Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blog Tour: That Feeling When by S.M. James (Review+Excerpt+Giveaway)


Book Title: That Feeling When

Author: S. M. James

Publisher: May Books

Cover Artist: Story Styling

Genre/s: YA, LGBT, contemporary romance

Length: 77,000 Words/343 pages

Release Date: September 16, 2018 (Available now in paperback)

Dance Academy reject, Archie Corrigan, resents the stereotype guy ballet dancers are gay. Because he isn’t. At all. Forced to reassess his life goal at Camp Crystal Cove, it’s by sheer dumb luck he meets Landon Summers, who turns everything Archie was sure of into chaos.

Poor boy turned teen heartthrob, Landon Summers, is the name on everyone’s lips. With his unexpected leap to fame, his agent advises him to keep his bi status on the down low. Not a problem! Until Landon meets Archie.

Their unexpected friendship leads to an inevitable kiss, but their moment is caught in high definition and used as fuel for blackmail. If the truth gets out, Landon’s career could be over, and Archie will be forced to acknowledge the one thing he’s fought to deny.

But how do you go back to your average life once you’ve experienced That Feeling When ... you’re finally happy?

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Landon Summers is into guys. I think he likes you.

And while Meredith didn’t say anything about me, there was something way too knowing in her look. Everyone else seems too into their own lives to be paying us any attention, and even when we’re announced winners of the trivia, my celebration doesn’t crack the surface chill that’s taken over me.

Meredith’s wrapped her arm through mine, and she’s cheering with the others, one hand in the air.

I’m a week in the past. Watching Landon pull on that stupid costume in the dark. The spark in his eyes as he thanked me. The brush of his skin on mine.

How was that only a week ago?

Why can’t I go back and enjoy that moment more? Savor my time with him?

Really take it all in, before he went and messed it all up.

3.25 Stars

Okay, so here's the thing, while I feel the book is well-written, I had trouble connecting with the characters, mainly Archie. The whole confused, poor wittle rich boy thing he had going didn't quite work for me. I found him unrelatable and unlikable and his actions throughout the book didn't endear him to me at all. He was so completely in denial about being gay and then so scared about it, that I thought his parents were going to be a nightmare about it, which they weren't.

Landon was likable, patient and sweet. I didn't understand what he saw in Archie, but I guess they had some chemistry. Do I see them making it in the long run? It's a toss-up. Between Landon just leaving without listening to Archie and Archie's poor decisions, they both have a lot of growing up to do if they're actually going to make it.

The whole deal with Rosie, Landon's PA, was a bit weird, but okay, I guess. One thing I didn't like, was the scene with Meredith and Archie in the last portion of the story. I didn't think it was needed and I found it off-putting. Landon didn't deserve it, and I don't care how confused Archie thought he was, it was no excuse for it or for him feeling hurt that Landon took off after it without letting him explain.

Anyway, perhaps the book and I weren't a good fit, but that doesn't mean that others will think the same, so give it a try and who knows, you might find it more enjoyable than I did.

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

About the Author

SM James in an Australian author who writes books for teens about squishy sweet characters. While not writing, SM is a readaholic and netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee. Member of SCBWI. Unapologetically dishing out HEAs for LGBT+ characters.

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