28 February 2016

Blog Tour + Book Review | Because of Lucy by Lisa Swallow (@lisa_swallow_au)

BECAUSE OF LUCY (Butterfly Days, #1) by Lisa Swallow
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Now available!  

"In life, there are some people you have to lose in order to find yourself."

Ness’s parents have planned her life but Ness is determined to control her own future. She leaves home and moves to Leeds with childhood friend, Abby, and shocks her parents by turning down a place at medical school to take a job in a call-centre.

Ness meets Evan, a student friend of Abby’s, and isn’t impressed. He’s drunk, arrogant and rarely spends the night without a girl in his bed. But unlike most guys she meets Evan quotes poetry and can hold a conversation, forcing Ness to change her opinion.

Evan is struggling to escape too and throws himself into the student lifestyle to hide from the past following him. In Ness, Evan finds somebody who shares the need to walk away from what people expect him to be.

But Evan can’t hide from his past forever and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Ness is unsure she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, and makes a new decision about her future.

When everything falls apart and their new lives and relationship don't go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy.

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Too much pressure from her parents made Vanessa decide to turn down med school and instead, worked in a call center. She wanted to run her life the way she wanted it to be. She moved in with her best friend Abby who loves to invite half of the university into their home. 

Then one night, she met Evan – he’s everything she didn’t want in a guy. He’s arrogant, man-whore, drunk but he’s also a lit major and speaks poetry as his second language and let’s not forget that he’s also SUPER hot. But there is more to him than he lets on, and soon Ness will realize that. 

Evan moved away from home to escape his past and Lucy. The moment Lucy appears in his life again, it threatens his new-found relationship with Ness. It’s not only that, Ness’ previous plans may pull them apart as well. 

Half of the novel, I must admit – I was looking for Lucy. Wondering who she is and what is her relationship with the characters in this story. When I found out who she is, I was surprised, and saddened. Her involvement with Evan is not what you think it is, but she’s one of the reasons why Evan could not live his life the way he wanted it to be. He’s bound to Lucy – whether he likes it or not.

Ness understood it at first, but she also believes that even good people should have their limits, she wanted Evan to understand it. But he felt it was his responsibility, his burden. This is why I fell in love with Evan – not just because he’s a cool-walking Byron and can do wonders with his tongue even when he’s not speaking. Beyond the a** exterior – he’s a good person, responsible and very loyal to a fault.

Ness and Evan’s relationship was almost perfect as well – theirs were not the type that is all-consuming and unhealthy. They need not see each other daily or communicate every minute – but they knew their importance to each other and showed how much they care. Only that, none of them has said the “L” word.

This book reminds us that more than just showing our love for another person, words doesn't hurt either. Communication is needed for a relationship to work. 

Because of Lucy is a short read that will make and break your hearts. I fell in love with the two characters, loved their relationship, wishing everything will turn out fine between them – because these two, most especially Evan deserves a happy ending. 

“Our names. Evan… Vanessa…” He gives me the lop-sided grin, accompanied by a shine in his eyes. “Evan fits into Vanessa.”  

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.

She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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