{Release Day Blitz} Never Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer: Review + Teasers + Giveaway!

April 21, 2015 Blog Tour, Book, Giveaway, Reviews 3

 

 

Title: Never Too Late
Series: Willow Creek #2
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
 Release Date: April 21, 2015

 

Synopsis

I’d never met anyone quite like Mathias Wade.
He was brooding and arrogant, but I loved him anyway.Together we were wild and uncontained—a hurricane raging.Then I had to leave, and words were exchanged that could never be undone.But now I was back, and Mathias better watch out, because this bitch wasn’t finished with him.Game. Set. Match.All is fair in love and war, right? 

Mathias Wade, the lead singer of Willow Creek, is used to getting everything he wants. Except for Remy Parker—the one that got away. Childhood friends that grew into more, Remy was the one constant in his life until she moved away. In anger, he lashed out and broke the only girl he ever loved. With temptation around every corner Mathias drowns his sorrow in women and alcohol. When the band returns to their hometown for the holidays the last thing Mathias expects is to run into Remy—but she’s back, and she’s not done with him.

Remy never forgot Mathias or the pain he caused her. When she moves back to the place she grew up to take care of her ailing grandma her heart is set on revenge. She’s determined to make Mathias fall in love with her all over again—only this time she’s going to break his heart.

But Mathias never stopped loving Remy—and she soon discovers that her feelings haven’t disappeared either.

Can two people too stubborn for their own good overcome their own demons and find the love they always deserved?

Review

Mathias Wade has the world at his disposition–women, cars, money–except the one woman who has ever held his heart. Remy Parker and Mathias used to be a thing when they were younger, until the day she had to move away and in his anger, he broke her heart and never heard of her again. Until she moves back to town with revenge in her mind.

Mathias makes his first appearance in the first book of the Willow Creek Series, Last To Know, as this annoying asshole, jerk, moody and broody teen who didn’t have a care in the world. I detested him, but also had pity of him because of his much rougher start in life than his twin, Maddox. In Never Too Late we see a whole new side of Mathias, and damn, what one twin lacked the other has plenty! Let me tell you, I had an inner conflict while reading this book. Why? Well, while Maddox was super sweet, romantic, thoughtful, funny, overall amazing, Mathias played with his own rules, was rough, wild, a jerk, temperamental, and super, super mega hot. My heart belongs to Maddox but… omg. You wouldn’t have expected Mathias to be like this.

Since this was a New Adult book, it had really intense sexual scenes (heh) and wow… I’m not going into detail, but hot damn you’ll need something to cover your cheeks from blushing and swooning over Mathias. But what I also liked of him was that even though he had this intense bad boy vibe going on, he could be sweet and thoughtful too! And Mathias being like that, with glasses and suspenders… Perf. I might have to fight him with Genesis from GenGenBookBlog. 

Now Remy was one badass chick. I don’t think anyone other than her can go head to head with Mathias. She’s strong, independent, smart, sexy, clever, with an attitude that’ll have you cowering at the mere sight of her, or have you begging for her attention. She and Mathias were perfect for each other in all aspects, from standing each other, from how they knew the other so well, and so on and on. I loved her from the very first page.

Though as much as sexy and hot romance sounds great, this book deals with so much more than just that. Remy and Mathias are both faced with the demons of their past when they find each other by thing of destiny and circumstances. They have anger and resentment with the other, but together they move forward into having a better future even though, as they both say, they are explosive and tend to bring danger everywhere they go. Remy is ridden with a horrible past only she bares the burden, and Mathias holds back the truth of what happened so many years ago when they both parted ways. I deeply enjoyed reading how they developed as characters with these things they’ve held on to so much time and got together once all the truth came out.

“The thing about the heart is, once it’s given itself completely to someone it’s theirs forever, no matter the circumstances.”

Also, the secondary characters were pretty hilarious, such as Remy’s grandmother. She was a teen living inside the body of an old woman. She watched The Vampire Diaries, CSI, Arrow, and gosh… It was disturbing to read about her imagining the things those sexy actors such as Stephen Amell would do to her body. She would insult Remy and Mathias, basically drool over poor Mathias, flirt, shout, do whatever she wanted, but was also a wise soul when the moment needed it, a free spirit and independent. She liked annoying Remy but loved her anyway.

“No more MTV!” I called over my shoulder as I left.

“I’m older, you can’t boss me around young lady,” my grandma yelled back”

It was incredibly great to know Mathias as deeply as one does in this book and how second chances are possible if we put our minds into it, and that hope never dies, and that it’s never too late (I had too…).

Emotional, hot, sexy, thought-provoking, another great novel in the Willow Creek Series, and I can’t wait to read Ezra’s story in his own book In Your Heart, releasing this Summer. Also, MY BABY MADDOX MAKES APPEARANCES HERE AND OMG I ALMOST FAINTED. It was cute. I hope he appears more in the third book too… and Mathias and Remy too. I love this series soooo much <3

 Rating: 5 stars

 

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Excerpt

I jumped up on the counter and he moved to stand in front of me, bracing his hands beside my hips. I kicked my legs against the cabinets like a little kid as he stared down at me intensely. I wasn’t sure what he was looking for in my eyes, but he must have found it, because he cupped my cheek and leaned in.
“This feels like when we were younger,” he whispered. “Like no time at all has passed.” His words echoed my previous thoughts.
I closed my eyes, feeling his breath fan across my lips.
God, I’d missed him.
It didn’t seem possible to miss someone I’d grown to hate, but I did.
I was pretty sure that when someone like Mathias came into your life they were impossible to forget.
He was like the sun, burning so bright that even once he was gone I was still blinded.
“Did you ever miss me?” I asked. “Even once?” I held my breath, waiting for him to explode—because that was Mathias. He could be nice one minute and an asshole the next. I wouldn’t put it past him to kick me out for my question.
Instead he surprised me by leaning in impossibly closer and nuzzling my neck. “Always.”
Author Bio

Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad to see you enjoyed this one, and i like when there is some humor in the book, so the secondary characters sound awesome too.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Karen

    I’m going toe tart with the YA you reviewed the other day. It sounds more my style read than this one but maybe once I start I won’t be able to stop lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Great review Jennifer! I’m not a fan of contemporary NA, and this one sounds quite cliched to me but I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I LOVED the part where you described the young-at-heart grandma hahaha, she sounds fabulous! We definitely need more diverse characters like these, especially of the older kind. 😛