Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Becoming More by Bayli Lane

At first it was all freedom, fun, and games for Lilly Fairfield. Being a freshman in college was supposed to create some of the best memories of her life, especially with her best friend, Lauren, and longtime boyfriend, Sander, by her side.

But the excitement begins to slip away when the people closest to her start to change. They begin moving in a direction Lilly doesn’t want to go, forcing Lilly to be faced with a decision. Should she fight for her relationships with both Sander and Lauren or move on to something different? Something unknown. Someone like…

Colton Davenport. Colton isn’t Lilly’s typical type. He's shockingly sexy with his colorful tattoos, shiny silver lip ring, and ear gauges. His smile alone leaves her breathless. Then again, she hasn’t had a specific type other than Sander. When she meets Colton she feels an automatic attraction that stuns her into utter stillness. She can’t look away, doesn’t want to look away.

Lilly must decide between a life with Sander, a life she always thought she wanted, and an unknown path with Colton.

Will Lilly make the right choices for her future, Becoming More?

Lilly really wanted to believe that the relationship between her and Sander was one that would be forever.  She was sadly naïve to believe that.  She kept making excuses for Sander’s behavior, when if that had been me, he wouldn’t be walking correctly for months, but hey that’s just what I would have done.  Even when her best friend started to change she didn’t want to truly see what was going on.  When she meets Colton she is instantly attracted to him, but her loyalty to Sander won’t let her go beyond friendship with Colton. 

Colton appears to be your typical bad boy; tattoos, piercings, in a band, and doesn’t do relationships.  There is more to him than you see.  He is there for Lilly whenever she needs him, he wants to be her friend and much more.  Will he be able to finally pull Lilly away from Sander and make her his, or will she go back to the only guy she has ever been with?
I had a hard time liking Lilly.  I just couldn’t connect with her, maybe it is because of how naïve she was or stupid at times, but I honestly just didn’t like her.  The fact that she kept going back to Sander after everything he did and allowed her supposed best friend to treat her the way she did just showed how she honestly didn’t have her eyes open to all the shit going on around her.  Some things you can forgive but when lines are crossed and you stay then there is just no excuse. 

Colton and his friends I loved from the start, they were there for Lilly from the first time they met her.  There was this side to Colton that he was only showing to Lilly.  When you think he is going to completely wipe his hands of their relationship, he shows just how good of a guy he truly is by still stepping up to help her.  I wish there would have been some Colton’s in my past to be there when I needed them the most.

Becoming more was a good read.  It shows what can happen when people change for the worse and how to move on to something that is not toxic.  It also opens your eyes on how drugs and the wrong crowd can destroy your life, friendships, and relationships.

The feel of Colton’s skin on mine is more than I ever imagined it would be. God, it’s so much more. I should have known that the sexual attraction between us was so alluring for a reason, but this is unbelievable. It’s like he knows my body better than I do. I’ve never reacted this way before; it’s surreal. I’m afraid it’s going to end, and I’m not ready to feel the lack of Colton against me. Instead, I want more. I reach down and grab at the button on his jeans. He stills on top of me and pulls away from my face. He looks into my eyes and then shakes his head.
          “Not today, babe,” he says fiercely and reaches for my hand and pins it above my head. Okay, not what I was going for, but this is pretty nice too.
          “Why not?” I whisper against his neck and then press my lips to his pulse.
          “I told you earlier. I’m going to take my time with you. I want to get to know your body, slowly.” He grabs my hand and pins it alongside my other. His lips meet mine again in a tantalizing but leisurely tempo. I nibble at his bottom lip and draw the metal ring into my mouth, flicking my tongue across the warm metal.
           He moans into my mouth as I let go of the ring. He starts nibbling on my lower lip, pulling it and teasing it with his teeth. “Please,” I beg and push my body against his.
          He smiles and places a peck on my lips. “As hot as it is that you want it, not tonight,” he says with ardor and then pulls me up. I sit up, and he sits across from me. He runs his hand along my neck and down my chest, grips my hips, and pulls me onto his lap.
          “You have no idea how long I’ve been wanting to kiss you,” he says sincerely and bites my shoulder.
          I throw my head back while his lips skim the skin to my chin. “Me too,” I reply roughly. I didn’t even know my voice could sound like that; I’m so out of breath.
          “It exceeded my expectations,” he says against my skin.

Bayli Lane didn’t realize how much she loved creating a world from nothing until college. She went to Marian University where she majored in Communications but in her spare time wrote and read. Her love for reading is what really brought out her desire to create her own novel. After starting loads of stories and not finishing them, she finally decided it was time to put her passion to work. Becoming More is her first novel but certainly not her last. Bayli lives with her husband, Tim, in Indiana where she is probably sitting with a large cup of coffee and her computer working on her next book.

Twitter: @thsnyder4

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