Tuesday, August 27, 2013

REVIEW: Two Roads by: L.M. Augustine

Two Roads
By: L.M. Augustine

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Synopsis: 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 a New Adult Romance containing some language and mild sexual content. It is a standalone book. 


Review:  Two Roads was a sweet combination of Slammed and Flat Out Love.  Cali and Logan's story is one of loss, heartbreak, guilt, love, and poetry.  After the death of Cali's brother, Ben, both she and Logan are drowning in a sea of despair.  Both try to move forward the best they can, but the facades they put on only mask the pain that lies beneath.  It is only with each other can they begin to shed the masks and begin to heal.

    The author did a great job showing the agony both character felt, while also creating a wonderful balance in their love-hate relationship.  I adore his writing style.  The scenes are innocent, tasteful, and heartfelt.  If you are looking for a lust filled novel, this is not for you.  However, if you are looking for a beautiful story of finding yourself in the midst of loss, this is the novel for you.

With a Bang (inspired by Cali)

With a bang the world came tumbling down.
Smashing and crashing.
Cracking and shattering.

With a bang guilt bubbled up.
Churning and stirring.
Simmering and boiling.

With a bang the walls were built.
Mean and frightening.
Protecting and fortifying.

With a bang the equation didn't add up.
Negative and positive.
Dividing and multiplying.

With a bang the sun began to shine once more.
Peaking and glimmering.
Shimmering and flirting.

With a bang the road began to divide.
Bending and splitting.
planning and deciding.

With a bang the world began to heal.
Hopes and dreams.
Love and family.

About L.M. Augustine

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. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won't be his last.

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