Monday, March 12, 2018

A Shot in the Dark Blog Tour by L.J. Stock

Book: A Shot In The Dark
Author: L. J. Stock
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 12th March

Life had never been simple for Miki Quinten. Her mom had died when she was eight, and in the aftermath of their loss, her father turned his grief into alcoholism, inadvertently converting their home into a melting pot of debauchery. Unwilling to be put into the foster system, Miki takes control of her own life and becomes invisible to almost everyone but her best friend and godmother. 

It stayed that way until her junior year in high school and the sudden, unexpected crash landing of Childress High’s star defensive end, Dustin Hill, into her life. The unlikely pair are thrown together and discover they have more in common than either of them thought, and before either Miki or Dustin are prepared an unbreakable bond is formed between them. The only problem is, Dustin’s already in a relationship, and his controlling family have made it clear they want him to stay there.

Against Miki’s better judgment the two grow closer until fate’s twisted sense of humor intervenes and everything in Miki’s world is scattered, plunging her into a crisis she’s not sure she will ever recover from.

HOLY SHIT!!! This is one of those books that will stay with me for a loooooong time. L.J. Stock is a new writer to me but I was not at all disappointed. This book is poignant, breathtakingly beautiful and well rounded. Every aspect of this book oozed with confidence from the author as her words and the characters emotions spilled onto the pages. 

I had no clue what I was getting into as I settled in to read but I quickly found that this was no ordinary book. I wasn't sure of the genre either at first when I started reading I thought oh ok so it's about football...WRONG! The more I read, the less I cared about the genre but more about the characters and what they were going through. Let me tell you they go through so much and there were points where I just had to put the book down because I was anxious to read the next part hoping it wouldn't turn out bad. I swear I was like wait I have only read 2% and all that happened. Ok cool, nothing else can possibly happen so I should be fine right? NOPE so wrong. It was as if L.J. Stock said "hold my beer" and continuously shocked me. 

Alright yes, I know you're probably like what about the characters? So we have Miki or Mikayla. She is a bit reserved, blends into the shadows and prefers it that way. Unfortunately, her childhood was tainted with the passing of her mother and left with a father who didn't care. My God my soul for this child wept. She is so strong and her heart was big and beautiful. Then there is Dustin...I loved him from the jump he was funny and loved Miki so much. I rooted for them so hard. But my god, every few % I thought I was going to either have a heart attack or breakdown and cry. There is also Miki's BFF Meghan ahhh she is the bestest ever, absolutely loved her and her mom, Jen. They both helped Miki out so much and were the best!

This story takes you through Miki's junior year of HS and into adulthood. Man oh man this book hits a point where I was like NO OMFG NOOOOO FUCK THIS SHIT NOOOOO NOPE NO NO NO!!!!!!! Obviously, I won't spoil it but believe me I wasn't ready.  So if you want a great book that will keep you on your toes THEN GET THIS BOOK!!!! 

If you have read my blog/reviews long enough you will see that I rarely hand out 5 hearts but this book and the writing deserve every damn star because it's that wonderful. 

5/5 hearts

Meet the Author
From a young age L.J. Stock was led by her imagination. From the moment she could read she fell into worlds where trees could talk and little girls could move things with their minds. 
In no hurry to grow up, she found stories all around her, in the forests of Plym Bridge, the moss covered hills of Dartmoor, then, as she grew older, the wide spread city of Houston, where she currently resides and works. A constant daydreamer, she hopes that one day, her passion can become something more than just a hobby for her. 
Still led by her imagination, the worlds have slowly grown from childish adventures to urban fantasies and romances. With inspirational authors such as Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, John Grisham and Stephen King guiding her through her life so far, L.J. Stock has finally decided that it is time for her to go for gold and try land herself on someone else’s future list of favorites. 
Putting words on paper is as essential as breathing to her, but on the rare occasions that she isn’t writing, she can be found with a video game remote in hand or curled up on the couch with her pup and a good book. Music is also such an important part of her life, it’s a wonder there isn’t a background soundtrack playing wherever she goes. 
A good girl to most, a bad girl to a few, L.J. believes that every genre should be attempted and is more than likely to have tried to release three hundred series’ ranging from vampires and werewolves, to dystopian and even classic romance, before she reaches even middle age. At least, that’s the plan for now.

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