Sunday, August 4, 2013

Just Human by Kerry Heavens Blog Tour - Review and Giveaway

Meet Liv and Danny...Liv loves Danny.

She knows she loves him more than he loves her, so she lets him go without a fight when his parents make him move back to America. She knows she will never love anyone like she loved him, but she has to move on.

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him, because she does nothing to get him to stay, so he goes quietly when his parents leave the UK. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her, but he has to move on.

Twelve years on, they have made a good job of pretending, they may have almost forgotten. But when they get in touch via Facebook, it seems that it is all still there.

They quickly find that they are intensely compatible in ways they hadn’t even begun to explore before they were forced apart.

Can they put aside their fears and give it a go? Or will deep rooted doubts and insecurities tear them apart?


Excuse me.  Give me a moment.  I'm still reeling from the ending of the book.

Ok.  I'm ok now.  Maybe.

Liv and Danny were childhood best friends.   As they grew, their friendship developed into something more.  Love?  Maybe, but they were just teenagers, and before they could really see where things were going, Danny's family moves back to the U.S.

They both decide that the long distance thing isn't going to work and that it's best that they go their separate ways.  I mean, they're 17 years old, too young to settle down, so they live their lives without each other.

12 years later, Liv is running her diner and bar when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her.  She realizes that she's been in relationship after relationship and has never lived it up.  She's constantly getting hurt and decides to take a break from relationships and just live life.  Liv is just tired of getting hurt.

"I have been cheated on twice, stolen from and I didn't even trust my own father.  I'm not a girl who believes in happily ever after."

One day, Danny randomly messages her on Facebook.  She is completely caught off guard, especially since he never tried to keep in contact after he moved away.  Liv never really got over Danny and is brought back to that magical time when they were together and everything was right.

They exchange messages and occasionally flirt online.  The chemistry is still there and she realizes she may still have feelings for him.  He was her first love and she realizes that she never truly loved after he left.  She was fine without him for 12 years, but then again, maybe she wasn't.

"He is the only guy who has never done a number on me.  My main fear is that if he is no longer a myth, he's here, then he might let me down too." 

They end up meeting in person, and I'm pretty sure I fist pumped when they first see each other.  I was a giddy little school girl.  If it wasn't 2am and I wasn't laying in bed with hubby, I might have squeeeeeed and jumped up on the bed.

Danny and Liv pick up right where they left off and are trying to decide what to make of this reunion.

"I never truly loved anyway.  I see now that you are the only person I've truly loved and while losing you broke my heart, you never actually hurt me.  You left, but that wasn't your fault.  So you've stayed perfect in my memory.  I guess my fear is, if I let myself love you, you might turn out to be just human. And if you're just human, you could easily hurt me too, I couldn't survive being hurt by you Danny."

If you've read my reviews, I love books from different POVs.  This book switches between Liv's POV and Danny's POV, and I love being able to see how both of them are feeling.  It makes the highs awesome and when you hit a low, you want to bury your face in a pillow and cry.

"I love you too I think, more than you'll ever know."

Liv is a strong, independent woman who's suffered from the battlefield we call love.  We've all been hurt at some point and she goes into survival mode after she's been hurt again.  It's something we've all been through and you can feel her pain.

Danny is a sweetheart.  And not in a sickeningly, annoying way.  Some books paint the male characters in a totally unrealistic way.  Most guys are not as romantic as some books make them out to be.  Danny is sweet, but not in a cheesy/corny way.

I really enjoyed this book.  The characters are real and totally relatable.  I find a lot of characters to be unrealistic in how they think and live their lives.  I could definitely see Liv and Danny existing in real life.

Fair warning though, this book ends in a cliffhanger.

Have you ever read a book where you are nearing the end but you are nowhere near a solution?  You know the panic that sets in when you look at your Kindle and it's at 98% and some serious shit is going down?  Yea, I was definitely panicking.  That being said, Kerry Heavens needs to release the second book in the series ASAP!

I'm a bit of a masochist when it comes to cliffhangers.  I say I hate them, but I think I secretly love them.  Being able to let your imagination run wild to see how you think the story will end, how you want the story to end and how you definitely don't want a story to end.  It's pretty fun...if you like torturing yourself.  Which apparently I do.

It's a story about second chances.  Should we take them?  Or are things better if they are left in the past?

My Rating:
4 stars

Source:  E-copy provided by the author for honest review.

About the author:
Terrible wife - Mediocre mother - Appalling housewife - Fashion graduate - Wedding coordinator - Sex toy salesperson - Shop manager - DesignerFont collector - Romance addict - Fancier of nice men - Ok, fancier of almost all men - Awesome cupcake baker - Incessant singer - Film buff - Friend - Writer

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