Friday, July 13, 2018

Release Blitz & Review - The Sound Of Your Heart - Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

Title: The Sound of Your Heart
Series: College Bound #3
Authors: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2018


Julie Prescott is the life of every party.
She’s loud, witty, and uses her body and pretty face to get whatever she wants.
She’s never had a problem hooking up with guys, or ditching them when they
don’t live up to her standards. Julie has a list of exes a mile long and a
reputation to match, but she’s looking for more than just a degree in college.
She’s looking for Mr. Perfect.

Ben Sutherland is the enigmatic bassist of a
popular local band. Born blind, Ben depends on his other senses to help him
understand the world around him on a deeper level. His sultry voice and musical
talent might make it impossible for him to go unnoticed on campus, but Ben
isn’t looking for fame or groupies. He’s looking to perfect his music.

Julie’s been lusting after Ben for months and
when she finally meets him at a party, her confidence is shaken when she
discovers she can’t use her physical beauty to charm him. Even though she's
always relied on her looks, it’s her personality that wins Ben
over and he’s determined to show her that she’s more than just a pretty

But falling in love is the easy part. Family
lies, a questionable reputation, and the chance of a lifetime threaten to tear
Ben and Julie apart. Can they trust the futures they’ve chosen or will they
take the biggest risk of all and listen to the sound of their own hearts?

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Our Review:

I found this book an engaging read about college life. It covered the importance of taking a chance, being yourself, believing in yourself and others, and the power of love. It can be read as a standalone novel, but is part of a series. 

“Why don't you take a chance? You could be surprised what might happen if you let someone truly see you.”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. We follow Julie, life of the party sorority girl; and Ben, blind bass musician. They each have reputations, baggage, and issues that complicate their life and love, but work through the lies and frustrations and strife to become better people and partners.

Julie is at first glance an airhead, stereotypical sorority girl. But she's given such well developed backstory for her actions and current personality that she's easy to like and have your heart ache for her frustrations. Ben is a blind musician, working hard to write his music and persevere in a world far from perfect. I loved how at first in reading the book his blindness doesn't even come up and Julie has no clue! I loved how they interacted. You rooted for Ben to have less struggles; and for Julie to find love and acceptance. You rooted for all the side characters, and how they changed the main characters. So well done!

“Holy hell. He had dimples. And tattoos. Lots of tattoos that I wanted to see up close.”

“...listening to her voice was like an audible blowjob and she smelled like a fucking pina colada and that made me want to devour her.”

Julie had a crush on Ben for a while before making her move, only to be met with some initial out of context resistance. But once they got things straightened out, those two! Kisses to melt my Kindle. But Ben kept it slow and burning for a while instead of rushing things to make it last. 

Fast paced and well written, I devoured this book. It was a poignant story about these college students, but also a reminder for all the readers to make sure we're not being a pretend version of ourselves, and being considerate of others. I loved the bold and, brash Julie and the way the author gave her the most witty and facetious lines! It made the book so fun to read! 

This was a great book that sums up so many of the challenges of so many college students and their growth, but also the special needs community. It drew my emotions out so deeply for the characters and their situations. I can't wait to read more by this author. 

Favorite quotes:

“I think you need to examine your definition of perfection. If you can stop and accept yourself, flaws and all, you might be able to accept a guy who has a few too.”

“Everything I believed about myself was being challenged.”

Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5 
Characters = 5/5 
Heat = 5/5 
Writing Style = 5/5 
Overall Rating = 5/5


He kissed
the corner of my mouth and up the edge of my jaw. As his mouth made its way
along my profile, his hand—the one that had pulled mine away—was slipping under
the edge of my shirt to drag the fabric up my body. “You’ve seen me. Let me see
“How?” I
asked, breathless from his touch.
“With my
hands.” Kiss. “My lips.” Kiss. “My
My breath
hitched as his tongue traced the shape of my lips.
“Be my
guest,” I said, arching my body into his, trying to touch as much of him as I
His mouth
curved into a smile and his brown eyes focused on me with that strange gaze of
his. I wondered what went through his mind when he looked at me. He couldn’t
see me, yet he held me in that deep gaze like he could see everything. Like he
knew me better than anyone else ever had.
Let me see you.
request, as much as the rest of him, set my heart racing. I wasn’t sure anyone
had truly seen me. My mom saw only what she wanted to see—a project to improve
upon, or a sidekick in her search for the man of her dreams. Everyone else, my
friends included, saw what I wanted them to see—a confident girl who knew how
to have fun and who never let the world get to her.
I had no
idea what Ben would see.
Let me see you.
understood what he meant. Ben only knew me from my voice, the shape of my
hands, and a few small touches and kisses. Now he was asking to see me in a
completely different way. I wasn’t worried about him touching me, I was wholly
confident in the way I looked. But something told me that if he touched me
intimately, Ben would notice more than the swell of my breasts or the dip of my
waist. His fingertips would discover the way to my heart and what made it beat.
And as much as I told myself that’s exactly what I wanted—to fall in love—it
wasn’t something I’d allowed myself to do before.
Ben’s mouth
had finished its progress up to my ear and his voice dropped low when he asked
again, “Can I see you?”
I nodded
and realizing my action was invisible to him, I pushed the word “yes” through
the apprehension that was thick in my throat.
He propped
himself up on an elbow and placed his other hand on the side of my face. His
touch was light, like the brush of feathers, as his fingers skimmed the ridge
my cheekbone, across my lips, and along the arch of my eyebrows. When his thumb
circled under my eyes, my lids dropped close and then he was caressing the tips
of my eyelashes. His touch was gentle and made me feel delicate.
He was
seeing me through touch. And that was so freaking hot.

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Laura Ward

USA Today bestselling
author, Laura Ward, writes sweet and sexy stories that will hopefully make you
look at the world in a different way. Her books include the Not Yet series: Not
Until NowSomeday Soon, and Because
of You
. Her Contemporary Romance standalone is titled, Past Heaven.
She is also the co-author of the College Bound series: The PledgeThe
Color of Us, 
and The Sound of Your Heart. Laura lives in Maryland
with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her
college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her
through all their years together, and especially toward her dream of writing
books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or
checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.

Christine Manzari

The first thing Christine Manzari does when
she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five
places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of
a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing
books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure,
inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeinated bubbly kind). Christine is from
Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her
library of ugly spine books. Her first series is the Young Adult Dystopian
series called The Sophisticates which includes: Deviation, Conviction,
and Redemption. Her New Adult Romcom series, Hearts of Stone,
includes: HookedHitched, Hated. She is also the
co-author of the College Bound Series: The Pledge, The Color of Us,
and The Sound of Your Heart

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