Monday, December 9, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Catch Me by Claire Contreras

Title: Catch Me
Author: Claire Contreras
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: November 17th, 2013


In the past, I've always been given everything I've wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I've experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It's the one thing that can’t be bought. It can't even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway. 

Not until him.

Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.

The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me. 

And now that he has, I have to wonder if he'll stay around long enough to catch me.


“Depression is cruel bitch. She starts by planting little seeds all over your mind, knowing that life’s troubles will water it daily until it flows into a massive bonsai tree that crowds your thoughts and feelings, not leaving any room for leaves of hope to spur from it.”

Meet Brooklyn, a young woman who’s been through emotional hell and is still recovering. All her life she’s been told or made to feel that she is not good enough. She has everything anyone could want materialistically, that is. However, all she wants is to feel that she is unconditionally loved. That she is loved even when or if she’s over weight or just average. That people don’t want to be her friend just to reap the benefits of her famous parents. She wants to feel good enough for someone just as she is without the famous name.

Brooklyn falls into her depressive tendency at a young age.  In her past, she forms a close relationship with someone struggling with the same problems, Ryan.  These two along with her new found boyfriend, Shea, are running towards things that help numb the pain. Shea is an up and coming artist. Living the rock style life.  Experimenting with outrageous drugs. Drugs become a big part of their lives. Tragedy strikes scarring Brooklyn with deeper wounds. We don’t learn the depth of this pain right away. Bits and pieces come to life as Brooklyn’s present life develops.

 Working for her father Brooklyn is sent to New York where she meets Nick. The stereotyped bad boy producer. He’s hot and intriguing. Obviously, she struggles to stay away from him in that sense. But when Shea asks her to come along on tour to search for new talent, Nick becomes part of the bargain. Keeping it professional quickly becomes harder than she originally expected. The closer she gets to Nick the more she sees that he struggles with some of the same things in life. She decides that he’s actually a good guy. With trust building these two fall head over heels for each other. Just as life seems to going in the right direction, bad news travels to Brooklyn. This causes all her demons and insecurities to come back with a vengeance. Those little seeds start to multiply, smothering themselves to death.

“My hand feels bare without his in it and that scares me.”

It’s up to Brooklyn to look past those insecurities and see the truth. It seems as though Nick just might be strong enough to see through her self-doubt and fight for her. Strong enough to break through and prove that she is ENOUGH for him. He wants her and only her.

“I feel like I’ll die if he doesn’t kiss me, but at the same time my heart might explode if he does.”

It’s hard for me to put into words what I feel about this book. The story line was a good one. I truly loved getting to know the characters. However, for me the first half of the book felt off kilter. I really can’t put my finger on the exact thing though.I’m a truly stumped as to what it was that bothered me. The second half was completely different for me though. The story really picked up once they headed off for the tour. I was highly engaged at this point.  I loved the unexpected twists and turns. Shea’s character makes my heart ache for him. Actually, they all do in a way. They were just broken in different places, leaning on other broken people to keep it together. Despite my feelings of being conflicted with this one I really liked it but my rating is still around 3.5. 


Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs. 

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading. 

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter. 

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones or ones that will scare the daylights out of her and have her looking over her shoulder at every turn. Like I said, she's very random. 

Facebook link: www.facebook.com/CCONTRERASBOOKS
Twitter: @ClariCon
Website: ClaireContreras.Com



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