Saturday, August 24, 2013

Striving for Normal by BL Mooney WITH REVIEW!!!

Book: Striving For Normal
Author: B.L. Mooney
Genre: Romance
Release date: August 23, 2013
The most intimate relationship Drew Clayborn had with a man in the last four years has been with her therapist. With a past that has left her broken and scarred, she tries to piece herself back together enough to make it through each day. Whether she’s ready or not, life brings her back among the living, and Drew needs to learn quickly how to deal with her troubled past. When the perfect opportunity presents itself to pursue her dream career, it also provides Drew her first encounter with a compelling man since her devastating breakup with the last one.
Carl Williamson is rich, powerful, and gorgeous. The desire she feels when he’s near makes it impossible not to melt into his arms. He wants Drew and will stop at nothing to have her. Carl promises to be her protector, but he brings familiar concerns to the surface.
Dennis Brooks is a nice guy her best friend thinks would be her perfect match. He’s strong, honest, and sexy as hell, and he makes her smile in a way no one else can. Drew feels safe and secure with him, but she isn’t certain he is strong enough to handle Drew and give her what she thinks she needs in a relationship.
When Drew’s demanding, controlling ex comes back to stake his claim on her, the carefully crafted world she built for herself is turned upside down. Does she need a powerful man like Carl to help her? Will Dennis step up and be the man she needs? Or does she finally become strong enough to deal with her past on her own? Who is the true hero in her quest of striving for normal?
Meet the Author
B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do—she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she’s made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine.
B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.
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Review by Wendy
Shhh, Mommy's in the Bathroom.,.Reading
5 Stars

Drew Clayborn has done things she can't forgive herself for. She's spent the last four years with Joseph, her very calm, understanding, and compassionate therapist. She doesn't feel she deserves to be happy after the tragic events and choices she has made. 
Her best friends Terri and Mark have taken Drew under their wings and think its time for her to move forward.  And they know the prefect guy for her. Problem is Drew doesn’t think she will or even deserves to move on.

Carl Williamson is rich, handsome, and a powerful Alpha male. Carl gets what he wants,  who he wants, when he wants it.  Carl does things to Drew, physically and mentally. He sets her on fire, but is this a temptation too great for her?

Dennis Brooks is the all around nice guy. He's strong and handsome and makes Drew laugh and smile. He's the safe option. 

Drew is torn between two men, one she has an intense reaction to and one that she thinks isn't strong enough to handle the demons she hides.  Or option number 3, just stay alone.

Until her past comes back to haunt her, she's just Striving for Normal...

I was first introduced to BL Mooney with Coming Home. I really like this book, so I was happy to review her next undertaking. 
Can I say, "WOW!"  She really outdid herself with this one. I was sucked in from the beginning. You really want to know what Drew did that was so horrible.  Well, Drew definitely has some demons to overcome. My emotions really ran the gambit on this one, I laughed, I cried, I got very turned on, mad, angry, pissed, and even had to step away. I fell in love with these characters, and some I down right loathed.  The characters are well developed and the story flowed. The story alternates between what's going on in the present and what happened in the past. I don't want to say too much for fear that I will give things away, but this is a must read roller-coaster of emotions.  This is a definite READ ME in my book.

I cant wait to see what BL Mooney has in store for us next!

Favorite Quotes:
What do you want, Drew? I need you to tell me.”

“You, please, I need you.” I squirmed, trying to get where I needed to be.

He placed his forehead against mine and whispered, “I need to be part of you, Drew. Tell me what you need.”

I felt him press against my entrance. I started to move down, but he held my hips still. I groaned. “I need you..."
“If I can’t love me, how can I expect him to?”
“I think that you do want to see and that you’re striving for normal and don’t know how to accomplish that.”

Links to BL Mooney:

Coming Home (Stand alone)

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