Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tour: Fake Boobs by Ryan Ringbloom

Title: Fake Boobs
Author: Ryan Ringbloom
From: Review Copy (Blog Tour)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 1st February 2015
Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

At 18, Tori lacks confidence, both in her appearance and herself, but one person can see through that, her older brother's friend Grant. Grant knows that he shouldn't, but he can't help but fall for Tori, but things change and when Grant leaves, Tori takes a turn for the worse, becoming more obsessed with her looks and changing her appearance. Her new confidence works for a while, but after a while things always tend to fade...

I've now read a few books by Ryan Ringbloom, and I must say that once again she's proved that her books tell the real story. This isn't a book about a perfect romance, between perfect characters, instead its about the pressures that young people feel about their bodies and their attractiveness. Its a big deal, and not often something that is dealt with in books.

Tori has something that almost every woman will be able to relate to; body issues. And then she has the men in her life making it worse (whether that is valid blame or not it happens), and Tori then takes it to the extremes with her looks and the changes she makes. It is kind of scary in a way simply because of how many women would make some of those, even simple ones like dying their hair.

The relationship between Grant and Tori had several different stages, there was sweet, then there was the pining, then there was the matured version. The sweet version was good, it gave Tori some confidence, but it didn't feel quite as real as the later more mature version. It also led to the pining, which was an important path for both characters. Even before Grant's POV came along it was clear that he cared for Tori a lot.

Fake Boobs was a journey. Though I didn't find Tori quite as relateable as the other characters in previous books I've read, that was more to do with me and my experiences than the character herself, and I still found that this was well done and realistic! If a bit scary!

New Adult
Date Published: February  2015

 Tori Albert is eighteen. Her confidence level is zero. A girl lost in the shuffle, hiding in the shadows craving attention, but no one ever seems to notice her. If only someone, anyone, would notice her, she’d be happy. 

Grant Donavan is Tori’s older brother’s best friend. Suddenly he can’t stop noticing Tori, but that is not a good thing. She’s young, inexperienced and naïve. The best thing he could do is walk away. So why the hell is he not walking away?

Tori’s small boost of confidence gets torn down and she makes changes to build it back up. But maybe her new confidence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Unfortunately some things you just have to learn the hard way. 

*Contains Mature Content

Virtual Book Tour - February 23 - April 24

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February 23 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
February 24 - Books, Authors, Blogs - Interview
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February 28 - Books Unhinged - Review
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March 9 - Momma Bears Book Blog - Excerpt
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March 12 - Pink Fluffy Hearts - Review
March 13 - Were Jumping Books - Excerpt
March 16 - Lustful Literature - Review
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March 18 - Book Briefs - Review
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April 3 - Bound 2 Escape - Excerpt
April 3 - IEqualsAlissa - Interview
April 6 - Sultry, Steamy, Reading - Review
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Ryan Ringbloom

Ryan Ringbloom is a YA/NA author who lives for anything Romance.  The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it.  When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own.   Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her six year old are the best part of her day.
You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at . Feel free to contact her, she would love it!