Well, Hello there lovely bookworms ❤
How have y’all been?
Well I am here to welcome you to my Tour Stop for the Bring Me Back (Evan Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Collin hosted by the wonderful Indie Sage PR!
Here you will be able to read my hilarious (I hope!) thoughts on this addition to the trilogy, check out the first two books in the series and enter an amazing giveaway to win more books (Sort of :P)!
I hope you enjoy your stay as much I have enjoyed the journey with Andy and Annie! :)
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Andy Evans is on the move. For six long, lonely years, he’s been running from his past, leaving his family and his life as a drug-addicted rock star far behind. His latest move takes him to the sleepy seaside town of Oamaru, New Zealand, to sell cigar-box guitars to tourists. The only running he’ll need to do will be training for half-marathon in nearby Dunedin. But when Andy sets eyes on Steampunk HQ, Oamaru’s main tourist attraction, he realises his days of running might not be over, especially if a certain Steampunk fan from his past catches up with him.
Annie Martin is on the cusp of great success. Her career as a Steampunk academic is about to take off, as long as she can convince one disagreeable, New Zealand-based Professor to sign up to the anthology she’s putting together. Thankfully, Annie is a master at maintaining her poise and few people, no matter how nasty, can rattle her. Not any more. In fact, it’d been a good six years since anyone had gotten under her skin, after her best friend’s brother had vanished into thin air.
When Annie finds her future career on a collision course with her secret past, Andy Evans is the last person she expects to find tangled up in the mess. With a vengeful drug-dealer or two hot on his heels, and a vindictive academic determined to ruin her credibility, can Annie bring Andy back to his family before it’s too late? Annie and Andy are used to being alone, but if they don’t work together, there’ll be much more at stake than her livelihood and his sobriety.
You know what is so interesting about this? The Steampunk aspect of this book. Oh yes, the missing human, the mystery of a past haunted by bad choices and the stetting in a place where it is imagined are all really wonderful but you know what drew me to book? THE STEAMPUNK! Do you know how hard it is to find adult fiction with Steampunk at it’s theme? One Word? Rarely!
So when I started the book, I didn’t know that it was part of a trilogy – again! (Can we all sense a recurring theme here?) Yet thankfully enough “Bring Me Back” was able to be read as a standalone. The author did provide us with enough backstory that I didn’t even feel lost while reading it!
Andy has been gone for six years and he has left a lot of tangled strings behind. He has an unsavoury past that he believed were responsible for so many problems his family had faced and quite correctly so. But he vanished with a simple note to the only person who he irritated the most! Now that he has succeeded in kicking his habit, all that he needs or rather requires is the one last thing to break off all his ties with his past but before he can do that, the past lands right on his doorstep!
Annie has slowly found herself from everything that happened to her (and that is the one thing I would love to read about in the first two books!) – but she still feels that she failed to her surrogate family when Andy vanished the night she was supposed to be watching over him. So she never stopped looking for him – for the surrogate family who could’ve – should’ve blamed her, yet took her in and mostly for herself because she feels the guilt of failing them and Andy as well!
This book is brilliant in a way that most aren’t – because the author has taken what is essentially one of the most heart ripping and angst ridden topics (Hello! Missing Family member!) and has weaved a story that is humorous yet respectful enough to the topic in hand. And that is one heck of an accomplishment by Ms. Collins.
The story is as impactful as it could have been – the interactions between Andy and Annie are hilariously adorable and I absolutely was always rooting for Annie. Annie is the kind of female protagonist that I love to read about. She is unapologetically herself, even when being her is like raising a rainbow flag in the middle of all black and white ones! She has chosen a career that is a bit different, a past that comes confronting her, yet she does not bow to it! What she does is, stand up to it in the way that makes you want to jump up and down all the while cheering for her (not going to lie – I actually did it a few times and scared the crap out of my colleagues!).
So it wasn’t any surprise, that for me, Andy sorted blended into the background. Don’t get me wrong, he was still a strong character – he had gone through things as a consequence of his own choices, yet beaten them down with determination and strong will. He still does the right thing the way he believes not for himself, but for those he cares about and loves. Running before had been his way of saving his family, and running now was as well.
The plot was quite amazing – things wrapped up in a way that I did not see coming (well not for a while at least!) but after the big reveal it was easier to believe that everything would fall into place!
Alas, while the Steampunk theme is in the background as part of Annie’s career – it just didn’t get as much exposure that I would have liked, but then again that’s me – always wanting more than I could actually have!
I am actually going to read the first two books in the trilogy (already bought them :D), because this book does get my curious juice flowing to find out the whole story as long as reality and a wedding doesn’t interfere with my plans to do so 😛
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This book is an interesting blend of mystery, romance, angst and humor – and while that maybe hard to pull off for many authors – Ms. Collin does so with such ease and affection for the characters that is hard not to be immersed within her books!
The first two books in the trilogy (blurb given below!) can also be read as standalone – but reading Bring Me Back will definitely entice you to understand the journey Andy and Annie went through to become the people they are today!
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Maybe read as standalone.
Disastrous love life aside, Charlotte Evans is rather content with her life. Her quaint little art gallery is plodding along nicely, and her sister Emily’s artistic career is about to take off, thanks to her tireless promotion. She even gets to see her best friend every day and drink his delicious coffee in the café next door.
But when dastardly property developer Craig Carmichael comes along, threatening to demolish her gallery and take everything away, Charlotte has an unexpected fight on her hands. Not only is she battling to stop Craig’s development, she’s also struggling against the mysterious magnetic pull that has her on a collision course with Craig himself.
Craig Carmichael is fighting the Battle for Boundary Street on more than one front. The tenants of the building he wants to knock down are mounting a strong case against him and in a hot-headed moment he put his career on the line for a project that is threatening to fail. If the project doesn’t succeed he will lose everything, but for some reason he’s having trouble maintaining his focus.
As their worlds begin to unravel around them, anyone could win. It’s what they might lose that has Charlotte and Craig wondering what it is they really want.
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May be read as standalone.
Everything happens for a reason, they say. And sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and make bad decisions. Sleeping with her sister’s best friend is one of the dumbest things soon-to-be divorcee Emily Evans has ever done. But she’s determined to put it behind her and move on. She’s walked away from her cheating husband, managed to make a new friend, and found herself a real job and somewhere to live so she doesn’t have to couch-surf any more. Everything should be falling into place but for one problem – there are some mistakes from which you can’t move on.
Meanwhile, Ben Cameron is getting on with his life. After all, it’s the only thing to do once your heart has been stomped on by the woman of your dreams. Expanding his business and getting cosy with the girl next door are proving welcome distractions. He’s even happy to babysit his nephew, as long as he can to hand him back when he’s done! And thankfully, Emily Evans, the woman with the heavy boots, is avoiding him like the plague.
But Emily can’t avoid him forever, and when she drops a bombshell that turns Ben’s world upside-down, suddenly, getting on with his life takes on a whole new meaning.
I know I know! I am sorry (not really!) that you had to go through that much of my ramblings before you could get to the best part of this blog tour – the giveaway! Well here it is – a chance to win a 20$ Amazon Gift Card to buy all the more books! 😀
Who’s excited? Because I am! Even though I never win anything, I still get excited over giveaways! 😛
So what are you waiting for? Go click on the image below to enter the Rafflecopter 😉
All The Best ❤
Jennifer Collin writes quirky, and sometimes gritty, love stories about ordinary people dealing with what life throws at them.
She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, two noisy children and a cantankerous cat.
She used to party, but now her idea of a good time is an uninterrupted sleep. These days, her characters do her partying for her, and she doesn’t necessarily let them sleep.