Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blog Tour with Review: Unplugged by Sigal Ehrlich

Book Title: Unplugged (Unplugged, #1) 
Author: Sigal Ehrlich 
Genre: New Adult 
Release Date: March 10, 2017 
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It was supposed to be a lot of things...but not this. After surviving the long and excruciating recruitment process, I thought I would end up working for Madonna or the CIA at the very least. Boy, was I wrong. Even in my wildest dreams I couldn't have imagined what I was in for. What my heart was in for. I couldn't have possibly fathomed the lifestyle, the responsibility, how much it would take out of me, the inner battles, and mostly, the emotional whirlwind. I could never have imagined, prepared myself for, or anticipated… Him. It was supposed to be a job. Just a temporary job. Just a few months. Just a short stop before the journey I was about to take to follow my dream. It was supposed to be a lot of things...but not this. Little did I know it would be the one event that would shape me, would change me, would bring on such a shift in the balance of my world. Would bring... Him. Would bring… Them. Both. Into my life.

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Ivi is a 22 year old woman with ambitions to change the world for the better. After getting a harsh reality check, she lives to improve other's lives and help the misfortunate. She has a trip set for Nepal to aid the locals who were left without a home, but in order to do that she needs funds. After a mysterious and rigorous interview process, she lands a six month job as a nanny. To her shock, it brings her right into the home of rockstar Tyler Lee Adams.

Tyler takes a a while to warm up to. He's very abrasive, conceited, and as you would probably expect, quite a manwhore. Ivi has to hold her own against him right from the start, and I think she did a great job. She was a little starstruck, but she didn't allow him to trample all over her and disrespect her. I think it helped that she fell head over heels for his adorable boy Jeremy from their first meeting. I think I may have swooned a little myself for this kid too. He had an endless supply of facts in his very quick brain and a sweet vulnerable side when he meets his dad Tyler for the first time.

The romance took a backseat for a while behind the focus on Tyler getting to know and bonding with his son. Ivi played a part in giving them the space to have their chance to have their father-son time. I loved how they were both dedicated to making sure that Jeremy was happy. I had to laugh at Ivi's swear jar and how she would shove it at him and his entourage when their language got too colorful. Tyler isn't exactly a natural father figure, but I think his son's influence really softened him up and opened him to more than what his cynical eyes had seen.

As their attraction progressed, there was a lot of push and pull between them. Tyler attempts to keep his distance because he knows that her time there is limited and she will be moving on permanently very soon. There are some brief moments of weakness that send mixed signals that made me a little impatient towards both of them. You kind of wanted them to just acknowledge the huge elephant in the room, that tension that was humming between them wasn't going anywhere. But admittedly it was entertaining to see his jealousy over her friendship with his friends and his emotions for her get the best of him.

The beginning of their romance may have been drawn out, but the last half I enjoyed very much. As her departure date loomed, the two of them deemed to desperately cling to the little time they had left. They questioned themselves and what they really wanted from each other, and if there was a chance that this could go past here and now. Ivi was more than a little terrified of not ever being asked to come back to him, but at the same time questioned whether she should even be sacrificing her role in the organization that she was a part of. I LOVED the ending, loved! Tyler made a compete turn around and won me over with his adoration and support of her.

Tyler certainly wasn't perfect, in fact he had more than one moment where you want to kick him in his junk. But he evolved and grew, and became someone who knew how to appreciate and love Ivi for the wonderful woman she was. After the ending, I'm curious to see where the author takes this. There was a cliffy here, but it wasn't left off on a bad note, so it's not a difficult one to deal with at all. I enjoyed Sigal's style of writing as I have in the past, and I really look forward to reading the conclusion and their happy ending with volume two.


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