Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – True (Love) Story by Willow Aster

February 25, 2013 Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review 2

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Today is my stop on the tour for True Love Story by Willow Aster.

I am soooo excited to be a part of this tour and to be bringing you my review as well as a couple of giveaways too!

So ,,, read on!

True Love StoryTITLE: True Love Story

AUTHOR: Willow Aster

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance

PUBLISHED: 17th February 2013

SOURCE: Review copy received from author for blog tour

Find True Love Story on Amazon UK || Amazon US || Barnes & Noble

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Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.


The waitress comes with our food, and I promise, she practically lays her entire chest on Ian as she sets my food down. He looks at her and smiles. “Well, hello,” he says. She stands up and brazenly tucks her number in his pocket … the pocket in his jeans, no less. “Okay … thanks?” He looks back at me and raises his eyebrows.
“That happen often?” I ask.
“It happens,” he shrugs.
“Ah, so pretty much old hat, then.” I feel indescribably angry and sad that I have no right to this emotion when it comes to Ian Sterling.
He pulls the number out of his pocket and hands it to me. “If you’d put your number on this paper, it would be worth something,” he says quietly.
“Are you really hitting on me with my boyfriend sitting right here?” I am both proud and appalled by his audacity. Scratch that, I am loving his audacity.
I’m a horrible person. Let’s not even try to sugarcoat it.
He looks over at Michael, who has my hand, but is laughing at something Jeff has said. “Jeff’s keeping him occupied. He’s good that way.” He leans in closer and gets right in my face. “Your boyfriend doesn’t seem very attentive,” he whispers.
“Oh, he’s attentive,” I whisper back.
“Well, I guess if you like them like that.”
“Don’t you worry about what I like.”
“Can’t promise you that.”
“Why not?”
“Well, look at you. I already want to steal you.” With these last two words, his nose bumps mine and for a moment, I think he is actually going to kiss me. My stomach takes a nose dive into my feet. I’m pretty sure I turn magenta.
Wanton Waitress has to ruin the moment by checking to see if everyone is okay. I haven’t eaten a single bite. I stare her down as she returns for more of Ian. She doesn’t notice me. She does, however, make sure to put on a show as she walks to another table. If there was a pole in the vicinity, she would be Worrr-king It right now.
“So you changed the subject before … what do you like to do, Sparrow?”
“Uh, well, lots of things,” my voice sounds shaky and I want to raise my fist to the heavens and force God to honor our agreement, however one-sided it might have been.
Ian smiles. “Lots … of what?”
“Books,” I say firmly. “I’m crazy about books.”
He laughs. “Okay. That’s cool.”
“I like to read them and write them,” I say shyly.
Hello, my name is Sparrow and I am a nerd.
He lifts his eyebrows, and his eyes land on my mouth. “God, everything you say is hot.” He runs his hands through his hair, making it go another equally fabulous direction. I wish I could do that. “So let me get this straight … you look like this” — he waves his hand up and down in my direction — “and you’re a book-smart, writer goddess too?” He inches closer to my face again, and I am positive he can hear my heart pounding. “Do you have glasses and wear your hair up with a pencil, too? That would be too…” He closes his eyes for a second and when he opens them, his pupils are huge swimming pools. “I don’t know if I could even take it.” He shakes his head.
I laugh hard then, coming far too close to snorting for my comfort. Keep it together, Fisher.

OK, I had to take a couple of days to just SIT and THINK about this book once I’d finished it. I seriously could not get it off my mind. I have had a book hangover twice before and this was most definitely my third. If I tell you that this book is sitting proudly at the top of my “Best of 2013” list hopefully that will give a good idea of just how much I LOVED it!

True Love Story was romantic, funny and heartbreaking. It made me swoon, laugh and cry A LOT. Really big ugly tears that stopped me from seeing enough to carry on.

I loved Sparrow. She may have led a somewhat sheltered life as a preacher’s daughter but she was smart, witty and strong. She didn’t stand for shit from people. She stood up for herself if things didn’t feel right. Moving to New York gave her the chance to spread her wings away from her parents and the expectations of her old life. 

Now for Ian … Oh, oh, oh, I LOVED Ian! I didn’t love all of his decisions and actions (especially one in particular) but he was a sweet, romantic guy who carried a lot of emotional baggage. If anyone was in need of true love it was him. 

I liked Tessa and Jared. They were a cute couple and also so supportive of Sparrow and her decisions. They didn’t judge her, they just helped her when she needed them. Everyone should have people like them in their lives.

I loved reading about Sparrow and Ian’s developing relationship. It was sweet, romantic (how many times can I say that in this review?!) and hot. I adored their sexy back and forth banter. Their relationship wasn’t perfect, and that’s what made it realistic. Then at around the 75% mark my heart actually felt like it broke. I had suspected what was going to happen, and I was right, but even so I still felt as heartbroken as if it was happening to me. It definitely gave me something to think about and what I would do if it really was me. When “that” part happened I actually bawled my eyes out as if I was Sparrow. It was late at night and I desperately needed to stop reading, go to bed, and pick it back up the next day but I just couldn’t physically close up my Kindle. It made for a long, late night since, like I said before, I couldn’t see to read because I was crying so hard!

The ending was perfect and heart-warming and something that Ian had to work damn hard for. The pain and regret in his letters made them hard to read, in a good way. Everything emotion he was feeling came out in them. I could truly believe every word he was writing. The message I took from reading True Love Story was that yeah, shit does happen to good people but people can change and grow to make right on that bad shit, even to the extent of making things better than they ever were.

Since I was reading an ARC of True Love Story there weren’t a lot of other people that had read it and I was desperate for it to be released so I cold discuss it! I think I’ve gifted about  5 copies since last week so that I can talk about it some more!

I am so thankful that I got the chance to read True Love Story for the blog tour. The way my schedule looks right now it probably been a while before I got around to reading it and that would’ve been a shame. Now I just need to work on Willow Aster for my very own signed copy to treasure forever. I seriously cannot gush enough about this book. GO. GET. IT

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