Blog Tour & Giveaway: Watch Over Me: Tara Sivec

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Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison's best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.

Death changes everyone...

To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?

Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she's stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father's. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness...until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there's more to that life than pain.

But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?

Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren't ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?

Death changes everyone. It changes the way you think, the way you feel and the way you live your life. Sometimes it makes you thankful for what you have, but more often than not, it makes you regret the things you've lost.

Addison had everything going for her, but she lost it all...her mom, her dad, her future plans, and almost her own life. She is still grief stricken, lost, angry, troubled, and buried under obligations. She is living day by day and going through the motions without much thought of the future or feeling anything. She does not share, she does not talk about it, and she does not trust anyone. 

Enter Zander. The man who sits quietly in the corner and watches her at work. And leaves her a sweet note on a napkin. So begins the story of "Napkin Guy" and "Bakery Girl."

Zander just does not go away. He is sarcastic, flirty, interested, and supportive. He just seems to always be there when she needs him. Even though she does not want to need anyone. I adored everything about him. His sense of humor, his strength, his perceptiveness, and his understanding. I loved his napkins and romantic gestures. He challenges her to open up, realize the beauty in herself, and begins to make her feel again.  It is a long journey of acceptance, facing challenges, and healing and I felt every emotion from it. I was intrigued by they mysteries and was dying to find out what  Zander was hiding. 

It reminds me of just how adept he is at making me forget about my problems, and I instantly feel like I can breathe again. I can breathe as long as I can breathe him in. I can function because he makes me forget. I just want to forget.

"You can still pick up the pieces, Sugar. they fell apart for a little while, but it doesn't mean anything is damaged. Everything can be fixed. And you don't have to fix it alone. There's always someone who will help you rebuild."

There are secrets from their pasts that neither has trusted the other enough to share. You know hers. You want to know his. And you know it is coming....
When it all comes out will it bring them together or rip them apart?

This story was unique, emotional, and enthralling. I was sucked in during the prologue and devoured it in one sitting. The writing is beautiful and flawless. It is told in Addison's point of view with flashbacks, but it flows smoothly. I felt the pain, heartbreak, despair, frustration, wonder, and love so deeply while reading it. It is raw, emotional, powerful, gut wrenching, and sweet all at the same time. 

"It's life. It's the bumps and bruises, the pain and the fear; It's messy and it's real and it's not some perfect little story that can tied up in a bow."

Tara Sivec is clearly a genius. I have been a fan since her first book. She makes me laugh, provides mystery that keeps me guessing, makes me cry, and gives me goose bumps. I love how she can span different genres with ease.  All of her books/series are so different in feel and theme from the crazy humor and love in her Chocolate Lovers series to the romantic suspense in her Playing With Fire series.  But they are all incredibly well written, engaging, and grab a hold of your heart in some way. This YA/NA novel was no exception. 

Thanks to Tara Sivec for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Tara Sivec Website/Facebook/Goodreads/Twitter
Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec where she can be serious, suspenseful and not at all funny.

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