Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Give Away Meant For Her By Raine Thomas

**Mature Content Warning** This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sexual content, and mature subject matter. 

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him. 

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him. 

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on. 

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.

Author BioRaine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her. She
is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Playlist for MEANT FOR HER by Raine Thomas

  1. Meant for Her features Evan Dorsey, a professional baseball player who has recently lost the only person who really mattered to him. The pain caused by her death has left him with a lot of issues to face. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons fits his story perfectly. I particularly love this version of the video, since it’s dedicated to a man who lost his life to cancer…a topic in Meant for Her.

They say it's what you make,
I say it's up to fate.
It's woven in my soul,
I need to let you go.

Your eyes, they shine so bright.
I wanna save that light.
I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how.

When you feel my heat,
Look into my eyes.
It’s where my demons hide,
It’s where my demons hide.
Don’t get too close,
It’s dark inside.
It’s where my demons hide,
It’s where my demons hide.

  1. The female protagonist, Sierra Stratton, has a unique view of the world. Her insights into other people often make Evan uneasy. It’s harder, however, for her to have strong insight about herself and how she handles conflict with others. Evan wants her to stand up for herself, so Sara Bareilles’ song, “Brave” speaks to me about this.

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out.
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say,
And let the words fall out.
Honestly I wanna see you be brave.

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave.

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave.

  1. Sierra and Evan have a connection the moment they meet, but it takes time for Evan to accept it. He’s drawn to Sierra, despite his desire to avoid making connections and putting down roots in Atlanta. It isn’t long before Sierra has his head spinning. “Clarity” by Zedd is the song that reminds me of this element of the story.

Don't speak as I try to leave, 'cause we both know what we'll choose.
If you pull then I'll push too deep and I'll fall right back to you.

'Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn't need,
Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don't know why.

If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love's insanity, why are you my clarity?
  1. After spending some time befriending Evan, Sierra gives their relationship a nudge to the next level. From that moment on, things are different between them. The song “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran reflects this development.

I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now.
I just wanna know you, know you, know you…

'Cause all I know is we said, "Hello."
And your eyes look like coming home.
All I know is a simple name.
Everything has changed.
All I know is you held the door.
You'll be mine and I'll be yours.
All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.

  1. Evan’s demons come back to haunt him, making him have doubts when things progress with Sierra beyond where he envisioned. The choices he makes then propel the story into another light. “Stay” by Florida-Georgia Line captures the essence of Evan’s difficult choices.

My heart's on my sleeve, but it's turning black.
(I guess I know what it feels like to be alone).
Without your touch I'm not gonna last.
(I know you know that I need ya just to carry on)
It feels like my walls are caving in.
(You'd always hold me before I left you hanging on)
And I'll do anything to have you here again.

  1. The song that ultimately captures the relationship between Sierra and Evan is “I Need Your Love” by Ellie Goulding (featuring Calvin Harris). It even reflects the fact that they’re neighbors and pass each other’s doors. The lyrics speak for themselves!

I take a deep breath every time I pass your door.
I know you're there but I can't see you anymore.
And that's the reason you're in the dark.
I've been a stranger ever since we fell apart,
And I feel so helpless here.
Watch, my eyes are filled with fear.
Tell me do you feel the same?
Hold me in your arms again.

I need your love,
I need your time.
When everything's wrong,
You make it right.
I feel so high,
I come alive.
I need to be free with you tonight.
I need your love.

I will start off by saying I know Evan has had a HUGE loss in his life and his world has been turned upside down but man there were times in this book I wanted to jump in and slap him and say wake up stop your gonna loose a great thing . But then other times I loved him GRR that man lol.

Sierra is a strange beautiful soulful woman who follows her gut in all things. She Meets Evan at Everly's wedding and is attracted to Evan a man who by looking at him she can tell his has been through some serious life changing events. she still is determined to know more no matter what it takes

Evan's world is so lost so he decides he wants to fulfill one of his mothers dreams and play ball in Atlanta his childhood pal is already there. Evan arrives in Atlanta and after meeting with the manager of the team he wants to play for he finds out the beautiful creature he met at Everly's wedding is here and is the owners niece he dismisses it as he is keeping everyone at a distance to protect himself from more hurt or disappointment...and he meets Sierra again as she pushes her way in to his life knowing that if she waited for him to come to his senses it would be to late . Evan is not one to put roots down anywhere for long he bounces from place to place but now that he is here living his moms dreams things start to happen someone doesn't want him there threatening him leaving messages and it makes Evan face things he doesn't want to really admit Sierra can he risk loosing her. and the love story unfolds in its own way and at its pace that what kept me reading my impatience and my want for them to beat the odds and give in to Love .

This was another great read by Raine. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to my friends :) Stephenie

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  1. Thank you so much for participating in the launch tour, Stephenie, and for taking the time to read and review Meant for Her!

  2. I would love to win this because I love finding new to me authors!!! Can't wait to read this book!

  3. It sounds like a good athlete story.

  4. I would love to have any of the signed books!! Thank you for the chance!!