Monday, October 13, 2014

Release of Fix Up (Patch Up #2) by: Stephanie Witter my 5 star review, giveaway and more!! Check it out! Don't miss the conclusion of Duke and Skye's story...

Join the party to celebrate Fix Up's release! 
October 14th

The synopsis:

Saying “I love you'' doesn’t erase the old scars and fears.

"I love you to insanity. I'm not even sure if it's a good thing.'' — Duke

Skye is trying to overcome what happened with Sean. Now that she’s slowly healing, both physically and mentally, she’s determined to do something she should have done sooner. She’s meeting twice a week with a new, very young therapist, Dr. Marshall. There, she’s able to talk freely, unwind, and question things. Most of the sessions she talks about herself and her hangups, along with her relationship with Duke, which is still on rocky ground.

"I want to taste his sweat. I want to hear his groans. I want to feel him inside of me.'' — Skye

But while Skye is slowly getting back on her feet, Duke feels like he's drowning. He’s afraid of pushing her too much, of initiating intimacy, and it’s weighing between them. Moreover, knowing that he's not the one she’s talking to anymore is making him feel things he never thought possible.

"It’s a matter of when I’ll stop fighting." — Duke

As days pass, Duke is showing over and over how vulnerable he truly is and how Skye has more power over him than she ever imagined. When Skye sees how they keep hurting each other, she’s determined to do everything in her power to make things right, no matter what the cost. But one thing is still sure; she can count on Duke whenever she needs him, even if they disagree and fight. When Duke loves, he loves with everything he’s made of, the good and the bad.

"Loving her is confusing, making me afraid of myself and what I can do ... because I can break us both." — Duke

If you haven't gotten to know Duke and Skye Patch Up is where it all began.
Only 99 cents Amazon US / Amazon UK

Patch Up (Patch Up, #1)

Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.

"What if I am already broken into pieces?"

She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...

"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."

The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.

However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.

She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?

"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."

* Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is for readers of 18 and up.*

***Do not read if you haven't read Patch Up***

My 5 star review:

Well Stephanie Witter did it again! Talk about an emotional ride/journey. After Sean's brutal attack Skye begins to try and heal. She starts seeing a psychologist (male and young) to talk through her fears and pain. Immediately after meeting him she feels guilt about his age and decides not to tell anyone. Duke and Skye are still so broken, they don't know how to be in a relationship without pushing each other away. You can see Duke finally letting go of Juliet and the guilt and emotion he feels when he finally realizes Skye is the one. And Syke's insecurity over Dukes love for Juliet is so very real to me. I think if you were competing for the love of a ghost you would feel that way; guilt because the person is dead but jealousy because you don't have that love. 

Skye: "It's this little part of me that still thinks that Juliet was it for Duke, and I'm just second  best. The replacement. The one he would never look twice at if Juliet were still alive."

I love Kate and Derek they were the best friends I think we all wish we had. They were ALWAYS there for both Skye and Duke and Derek really let Duke have it a few times when he thought he was pulling away from Skye. He got really protective over Skye which was cool. It was nice to see that relationship develop between the two. I'm so glad we got to know them more in this book. And really glad we're getting a book about them.

Skye (talking about Kate): "She's my ray of sunshine when I'm about to lose myself to my inner darkness."

This book starts with Duke and Skye making progress, slowly going uphill but then quickly being pulled back down, they just can't seem to get it together. They fight constantly and instead of talking about their issues head on they just continue to push each other away. And that is exactly what this book did to me, a constant push and pull with my emotions. There were so many times I wanted to scream at the both of them, especially Skye toward the end but I think they both needed what happened. I think they both needed to realize this wasn't just a relationship based on a dependency for the other but one of love and yes need but not always needy, if you know what I'm trying to say. 

Duke: "You don't know how much I rely on you in my life. I don't want to do this without you."
Skye: "That's not healthy, Duke."

I think the author does a wonderful job of portraying this. It's great Skye went to see Sean and talked to his mother she needed that to heal and no matter what anyone else thought it was what was best for her. I do think Skye should have handled things a little differently with her therapist, but this was all new to her and she was confused. Sometimes reviews are hard for me because I don't want to give away the book. So just know that this was a very real and raw story about two people struggling to make a relationship work, both people in the relationship are deeply scarred. It's about mistakes, love, trust, friendship, and healing.

Skye: "I love him. I love him so much that I'm afraid. When you love someone and you're not happy and sure of yourself, you have the power to destroy the person you love, and I can't risk that."

"Do I want a life without him in it, or am I pulling away because I feel safer that way?

I also think the author did an excellent job of utilizing senses in her writing. There were parts when she described things that I could actually see, taste, feel and smell. I think that says a lot about a writer when they can capture that in a book. I also want to say we got an outstanding epilogue, everyone who reads my reviews knows that I love epilogues and this one was did not disappoint! I loved both of the books in the Patch up series and looking forward to the third!

I highly recommend!

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About the author:
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn't wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP was her first New Adult Contemporary novel.
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And don't miss Change Up coming in November Goodreads

Change Up (Patch Up, #3)

In Patch Up and Fix Up you had Skye and Duke’s story. Now, it’s time for Derek and Kate to find their path. 

He fights for the people he loves.
She fights against love.

Kate Andrews is starting her second year of college in Seattle. She is happy to leave Chicago and her dysfunctional family behind to be with her friends again. Growing up she thought that her parents' loveless marriage was all her father’s fault, but that summer she discovered that things are so much more complicated in life and love. Her mother is bipolar. That doesn’t mean her father isn’t unfaithful, nor does he support her and her choices. Additionally, he isn't a great father or husband, but it brings a new perspective in her life; the way she envisions love.

Derek Williams graduated college a few months ago, and while he moved back in again with his single mother and teenage brother, he never thought that he would be struggling with two crappy jobs. He is not succeeding in either of his jobs or in his countless plans for the future. Instead, he’s trying to bring back his brother and set him on a straight path, while trying to avoid the wrong crowd hounding him, thanks to his brother. Together with fighting his mother on her lack of support in their family, this all has caused chaos.

“Yes, my life is a fucking mess. I have nothing for that girl who deserves everything, and yet I still can’t just sit on my ass and wait for the next asshole to pursue her.‘' — DEREK

Both of them are very different. Their upbringing is opposite; their vision of love and life contrast, and yet …

“I want to open up to it, open up to the possibility of heartbreak even if I’m scared to death. I’m ready to change up.'' — KATE

They’re both still hung up on each other. They can’t forget that one night they shared months ago, can’t ignore their attraction and quickly maturing love.

They match in every way that matters, but time and time again their respective families are getting in the way.

"He’s the commitment kind while I’m anti-commitment." — KATE

Are they willing to fight for each other? Is Kate ready to risk her comfort and everything else for love? Is Derek prepared to chose which battles are worth fighting for?

“It’s never been friendship, and it’ll never be.’’ — DEREK
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