Thursday, January 24, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich: Review and Giveaway

Tasting Never (Never Say Never, #1)
 Title: Tasting Never
Author: C.M. Stunich
Publisher: Sarian Royal
Publication: December22nd, 2012
Pages: 190
Format: ebook
Rating 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Tasting Never, a New Adult Novel Recommended for Ages 18 and Up

"Never Ross wants to be loved.
It's that simple, but it's not that easy."

Never is a girl with a broken soul who doesn't date nice guys and can't seem to go to bed at night without crying herself to sleep. She doesn't need any complications in her life, especially not when they're attached to a man that could be her emotional twin.

Ty McCabe can't stand Never the first time he meets her. He's aware that the feeling's mutual and the two don't think they'll ever see each other again, but when fate takes a hand and puts them both in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ty and Never form a tentative friendship that opens the door on their dark sides and shows them what it's like to live in the light.

"Sometimes, the only way to go forward, is to take a few, careful steps back."

My Review

 I can use one word to describe this book.  EPIC.  Tasting Never is one of my new favorites.  This book is full of heartbreak, romance, tragedy, loss and self-discovery.  C.M. Stunich crafted a wonderful story that really tugged at my heart.  I honestly don't see how anyone could not love this book.  The characters and the obstacles they face are so real.  I don't have words to describe how much this book moved me.  It was simply beautiful. Ty's and Never's story is about friendship that leads into attraction then becomes unconditional love.  It story was beautifully written and well though out.  The way the story was written made me feel as if I was there with them, facing everything with them.  All I can say is that Tasting Never is UNFORGETTABLE.

Never Ross has a had a really tough life.  After facing something really tragic with her family, she takes off and disappears.  She never contacts them again.  At a part Never meets Ty.  She immediately senses a kindred spirit, but he immediately blows her off.  After a traumatic experience, they become friends that eventually leads to being best friends.  They need each other to survive.  They need each to help one another rise from the darkness.  They need each other for love.  As their feelings grow and grow towards each other, they continually fight it.  Ty has a secret plan though.  Will Never and Ty face their past and step from the dark to the light?

Every character in this story has a piece of my heart.  I was able to really connect with the characters in this story.  They seemed so real.  Everything they felt, was real.  Never is strong and yet vulnerable at the same time.  She is constantly running from her past, from everyone. Never won't even contact her family, because she feels betrayed by them.   She doesn't have anybody she actually calls a friend until she meets Ty and Lacey.  Never uses sex to cope with her fears and everything she runs from.  It becomes such a need for her.  Ty is in the same boat as Never.  He has a past but isn't ready to share it yet.  He has never been in love with anyone until he meets Never.  She becomes the most important thing to him.  The way the help each other makes them perfect for each other.  I was rooting for these two the whole time.  Ty pushes Never to be better.  He wants them to get better. Ty wants them to face things head on. 

I loved the ending of this book when Ty showed up and asked to go with her.  It was just one of those beautiful moments that I won't be able to forget.  I really hated the cliffhanger at the end of this book.  It wasn't bad, it just definitely left me wanting more.  I need the sequel, Finding Never now!!!!  This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride.  I laughed, cried and even wanted to scream at times.  I recommend this book to everyone!!!  Great job C. M. Stunich.

Ty's hot mouth is on my neck, and I find myself taking short, sharp, little breaths as I press my shaking hands to his chest. If I sleep with him again, I'll be making the biggest mistake of my life. He's the first real friend I've ever had, and I don't want to cheapen the feelings that are simmering between us. We made that mistake once before, and we survived. We've been through a lot since then, and I know that if I lose him now, I will never be whole again. Ty is my other half, lover or no, and just being around him is enough for me.
“Ty,” I say, trying my best to sound stern. Instead, my voice comes out like a butterfly, flutters against Ty's hair and swirls it gently against my lips. I moan and find that my fingers are now curled in the fabric of his T-shirt.
“Never,” he says back to me, the word like fire against my skin. In those two syllables, I hear how he feels about me. He thinks he's in love. Ty McCabe thinks he's in love with me. He doesn't say it aloud, but I can tell. Sex isn't the best way for me to show my feelings; I've abused it for far too long that it has somehow lost some of its meaning. I try to tell Ty this, but I can't speak with his lips on my throat and his hand sliding across the nape of my neck.
I run my own hands down his chest and put them beneath his shirt, on the hard plane of his belly. His muscles contract as I press my fingers into them, touching, feeling, absorbing the man, the complication, that is Ty McCabe. All the while, my mind is racing in circles trying to talk me out of this.
“Kiss me,” Ty says and it's not a question, it's a request, albeit a gentle one. His voice is softer than I've ever heard it. His words are naked, stripped of all the bullshit that's happened to him, all of the horrible things that mirror my own life. Ty and I are like twins, like two halves of the same whole. They say that opposites attract, but Ty and I are very much the same and the attraction between us burns brighter than the sun. “Kiss me,” he says again and I do.


About this author

C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance.

Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.

C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world.


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