left off and what a roller coaster of a story we get! Saint and Lucky have their love but trying to blend their lives together is not as easy as they expected. While Saint made it look easy fitting into Lucky’s life, the life Saint lives is a completely different world. Lucky is overwhelmed by the life Saint leads, the wealth he has, and trying to find his place in that world. When it’s just Lucky and Saint in their home, everything is perfect but once they leave the safe environment it’s a struggle.

Lucky struggles to find himself in this new world, and though he thought just leaving his home would help him find out who he is, he realized that it’s something he has to do from within. But it’s not just Lucky struggling, Saint does too. He’s a different man than he was before Lucky and he has to wrap his head around the differences in his life. And, Saint’s still struggling to accept his grandmother’s death and his family’s history.

This story really showed the struggle and the work that both men had to go through to get what they wanted. It wasn’t an easy HEA but that work and struggle made it an even sweeter HEA!

Rating: 5 ++ stars

3 Stars

Something About Us is the follow-up to the fabulous story about Saint and Lucky. I absolutely loved the first book, Something About You. I thought it was a refreshing story without all the usual hang-ups characters have when dealing with vast differences like race, class, etc. Usually, the characters let their preconceived notions about the other get in their way. That was not the case in Something About You. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Something About Us. In this book, we learn that while the characters had a difficult road while falling in love, the road to stay in love is much rockier and bumpier. And the bumps are almost always self-inflicted due to a lack of self-awareness and honesty with themselves and each other. It was almost formulaic that once these two lovers found common ground, something else would pop up to get in their way.

It’s hard to explain… When Lucky and Saint left Cottage Grove, VA and moved to LA, it almost felt like they both were “a fish out of water” - Lucky in terms of environment and lifestyle and Saint in terms of how to be in a relationship. They both were just constantly uncomfortable, which just made the book overly angsty. And maybe they were missing the characters like Saint’s grandmother and Lucky’s bestie Sienna to bring them out of their own heads. And that made Lucky and Saint just a little less likable and relatable.

Their chemistry was still off the charts hot which was great to see. Their difficulties in relating to one another in almost cliche scenarios was hard to read.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.

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