Review + Giveaway + Guest Post: Undertow by Leigh T. Moore

July 17, 2013 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews, new adult, Review 2


Undertow (Dragonfly, #2)
Undertow (Dragonfly #2)
by Leigh T. Moore
Expected publication: July 18th 2013 by Leigh Talbert Moore

4 stars

“Falling in love will pull you under…”

Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination–and become a billionaire in the process.
Alexandra “Lexy” LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer’s seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.

Anna hoped to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.

Now she’s in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she’s starting to love.

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Leigh Moore has just proven to me that she is an incredibly versatile author. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I am not in the least disappointed. Undertow follows three different points of view: Meg, Lexy and Bill, through journal entries. Three entirely contrasting personalities and Leigh showcased the best of her talent in giving them each distinct voices.

When there are multiple POVs for one timeline there is often not enough new material to make the reader want to read it more than once, but with Undertow, the characters are rarely in the same place so it makes for a more complete picture to the overall story. And even when reading the same scene, the different personalities of the characters pulled the reader’s view in a new direction. I saw each of them in a different light.

It made me heartsick to read each new journal entry because I knew the outcome of the story, but also because I was able to relate with each of them equally. While reading Meg’s story, I hated Bill for not being around more. But when reading Bill’s story, I could sympathize with all of his reasons for staying away. Never have I felt so conflicted about a book’s characters before! GAH!

If I had to have a complaint, it’s that I didn’t get enough of Anna’s story. I miss her! I miss Julian! WAAAHH!! I know I won’t have to wait too long until Watercolor (book #3) comes out, but it can’t come soon enough! Hurry up with that editing, Leigh!! 😉

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

lindsay guestpost

Ten Things Bill Thinks You Should Know About Lexy

Hi, there. *squints* I don’t know why I was asked to do this, but I’ll see what I can tell you. I mean, Lexy—or Alex—and I didn’t really know each other until we were adults.

She pretty much hated me in high school, so I kept my distance. But then, well…

Let’s get started.

#1-She’s amazingly talented. I’ve always known this, but see up there about how she used to hate me.

#2-She’s majorly strong. Like unbelievably. She’s stronger than I am, and that’s saying something.

#3-She’s a great business woman. I remember that summer she made something like $5K just sitting on the pier painting for tourists. (That’s when I knew she had to join our team.)

#4-She’s a loyal friend—selfless almost. Even to me, but that came later.

#5-She’s blind to her own worth. All those things I just listed, I’m not sure she sees them. You should see how she chews her lip waiting for my approval on sketches that are always, always perfect. I blame her lame-assed, runaway dad.

#6-God, she’s beautiful. Sorry. You ladies can all hate me, but it’s true.

#7-She’s sexy without trying to be.

#8-She doesn’t put up with my shit.

#9-She’s the most stubborn person I’ve ever met.

#10-She’s a good mother. Every now and then, I see her around town with Julian, and I love how she is with him. I could watch them for hours… My mom was never like that.

(These last three are what go into #6-7.)

Anyway, thanks for asking. I know I’m the bad guy in the story. I f*cked up—pardon my French—so maybe nobody cares what I think. But I know what I’m talking about.

Take it easy.

LeighTMooreLeigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.

 

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Lindsay

One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • Thanks so much for the great review, and for inviting Bill to speak, Lindsay! Everything that happens in Undertow is kind of the key to the story–and will put a lot of pressure on the new Anna + Julian… Hope readers LURV this story~ :o) <3

  • Thank you for your giveaway.