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Friday, February 20, 2015

If I Say No by Brandy Jellum (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for If I Say No by Author Brandy Jellum!

Book Review

If I Say No by Brandy Jellum
Book 2: Say Something Series
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: December 18, 2014
Format: Paperback - 194 pages
             Kindle - 872 KB
             Nook - 127 KB
ISBN: 978-1620154793
BNID: 2940150285996
Genre: Romantic Suspense


BUY THE SERIES: Say Something Series
Book 1: If I Say Yes
Book 2: If I Say No

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.

Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.

Book Excerpt:

“You have to tell her, Reid.” He looks me in the eye. “You’re going to lose her if you don’t.”

“That’s easy for you to say.” My tone is harsher than I intended it to be. “I’m the one who could lose everything.”

“The worst thing that could happen is that Liza leaves you, which is going to happen anyway if you do nothing.” He’s always the sensible one. “You can’t expect her to give you her all and give only her a little of you in return. She’s been through too much already. She deserves to know the truth.”

“It’s not an easy truth to tell, Marco.”

“You were young; you made a mistake. Isn’t that what you’re always preaching to her? You’d end up a hypocrite if you didn’t feel the same about yourself.” I say nothing. “Or, you can just let her stay gone. That’s easier, right? Safer for her, too.”


“Better, though?” he asks pointedly. “I think we both know the answer to that.”

I know he is right. Liza leaving me tonight is only the beginning. The longer I keep her in the dark, the worse it’s going to get. Liza knows about the women in my past and how little they meant. But if she knew my true darkness—if she knew how much like my brother I once was—she’d walk away without looking back.

No. She’d probably run.

“Your choice,” Marco says before he heads back to his room. “I wouldn’t wait too long if I were you.”

My Book Review:

Are you looking for a thrilling romantic suspense series that will take you on an exhilarating roller coaster ride? Well then sit down, buckle up, and get ready to be captivated by the riveting Say Something Series by author Brandy Jellum.

In If I Say Yes, the first book in the Say Something Series, author Brandy Jellum wove an intriguing romantic suspense tale that introduced the reader to literary agent Liza Winter and her boss / unexpected love interest, Reid Harder. In this riveting story, the reader followed the complicated development of Liza and Reid's romantic relationship when Liza's traumatic past resurfaced with a tangled web of haunting and painful memories, hidden secrets, chilling threats, and danger lurking around every corner.

Now in If I Say No, the second book in the series, the reader catches up with Liza and Reid as their relationship continues to grows, but this time it is Reid's troubled past and his revengeful brother Rhett, who complicates their relationship with a new round of trouble and danger that they need to overcome.

This is a fast-paced, multi-layered, and complex story that easily captivates the reader's attention. It has enough intriguing clues, suspense, and thrilling twists and turns that will keep the reader sitting on the edge of their seat, holding their breath, and guessing what will happen next. You can't help but want to keep turning the pages to see what will happen to Liza and Reid's developing romantic relationship when Reid's past resurfaces and sends their relationship into a troubled tailspin.

I think the author did a great job of interweaving a nice balance of romance and suspense throughout the story, it kept my interest and made me want to figure out how the story would end ... but alas ... the author teases the reader with a breath-holding cliff-hanger of an ending that leaves the reader wanting more, only to have to wait for the release of the next book in the series.

If I Say No has everything that a true romantic suspense fan could ever want in a book, but take my advice and read the series in sequential order.


About The Author

Brandy Jellum’s passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading, everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with. Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Romance and Young Adult Fiction (which is mainly just for fun).

At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.


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Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

February 16 - ChickLit Plus – Review
February 17 - ChickLit Goddess – Excerpt 
February 17 - The World As I See It – Review & Excerpt
February 18 - A Lick of Romance – Review & Excerpt
February 19 - Christy’s Written WordLove – Excerpt
February 20 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
February 20 - Two Children and a Migraine – Review 
February 23 - Ai Love Books – Excerpt
February 24 - Karma For Life Chick- Excerpt
February 25 - Kelly’s Nerdy Obsession – Review & Excerpt
February 26 - Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
February 27 - Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt
March 2 - The Phantom Paragrapher – Review

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