Hi there and welcome to my stop on the book tour for NEVER DOUBT ME sponsored by AToMR book tours. For other stops on the tour, click here. NEVER DOUBT ME is a New Adult contemporary romance from S. R. Grey that packs a serious emotional punch.
Can a tattooed, former bad boy leave his past behind? Can he find lasting happiness with the love of his life?
Gorgeous and sexy Chase Gartner hopes to do just that with Kay Stanton. But when Chase’s troubled teen brother, Will, stays on in Harmony Creek, Ohio—-after an unexpected arrival-—Chase and Kay’s bonds of love and commitment are soon tested.
Chase finds himself caught up in secrets—-and revisiting a past he thought he’d left behind—-when Will makes a number of irresponsible decisions. Despite Chase’s attempts to keep his brother out of trouble, Will’s reckless behavior continues, affecting not only Chase and Kay, but other residents in town…one disastrously so.
But it’s the final, potentially deadly decision Will makes when his girlfriend runs into trouble back in Las Vegas that leads Chase to make a fateful decision of his own. A choice that threatens his relationship with Kay.
Never Doubt Me is a touching, poignant story of love, redemption, and coming to grips with the fact that escaping the past is never easy.
New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. 2nd novel in the Judge Me Not series.
***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***
Chase and Kay have committed to each other. It’s love, baby. Oh, and it’s drama, baby, too. See, just as this new couple is connecting and working on a future, Chase’s 15 y/o brother, Will, and his 16 y/o girlfriend, Cassie, show up on Chase’s doorstep. This dynamic duo fled from Vegas to rural Ohio to keep Cassie from the unholy advances of her skeevy step-dad, Paul.
Well, NOT the way to start off the weekend.
Kay is able to convince Cassie to speak to her mother about the problems with Paul, and Chase works super hard to re-connect to Will. That kid’s got a giant chip on his shoulder. When all seems to be going well, with Cassie safe at home, new drama rolls in and Will goes off the reservation–straight to Chase’s old drug dealer. OMG.
Chase does things–to protect Will and Kay–that he regrets, harboring secrets and driving a wedge between himself and his truest love. Again, resolutions are temporary stays of execution, and I mean that quite literally. See, Paul’s a continual problem–one Will feels compelled to eradicate. It takes Chase longer than the reader to put the pieces together, but when he gets up to speed it’s a full throttle race to stop Will before he crosses the line. And…cue the cliffhanger.
Whole lot of smexytimes to be had in this book. Chase and Kay alternate between sweet and dirty as they explore the depths of their pain and love, together. I felt the pacing was better here, but still stumbled a bit. Chase still struggles with his addictions, and it’s no picnic having to care for Will–who doesn’t mind chemically indulging now and again. The interactions between these people feel very real–I could see it all happening. I was glad Chase holding his demons at bay, and wished he would have trusted Kay just a teensy-bit more than he did. That girl’s so over the moon, she thinks Chase is the sun–so I hope that all gets fixed up in Book 3.
The first book in this series, I STAND BEFORE YOU, is a bittersweet mix. Chase is one messed up dude. His family goes bankrupt when the economy tanks and his dad kills himself as a result. His mom is not able to cope with the loss–and tries to gamble their way in to solvency–leaving Chase to care for his younger brother Will. Chase turns to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of abandonment causing a shit-ton of problems, not the least of which is a forced relocation to rural Ohio to live with his grandma–oh and 4 years of jail time. When he’s released he starts working at the local church in his grandma’s town–under the open scrutiny of the populace.
Kay’s sister drowned while Kay was supposed to be babysitting. Only four people know what happened that night and one of them–Kay’s mother–has disowned Kay as a result. Kay’s been hanging on the fringe for four years, unable to forgive herself and constantly praying for absolution from the pain of her loss. She never dreamed it would come in the form of the town’s biggest bad boy, Chase. Working together over the summer, these two outcasts develop more than a friendship–the rekindle the spark of life together.
About the Author
S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestselling author. Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way are novels in the completed Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. She is also the author of New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories.
New novels slated for publication in 2014 are Inevitable Detour, a New Adult novel with a Romantic Suspense edge, as well as Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3).
Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background may be in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.
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