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Blog Tour: No Reverse by Marion Croslydon {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the No Reverse tour hosted by AToMR tours!
To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here.

No Reverse
   by: Marion Croslydon

Publication Date: Aug. 12, 2013
Publisher: Carlux Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by AToMR tours and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 220 pages
Order Links: Amazon
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

A girl who needs to undo the past.
A boy who wants to forget it.
In love, there’s no way back.

At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.

Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.

Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.

There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…

My Review:

I went into this book with quite a bit apprehension. Not because I was afraid of it not living up to is potential, but because I always get nervous reading books about couples who have a past and then wondering if they will find their way back to one another. People grow up and apart and sometimes they realize that what they once had, just can never be the same. This whole book I felt like I was coming apart at the seams. I fell in love with both Josh and Cassie's characters, and naturally I wanted them to defy the odds, work everything out, and realize that love IS enough. Marion did an amazing job of keeping you invested in her characters and really want what was best for them.

I really liked that we have dual POV, because I really wanted to know what Josh was thinking during everything also. And she also did a great job of writing in the past also- so that we could really see the development from then to now. My only qualm was that I didn't feel we got enough development from Sam's character. Although he is a minor character, I still would have liked to see a little more between him and Cassie so that what he does toward the end of the book was a bit more believable to me. I was very excited to see that Marion will be giving him his own book though! Maybe then we can see how he was feeling during this book.

When we first meet Cassie, she is dealing with the loss of not just her grandmother, but the woman who essentially raised her. After burying her and laying her to rest, Cassie is ready to do the same with the small town of Steep Hill. The small town holds too many memories, too many things that she can't forget. However, after receiving a letter that will change everything, Cassie makes the decision to seek out the one person who not only can help her but break her as well. I felt for Cassie. She had to make some hard decisions as a teen that have affected her whole life. She made those decisions thinking that she was doing what was best. She knew no matter what people would get hurt and I admire her strength for making the tough choices. Sure, she could have handled things better, done things differently, but when you're doing what you think is the best thing for the person you love more than anything in the world, things aren't so black and white.

Oh, Josh. My heart broke for him, especially reading his scenes in the past. He really was the ultimate catch. Cassie was everything to him: his best friend, the girl he loved and wanted to be with forever. The two get thrown the ultimate obstacle: a baby. Neither one is ready for a baby, yet he will sacrifice everything to take care of his little family. I admired him for that, and yet my heart hurt because he had so much potential- being valedictorian/the school quarterback- you don't want to see him give up those dreams at such a young age. However, the Josh we are first introduced to is very different from the Josh Cassie meets up with now. He is still bitter over the girl who left him. He has attempted to start over- he has won the Rhodes scholarship, is studying at Oxford, engaged to a sweet girl, and has plans to work in D.C. Cassie crashing back into his life is the last thing he ever expected. Seeing her again, remembering their friendship, their love for one another is definitely not what he expected.

Cassie and Josh have a very complicated relationship. There's no denying these two still have chemistry and searing passion together. However, can it be enough? These two have a lot of factors working against them- new lives, loves, and dreams. Will they lay their past to rest once and for all? Or will they decide to make a new future? Together? Guess you need to read and find out! I loved this book and I highly recommend it!

About the Author:

Marion’s parents are terribly disappointed with her…

They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job.

But deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain).

That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity.

Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

Prize Pack #1: Signed copy of No Reverse, £10 Amazon gift card (British Pounds), 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse mug, 1 No Reverse mouse pad, 1 No Reverse pen

Prize Pack # 2: Signed copy of No Reverse, £10 Amazon gift card (British Pounds), 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse mug

Prize Pack # 3: Signed copy of No Reverse, 1 No Reverse notebook, 1 No Reverse pen
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  1. Gahh! I love the sound of this book, but at the same time it worries me. IDK there are just a lot of "reconnecting" stories out there of late. But you loved this one, so I'll probably end up reading it haha. Great review!

    1. I seriously read this book all twisted up. I knew who I wanted and what I wanted to happen and I was terrified nothing would go the way I wanted! LOL.

  2. This one sounds good! I saw the tour announcement a while back and got excited to read this one but didn't have the time so missed out. I can't wait to read it. Great review! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks CeCe! I hope you'll enjoy it once you get to it! This was one of the ones I signed up for a while back and couldn't pass up, LOL.

  3. Great review! Definitely adding to my TBR. This sounds really good and if you gave it 4.5 stars, it must be :-)

    1. Thanks Chelsea! I definitely think you'll like this one. :D

  4. This book looks soooo good! And I wish I'd had time to read it for the tour. I love the reconnected couples trope, and I love that we get dual pov. So glad you loved this!

    1. Thanks Andrea! It was such a great read! I am really glad I signed up for the tour (I wasn't going to at first because I was so overloaded with books, but I couldn't resist.)

  5. I love her Oxford Shadows series and I wanted to sign up for this tour so bad - stupid full schedule! She's just an amazing author and always sends out a thank you email for her tours :)

    Thanks for the great review. Super excited to read it now :)

    ​~​Andrea @ ​Beauty but a Funny Girl

    1. Aww! I almost didn't sign up because my schedule was so full but I couldn't help myself. I am definitely so glad I did because I'm a huge fan now! I definitely need to check out her Oxford series! Thanks for stopping by Andrea! I can't wait for you to read it!

  6. Okay, I need to read this one! The romance sounds intense and amazing. A book that I would love to get lost in. And the characters, along with the story line sounds addictive! Love the cover, too!

    AMAZING review!! :)

    1. Thanks Magen! It was definitely intense! I'm so glad I hopped on the tour for this one!

  7. Awesome review hon, delighted you liked this, I read the synopsis months ago and was really excited about it! Hope to get to read it soon! :)

    1. Thanks Dani! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  8. This New Adult novel sounds really good! :)

  9. This sounds amazing! I actually haven't heard of this one, but I like that the characters have so much baggage and it just sounds like an emotional read, which I love. I can't wait to see how this one turns out. Sorry about Sam's character though. I also like minor characters to have at least some depth. I am a little nervous about the dual POV, but you said you liked it, so hopefully it works out for me too! Glad you enjoyed this! Awesome review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    1. I am such a huge fan of dual POV. I've been really lucky to enjoy pretty much every one I've ever read!

  10. I *think* I bought this the other day. I don't remember. Either way, I can't WAIT to read it! Sounds so good! :D

    Great review!


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