Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine
The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.
Ever since Cali’s parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better–and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.
But when Cali’s parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.
And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren’t that obnoxious after all…
Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.
“Then go to him,” I say quietly, and now I look up to meet her gaze. Her brown eyes are hard and strong, watching me intently. “Go out with him,” I continue. “Or don’t. But don’t let him go. Because if someone can be constantly on your mind like that, if they can always make you smile, if they can cheer you up one way or another, then you have to go to them. You have to tell them what they mean to you and then you can go out with them or you can stay friends or you can barely ever talk to them, but you enjoy yourself, you have fun, and then you hold fast to them and never, ever let them go. Because if someone, just by their existence, can brighten up your whole day, you have to try like hell to keep them in your life.” I take a long breath as soon as the words finish tumbling out of my mouth, a jumble of thoughts and feelings that, for me, couldn’t be more true. I don’t know where they came from other than straight from that goddamn unpredictable heart of mine, and as soon as the words leave my mouth, I know my subconscious has been working on them for a long time.
Two Roads showcases my FAVE type of romance, mortal enemies that end up falling in love. You can keep your best friends that don’t know they’re right for one another, or the unrequited nonsense, no give me good old fashioned hate that turns to simmering passion and I am just smitten! From the minute Cali started pranking the adorkable Logan I knew I was obsessed with this couple. The first half of the book is like Mean Girls meets Punk’d. As Cali and Logan’s mutual disdain for one another grew the pranking began to turn more and more personal. And even with that constant one-upping, there was a fervor to it that you knew wasn’t just about a mutual hate but perhaps this was more about getting close to one another.
Cali in particular, had many layers. I found myself at multiple points in the book fighting back tears as she dealt with a myriad of emotions ranging from depression, hate, longing and finally love.
And Logan, where do I began? He’s firmly cemented himself as a book boyfriend (and I am highly selective of my book boyfriends, thank you very much). He was sensitive, snarky, geeky and damn fine! I wanted him to read me some poetry by a fire. At multiple points in the book I felt myself getting downright swoony over this guy. Speaking of poetry, that theme played a major part in the book, so much so that at times I felt it kind of overwhelmed the story.
My only gripe with the story was that I felt the last half of the book dragged on a bit much. I found myself getting frustrated at a few points in my anxiousness for this amazing couple to finally get together!
In the end, be prepared to get a hanky there is quite an emotional wallop at the end but it is all beautiful (trust me). Two Roads, is witty with a ton of heart and L.M. Augustine is an author to watch in my book.[book rating=4.0/5.0]
Casting: I saw Logan as, Shane Coffey and Cali as, Holland Roden
L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.
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I have not yet read Two Roads, but Shannon’s review made me put it on my TBR list!