Broken Notes Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I am beyond stoked to be hosting a tour stop today for the Broken Notes blog tour! I'm a huge fan of the Heavy Influence series by Ann Marie Frohoff and it was pretty awesome to continue with the second book. I loved it, I hated it (not really), and it's very worth the read! Below you can find my review (rant?) and a super sweet giveaway. Enjoy!

Title: Broken Notes
Author: Ann Marie Frohoff
Series: Heavy Influence #2
Published: December 30th, 2014
Publisher: AMF Publishing
Page Count: 279 Pages
Format: eARC
Source: From tour host in exchange of an honest review

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Being rich, famous and in an award winning, multi-platinum band can't save you from life's tragedies.

When Jake and Alyssa begin to build a life together in New York City, a death and an unfortunate set of events rattle Jake's very existence. Alyssa clings to her own dreams. Jake's blurred take on life may end what they've fought so hard to keep. Will love remain the same?

*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 5/5 stars

Ack! I'm such a masochistic reader. I KNEW that this book was going to ruin my life, but did I listen to my head? Nope. And now my heart is in pain and life sucks and why did you do that Annie?! Everything was so lovely at the beginning and then BAM, heartbreak, confusion, jealousy and other unbalanced feelings.

Broken Notes, besides from breaking my heart, was terrifically awesome. I could not stop reading about Jake and Aly as they set out to live together in New York. It was a different reading experience as they are all grown-up now in comparison to the first book when they were barely in high school and I liked their new independence. However, this new life brings a whole new set of problems and wow, they sure are really tough ones. It's a full-on roller-coaster ride that never stops!

Aly and Jake are such a mess of characters. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful, but greatly flawed. I've grown quite attached to them since I've been following their lives for a while now, so it pains me to see them rise and fall as life hits them where it hurts the most. I love them as a couple, I want to see them live happily ever after, but their relationship is so unhealthy and complicated that I don't see how they could ever work out permanently. And, it's not their fault, it's just how they got to live life, Jake as a rock star and Aly as someone wanting to be more than a rock star's girlfriend.

Between you and me, I have to admit that if I had to pick a side, I would totally support Jake's. This guy has A LOT going on in this book with the death of a dear friend *SOBS*, a shocking secret exposed, the pressure of fame, etc., so he was bound to crack a bit. But throughout the whole book, he never stopped showing Aly how much he loved her, and how much he wished to spend the rest of his life with her. Aly, on the other hand, was constantly whining about how she didn't think she was set for a life as complicated as Jake's and that she needed someone to be there for her instead of said guy focusing on his dying friend. Um, WHAT? Beach. Okay, okay, I'm being a bit unfair here. Aly does deserve a chance to pursue her dreams, and Jake is no saint either, but still, she was a bit selfish during that part of the book and I cannot get over it. But I do respect her decision to finish university first before settling down. Agh, picking sides is hard, that's why they should be together forever.

Sorry about this review/rant, but I can't find another way to express my feelings about this book. It dragged me into its pages and I feel as if the characters' problems were my problems, or at least, as if I were a friend and their choices affected me as well. I actually feel like shouting because it's not fair how things develop and that ending is SAD (for me at least). And, you know what is even sadder? That sneak-peak of the second novella. Another kick to my fragile heart!

But I loved everything about this book even though I didn't want the paths Aly and Jake take. It's their lives and they are living it, and there's nothing I can do about it but sit tight and suffer along with them. Truly hard to believe they are only characters! Now I'm off to mope around the house trying to drown my feelings for this book in hopes that the next book comes out soon. I need it, please!
About The Author:
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.

Ann Marie is a debut author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.

After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.

Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.
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