Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BOOK TOUR : Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan


Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous,
and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

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He told me to 'settle, girl.'
He asked if 'something was wrong with me?'
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

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He wasn’t looking at me any more. I wasn’t even sure he was really in the room.
I needed to leave this alone. He had given me the clues—looking away, his jaw clenching, pain like I’d never heard from him sounding loud and clear. My instincts were telling me to shut up, but I couldn’t. I had this burning need to know more about Caden. I needed to get in there, past his walls, and I wanted to understand him.
I wanted to help him.
Caden was hurting, and I wanted to take that away.
“What happened?”
Caden turned his gaze to me now, and I felt branded by the pain I saw. His eyes were stricken. “Does it matter?”
“No.” My breath caught and held in my chest. I wanted to go to him, but I also wanted to slink away. I was stirring up his pain, but I had to know. “What happened, Caden?”
“Why do you have to know?”
“Because it’s hurting you.”
I made a decision, though I had no idea what the ramifications were going to be. I stood, my legs going numb and my stomach clenching, and I moved to his side. He leaned back, his head falling to the couch, and he watched me.
The need to ease some of his hurt outweighed the fear of what would happen next. Swallowing tightly, I stepped over to straddle him and sat down.
“What are you doing?”
He asked that softly, still holding his beer. I took it from his hands and put it on the stand next to the couch. Then I just sat there. He had to do the rest. I’d already made the first move.
I glanced down at his hands, feeling like an idiot. “What happened?”
“Why are you pushing this?”
I looked back up to find confusion warring with need in his eyes. He wasn’t pushing me away, so I sank further into his lap.
“You haven’t told anyone else about this.” It wasn’t really a question, but I saw the confirmation in his eyes. My chest tightened, thinking about whatever secret he held. “Please tell me.”
“No.” He shifted forward, and I braced myself, expecting him to push me away. He didn’t. His hands grasped the backs of my legs and lifted me so I was more fully on his lap.
I could feel him between my legs, and my breasts almost pressed against his chest. I waited. I wanted to see what else he’d say
“But not because I don’t want you to know,” he added. “Because it’s not my secret to tell.”
I nodded, my stomach doing somersaults now. “That makes sense. I can respect that.”
And there we were. His hands cupped my ass, and the pain in his gaze became something darker, something I felt too, something that began to turn off all rational thought.
“What are we doing here?” he questioned, his voice like a caress in itself.
I leaned forward, my gaze lingering on his lips. “I didn’t really think it through.”
“And now?”
“Still not thinking it through.”
“You’re okay with that?”
In that moment, the truth exploded in me. I wanted him. I wanted this—but it was more. I needed this.
I didn’t answer.
I closed the distance between us.

Author Information
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I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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My Review:

ANTI-STEPBROTHER is a standalone story that is centered around Summer and Caden and add the stepbrother’s of Summer, Kevin who in my personal opinion, is a complete jerk. It’s a angst ridden storyline set in college. Summer and Kevin have only been step siblings for a few years and during this time, she has held hopes he would fall in love with her, in fact she has followed him all the way to college in the hopes he would finally realize she was the girl for him. Kevin is the star around campus, just like he was the star back in High School. Girls throw themselves at him while Guys try to be like him. Only thing is there is one guy who doesn’t want to be like him and that is his frat brother, Caden. Caden and Summer have this run in on her first night on campus. They had words and since then she sees Caden as the biggest jerk on campus but whenever something bad is going down , he is there helping her out of those jams while Kevin wasn’t.
Caden is one of those guys that you want to know- he puts out these mixed signals- those stay away yet come to me signals. He tells Summer one thing with his mouth but his eyes say another. He tells her he doesn’t want her yet he goes out of his way to watch out for her and protect her. He is sweet, kind and protects those he cares about and at a point in the story, and trust me , you’ll know when, he labels Summer as someone he cares about, he puts her under his protection. Summer and Caden become best friends and that is when everything changes and the story really gets going.
Kevin is not whom he claims to be and he is the biggest jerk in this story. He is , in my mind, sort of Voldemort evil. He does things that are really bad and he looks to be on the path to no return. There are several scenes that you make you cry, get angry and just want to smack Kevin but good. I have to say, the Summer and Kevin thing is good and it is right. There is a lot of angst and a lot of passion. Oh and the college YA feel to this story another good scene. The heroine will grab your heart and you will root for her , because she is one of the characters that you want to see come into her own and get her HEA; while the hero is one awesome alpha male who is protective, smart, has that male thing going for him and of course, is super protective of his lady. The sexual tension is hot ; the passion is intense and the love is deep. I loved how the supporting characters give a richer feel to this story, not detract from it.
Even though its been several years since I have been in college, the author paints a really good picture and you do not feel out of place. Whether you are 18 or 35, this is a story that will appeal to any reader of any age. What a great “ anti-stepbrother” story, one I highly enjoyed.

My rating: 4.8 stars *****
**I was given an ARC by TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

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