I am SO EXCITED to be participating in this blog tour and I’m beyond thrilled that TRIP is almost out in the world. Y’all are going to love this one. I know I did. (More on that below in my review!)
During this tour, you’ll have a chance to read the first three chapters of TRIP! Ahhhh! You’ll need to visit each of the participating blogs to get the entire thing. Fun, right? If you’re trying to catch up, click the banner to view the schedule. If you’ve come here from the previous blog, keep scrolling for my portion of the excerpt (and my review)! You’ll find a link to the next blog at the bottom.
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TRIP by T. Torrest
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 15, 2018
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Trip Wiley wasn't always a Hollywood movie star.
In fact, he wasn't always Trip Wiley.
Back in 1990, he was better known as Trip Wilmington, the new kid in town.
New place, new school... same old story.
No big deal. It’s not like this is the first time he’s been forced to start over.
But seventeen years of city living hasn’t prepared him for life in the suburbs...
or for Layla Warren.
Layla is smart, funny, beautiful... the kind of girl every guy dreams about.
Trip should know.
He’s been falling for her since the first minute he saw her.
And his life hasn’t been the same since.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
While we were busy unpacking my stuff, I heard the garage door opening, announcing the arrival of my father.
Dad’s footsteps coming up the stairs were like a death knell, his voice a booming echo. “Who’s truck is that in the driveway?” he hollered down the hallway.
I braced myself for a verbal tirade as his large form filled the doorway to my room. “I had a son with a truck like that once, but he went missing years ago.”
His raised eyebrow didn’t escape my notice, and I answered as light-heartedly as possible, “Yeah, I think I heard something about that kid being a real good-for-nothing.”
Dad didn’t bust my chops beyond that and simply chuckled as he hugged me hello. Thank Christ. “How was the drive?”
“Flat. Boring. But I broke it up with a stay in Youngstown last night.” I left out the part about finagling a couple beers at the bar next door to the motel.
He kissed my mother hello before asking, “So? What do you think of the new place?”
I didn’t know whether he was asking about the house or the town. I decided to comment on the one thing I could be positive about. “It’s… big.”
Dad chortled a hearty belly laugh as he threw an arm across my shoulders. I could tell he was making a concerted effort to project optimism, which is probably why he wasn’t giving me too much crap about getting into town as late as I did. “Yes, I suppose the house is big. But the town is small, and I say that in a good way. I’m sure you don’t realize it yet, but you’re going to like living here.”
Mom piped in to add, “It’s really a nice town to grow up in, honey. You’ll love it as much as we did. I just know it.”
It was hard to keep the chip on my shoulder when they were so intent on knocking it off. “Just point me in the direction of the arena and I’m sure I’ll like it just fine.”
I’ve been (anxiously) waiting on TRIP since Tina announced she was writing it. Her Remember When series is one of my all-time favorites and Trip and Layla have a special place in my heart. In the many times I’ve read the series, I’ve wondered about what Trip was really thinking in some key scenes and I really wanted to get to know him better. TRIP gave me that opportunity, but I was nervous going in. Would my feelings towards him change? What if he didn’t live up to my expectations? I was nervous for nothing. He exceeded my expectations and, if my feelings changed at all, it was that they got stronger. It was absolutely perfect.
I’m not going to waste my time (or yours!) talking about the plot. If you’re a fan of the Remember When series, you know how special it is. If you’ve not yet read it, you need to stop reading my review immediately and go buy and start the first book. Like, now. Shoo. 😉 TRIP was as sweet and funny as the original, but in it I also found some vulnerability to Trip that I didn’t see in the original. I don’t think I realized just how much I needed his POV to make the story feel complete.
I loved everything about TRIP. It felt a little like visiting with old friends and now I want to reread the entire Remember When series while Tina is writing the next book. I’m so happy I dropped everything to read TRIP when I got my hands on it. It gave me sooooo many feels… and a wicked book hangover. I just love Trip and Layla so much and I’m a greedy reader, so I need the second book in his POV stat. Even if I’m pretty sure it will utterly destroy me since it’s about their time apart and all the things that go on then.
I suspect fans of the Remember When series will feel the same way I do about TRIP, both the book and the character. I could go on and on and on about how much I love this book and this series, but I’ll spare you. I’ll be over here trying to keep myself from shouting my love for it from the rooftop. #TripandLayla4EVA
I’d met lots of pretty girls in my life, but she… I don’t know, man. She did something to me. I stood there paralyzed, conscious of nothing but the sensation of my heart actually lurching in my chest.
The only thing rambling through my mind is how much I want to grab you out of that chair and kiss you right now. Kiss you the way you need to be kissed—and kiss you often.
“I’m not going to be that guy, that guy who hangs on too tight because he’s afraid of what will happen when he lets go.”
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