Friday, October 11, 2013

Tour Stop: REMEMBER WHEN and REMEMBER WHEN TWO by T.Torrest ~ Reviews/Giveaway

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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.

RW 1 Excerpt
I’d been ripping little pieces off my pretzel and trying to pop them unnoticed into my mouth. I was mid-chew when Rymer reached across the table to grab my stack of napkins. Cleaning sauce off his Oxford, he suddenly decided to switch subjects. “Oh, hey Warren! You meet Trip yet?”
  I was caught off guard enough to almost choke, but luckily, I caught myself. I still had a mouthful of food, so I shielded my lips with my hand and answered as best I could. “Uh huh. We’re in Mason’s together.” Then, I swallowed and was able to nod in Trip’s direction to add casually, “How’s it going?”
  The guys were still laughing at the big, red stain that Rymer was unsuccessfully trying to wipe off his shirt, so Lisa and I were the only ones to absorb the full force of Trip’s lazy grin when he replied, “It’s good, Layla. How’s it going for you?”
  I almost died at the way he said that, looking right at me with half-lidded eyes and those perfect, full lips smiling out my name. I felt Lisa kick me under the table, so I knew she caught it too. Oh my God. Was he flirting with me? As intrigued as I was, my survival instincts quickly won out. The guys would never stop busting my chops if they caught me flirting with the new guy. I smiled politely and offered evasively, “It’s good.”
  Just making courteous small talk, right?

RW 1 Review
 I love when a book reels you in right off the bat. I remember the first chapter reminding me of my childhood. I too had a thing for Scott Baio just like Layla. I remember Jordache jeans and I may or may not have owned a few pairs of parachute pants. Oh, and Aqua Net was a must for the hairstyles in the 80's and 90's. 

Terrence C. Wilmington as he's first introduced to us stole my heart. Trip is the boy I wish I had at my high school. Every girl is in love with his pretty face but I loved him more and more throughout the book. Trip and Layla's friendship was sweet. Trip opens up to Layla and you realize that having money doesn't mean your happy. He's actually a very sad person, unhappy with the course his life is supposed to take. 

Layla has her own unhappiness, her mother left them. I couldn't imagine having to grow up without a mother. Having to deal with your teenage years without a woman there to help would be hard. I love the relationship she has with Lisa and her mother. Lisa is just like my best friend from high school. 

This is a sweet, funny coming of age story. I fell in love with the characters and the ending is wonderful. I shed a lot of tears reading the last few chapters. I didn't want her to go, I wanted them to be together. I can't wait to continue their story and crossing my fingers that they come back to each other. 

I give this book 5 Stars! ~Jen 

You know how sometimes, your high school crush grows up to be an insanely famous movie star? Okay, probably not. But I do. ~Layla Warren
Back in high school, Trip Wiley’s fanbase only encompassed the denizens of the nothing little suburb of Norman, New Jersey. 
Ten years later, all that is about to change.
In the summer of 2000, Layla Warren is enjoying her career as a journalist in New York City (well, sort of), while Trip spends most of his time grabbing Hollywood by the balls. In the days before what will turn out to be his skyrocketing fame, they’ll find themselves confronted with some life-altering choices. 
Remember When 2 is the second story in an NA romance trilogy. It will bring you back to that exuberant and riotous time of life in your twenties when you struggled to figure out your place in the world and the person you were meant to be…
…and the person you were meant to be with.

RW 2 Excerpt
I slide a hand up his neck and start playing with the hair behind his ear. I’ve always loved that spot, and I know it’s the easiest way to turn him into putty, this beautiful man sitting on my couch. He leans his head into my hand as my palm flattens against the soft skin of his nape. He is looking at me intensely, those deadly blue eyes boring right through me, seeing into my soul like no one but him ever has. He quirks his lip and raises an eyebrow, and I feel my stomach drop. Trip was my high school sweetheart, and I am struck with how insane it is that he can still manage to stir such a reaction in me after all these years.
  “What?” I ask. “What’s that look?”
  His voice is sultry, his tone is teasing. “Layla, if you don’t know by now, you never will.”
  “Know what?” I ask, the picture of complete innocence.
  Trip knows that I’m full of it, but plays along anyway. “That look,” he starts in, sliding to lie down on the couch, “is me thinking about every dirty little thing I’m going to do to you. And you know it.”
  He’s right. I do.
  “Hmmm. What might some of those things be?” I ask anyway, just to lead him on.
  He is now laid out on the couch, with me half on top of him; my head resting on his abdomen, my hand splayed out across his chest. Trip reaches down and gets a grip on my elbows, guiding me to skootch up closer to his face.
  Dear God. That face. It is unearthly beautiful, from his full, sensuous lips to the sandy gold hair tousled across his mischievous cobalt eyes. It should be illegal to look this good in public. He should be confined to a museum and never let out in real life. His looks are distracting. They could cause an accident one day.

RW 2 Review
Ok, now that's how I saw this book somewhat going. Trip and Layla are reunited, except there is one small problem. They are both seeing other people. What??? I remember wanting to throw my Kindle when Trip tells her he still loves her. It's always been Layla. She is the one that got away. 

This book is a little more torturing than the first one. Trip is in L.A. making movies and Layla is in New York writing. Over the years they grew, changed and found other people to love. Did they really? I'm thinking Layla isn't in love and she is just trying to fill the void that Trip has left in her heart. 

This book had me mad, crying, and at one point happy. That happiness didn't last long of course. I just hope that Layla isn't too late in making her decision. I hope that Trip can get over his issues and forgive her hesitation. I have never wanted two characters together as badly as I want Trip and Layla to finally be together and have their happily ever after. Remember When Three can not come soon enough. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I laughed, I cried and I may have cussed a few times. I can't wait to read the ending of this series. 

I give this book 5 Stars! ~Jen 

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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