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Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, and Review: Living in the Shallows

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Living in the Shallows
by Tani Hanes
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: October 28th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Aileen Foster is half Japanese, rocky smart, brilliant at the piano, and really, really poor. She also likes to keep herself to herself; “an arm’s length sort of girl, with a very long arm”, as someone describes her in Living in the Shallows. Through her professor, she gets an amazing job for the summer in Japan as an interpreter for popular boyband UK Crush, who are making a movie.

When she meets the boys, she’s shocked by their openness, kindness, and frank physicality. She’s never met anyone like these guys before, who live so raucously, emotionally, and they awaken feelings she’s never had, particularly Theo, the acknowledged flirt and womanizer of the band. She travels with them as they film the movie, falling more and more under the spell of these amazing boys, who themselves are charmed by the presence in their midst of an intelligent, articulate female who isn’t a crazy fan; who hadn’t really even known who they were before this job:

Gethin, the ginger Welshman, who keeps his feelings to himself, but won’t hesitate to throw a punch if he thinks someone he cares about is being hurt;

Matthew, the gentle Scot, who is so beautiful that it almost hurts to look at him sometimes;

Ronan, the fun loving Irishman who loves to laugh;

Theo, the emotional English boy who loves with his whole heart, but seems to bounce from one beautiful woman to the next.

Eventually, Tink, as she’s known to the boys, realizes that she has to make some decisions about life and living that she never thought she’d have to make. Classical piano has been her whole life, and she is woefully unprepared to deal with the river of emotions released by being with these boys, Theo specifically. How can she give her heart to someone, anyone, when she never ever, thought she’d have to, let alone want to?

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Buy Link: Amazon

Check out sample chapters of the sequel, Diving Deep, on Wattpad!

Excerpt:

I woke up to the sound of the knob on the interconnecting door being rattled.

“Hey! What’s going on in there then?” Ronan yelled from the other side. “Theo! Is Tinker Bell in there with you? She’s not in her room!”

“Good lord,” Teddy groaned. “That boy could raise the dead, honest to god.

“Shut up, Ronan!” he shouted.

“But Theo, Tink’s gone! We can’t find her! Is she in there?” Ronan roared.

“Fuck. Yes! We’re SLEEPING! Now leave us alone, please!” He rolled over.

I laughed and got out of bed. “Forget it; it’s probably time to get up, anyway.”

He rolled back over and covered his face with his pillow.

I picked up my UK Crush shirt and unlocked the door. The knob immediately turned and the door opened to show Ronan and Matty standing on the other side, one looking avidly curious, one looking upset and concerned.

Teddy appeared behind me, shirtless and crazy haired, eyes still bleary with sleepiness. “She had a nightmare and I was the only one awake. All we did was talk and then sleep, so get your minds out of the gutter, you two. I’m going to take a shower.” And he turned around and walked away.

They looked at me. I nodded. “Really, that’s what happened.”

Matty looked at me. “You okay now? All better?”

I kissed his cheek on the way by. “All better, truly, thanks for asking.” And I, too, headed for my room to shower.

SAMSUNG CSCAbout the Author

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I’m from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!

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bookreview

4Penguins
Quick Reasons: cutesy contemporary; LOVE the relationships built in this read; diverse setting with some quirky, unique characters; complex dynamics; the snark is great; I’m a sucker for boy band romances; this was so adorable, I think my penguin beak rotted

Huge thanks to Tani Hanes and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way changed my read of or opinions on this book.

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Oh, my penguins. This was such an adorably sweet read. I mean, that’s not saying much really–I’m a huge sucker for boy band romances, as I think I’ve stated a time or two before in my reviews. But this one! This one was so cutesy, I think my penguin beak might have rotted just a little bit–and that’s not a bad thing at all, trust me!

I think my favorite part of this entire thing, though, were the relationships we got to see be built and steadily grow. The snark is delicious and entertaining from the start. Aileen’s reactions to and interactions with the boys only became more entertaining and amusing the further into the plot I got. The relationships are complex, realistic, and too endearing for the good of all readers–if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself wishing you were part of the crowd.

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The plot is what you’d expect from a cutesy contemporary read such as this–not filled with action, but there is a TON of drama and angst. There is a love triangle, but it’s brief…mostly because the love triangle quickly becomes a love, er… quintet? Quintuple? I mean seriously, it’s more amusing than it is annoying–Aileen ends up kissing each of the boys, though in different settings and, in a few instances, for different entertaining reasons. Trust me, you won’t mind the roMESS at all–because it’s the best kind of romess to have in a book.

This was, in the end, a highly entertaining, snark-tastic, roMESS of a read. I cannot wait to dive into the second book, as soon as it becomes available–I’m not sure where it’ll lead our characters, but I’m betting there’s bound to be more drama and kissing involved. I’d recommend this to lovers of boy band romances, cutesy contemporaries, and wonderfully realistic relationships. This book sang a lullaby to my heart; why don’t you turn your tv off and take a listen?

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Anya and the Shy Guy: The Secret that Changes Everything

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Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass #4)

Goodreads Rating: 3.90 Stars
230 Pages
Entangled: Crush Publishing
Get a copy here!

It’s always the quiet ones…

Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs anybreak. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger – and keep her off the streets for good – if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band.

Problem is, Will Fray isn’t who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will’s identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he’s having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…

But if the secret gets out, it won’t just be his head on a platter – it’ll be the whole band’s.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.

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Quick Reasons: adorable characters who feel genuine and true; realistic glimpse into the paranoia and trust-issues brought about by living on the streets alone; beautiful look into different types of family—i.e. not blood relations; the cutesy butterflies have returned!; a nod toward the final book in the series; the romance felt more “real” than the last one; loved the huge secret included in this book!

I mean, okay, I’m sure you’re ALL sitting there saying, “But Beth! If you actually stopped long enough to read the book synopsis, you’d have KNOWN what the secret was before going in!” And sure, you have a point. I’m not arguing with you. But… I don’t often read book blurbs before jumping in? No, seriously—if I read the book blurb at all, I read it once…….when I first add it to my “want to read” list. And then I promptly forget everything it said. Because who wants to go into a book already knowing what to expect?! Pffffft, not me!

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Okay. So first things first—these characters are MUCH more sincere and genuine than I found those in Daisy to be, so yay for getting back on track with this series! I mean, I guess I can’t expect all the books to be great, but still. Regardless—I had a ton of fun getting to know “Will” better in this read, although I find it interesting that the author decided to focus on someone aside from the band member for a change. The whole “twins” secret was fun and very reminiscent of The Parent Trap (which is one of my favorite movies, so hey, it worked for me!) I also really loved that it sort of gave this read a completely different tone and mood—Matt, as an outsider, is obviously out of his element, and it was entertaining to see him struggle to keep up with the band the way his brother would have.

 

I also LOVELOVELOVE (and even went so far as to mention this to the hubby last night, in a random fit of oh mah penguins what even is going on?!) that this “secret” seemed led-up to in the last book or so. Because honestly, I had noticed a weird shift in “Will”–I noticed he was more vocal, more…snarky, almost, though I put it down to different authors and maybe a sort of “growth” on his part. I just adoooore that even if this wasn’t the plan to begin with, Suze Winegardner thought outside the box and came up with a pretty awesome explanation for the weird behavioral shift. So so many kudos to her for that…and for still managing to make it fit with the series.

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There’s an awesome look into different types of family going on in this book—because Anya is, for all intents and purposes, on her own. But we still get to see her “family”–in Father Howard, in Natasha, and in Jude, specifically. I really like that the message being portrayed here came through so well—you don’t have to share blood to be family. You don’t have to share a last name to make an unbreakable bond with someone. You don’t have to live with people to be able to count on them, or lean on them, when you need help. There are so many other awesome, poignant morals in this book, it just made me love the read even more.

 

This book put this series back on track for me, and I am SO excited to embark on my journey through the final installment—I can’t wait to see what Nathan and Abby’s story has in store for me and my very butterfly-filled, fluttery heart. If the last four books are any indication, it’s going to be a wild, swoony-ride. I recommend this book (and, who am I kidding, this entire series) to lovers of contemporary romances with a moral punch, adorable and sincere characters, and stories that make a statement or make you think. It’s been quite the ride so far; let’s finish this journey up on a good note!