Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review and Giveaway for Moonshine by Regina Bartley

Innocence taken... A tragedy happened... A heart is left broken... Is love enough to survive?
Shine Craven has to learn this the hard way. One tragic day leaves her questioning her strength and her sanity. She is left fighting an internal battle that she believes can't be won.
Her best friend thinks that he loves her enough to save her, but sometimes sweet words just aren't enough. Once he hears her secret, will he still believe that love will heal her or will the truth be too much for him to handle?
Sometimes when we are faced with such horrible events we force ourselves to overcome, but at what cost? Will he stay or will he go? Find out if love is enough.
Stand Alone Novel Recommended for ages 18+ due to graphic language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.
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I loved this book, although there were points of it that made me really sad for Shine.  

Shine is your typical seventeen year old.  She's got her cheerleading team, and she can't wait to start college and spend more time with her best friend Moon. (Ryker)

Then, something horrible happens to her.  Something she can't tell anyone, for fear she will lose the one person most dear to her.  Moon.  In her desperation of keeping her secret, she loses focus on reality and those who want to help her.  This causes her to make a decision that almost costs her life.  As always, Moon is there to save her.  

Moon, loves Shine and would do anything to help her.  When it's obvious there is nothing he can do to help her, he's devastated, but knows she must go somewhere to get the help that she needs.  He knows that something is wrong, but he just doesn't know what it is.  He wants nothing more then to tell her his true feelings that take care of her for the rest of her life.  If only she would let him close enough for him to tell her.

Once Shine is getting the help she needs, she realizes what pain her decision would have caused.  She meets a kindred spirit in Johnny who helps her get over her fear of men.  It's slow at first, but she comes around to finally being able to feel comfortable around men.  Johnny, in an attempt to help her, reaches out to the one person who he knew would stand by her side.  

Her one fear is what Moon will do when he finds out her secret.  Because of the stress of keeping quiet about it, it almost destroys her.  The thought of losing her best friend is almost too much for her to bear.  

I loved this book, and felt so sad for Shine about what she had to go through.  I loved how Moon was going to support her throughout everything.  Even when he finds out her horrible secret, he stands by her and makes it known he's there for her.  

I was lost in thought when my phone started to vibrate. You could hear the loud vibrations as it rattled in my hand. "Crap," I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was a text from Moon. I don't know if I opened it because it was just habit, or if it was because I wanted to see what he had to say. Either way, I may regret the decision.
Moon-Do you remember that day we met as kids? I have been thinking about it all day. That was the day that I met my best friend. Tell me you are still my best friend. I miss you and I don't understand what I did. I lost my dad and my best girl all in one day. I am such a damn mess, Shine! I need you and I know that you need me. Please! If I were there I would kiss you like I always do and tell you it will be okay! I read the message twice before another one followed quickly behind it. Moon- I gotta go help momma now, but I am not giving up on you. Know that when I look at the stars tonight I will think of you. You have to come back to me Shine. I need you. The tears flowed freely from my eyes. I swear, that damn boy. Geez, I love him so much that it hurts.
Meet Regina
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Regina lives in Kentucky and is currently releasing her third book. Her books include Chased and Challenged, both of The Graysen Pack Series, as well as her newest book Moonshine. Her true love is writing paranormal, but writing Moonshine made her discover a hidden love for Adult Contemporary Romance. She says that you can expect her to write a little in both worlds.
She is married with two kids and when she is not writing she is reading and reading and reading. She loves her cat Jacob, who was named after her favorite werewolf. Go figure... If you put her in front of the T.V. she would most likely watch sports, unless The Vampire Diaries is on. Her favorite things are her family, books, football, chocolate, Bruno Mars, and well Bruno Mars, enough said. She loves to keep up with her fans and you can find her several places.
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