Thursday, 31 May 2018

Release Blitz & Review...Envy by Dylan Allen


Envy, an all-new emotional and romantic standalone from Dylan Allen is now LIVE!

If envy is a sin, then let me be damned.
Graham was born to be a star.
Once upon a time, that star shone only for me.
Now, I have to share him with the rest of the world.
For a while, I thought I could do it. Because, beneath the hypnotic smile, gorgeous body and God-given charm that made him famous, I still caught glimpses of my best friend.
Of the boy who called me sunshine and loved me.
I wore that love like a crown . . . until he placed it on another’s head.
Losing him was agony, distance felt like the only cure.
When tragedy reunites us after years apart, it only takes one touch to erase the past. Just like that, I'm back in his arms.
He promises this time will be different. But I’m afraid to believe him.
Because behind his star’s blinding brilliance is a darkness that doesn’t want to let him go.
I know a star that bright can’t belong to just one person, but my jealous heart doesn’t want to share him.
I want all of him . . . even if wanting what doesn't belong to me leads me to ruin.
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About Dylan
Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust. A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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3.5 - 4 stars
Graham unexpectedly meets Apollo when he’s trying to escape his own reality for a few hours. Even though these two couldn’t be any more different from each other, they start to build a friendship and find they’ve got more in common than they thought. Graham’s home life is heartbreaking and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for everything he’s had to put up with. Apollo may have the material things that Graham is lacking but she’s also suffered massive losses. The bond the two youngsters make lasts for years and they think their friendship is stronger than ever. But life has a way of messing things up and when that happens to Graham, he finds his life spiralling and he has some choices to make that are going to change everything. 

Dylan Allen is a new to me author so I honestly had no idea what to expect with Envy. I struggled quite a lot in the first half of this book. I just wasn’t clicking with the characters at all, even though there’s enough details and background to make that easy, for some reason I just couldn’t connect with them. Once I hit halfway though things started coming together for me. Whether that was to do with the characters ages in the first half or the storyline concerning Graham I’m not sure (I absolutely detested Nanette which I’m sure didn’t help). 

I struggled with Graham’s character throughout this book. I found Apollo much easier to like and relate to than I did Graham. There were times I really disliked him and got frustrated to the point where I didn’t particularly care what he did or why. I really just wanted him to man up. Yes he’s there for his mum and yes he’s doing the best he could given the circumstances but it seemed like he was always finding an excuse to not be what Apollo wanted. 

I love an angst ridden, second chance, friends to lovers romance but unfortunately I just wasn’t feeling it with this book. Whether that was due to my lack of connection with Graham or the fact that I really wasn’t that convinced he was what Apollo needed, I don’t know. I do know Im looking forward to reading more from Dylan Allen in the future

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