Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blog 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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I hate to admit it but I may be one of the few who has never read anything by Tijan so I was very curious about this book and what a story this was!!  You have a little bit of everything in this book: a touch of a forbidden romance, a hot and sexy as hell bad boy with one huge heart, and a lot of chemistry between the two main characters.

Summer is a freshman in college and is looking forward to spending more time with her stepbrother Kevin after they were secretly together for one night.  Upon arriving at school, the first thing she finds is him with another girl, which shouldn’t be surprising to her because he doesn’t keep a girlfriend longer than a few months.  From the moment I started this book, I knew what kind of guy he was.  A cheating man-whore.

Caden is one hunk of a sexy college guy, who might tick you off with his attitude in the beginning, but by the end, you will be swooning.  I really didn’t know what to think about him at first.  My first impression is that he would give cheating Kevin some competition, but that wasn’t the case.  It turns out that poor Caden has the weight of the world on his shoulders.   His brother Marcus is attending the same college, and his parents are never around when they are needed the most.  It seems that Caden is bearing the weight of his family’s tragedy all by himself.

He had no idea that running into Summer would be the one thing that would change his life in more ways than one.  One thing I enjoyed about this book is it isn’t an insta-love.  Caden has quite the attitude, but Summer is determined to be his friend.  And so it begins.  They hang out and get to know each other and that’s what I loved about them.  Their relationship progresses, they don’t just hop in the sack first.  But, when they do?  The sparks do fly!  Their connection is amazing!

When Summer finds out Caden’s family’s secret, she stands by him and helps him in every way possible.  Marcus is one guy that I wasn’t impressed with in the beginning either, but Summer breaks through to him, too.  I loved seeing him soften up and be a better guy, too, and what a good guy he really is!

This book really impressed me more than most I have read lately.  Summer is one of the most loveable characters I have read about in a while, and I enjoyed seeing her and Caden together.  No matter how many times dear old Kevin tried to intervene in their relationship, they were so much stronger by the end.  I devoured this 4 star book in one sitting and can’t wait to dive into more of Tijan’s books!

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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