Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Release Blitz ~ Boy Shattered by Eli Easton (Reviews+Giveaway)

Release Blitz ~ Boy Shattered by Eli Easton (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 85,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Tiferet Design


You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?


Will you kiss me?

When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.

4.5 Stars

**I’m going to try and leave this spoiler free… But please read the review with caution**

This book was really hard to read at times, with what is going on in the world today, and personally coming from a high school that had a shooting years ago, before it was the new and very unfortunate, horrible “norm”. It hits really close to home. It had me biting my fingernails trying not to cry and totally losing it, my emotions were all over the place. I’m glad I took the time to read it, but I don’t think this book will be leaving my mind any time soon.

This book is heartbreaking, but I really think the author did this story justice in getting to the heart of all the issues not only surrounding gun control, and what is really happening in real life present day on both sides of the issues, but also focusing on the rollercoaster these two boys go through before, during, and after the tragedy that hits them.

From the blurb, you get the basic gist of what the major event is that happens in this book. Brian and Landon don’t know each other before what happens at their school. That event changes every single thing in the course of their lives including bringing them together.

One of the major things that royally pissed me off in this book is Brian’s parents *If you can even call those a-holes that* I cannot believe that after their son almost dies they still think and act the way they do. Brian’s dad is a real piece of work. He’s hateful and judgmental and just a horrible human being. The ending for this part of the story regarding the “parents” was a little too abrupt for me. I really wish we got more to that part of the story and knew a little more about what happened with them.

Landon’s parents are amazing, and exactly how real parents should be…

The “bad guys” now… I totally thought I had who it was pegged at about 10-15% into the book. And I was wrong… Pretty sure that no one will be able to actually guess who the bad guys are and how they do what they did so seamlessly to get away with it for so long. I was totally surprised by that twist. But again… A little abrupt at the end and we don’t really learn too much on the backstory as to why… I wanted to know more about why they did what they did.

Brian and Landon… They are young, high school age. This is basically a young adult book with the amount of on-page action between the two boys being pretty non-existent, just some kissing and petting between the two. I think that was a good route to go with this one, not really focusing on them “being together” but also showing how they grew and evolved separately starting out as friends and then together as a couple. They really lean on each other a lot during the hard times, I am so glad they found each other.

Basically, this book was good and beautifully written. It’s pretty angst filled with the subjects involved, so be prepared when reading this one. But we do get some sweet moments as well. So even though this was a hard book to get through at times, and I probably won’t read it again *one-and-done* I really did like it overall and would recommend everyone try to give it a read.

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

4 stars

Boy shattered is a stand-alone book by Eli Easton. Brian is the golden boy quarterback loved by all and respected by his father. Landon is the out and proud older boy who Brian likes. When a normal school day turns deadly, Brian finally has an intimate moment with Landon and everything changes.

I loved Brian. While he was the popular quarterback, he was not a jerk about it. He was smart and caring and I am so happy he got his happily ever after. Landon was also a good character but he was so focused in his anti-gun activism I found he didn't care as much as he could about Brian's reaction to it.

I liked this book. With the sudden rise in school shootings in the last couple of years, this is a definitely relevant story. We hear all about the people who do not make it out of a school shooting but afterward, we rarely look into the future of someone who survived one. Seeing the characters before the shooting, during the shooting and after the shooting made the story really well rounded.

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

About Eli

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse.

Her website is www.elieaston.com

You can email her at eli@elieaston.com

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