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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TIES Blog Tour

Today's post is so exciting because I have mad love for both Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt!  I've been reviewing this series since book one came out and it amazes me how every subsequent book that comes out in this series just gets better and better.  Plus I got to meet them in L.A. last year and they are AWESOME in person.  

See look here's a picture with me and them! 

Hey look, here's the cover of TIES which is the brand-spankin' new book in the Lengths series! 

Ties is a companion book in the Lengths series NOT a sequel. It was written as a stand-alone title. The other books do not need to be read prior to Ties in order to follow the story.

When a shiny new convertible arrives for her twenty-first birthday, Hattie Beckett has had enough of her absent dad trying to buy a place in her life. It’s time for him to face her--or get out of her life forever. 

She tosses some clothes in a bag, looks up her father’s last known address, and sets her GPS for Silver Stand, California.

When she arrives at a beach-bum paradise that’s totally foreign to her New England upbringing and finds nothing but an empty lot where her dad maybe once lived, her immediate instinct is to pack up her car and head right back to Connecticut.

But she also finds... Deo. The half-brother she never knew she had. He and his hippy-dippy mom insist that Hattie stick around—at least for the summer. And with all of her friends spending the summer abroad, what else does she have to do? 

Her ideas about family are blown wide open as Deo and Marigold pull her in with their charm and love. But there’s still a huge question mark where her dad is concerned, and that question mark definitely looms over her ideas about love and relationships. 

When Hattie meets Ryan, the college dropout turned competitive sailor, her perspective flips with her heart. Like it or not, Hattie is falling fast and hard for Ryan... even if it’s the last thing that she expected - and the last thing her newly found brother wants for her.


One thing that you can absolutely guarantee about any of Steph Campbell's and Liz Reinhardt's books is the fact that they write GREAT male lead characters. I read LENGTHS and loved Deo.  Then I read DEPTHS and was head over heels for Cohen, (seriously he's still my favorite).  In LIMITS, Adam was seriously hot nerd charming.  In TIES, Ryan just might be battling Cohen for my favorite guy spot in the Lengths series.  I honestly couldn't recall too much about Ryan from book one where he makes an appearance.  But, from what I do remember I am SO glad he grew up and got his act together and became an even more appealing lead character. 

I honestly had a love hate relationship with Hattie.  As someone who grew up in a situation where I hadn't met my biological dad or older half brother until later in life I got where Hattie's hesitation about getting too close to people happens.  I also thought that the reunion between her and Deo was incredibly sweet and realistic.  What I didn't care too much for was her yanking Ryan's chain around so much.   It seemed odd to me that she was so resistant to getting together with him because she needed to protect her heart, and then it sort of flipped really fast to she didn't want to hold him back from his dreams.  Now, I feel like I need to reiterate.  I definitely get where her character is coming from in most scenarios.  The whole not knowing you have a sibling thing definitely throws you for a loop, and having a dad screw you over in life definitely makes you have trust issues.  But, some of the scenes where she treated Ryan like crap just made me scratch my head a bit. 

Now, I have to say that Deo's and Hattie's Grandpa kicks major butt.  He had me in stitches whenever he showed up on the page, and the line where he called Ryan and Deo douchebags made me laugh out loud. It was great getting to see characters from books past and reconnect with them. 

Steph and Liz create these character rich stories that keep you coming back for more.  I really enjoyed TIES and I think it's a good edition to the series.  With the way the story ended, I'm not too sure if we'll see a couple of characters around as much, which scares me a tad.  But, I was overall satisfied with how it ended.  I felt like it made sense for me, and is what the story was building towards. 

If you are a fan of the Lenghts series, TIES should definitely be added to your shelf/e-reader.  It's a great continuation of the series that further solidifies just how great a writing team Liz and Steph are! 

4/5 Oh Yeah I liked it a lot!

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

Steph's works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties & Riptides.

Twitter: @stephcampbell_

Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).


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