10 August 2013

Mandatory Release by Jess Riley - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title: Mandatory Release
Author: Jess Riley
Release date: July 16, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dude Lit / Edgy Women’s Fiction
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

With appeal for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Tom Perrotta, and Laurie Notaro, this snarky mashup of Girls and Oz is so painfully honest you might think you’re reading a memoir—except the author isn’t a smart-ass guy in a wheelchair who works in a prison.

Recently paralyzed in a car accident, thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate a caseload of unruly inmates and his nights on one bad date after another, attempting to rehabilitate his heart—

—until his high school crush Drew Daniels walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. On the run from a painful past that’s nearly crushed her faith in love, Drew is a new teacher at Lakeside Correctional. Graham, smitten all over again, tries to redirect his unrequited feelings. But when your heart keeps looking back, it's not easy to turn it forward.

Amidst escalating violence at work, Drew is forced to confront her secrets, find a way to forgive old sins, and learn how to listen to her heart and her head when it comes to men. Graham must also learn to make peace with his own past. Together they realize that if you’re going to save yourself, sometimes the best way to do it is by saving someone else first. If only finding their way to one another was easier than working with convicted felons.

Loaded with twisted humor and pathos, Mandatory Release is a darkly comic, unexpectedly sexy love story about broken people putting themselves back together. People who learn that no matter what you lock up—a person, a secret, or your heart—sooner or later, everything must be released.
OR, in 25 words: Lad lit meets chick lit in this dark comedy about broken people who work in a dangerous place, finding hope where they least expect it.

So this is what a dude lit looks like – awesome!!!!

Mandatory release has a humor I never expected I would love. It is filled with humor, sex and sarcasm. Meet two of our lead characters who are the total opposite of the other. Graham is a bitter man and hated his job. Since the accident, he is stuck in a wheelchair because it left him paralyzed from the waist down. He’s divorced, lonely and online dating totally sucked for him. Hope seems to flicker when an old high school crush, namely Drew comes back in to town. Will she finally be the one he has been waiting for after all this time?

Drew decided to go back home and live with her parents after a recent divorce. She decided to teach prisoners, a work that was supposedly not in her plans since her mother works there as well. Good thing that an old high school friend is there to soften the blow. Drew tries to move on and have a fresh start – that’s why she came home to be with familiar people in a familiar place – a good start to recuperate. But will she able to move on from her past? 

 I love the fact that it was told in a dual POV of both the main characters, it makes it easy to understand why they are feeling those kinds of emotions. Your life may not turn out how you plan it to be, but its how you deal with it that truly matters. If Graham was bitter, sarcastic and hopeless, Drew, on the other hand is a tough gal who’s filled with hope. But both of them have one thing in common – they are survivors. And no matter how much I wanted to slump Graham out of the wheelchair to make him realize that he is lucky at some point, I still love him. Mandatory Release is something you would not expect you would enjoy. I love the humor, the characters and a surprising romance.


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Jess Riley’s experiences teaching in a medium-security prison inspired the novel Mandatory Release. Her debut novel (Driving Sideways, now in its fourth printing) was published by Random House in 2008. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her husband and nutty Cairn Terrier in a 130-year-old money pit farmhouse. When she’s not writing novels, she’s a Grant Writer for school districts nationwide.
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(2) Print Copies of Mandatory Release – US/Canada
(5) eBook Copies of Mandatory Release - International 

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