Oct 9, 2013

~BLOG TOUR: REVIEW & GIVEAWAY~ Remember When (Book #1) by T. Torrest

Title: Remember When (Remember When Trilogy)
Author: T. Torrest
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Chick-Lit
Purchase Links: Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ B &N
Tour hosted by: HaveBookWillRead


Ever wonder how often Brad Pitt’s high school girlfriend must ponder jumping off a bridge? Ever think about the girl that had her hooks in George Clooney before he took off for TV stardom? How about Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex, or Johnny Depp’s first groupie, or any number of young women who got left behind when their boyfriends set off for greener pastures and eventually achieved unfathomable Hollywood fame?

My name is Layla Warren and I don’t need to wonder about any of those things. I already know. Because years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

In case you live under a rock and don't know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

I should know. I was one of them.

And my life hasn’t been the same since.

“I carved out little spaces within my heart; little, lovely mausoleums where I could lock each and every one of them inside, keep the memories safe and close to me forever.”
(Thank you to the author and HaveBookWillRead for providing me with an ARC of the book!)

Remember When is set in the 80's and takes all the older readers back to a time that to most was the epitome of what life should be like. Though Layla takes us back to tell us all about Trip Wiley and his life before he became a huge star we are also taken back to a fun decade. A decade where you hung out with your friends listening to Bon Jovi or Springsteen, where big hair was the trend, and movies like Pretty Women and The Breakfast Club were the movies to watch. T. Torrest takes you back in time and makes you remember your time in the 80"s and gives the younger readers a look into the past! 

I must say it was a pretty fantastic part of the story. Now lets talk about the romance!

When Trip Wellington moves to New Jersey the whole school is intrigued with the new guy. The guys make friends with him and the girls are all swooning over him. And Layla isn't excluded from that list of girls. Although she doesn't flaunt herself around him, from the very first time they meet, her heart belong to Trip. When they are assigned a project to work on she looks forward to that time with him and gets to know him better than anyone else in school. 

But Trip is the type of guy that should be with a beautiful popular girl and Layla, although she knows she's considered popular, doesn't consider her his type. That doesn't stop them from being the best of friends and always being together. Until the project is over and Layla is forced to acknowledge that her feelings for him are much more.

That is when their relationship gets rocky and stupid mistakes are made. It is also why I became frustrated with the story. Both spend their time avoiding each other and not acknowledging that something exist between them. Something like LOVE. They are both stubborn fools and they both lose alot of time because of it. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the story but was a bit vexed with the characters at the end.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading more of this series. The characters are much older in the second book so I'm looking forward to them all grown up. 

Pick this up. Read it. Enjoy it!


~Sneak peek into book #2~

There was a tangible shift in the air of the room; a gripping, electrical aura that stimulated the space surrounding his presence like a gravitational pull. I’d noticed this phenomenon when watching his movies, seeing the man that had emerged from the boy I once knew, but actually being in the same room with him was an entirely different animal. Trip Wilmington had been a gorgeous teenaged boy, no question. But Trip Wiley was a gorgeous young man exuding raw, unabashed sex at every turn.
   It was only slightly impossible to remember how to breathe.
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~About the Author~

T. Torrest is a New Adult fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.
She likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. She's not much into health food, but she does enjoy talking about herself in the third person.
A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two boys.

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