CHOOSING US RELEASE BLITZ
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON
COVER MODEL: Weston Boucher ♦ COVER DESIGNER: Heather Moss
This author hooked me from the minute I started reading Choosing Us. She sucked me straight in with the most heart rending prologue I’ve read in a long time, one which had me desperately turning the pages, needing to know what the heck had happened!
The story is told by way of chapters from the present and flashback chapters from Aiden and Bailey’s childhood. Beautifully written, those chapters from the past were full of love and loss, survival and friendship and were, at times, especially hard to read. I don’t always enjoy books told this way, but for Choosing Us this works extremely well. The contrast between the past and present took me on a huge rollercoaster ride of emotions and I couldn’t get enough. I’m not sure yet if I like adult Aiden, I don’t have enough information about him in the present and so I’m reserving my judgment. Aiden as a child, however, was amazing, albeit sometimes he was a little too old and articulate for his years in my opinion. A gutsy, yet scared and vulnerable little boy, he never gave up and, as he grew, his kindness and strength shone through.
Choosing Us is quite a different kind of book from those we’ve been used to from this author in the recent past and I can say it certainly won’t be what you expect. Yes there’s plenty of angst but there’s humor too, courtesy of one feisty young woman who plays a very important role. I liked her very much and am hugely intrigued by her. I have a feeling she may have an even bigger part to play, a bigger contribution to the story than we are led to believe. I certainly hope so, I love a good misdirection. There’s so much mystery here, a puzzle we’re being given one piece at a time. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, as it appears the blurb has been kept deliberately vague and I don’t want to spoil it. I believe in order to fully enjoy it you need to go in blind, open minded and without any preconceived ideas.
This is book one of a duet, with book two, Choosing You, out next month and I can’t wait to read it. Cliffhangers don’t generally bother me but I know some readers prefer to wait until a story is complete before starting it and so I will confirm it does end on a cliffy and one heck of an ambiguous one to boot!
And you love…
To have and to hold.
Until you hear the words, “I just don’t love you anymore.”
Putting an end to me.
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“You’re cute! I like you. Now scoot over for me.”
I did, only because I liked the way she made me feel, and I didn’t want her to leave me alone again. She sat right beside me as close as she could, leaving no room in between us.
“I’m Bailey Button, by the way.”
Her soft skin brushed against my arm, causing new bubbles in my stomach.
What was that?
“I hate my name. It’s so stupid. It sounds like I’m a belly button, but I’m not. I’m a girl, see?” Tugging on her hair that was in pigtails, she blinked her long, big eyelashes at me. “I don’t look like a belly button, right?”
“No.” Was the only word I could say when she sat that close to me.
She nodded, bringing a piece of chicken up to her mouth. Not paying any attention to what she was doing to me.
“I like your name, Aiden Pierce. It’s pretty.”
“Yeah, I like pretty names. Not like mine.”
Before I gave it any thought, I blurted, “Your name is beautiful just like you are.”
Her eyes flew to mine, and another huge smile took over her face. “No one has ever called me beautiful, Aiden Pierce!”
I smiled with her.
“Now we’re going to have to get married.”
“What?” I stopped smiling, jerking back. “We do?”
“Mmm hmm…” She chewed on her food, swallowing it down. “That’s what happens when you call a girl beautiful, you have to get married after. I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. Before my momma passed away, she always said to marry a man who calls me beautiful, and I’ll be happy every day of my life.”
Maybe her momma sent her to me too?
“Will you make me happy?”
“Uh… I can try.”
“Try really hard, okay?”
Momma would want that, right?
Yeah, she would.
“I like the way Bailey Pierce sounds. What do you think?”
“I like the way Bailey Pierce sounds too, but aren’t we too young to get married?”
“No silly! I meant when we’re older.”
“Oh.” I thought about it for a second. “Like how much older?”
Now it was her turn to think about it for a second. “Like when we’re eighteen. That’s old enough.”
“Aiden…” She giggled, twirling her hair in a big knot around her finger. “You have to ask me first.”
“Oh, I do?” I scratched my head. “When?”
“When we’re eighteen.”
“Okay.” I nodded, meaning it. “I’ll ask you when we’re eighteen.”
“Okay.” She nodded back. “I’ll try to act surprised too. Ask me in a good way, alright? So I cry.”
She was confusing, but in the best way possible. I’d say anything she wanted just to keep her by my side, so I’d always feel this way.
I knew right then and there my momma had something to do with this. I didn’t know how, but she kept her promise to me. This had to be the girl, I felt it in my bones.
“Why would I want to make you cry?”
“Because they’re happy tears and crying with happy tears is like super romantic.”
“Oh… Okay then. I’ll ask you in a way that will make you cry happy tears.”
“Okay good, but don’t make me cry in any other way than happy tears. Ever. You promise?”
She leaned her head on my shoulder, whispering, “I trust you.”
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