Hey y’all! Today is my stop on the Saving Tatum Blog Tour hosted by Stephanie’s Book Reports. Below you’ll find a bit about the book, my thoughts on it and even a giveaway!
Title: Saving Tatum
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Release Date: May 2014
DISCLOSURE: I received this book for review from the author, but this in no way affects my thoughts as expressed in this review.
Even tough girls need saving.
Jude Brooks is bad news. He’s the kind of guy that leaves behind a string of broken hearts and Tatum O’ Connor is not about to be one of those girls, despite all of Jude’s advances. They have a past, and Tatum’s determined to make sure they don’t have a future.
Unfortunately for her, “no” isn’t a word in Jude’s vocabulary.
The more she backs away, the more he pushes.
But what if he pushes too far?
Tatum’s hiding a pain that no one sees and holding on to a hurt that may never heal. Letting Jude into her heart could shatter her completely—and what if she opens up to Jude and he can’t handle her baggage?
Love is never easy—especially when the person you’re falling for is the person you blame for the worst event in your life.
Love, heartache, and despair.
That’s the name of the game when you’re Saving Tatum.
The dead grass crunched beneath my feet as we trudged through the field. It was crazy to think that in a few short weeks spring would be here and the grass would soon be green. Spring was my favorite time of year. I loved the colors and flowers, even the smells. There was something so promising about spring—it was a new beginning.
Jude stopped in the middle of the field and spread the blanket out on the ground. “Sit,” he instructed.
With a reluctant sigh, I did as he told me. “Why are we out here?” I asked, drawing his sweatshirt closer to me as I shivered.
“I want you to see something.”
“Thanks for the non-answer,” I mumbled as he sat down beside me. He wiggled around until he got comfortable.
He chuckled, sweeping his hair from his eyes. “There’s something I want you to see,” he repeated, “be patient.”
You’d think Jude would know by now that I was the least patient person on the planet. Only a few minutes had past when I asked, “What are we waiting for?”
“Oh, Tate,” he chuckled, his eyes crinkling as he lay back, propping his body up with his elbows, “you’re something else.” Tilting his head, he continued, “Look around you, appreciate what’s right in front of you for a change. You need to slow down and enjoy life.”
“Look at you sounding so wise,” I commented, resisting the sudden urge to smile. I wanted to smile a lot around Jude and that scared me a bit.
He gasped, his eyes brightening. “I am wise.” He sat up and drew his knees up, draping his arms on top. “Now watch, here comes the surprise.”
For a moment, I wondered what he was talking about and then I realized we were watching the sunset. The sky deepened with hues of orange and red as the sun descended. My mouth fell open in awe as the meadow around us became awash with golden light. I didn’t speak and neither did he. For once, I was living in the moment, and maybe this moment wasn’t such a bad place to be.
There was calmness in the air around us as the last of sun’s rays fanned across the land. It didn’t take long for the sun to disappear and for the stars and moon to twinkle above us.
Without saying anything, we both lay back on the blanket, staring up at the sky above.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” He whispered, his fingers brushing lightly against mine where we rested side by side.
“What?” I asked, trying to pick out any of the constellations.
When I first started into this book, I was a little apprehensive. Not because I thought I wouldn’t like the book, far from it! I was worried because I hadn’t read the previous books in the series. I just couldn’t resist though, this is so my kind of book!
I felt for Tatum from the start. You can tell that she had been hurt in the past and I feel like this was what really drew me into the story. I was rooting for her the whole way! Tatum is, well, let’s just say she’s in most cases not afraid to speak her mind, and I felt myself relate to her in some ways because of that.
Then there’s Jude. I kind of liked his character more than I expected. He was a really great character, and I feel he and Tatum were both perfectly portrayed.
The whole story moved wonderfully, and I loved the fact that the author just really knows how to tell a great story. I do not feel that I missed anything much by starting with this book instead of the previous ones in the series, however now that I’ve read this one I can’t wait to read the rest!
If you’re a fan of young adult/new adult contemporary, then this book is definitely for you!
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