May 18, 2013

Tour Stop Review + Giveaway: Thursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul

Series: Charistown 1
Format: Digital ARC
Read the Teaser
Release Date: May 6, 2013
Publisher: Super Dandy Publishing
Source: Brandee's Book Endings
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble?

Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from getting too close and prevent him from feeling too much…until he meets her.

Her entire life, Janie Silver searched for the kind of love that wouldn’t leave her broken and more importantly, wouldn't leave her behind. She longs for a love that can heal the wounds of her past and give her the future she knows she deserves. She thought she was looking for something that just didn’t exist…until she meets him.

Danny’s on Main is where their story begins. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some … become lovers

… it all started on Thursday Nights
THURSDAY NIGHTS is Lisa N. Paul's debut novel and book one of her contemporary series, Charistown. THURSDAY NIGHTS is about a group of friends who hang out every Thursday night at their favorite dive bar, Danny's on Main, where they unwind, meet up with friends, catch up, hook up and do some F & R (Fuck & Release) on occasion. Anything to help them forget their respective pasts and make their present more lively and livable. In short, these people are in serious denial. 

Charistown isn't an exceptional town it's the people that makes it special or I should say intriguing. We meet each of these interesting personalities and are given a little peek into their tumultuous backstories. It seems that like attracts like in THURSDAY NIGHTS because these characters are broken and bent in several places and it's that brokenness that draws them together and the carefully placed nonchalant facade that kept me reading. First up on the block are Max and Janie.
You deserve a man who is going to worship you - body and soul And I am going to be that man.
Janie Silver is a middle school teacher whose family life chipped away her self-love piece by piece. Aside from the company of good friends, she finds satisfaction in one night stands and serial dating. Max DeLucca is a tortured hero whose wife manipulated and cheated on him countless times until a tragic car accident took her life. Both have trust issues. Both lost the meaning of giving and receiving love. Both reluctant to fall in love again. Both willing to do anything not be vulnerable and hurt.

I didn't connect much with Janie and Max. At first I admired their straightforwardness in having a friends-with-benefits kind of set-up, it was fun and sexy for a while until the drama started. Their commitment phobia got the best of them, resulting in this annoying passive-aggressive back and forth between the two. Inasmuch as I get having trust issues and all the baggage that goes along with bad relationships, I was hoping that Max and Janie just moved on instinct and allowed themselves to free fall. But I guess THURSDAY NIGHTS would've been a boring book if LNPaul took the normal route. So despite my frustration I'm glad LNPaul served me with a sizzling plate of smex with a generous side of titillating emotional discourse between the characters.
I'm worth more than the men I've dated... well, I finally believe you. I'm worth more than one fuckin step, Max. I deserve at least halfway.
My least favorite character would be Janie's BFF, Lyla, who I assume will get her own book at some point. Lyla is a Drama Queen and struck me as someone who wants attention all the time. A friend says something rude and she holes up in a hotel blocking and worrying everyone. When Max came to her asking for advice about Janie, Lyla started talking about herself and her secret life. Even Max was scratching his head wondering how Lyla's confession is relevant to his issue. Then she made a weak connection to appear less self-centered.

Aside from Lyla, I found some of the scenes awkward and the big confrontations overly dramatic like when Max ambushed Janie's date and started ranting about this and that, making a scene and totally embarrassing Janie's date who turned out to be Max's ex-buddy back in High School or that random bar customer, Bambi, who was flirting with Max and after turning her down, she totally went all preachy and profound on him. There were certain parts where I was muttering, Where did that come from? because some of the revelations felt like it came out of nowhere without build-up or any follow-up so it made some of the scenes less cohesive. It's like having a conversation with someone about marriage equality and out of nowhere they tell you that they just bought a super expensive pair of shoes and went back to sharing their two-cents about the issue. 
You haven't gotten through your past... you haven't even been living in the present... so how the hell are you planning to get to your future?
Still I enjoyed and was thoroughly entertained by THURSDAY NIGHTS. Lisa N. Paul did a great job in building the world of Charistown. Each character have their own voice and personalities, nobody faded into the background setting up the succeeding books. And though I found some parts not to my liking, I still got hooked, THURSDAY NIGHTS reminds me a lot of that cheesy reality show I'm guilty of watching on Bravo, Vanderpump Rules. Everyone is gorgeous, everyone has a rich backstory, everyone is a star and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Fingers crossed it's Sebastian Gage's (how sexy is his name, really?!)!

I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend,a reader, a blogger, a writer, and a self proclaimed comedian. (Just not always in that order.)

I have loved reading ever since I was a little girl, in fact one of the first series I remember falling in love with was the Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal. Those books started my obsession with series/related books.

Writing has always been a passion of mine and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be writing both my blog, Lisa's Reads and my first novel, "Thursday Nights" book One in the Charistown series.

I can't wait for you to meet my "friends" in the Charistown series. I have fallen in love with each and everyone of them and I think you will too.

Some fun facts about me....If I could only have one food for the rest of my life - it would be french fries! I love them! I also love Godiva Raspberry Truffles. Ok, enough about me.

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1 comment:

  1. I've been seeing this one around, and it sounds interesting, I just don't like the drama. Especially if you're going to agree at first to just friends with benefits, kinda makes things complicated -__- at least you enjoyed it though, and I might give it a try (:


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