September 21, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Perfect Regret by A. Meredith Walters

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Title: Perfect Regret
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Series: Bad Rep #2
Publication Date: September 13th 2013
Blog tour organized by SMR Promotions 
Riley Walker makes all the right decisions and knows exactly where her life is headed.

Riley Walker does not make mistakes.

Riley Walker certainly doesn’t make spontaneous decisions.

But then Riley Walker gets dumped.

Spectacularly, gut-wrenching, stomp all over her heart dumped. And she is feeling more than a little angry. And a whole lot bitter. And suddenly the girl who has always done everything right feels like doing something completely wrong.

Garrett Bellows, lead guitarist for the local band, Generation Rejects, is going through life without a plan. Trying not to think past the next gig or the next party, he has worked hard to not become too attached to anyone or anything. So he is shocked to find himself drawn to the snarky girl with a chip on her shoulder. She pisses him off and puts him down. He knows she’s nothing more than a self-entitled college brat who thinks she’s better than the townie boy without a future.

Alcohol and a hefty dose of lust leads to a night both Riley and Garrett immediately regret. Her embarrassment, his pride and the weight of rumors and misconceptions convince Riley and Garrett that their one-time indiscretion will never be repeated. Particularly when their harshest critics are each other.

But how do you reconcile a head that wants to let go with a heart that keeps holding on?

And what happens when your biggest regret begins to seem almost perfect?
Garrett swept his mouth along the curve of my jaw. “My heart isn’t strong enough to survive you, Riley. You won’t just bend it, you have the power to shatter it to pieces,” he said quietly and with enough feeling to bring me low.

I pulled my head to the side, not able to look at him. “I don’t want to shatter your heart, Garrett. But I’m not sure I can promise that I won’t. I don’t know what happens from here. What all this means,” I told him honestly, knowing he deserved no less.

Garrett pulled my face back around so that I looked at him again. “Handle it with care, please. Because I want to give it to you. Completely,” he murmured, placing my hand on his chest. 

My eyes hazed over with unshed tears and I felt way too emotional. I didn’t know what to do with all of these feelings. I felt choked up and downright sick to my stomach by the implications of his testament. 

I had a feeling Garrett Bellows might actually love me. And that was a huge complication that I couldn’t face right now. 

I started to pull away, ready to shut this down when Garrett held me firm. “Don’t you dare run away from this,” he said harshly. And then his mouth was on mine. Rough and unapologetically brutal. And given the emotional wreckage of my current situation, I needed this.

I threw myself into kissing him. Into touching him. Into immersing myself in him.

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; for they shall never be broken.”

If you thought Riley and Damien would end up together, then you’re so wrong. It turns out Damien is an asshole and had actually dumped Riley because he thought their relationship lacks something. This is in turn, made Riley a depressed and lovesick woman who was beginning to question her judgment when it came to guys and dating and other blah blah blah stuff.

I honestly thought Damien and Riley were perfect together but sometimes first impressions are not that accurate. I mean yeah, they seem so compatible. They both support the environment. They’re both English majors. They “fit together like the proverbial missing puzzle pieces, each complementing the other.”Their relationship had been simple and easy. She thought he was her soul mate, and they’ll share eternal undying love.

Then there’s Garrett Bellows, the lead guitarist of Generation Rejects and is a total pothead. Riley and Garrett got off at a bad start and their relationship was already doomed even before it started. For self-righteous Riley, Garrett is the emblem of a loser. He totally disgusts her. 

While I may not blame Riley for her awful thoughts on Garrett, I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. She may not know it but Garrett has stopped living for a while since he lost his loved ones and he’s acting the part of being a loser and a pothead because that’s the behavior people expect from him. 

Garrett Bellows is one of the deepest characters I’ve read. He’s shattered inside and had come to terms with it. He’s very real and doesn’t sugarcoat his words just to appease a person. And I think, with Riley’s personality, she definitely needs an eye-opener like him. He has been through a lot. He’s surviving but is still mourning his loved ones. I loved his songs and how he uses it to grieve and express his feelings. 

Riley Walker, on the other hand, is another story. In the first book, I found her a bit weird and since she’s pro-environment and tends to lecture Maysie, I thought she was really righteous at that time. It turns out I’m right. I’m seriously pissed at her. They way she judged Garrett and treated him like booty call since she doesn’t have anything to do with a guy who doesn’t think much of his future except to play music and earn a little keep. That’s a big turn off, especially if the guy is really sincere with his word and would give the world if he has to. 

This girl certainly carries baggage. She’s got issues with herself and her beliefs. She came from a good family with a loving and very understanding parents but her personality is so different from her two hippie parents.

I hated the fact that the whole book focused almost on Riley doing her best to think of reasons why she and Garrett shouldn’t be together. I want to smack her head for taking so long to realize that they’re good together. 

It’s great that Jordan and Maysie are still included in this book. If I were to choose among the two ladies, I’d still choose her. She’s so different from Riley and even though she has issues, she still sees the good in people. 

Garrett’s character is not difficult to like. He’s a songwriter too, so that’s a plus. I really liked that song he wrote for Riley. 

I hadn’t expected it
I thought you were a joke.
Your whispered words
Wrapped around my throat.
I hated that I loved it
The way you reached inside
Clawing through the wreckage
And the pieces that have died.
You don’t even know it,
You’re blind to what you see
The disillusioned lies
Bleeding out of me.
Quiet slumbers before the storm
Violent eyes, passionate cries,
Resisting and tormenting wanting more.
There is no beginning without an end,
No tomorrow, no future,
losing it all again.
Our story is a nightmare,
Written in stone,
Nothing can change it,
I’ll still be alone.
You want me to need you.
You’ll be waiting awhile,
Piercing my world
with the ice of your smile.
Your touch is toxic
Your heart’s a mess
Which is why you’ll always be
My perfect regret.
My perfect regret.
Regret…

***
My mask means nothing
You see who I am
Breaking me down
on the ground where I stand.
I wanted to lose you
In the face of your pain
Stranded in the dust
Hounded by shame.
You hated
I loved
I was wrong
You were done
If tragedy had a soul
It was mine you took hold
Caught in the vice
It felt so right.
Terrified to lose
What I never could keep
Drowning in regret
Push it down deep.
But the sun does shine
On the wicked and mean
You licked all my tears
Scraped my heart clean
Together we are more
than the sum of it all
Mighty shall stand
While the weak shall fall
My mistakes almost ruined
The place I belong
Beside you, behind you,
For ever how long.
Take this heart
That no longer bends
Wrap it up tight
It still needs to mend.
My beautiful girl
My breath
My life
I will love you
Hold you
Whatever the price.
Stay with me now
Until time grows old
And only then
Beautiful girl
Will our story be told.

Riley’s one lucky girl. I’m sure there’d be plenty of women out there who would gladly jump his bones! LOL!

Love is really just around the corner. Even if you’re not looking for it, it would still haunt you until you succumb to the feeling. And once you’re infected, your heart won’t choose whom you’re going to fall in love to. Just cherish the moment. Accept it and you’ll be rewarded with a lifetime of happiness.

A. Meredith WaltersThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark series, Bad Rep and its upcoming sequel.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly 6 year old daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

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