Sunday, May 28, 2017

U-Turn by Leaona Luxx

Title: U-Turn
Series: Highway 17 Series Book Two
Author: Leaona Luxx
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Cover Model: KK Raines 
Cover Designer by: TE Black Designs

“I just want to say WOW. Just WOW. I seriously hated Ava. No redeeming qualities whatsoever in Changing Lanes and now she is one of my favorite people and i was rooting for her. I DID NOT see that U-turn (brillliant). I love your writing. And i love how when I read your books I get to know all characters. Not just one or two. Bravo!!! Great great job!!” 
“This book! Goodness woman! Your characters are so real. You managed to make me hate Ava in Changing Lanes and love her...even at her U-Turn. And Riley! There were times I wanted to rip his heart out. Thank you for giving me this privilege! You are one damn good storyteller!”
That’s all she is and all she’ll ever be.
What in the hell was I thinking getting involved with her?
Everyone knows her reputation precedes her.
But I’ll be damned if I don’t like it.
Hurricane Ava crashes to shore wreaking havoc, the beautiful disaster she is.
And I love it.
What’s worse, she does too.
So, why am I in love with her? Because, she loves me.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
I find myself halfway home when I do a U-turn. I hit the gas, speeding toward Myrtle Beach. My tears fall once again as I think of him leaving and I’m not the last person he sees. I need to be the last thing he sees. The fissure my heart has suffered begins to quake as I pray I make it back to him.
I park at the airport entrance, racing through every checkpoint I can before actually yelling, “He’s leaving. I have to tell him I love him.” The airport officials have mercy on me when I explain he’s a soldier and I’m crazy for him. “He may not make it back, he’s deploying.”
Pointed in the right direction, I sprint to his departure gate. His family standing close by the window, I know then he’s already boarded. I push past several onlookers to the wide expanse of glass standing between us.
I search, switching between his family and the plane, to gauge where he will be. My chest constricts as I get a glimpse of him for the first time in fatigues. He’s breathtaking. As my pride swells, I lay my hand on the window, reaching for him.
I begin to lose hope when his eyes suddenly dart to me. A smile growing on his face as I fight to dry mine. The plane begins to roll, and I follow it, never moving my hand from the clear barrier. When Riley raises his hand, pressing it against the glass, I fall to my knees.
My eyes never leave his face nor does my hand break our connection. I stay there as he taxi’s down the runway and lifts off. Leaving me. I push against the glass with both hands, hoping beyond all things I could break it and run after him.
I sit against the window, clutching my chest as if my heart has fallen from it until Walker picks me up from the floor. He carries me from the building, my life in ashes. Walker sits with me until I regain some semblance of composure. I’m not ever far from plummeting over the edge again.

Leaona, also known as Lea, lives with her husband, cat and two dogs near Myrtle Beach. She was born and raised in WV by her parents whom she adores before attending Marshall University. A small business owner and mother of three, she enjoys Carolina Panthers and Marshall University Football, reading, writing, gardening, crafts, NASCAR, TWD, hot rods, and surf fishing.
Leaona was inspired to write while she raised her family, never dreaming one day, she would be published. While loving all genres of books, Lea writes contemporary romance stories that are not your everyday love stories. Gritty and true to life, she draws from her life and loves to create her characters. 
Leaona's debut novel will release June 7, 2016. Cherry Grove is the first in The Cove Series. She’s your everyday girl and lives to connect with her fans via social media. Leaona also doesn't mind dishing about her favorite authors and their books. Beach, life, and love.

What can I say about this book?  Well, it was freaking awesome and not just because I consider Lea a friend but because it's an honest to goodness great read.  If you read the first book, then it was really hard to like Ava...I mean really, really hard!! She made it so easy for us to dislike her.  So for us to turn around and fall in love with Ava and even root for her in this book was a miracle.  I found myself wanting to throttle her and then in the next minute, I wanted to hug her for what she went through.  Riley, OMG - That man!! I want a Riley.  I'm just throwing it out there.  He knows who Ava is and he's just never cared.  He loves her. All of her - even all of her ugly parts. The whole town thinks she's a whore and Riley believes she's a princess.  Isn't that what we all want?  That one guy that will see what everyone else doesn't see.  What I took away was that age knows no bounds and it is just a number.  At a time when I'm turning 40, I actually really enjoyed reading this because it gives us single ladies hope that there's a Riley out there for us.  I am so glad I had the privilege to review this because it's one of those that you don't want to miss.  There are some deep topics in this, PTSD being one of them.  Post Traumatic Stress is so close to my heart and is such a deep passion of mine.  I've been touched by it personally, and I've seen firsthand the effects that it takes on a person and Lea wrote a very real account of this in the book that will touch people.  If you've ever experienced PTSD or know someone who has, the subject matter in this book will resonate with you at some point.  I loved seeing all the characters from the first book in this one, and it was good seeing Ava "woman up" as I like to call it. I'm not a fan of angst.  People know this and that being worked in this book.  The back and forth just worked.  Usually, I would be pulling my hair out or something, but I didn't with this book.  I didn't sleep until the very end, and I went to work with a book hangover!! It was well worth it.  So, all that to say - Buy this book because you will not be's just that good! 


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