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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Breaking Lauren By: Jordan Deen *Review & Giveaway*

Hello! I just want to thank ATOMR Blog Tours for letting me participate and for providing an ARC of this novel. My Review of Jordan's Deen's Breaking Lauren is below and also check out the Giveaway that is towards the end of this post! Thanks for stopping by!

Book Description
Seventeen-year-old Danny Cummings' life is far from a fairytale, but that's okay since he doesn't believe in happy endings. After spending a year in juvenile hall for maliciously beating his sister's boyfriend, Danny embraces his badass image. Spending most nights drinking, fighting and collecting gambling debts for his Uncle, Danny's life is out of control. His addiction to the bad boy lifestyle won't let him do anything about it, even with his family begging him to go straight. But, when fifteen-year-old Lauren McIntosh stumbles into one of his nightly escapades, the self-proclaimed anti-romantic can't concentrate on anything except Lauren and the fact that she's on the same path his sister was on. Danny knows true love happening for the villain is as common as gamblers paying their debt on time, but he's never backed away from a challenge before and he hates the idea that history will repeat itself.

Growing old with the man she loves—in the small town where she was born—is the only dream Lauren McIntosh has ever had; that is until her family is practically run out of town amidst rumors of arson and adultery. So, when she meets Danny at her new school and hears the rumors about his activities from her new friends, she wants nothing to do with him or the gossip that seems to follow Danny everywhere. After a dangerous and ill-fated attempt at sneaking out, she develops unwelcomed feelings for Danny that he seems to reciprocate. But, Danny’s unrelenting pursuit makes Lauren nervous, especially since he's the only one that wants to know the secrets surrounding her family’s move. Lauren can't tell if Danny's intentions are true or if he has other plans for their newfound and unlikely friendship. The only way to figure out is to let him in and that could destroy everything, including the popularity and social acceptance she desperately seeks.

What I really liked about this story, were the characters. They are younger, in high school, but in ways I felt like I could connect with Lauren in a few ways. I think she was a relatable character: wanting to have a fresh new start in a new state, new high school, and not known as the little sister of her popular older siblings. As she does get acclimated, even meeting a boy that she most definitely wants to know, and is ready to fall for, her eyes land on Danny the known mysterious, bad boy, that has been in a lot of trouble in the past couple of years, and is a guy she should stay away from. The only thing is, does Lauren want to? Danny has never had an inkling to care for any girl he has been with, but for some reason, Lauren catches his eye, and he might be done for, and that's not good for him, as he is in a shady business with his Uncle and cousins, and he cannot be distracted, but what if that is what he needs? Can this undeniable attraction just stop or can it be something more, even though there will be so many obstacles in the way? 

As I mentioned, I really liked the two main characters, Danny and Lauren, and reading from both of their POVs was wonderful and of course helpful, to understand what's going on in their heads, because as you read one's POV, you will definitely want to read the other. I think all in all, this was a pretty good story. There were a few scenarios where I was just a bit appalled at, made me question the characters, but I think this was a story that definitely is not done, and I'm very excited that there's going to be a second book, yes that's right, as I look forward to reading more about Danny and Lauren!

My Rating: 4/5
I say a strong PG-13 Rating

About Jordan Deen
I love to meet new people and get teased (a lot) for my knack to make friends anywhere, including but not limited to: the bank, the store, the bathroom, the movies... you get the idea.

A few of my fave things: dogs, quads, my family, camping, and (of course) tattoos.

I'm available on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and of course, here on Good Reads! I look forward to getting some great recommendations.

And one of the most important things to know about me- I live each day with the moto: Life is about the journey, not the destination. 


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