Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway: "No Turning Back" by Casey Peeler

(Full Circle #1)

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Until she realizes it’s a mistake… just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision 3 weeks before Fall Semester starts.

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were 4 and is the only one that knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what ifs?”

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!

There is only one problem…Charley has been away from home for only 48 hours before she breaks the 2 promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jack-a-lope Joe? How will her First semester end?… Joe, Cash, or alone?

4.5 Stars

This book was a sweet, easy story….a down home, country lovin’ romance. I felt like I was in the thick of the South. All I needed was a big tall glass of sweet tea and a porch swing, and that would have been the perfect setting to read this book!  It was an easy read and a very enjoyable one at that.

Charley was a sweet girl with her head on straight….she was on the swim team and was great at it. She had the boyfriend that all the girls wanted. She was having a good life. One night, she gets in a very bad situation….her life changes. Her future changes, and she has to figure out what she is going to do. Dylan was her high school boyfriend, the love of her life. In the blink of an eye on one awful night, he is NO longer her boyfriend…..and she wants nothing more to do with him. She has decided to change course and go to a different college…..forget boys, forget the swim team….just LIVE LIFE. So, off she goes to a whole new college, with a last minute change of mind.  She wanted to go and enjoy the college experience. She didn’t want to have to worry about anything and just wanted to find herself.

There she meets Jackalope Joe. Joe and Charley have instant chemistry. Their friendship is easy and falls right into place…they don’t need to work on it, it just works.  I could totally smile and feel the feelings between them growing….I really liked Joe. He sounded sexy and sweet and oh so protective. School projects and nights out dancing bring them closer than ever. When some happenings in her past come back to haunt her, Joe steps up and becomes her protector. She feels very safe with him and is becoming very comfortable with him being there to protect her. They spend some nights together and become even closer…..very close.

“Charley, you are truly beautiful. I don’t know what you are hiding or scared of, but I want to know you. All of you.” He gives me a quick kiss on my forehead.

She finds that Cash, her best friend since 4 years old and an ex-boyfriend, really means more to her than she realized. They were together at one point….she’s even trying to reconcile her feelings to herself about him.

Every time that boy touches me my insides get all warm. When we were together before, it was great, but right now I can’t even explain it. The problem is we aren’t together. I keep telling myself that he isn’t what I want right now, but my body is definitely telling me something different.

When she starts having drama follow her around and she is starting to get scared, Cash starts to become more involved in her life again. He never stopped loving her and she is realizing her love for him too. Weird to have both Joe and Cash pining for her…? I think two very protective men are making sure she is safe. She has a deep secret that ONLY Cash knows….but she finds herself having to tell Joe and a few of her teammates. Certain happenings are starting to scare Charley and are starting to involve her friend Joe, so now Joe and Cash work together to make sure Charley is protected at all times. Charley is convinced her and Joe are just friends…..and tries to tell Cash this as well.

“I’d love to believe that, but Charley, I’m a guy and I think like a guy. If he likes you like I think you might kinda like him, he’s not going to give up.”

Does jealously play a role in this little “triangle”? Yes…I would say Cash is quite jealous that Joe is there for her at any given moment, but he also understands that it is what is needed to keep Charley safe. What Charley doesn’t understand is how this drama is following her…..WHO is on the inside? Who is feeding this crazy person information and pictures that keep showing up and scaring her?

This story read very easily….it flowed and was a very clean read. I really enjoyed it…..until the cliffhanger at the end. I am very saddened that I have to wait until SPRING 2014 for the sequel to come out. If you don’t like cliffhangers, and don’t have patience….you might want to wait on reading this book. I had to take some time before writing the review. I really enjoyed the book, but I don’t like how it ended…..

I give this cute, easy read 4.5 stars for the intrigue and the fun behind the characters and how it all worked itself out…..the only stop for the 5th star is the way it ended and the wait for the next book. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone if they want a quick and easy fun read. I can’t WAIT for the next book to come out….I really can’t!!




About the Author:
Casey Peeler

Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey has been an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now writer. No Turning Back(Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing this September 30th with Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) releasing Spring 2014. 

Her goal is to one day be an author that is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife, dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!



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