Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

I LOVED Regretting You by Colleen Hoover so I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour.  I have my review, an interview with Colleen Hoover, as well as a chance to win a copy of Regretting You and $100 Amazon Gift Card! Awesome, right?!


Publication Date: December 10th 2019 by Montlake 
Pages: 365
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible 

About the book:

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
My Thoughts:
Morgan and Clara, mother and teenage daughter, are at that stage in their life where they don’t really connect, but a tragedy leaves the two of them forced to deal with each other. Both battle grief, but the tragedy unearths lies and betrayal.  Morgan and Clara deal with the fallout in their own way.  It’s hard to review this without giving away plot points that I think are best discovered by the reader on their own. We’re given Morgan and Clara’s POV’s in alternating chapters, and I loved experiencing the story from each, both coming from such different places in their lives even though they’re dealing with the same tragedy. 

This story wasn’t only about loss and grief, there’s a romance for Morgan and Clara and I loved that amid all this there was hope, happiness, and passion. I thought I loved Morgan’s romance more, still kind of do, but boy that video at the end was so amazing and unexpected that Clara’s romance rose a several notches! I was bowled over!

I started Regretting You and couldn’t put it down, and read late into the night, finally having to go to bed so I could make it work, but I couldn’t sleep because I kept thinking about the story. How it would all turn out? Colleen Hoover excels at bringing out so many emotions, I raged for both Morgan, and Clara, felt their pain, and their joy, as if they were real life people instead of characters in a book. Regretting You has to be my favorite CoHo to date!

5 Suns






Q&A with Author Colleen Hoover


You are ‘label-less’ in the fact that you write in several genres. Readers never know what to expect next. If someone asks, how do you label yourself?

When I self-published my first novel I had no idea what genre to put it in. I thought I had written a drama but it turns to that I had written a romance. I’ve learned a lot since then, but I still don’t put a lot of weight in genre when I write. When your best friend is begging you to read a book, it’s not going to matter what genre it is when someone you trust is passionate about the story.

To keep all of your stories and characters straight, you must be very organized.

I’m the most disorganized person you will ever meet! I have no schedule. I can’t wake up before nine in the morning. I probably don’t go to bed until like three in the morning. I usually work about 16 hours a day. 

What happens if you get blocked when you are writing? 

If I get stuck writing, I go for a drive and play music. Music really helps me plot. I love The Avett Brothers, X Ambassadors, Airborne Toxic Event...I could go on and on. 

What can you tell readers about your latest release Regretting You?

I would spoil it if I told you about it! Most of my books are like that. I can’t say what they are about or it spoils it. But I can say that Regretting You is told from a dual point-of-view centered on the inner lives of both a teen and adult protagonist.

Sounds like lots of different types of readers will be interested!

Absolutely. I wanted to write a book that bridged the gap between young adult and contemporary romance so that mothers can read with their daughters. I think it’s exciting to see people sharing reading experiences. 



About the author:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit www.colleenhoover.com.

Connect with Colleen Hoover:



a Rafflecopter giveaway

28 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see this one get 5 stars from you, Rachel! Regretting You has been one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I admit, I barely skimmed your review because I prefer to go into Colleen's books knowing as little as possible (often I don't even read the synopsis). So I'll have to come back after I read the book. :) So glad you loved it, though!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a good idea, Tanya! I think it's best to go into the story knowing as little as possible. I tried to make my review vague just for that reason. I hope you love the story as much as I did! :)

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Very generous of the Montlake people! Good luck in the giveaway, Rue! :)

      Delete
  3. I loved this as well! It really was a lot of fun to kind of get an adult and YA read all in one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree! The story was a compelling mix of YA, adult, womens fiction and romance.

      Delete
  4. I love all of her books I've read so excited to check this one out!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm so glad you loved this one, Rachel! Such an awesome interview, too!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a great interview, right? I can't take the credit, though, it was the awesome people at Montlake who provided it for this post. I really enjoyed reading it, too! :)

      Delete
  6. One of these days I'm going to read my first by her. This one sounds pretty good. I love the multi-generational aspect.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't believe you haven't read Colleen Hoover! I haven't read all of her books, probably not even half of them but I do have a few favorites.

      Delete
  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I've read and loved a couple of Colleen Hoover's books already so I'm super excited about this one. Awesome interview and thanks for the chance at the giveaway!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you love it as much as I did, Lara! And I wish I could take credit for the interview, but Montlake provided it along with the giveaway. I agree, it was awesome. I really enjoyed reading it, too.

      Delete
  8. Love Colleen's books. I can't wait to read this one.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I do have to try her books one day

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's been a while since I've been CoHoed, and this sounds like it would be another winner for me. Five stars for an author I have had previous success with definitely appeals to me, and you know how much I love grief and loss books.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It had been a while for me, too. If you enjoy a story tackling grief and loss, I think you'll really like this one, Sam. I hope you do, anyhow! Lol. :)

      Delete
  11. I like you review. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've only read one CoHo book, and it wasn't my favorite! However, I have been meaning to read something else by the author, and this book is being RAVED about all over the Blogosphere.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ☃💬

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've had a miss with her too, but I loved this one. Hope you like it if you decide to pick it up. :)

      Delete
  13. I love Colleen Hoover online, she always makes me laugh and I love how she shares her life.

    I've read Hopeless (both the POVs) but that's it. I however own about 5 others that I'm too scared to read!
    I want to read her books but I know they're emotional sucker punches and I can't psych myself up to begin them, lol.

    I'm so tempted to read Regretting You - and your review has made me even more curious - but I doubt I'll take the plunge. I'm a coward, lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm always nervous to pick her books up too, because I'm not a fan of super angsty stuff, but I did love this one! I think you might like it, Nicci. I don't think this is as heart wrenching or infuriating as a some of her other books. I'd like to hear what you think! :)

      Delete
  14. so much love for this book that has left me very curious. I am hoping to pick it up after my christmas binges.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I agree with everything that you said, Rachel. That video at the end was magic. I enjoyed both romances quite a bit and I thought that the mother daughter relationship was also well done.

    ReplyDelete