Tag: Contours of the Heart

Review: Sweet by Tammara Webber

Posted July 20, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Sweet by Tammara WebberReviewer: Holly
Sweet by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #3
Also in this series: Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Publication Date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Fiction, New Adult
Pages: 340
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four-stars

From the author of NYT bestsellers Easy and Breakable - a new standalone novel in the Contours of the Heart series
He's the love of her life, but he doesn't know it.She's his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.He was damaged and wild, but resilient.She's always been obedient; now she's restless.
Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society's opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.
And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:Sweet.

We first met Boyce and Pearl in Breakable, a retelling of Webber’s smash hit Easy, as told from the point-of-view of Landon Lucas Maxfield, the hero of Easy. We learned more about his mother’s death and his downward spiral during his teen years there. Boyce was his tormentor for awhile, and eventually one of his best friends. As I noted in my review of Breakable, the bits with Boyce and Landon were some of my favorites.

Boyce and Peal grew up together in a small coastal town. (Aside: I had this picture in my head, from Easy and Breakable, of an East Coast small fishing village, but I’m pretty sure this was set in Texas, which totally threw me off.) He saved her life when he was seven, and has kind of looked out for her ever since. They formed a great, if unlikely, friendship that they maintained even while Pearl was away at college. When Pearl comes home after graduation with plans to attend the local marine biology program instead of med school, her parents kick her out and she ends up moving in with Boyce. For years they’ve skirted around their attraction to each other, but living in close quarters makes it hard for them to deny how much chemistry they have.

When they give in to the inevitable, both know it’s nothing but scratching an itch, because what they have is way too important to ruin with messy emotions. Except it’s never that easy, and before long both hearts are engaged.

This book started out a bit slow, with very little happening between Pearl and Boyce and a lot of info dumping. As soon as they started interacting all the time, the story really picked up and I fell right into it. I loved their relationship. They truly were best friends who relied on each other, opened up to each other and had a deep and very sweet bond.

Boyce’s need to care for Pearl, both emotionally and physically, was really adorable. I loved that he kind of adopted her as his responsibility, not out of obligation, but out of love and caring. It wasn’t a one-way street, though. He opened up to her in ways he couldn’t with anyone else. He trusted her with every part of himself, even the stuff he didn’t give to Landon, his best male friend.

I finished the book with a smile on my face and flutters in my belly.

4 out of 5

four-stars


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Sweet by Tammara Webber’s Teaser

Posted April 21, 2015 by Rowena in News, Promotions | 0 Comments

Holly and I are fans of this series and are looking forward to reading Boyce’s book.

Sweet

He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.
He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient; now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:

Sweet.

(A Contours of the Heart novel – can be read as a stand-alone story)

We’re delighted to share with you lovely readers a teaser from the book before it releases. Check it out:

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series – NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series – YA/NA).

I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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Author Interview (+ Giveaway): Tammara Webber Talks About Breakable

Posted May 12, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 17 Comments

Tammara Webber, bestselling author of Easy, is here today to talk about her latest release, Breakable, cat cuddles and being stuck on a deserted island.

Tell us about Breakable.

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Breakable is a companion novel to Easy. Both a prequel of Lucas’s life before Jacqueline (when he was Landon), and the story of Easy from his perspective, Breakable was written for readers who craved more about Lucas when they finished reading Easy.

 What prompted you to write Landon’s story?

Lucas didn’t “speak” to me when I was writing Easy. I saw him from Jacqueline’s point of view only – and that was fine with me. I wanted Easy to be her story, and having him remain so silent made it easier for me to keep it exactly as I intended. It wasn’t until around a year after I first published Easy when Lucas finally began telling me his story. Once I started seeing bits and pieces of it, I had to write it.

Was it difficult writing overlapping timelines?

Technically speaking, this was the most difficult writing project I’ve ever tackled. The overlapping timelines were a challenge to manage, but writing Lucas’s view of the Easy story inside one of those timelines drove me to drink (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!). Readers may think it’s easier to rewrite a story into a different perspective than it is to craft an entirely new story, but that’s just not so. (This was true for me, and for several other authors I know who’ve done it – all of us have vowed to never do it again.) The story can’t be altered. The dialogue inside scenes can’t be altered. I made up for this as much as possible by writing “outside the lines” – including scenes that were only alluded to in Easy and beefing up scenes that faded into black in Jacqueline’s perspective.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

 The moment I struggle to sit up, I’m love-attacked by my cat, Moose, who acts as if my being asleep for a little while was tantamount to having left home for a week. My wonderful husband brings me coffee in bed and saves any complex questions or bad news until I’ve downed at least one cup. I’m a slow-waking sort of girl.

You’re stuck on a deserted island. What 5 things do you wish for?

(Having seen Castaway, watched Lost religiously and read Tracey Garvis Graves’ On the Island, I would be utterly terrified to actually have this happen. I would die SO FAST.) I’d wish for fresh water, my glasses, my inhaler, my husband and a cell phone with miraculous service and just enough battery power to get me rescued asap! If I have all that… I would want a box of my favorite romance novels, a crate of some decent Pinot Grigio, a hammock, a fruit tree, and lots of sunscreen to protect my ungodly pale, I-don’t-tan-I-burn skin.

 

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A Contours of the Heart Novel

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise—until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

Tammara Webber c Ami KellerTammara Webber is author of the New York Times bestselling New Adult novel Easy, the first novel in her Contours of the Heart series, and the Between the Lines series.  She is a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life.  Before writing full-time, she was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon.  She married her high school sweetheart, and is a mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.  Connect with her online at tammarawebber.blogspot.com, twitter.com/tammarawebber, and www.facebook.com/TammaraWebberAuthor.

 

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Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Posted May 12, 2014 by TG in Reviews | 0 Comments

breakableTG‘s review of Breakable (Contours of the Heart, Book 2) by Tammara Webber

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

We first met Landon Lucas Maxfield in Tammara Webber’s Easy, but we didn’t really get a complete picture of him. While Easy was definitely a romance, it was also Jacqueline’s tale. This is Landon’s story. Told in alternating past and present chapters, the book details his life prior to meeting Jacqueline, as well as his point-of-view in Easy, without being repetitive. I didn’t feel like I’d just re-read Easy from Landon’s point-of-view, but more like I was reading his story with little bits of Easy woven in.

New Adult is a genre primarily dominated by first-person point-of-view. The recent trend is to write the tale from the heroine’s POV then release the same novel from the hero’s POV down the road. I don’t necessarily dislike this, but I feel like if I read the story once, I don’t need to read it again. However, Webber takes a different route through the trend, following it in a rather innovative way. Instead of just re-writing Jacqueline’s story from Landon’s point of view, stopping at familiar landmarks along the way, she told what was mostly off-page in Easy, while still incorporating the more familiar scenes. Nothing seemed tired or worn out in it, and it was refreshing to recognize my favorite scenes from Easy, along with the new material.  Overall, Tammara Webber did a great job in making sure her readers got a companion piece, instead of a recount.

That is not to say that you have to read Easy before you can read Breakable, or you won’t understand whats going on. Webber made sure that Breakable could stand alone or with Easy. Because it is a strong independent novel who doesn’t need a prequel to make it whole.

My only quarrel with the story-telling was that it seemed a little rushed during Lucas’s chapters (those retold from Easy), like she was in a hurry to get to the next Landon chapter (those from his teen years), but I didn’t want to throw it out the window or demand my money (ha!) back by the end. I did want to see a little bit more of his emotions and thoughts while interacting with Jacqueline though. I think that would have made it complete.

I’d definitely recommend this to my friends without hesitation (all of them. Muahaha).

4 out of 5

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