Monday, May 23, 2016

Crossing the Line by Jacquelyn Ayres Blog Tour

Psychotherapist, Madelyn St. Claire, has all the answers. At least, that’s what the plaques on her wall say. There isn’t a fear she’s met that she hasn’t helped a client blast through. So, why can’t she work through her own?

Oh, that’s right…

She’s been so busy helping everyone else through their challenges over the years, including her best friends—the GEGs—that she never even realized she had any of her own true fears. Then again, she didn’t have a reason to until he came along.

Cellist, Declan Pierce, can hit all the right notes, as long as he’s hitting them on stage. When he’s off . . . well—he’s off. So, he keeps his head down and tries to stay focused on his career and his son, Hunter. They have shared in a trauma that would bring most closer. However, theirs has only weighted their bond down, slowly causing them to drift further and further apart.

That is, until a beacon of light shines through.
That beacon is about five-foot-nothing, all curves, heart, brains, and no BS.

But that is only part of this story.

It’s a long road to Happily Ever After. Maddie and Declan learn that it takes more than just the two of them to get there, and it’s not a smooth stroll. It’s not meant to be, though, is it?

Life can give you whiplash. Buckle in and hold tight to those closest to you because, honestly…

It takes a village to make love epic.

***Warning: This book contains serious and sensitive subjects such as mental health issues, and unimaginable loss. Although this is a standalone, I do recommend reading the series in order because all characters’ subsequent stories continue on in each book even though they are not the main focus.***

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The third book in the GEG series did not disappoint! This series is funny, romantic, and relatively realistic.
I love reading about these girls, and their friendship/relationships.

This book [finally] features Madelyn and THE VIKING!!!!! Honestly, I couldn't wait to read this. If you've followed the series then you know the build-up between these two has been relentless.
Two people from two totally different walks of life are brought together, with hilarity [of course], tragedy, and heart-felt sincerity. Perfect together, they weather so much in so few pages.
There wasn't a dull moment, actually there were many HOT moments (Australian kisses, yes please!), but overall it wasn't "sickly" sweet – it really was the perfect amount of everything.

I will mention that even though I did laugh out loud, there was a moment that I was uncontrollably sobbing (so much so that my ENTIRE family had to come check on me, I'm talking UGLY cry). This may be a trigger for some, so I will say to take the author's warning very seriously.

Love this series, love the characters, and I am totally ready for Julie's story!

I knew reading the first chapter of Crossing the Line that this would be a 5-star read because I was reading in on a train and laughing hysterically. More than once, Crossing the Line had me laughing so hard I cried. And I have to mention the group text scene – it is gold.

But with the fun times comes a deep heartbreaking low that even a day after finishing the book, brings me to tears when I think about it.

The romance between Maddie and Declan is sexy and joyful, but it is also full of road blocks. They each have baggage that has them jumping to the wrong conclusion or saying the wrong thing. But they fight on and show that relationships are about give and take.

All of the GEGs feature heavily in Crossing the Line. It is a book that has you wanting to be one of the girls. Their love and unbreakable friendship is something special.

Crossing the Line is an amazing book. I can't recommend it highly enough.

This is such a fun book. It has its moments of sweet and definitely is full of emotion. If you've been following the GEGs, you know that the stories touch on all your emotions.

Crossing the Line follows Maddie and Declan. I've been dying to read this one. There has been a lot of buildup and Ms. Ayres completely delivered. I love the dynamic of their friendship. I love seeing more of the men in this one. They are just as hilarious as the GEGs.

The story pulls you in right from the beginning. I don't feel that you need to read the series in order to understand the relationship of the GEGs, but you really should. These women are fantastic and you should read about each and every one of them. You'll thank me, I promise.

All I am going to say is Australian kisses!!!

Oh, this may have to be my favourite of the series – and I love them all. Without a doubt, a three-tissue read, possibly more – and laugh, oh, out loud and from the heart. If you have not read the previous books, then please, do read them first. There is a whole level of information which you will miss if you don't. Let alone two also fabulous reads which it would be a mistake to miss. I am not going to give you any more of the story than is in the blurb, because for me this review is about how it made me feel – t e story you need to read for yourself.

Ms. Ayres has a great way with words – sometimes so loud that I am not sure I belong with these cool people, and other times so soft and gentle that they are clearly all my best friends. A few pages in, I am in the zone, and I am in just the right place. The change in tempo, along with the change in points of view from Declan and Maddie, sweeps you along so effectively that every emotion flits through the mind along with them. I really suggest that you read this somewhere private, as I was hard pressed not to burst into laughter, and soon after had tears streaming down my cheeks. Some are tears of joy, others, not so much. Some of the lines are so brilliant that you wish you had thought to say that yourself, others you will be delighted that your brain filtered out. I really just want you to go and read this and understand what I am talking about! I am incredibly tempted to cancel my plans for the day and reread it immediately, as I am sure that in my desire to get the story I missed something. I probably should go and buy some more tissues first...

If you enjoy stories which incorporate friends and family, good times and bad, and set up a romance that everyone wants to happen, but somehow things keep getting in the way, then this will be for you.

Thank you Ms. Ayres, you made my world richer today.

Also Available in The GEG Series
Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Under Contract Blog Tour.
Book 2
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the In the Mix Blog Tour.

I am a domestic engineer (born and raised in NJ) whose sole responsibility is to guide three young, impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine), and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work this magic from the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

Before becoming a domestic goddess (not really), I spent over a decade in the medical field, where I wore more hats than the Queen.

I have loved the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn't reading about people and the places they lived, I was creating my own characters and adventures.

Finding myself again through my writing in The Lost & Found Series, The One, and The GEG Series has been nothing short of a dream come true. Also, it makes people feel better when I laugh randomly or talk to myself, knowing it's my characters and not "the voices" . . . that would be creepy.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Crossing the Line (The GEG #3) by Jacquelyn Ayres to read and review for this tour.

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