26 October 2014

Two Blue Lines Tour & Review

Two Blue Lines - Crossing the Lines
by S.C. Montgomery

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His fear...Her secrets...Their choice.

What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you?
Lied to everyone?
Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one.
And now, he must decide for himself . . .
Man up or walk away?

SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself.

***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable.

***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one.

Author Spotlight:

SC Montgomery is a self-proclaimed nerd and readaholic.  She has dabbled in telling stories since she was very young by letting her imagination play out with her Barbie dolls and her bestie many a weekend.  She also writes Contemporary adult romance under the pen name Shauna Allen, and it was in one of those novels that the YA bug bit when she wrote in a teenager loosely based on her own son.  Her first story, Lines in the Sand, was penned as a gift for her mother, but was published with her blessing, and it’s just taken off from there.
SC is married with three teenagers of her own, who give her plenty of inspiration and advice, and are a constant source of laughter and new terminology. Besides writing, she loves reading, movies, singing and dancing reality shows and going to the beach.
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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Two Blue Lines is a young adult story about teenagers who find themselves in difficult adult situations. We were introduced to a younger Reed Young in the prequel novella Lines in the Sand. He's now 16 and dating former crush Melissa Summers. The problem is Melissa is pregnant... 

S.C. Montgomery does a wonderful job highlighting not only the problems and struggles facing teenagers in general but also those of potential teenage parents. Reed and Melissa have some really sweet moments but also some pretty horrible ones.

Reed is scared about becoming a Dad at 16 but wants to be there for Melissa. Not only is she about to become a teen mum but Melissa is also plagued by other problems and doubts. Some parts of the story are really sad and traumatic. 

The romance is sweet but it also demonstrates how impulsive teenagers can be. There were a few moments where I was annoyed by Reed's actions and others when I thought he was awesome. Similarly I had my doubts about Melissa at times and wanted her to be honest with Reed. She was very forgiving about certain events and I did think perhaps if her situation was different then she may have not been so easy to forgive.

The story covers some pretty traumatic issues and has a few potential triggers. I liked how Montgomery handled these topics and the attention made into making her characters seem realistic. The story is fairly short but I appreciated how the important issues were dealt with. 

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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