26 January 2014

Always You by Missy Johnson - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Book: Always You
Author: Missy Johnson
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Tour Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC

I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.

One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.

You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.

I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?

Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.

My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem?

I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.

Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.

Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.

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Dalton was offered to teach in an all-girl’s academy. At 23, it was almost a nightmare. I love watching him uncomfortable when the young girls are hitting him. Hormones plus lack of male contact makes them even more dangerous. But one girl caught his attention –

After a tragedy, Wrenn transferred to another school. She preferred solitude, and other mean girls made her an object of their bullying. A year ago, she might have been normal, but a lot has happened in her life she had no control of. So here she is, a charity case in this prep school, and no one makes her forget that.

Despite the very controversial and frowned-upon relationship Wrenn and Dalton have – I can’t help but love these two characters. They have surpassed a lot of trials from their past, and despite the fact that it’s still haunting them, they have faced each day bravely than yesterday. They have shared a connection more than their pain – unknown to both, they have already met before. Wrenn made a difference in his life then…

I love the ending – it might not be your typical happily ever after, and more of the happily-for-now type, but it gave me a dose of reality – thank goodness! It’s a little sad when you really think about it, but at least they are really living each day of their lives without any regrets. Their love, what they are sharing is worth every risk, and every trial they might encounter in the future.

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“It’s just my mom and I. Dad died when I was fifteen. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, though originally I wanted to go with elementary.”

“Why did you go with high school?” I asked curiously.

He shrugged. “Last minute decision,” he said with a smile.

I laughed. “Oh, I bet you’re regretting that now,” I teased.

“I have no idea what you mean.” He looked at me innocently, and then his face broke into a smile. “Okay, teaching teenage girls is pure hell.”

I giggled. “Come on, it can’t be that bad. A couple of hundred girls, all thinking you’re a god? That’s got to boost the ego.”

“A couple of hundred girls all under the age of eighteen,” he corrected dryly.

“I’m not,” I said lightly, surprised by what was coming out of my mouth.

“Yeah, well you’re the exception,” he said.

The exception. I liked being the exception. I met his gaze, his eyes burning into mine. My face began to heat. How could I not read into things when he was staring at me like that? I felt naked under his gaze.

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture). 

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.


Missy Johnson is offering 5 ecopies of Always You as well a $25 Amazon GC.  The giveaway is open internationally.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 02/01/2014.

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