Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Being With You by Hazel St. James

Being With You (Redemption Series 2)
Hazel St. James
Genre – Contemporary Romance


How much is too much for a battered soul to handle? Tristan Hart is determined to get his life back together, without anyone holding his hand. Being bipolar doesn’t mean he has to be dependent on others, and he’s going to prove that come hell or high water. As he works one foot in front of the other, something keeps pulling him backwards. There are days he feels close to knowing what is holding him down, but then it slips away with his next breath.

With all these crosses to bear, he doesn’t feel worthy of affection and works hard at keeping an emotional distance between himself and those around him. Fate throws him a curve ball when he finds himself needing help from an unlikely source and his life tips upside down…yet again.

How many times can Tristan hit rock bottom before it’s too much? Has fate paved his road to redemption alone, or is there someone else that is meant to be by his side?

Author Bio

Hazel is a contemporary romance author from the Midwest. She incorporates some sensual BDSM themes, as well as many different facets of "vanilla" relationships. Her diverse background in a plethora of fields, from journalism, literature, graphic design, computer science, accounting, veterinarian medicine and even chemistry have given Hazel a diverse background on many facets of the very things that she writes about. She recently became a full-time author, giving up her day job to focus on her writing. And loving every minute of it! Hazel LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to hear from her fans! She is always willing to talk about whatever is on your mind!

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In the interest of full disclosure, the author provided me with both books in the series for my honest review. 

Let's just say, Hazel St. James could have been looking at some of my old journals when she wrote some of this book. I think I can safely say that never have I seen myself in a character as much as I see myself in Tristan. Will I be waiting for the next book in this series? Yes, without a doubt. 

Tristan suffers from a form of mental illness (although I do hate to use that word). In "Fighting For You", you meet him and see what leads to his breakdown. You meet Peyton and Gabriel and Susy. "Being With You" follows the story of Tristan and the steps he takes to try and become whole. 

While some who have not ever experienced the highs and lows that Tristan has might not be able to relate, Ms. St James does a great job of sharing a description that will hopefully open many eyes. For those of us who have lived parts of this tale, it is alarmingly accurate. 

I found myself marking the phrases that I have used before and it was easy for me to rally and cheer for Tristan. And to groan when yet another obstacle got in his way. As "Fighting for You" drew to a close, and Peyton and Tristan went their separate ways, you were left wondering how Tristan would heal without her. 

You knew he had to-- to ever find his way back to her-- but you knew he needed help and Susy became that aid. You become as invested in her as you do the others and you meet Caleb, Peyton's brother. 

I like a book with real characters suffering from real issues. Too many times we are given ideal after ideal and few of us seldom live up to the ideal. It's nice to see a bit of reality!


Fighting For You (Redemption Series 1)
Tristan Hart is just getting started out in the world, when he is handed a severe blow that breaks down every barrier he has ever erected. What gets left behind is a twenty-four year old tortured soul, searching for the road to redemption. 

Peyton Bauer is a natural born nurturer that wants nothing more than to care for those in her life. She carries her own past that she keeps carefully hidden from everyone. Peyton and Tristan are thrown together by fate and the attraction between them is instant. 
Tristan sees his recovery as slow going, but even still, he is ignoring a part of himself that often times appears in his dreams. Those dreams hold so much more than Tristan is willing to acknowledge and it holds him back. 

Tristan and Peyton struggle to find a happy medium for themselves as the relationship heats up. Tristan is left with a difficult decision that he doesn’t want to make.

How far will they go to hang on to something doomed to fail? Will Tristan’s life make strides in the right direction, or does his lack of foresight cause his world to come crumbling down?


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