We have the lovely Leighton Rose with us here today at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews chatting about her new release Finding Home, and about… tattoos! Yay! Check out my review, Leighton’s guest post and leave a comment. Leighton will be gifting an e-book copy of Finding Home to two lucky winners! So don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
A Word From Leighton Rose
Hi guys!! First let me start by thanking Tina for asking me to come by and talk to you all a little bit about my newest release, Finding Home. I appreciate the opportunity more than I can express!!
Finding Home is the story of Dillon Turner, who hops a bus on his 18th birthday and leaves Chicago behind with no regrets. He hasn’t had a good life there and is ready to be able to do something to turn his life around.
He ends up in Omaha and, through a streak of luck, meets Adam Banks. Adam is sexy and he knows it. He’s got tattoos all over, including bright sleeves on both arms and Dillon is immediately attracted to him, but has major trust issues and a severe lack of self-worth.
This book takes us on their journeys with them. We follow Dillon on his path to learning and believing in his self-worth and Adam on his mission to break down Dillon’s walls and show him what a real family can be like, even if Adam has to relegate himself to the friend-zone.
For this blog post, I want to talk a little bit about tattoos. Adam’s a tattoo artist and an artist in general. He’s creative and likes to express himself through his art. Tattoos are just another form of expression for him and he’s got them everywhere. In the story, Dillon gets his first tattoo and Adam is the one who creates it. Tattoos play a huge part in their lives and that’s partly because I wanted to show how normal and amazing having tattoos can be. It’s getting better but there’s still a negative stigma attached to tattoos in a lot of places.
Tattoos definitely aren’t for everyone, but they are important to a lot of people. Sometimes they are just for show, sometimes they have emotional ties behind them, and sometimes they are a combination of both. It doesn’t really matter the reasons behind it, what matters is that the person who has them loves them. I have this philosophy that if it’s not hurting anyone else in anyway, that people have the right to do whatever they want to their bodies without anyone else telling them that they are wrong. What works for one person might not work for another, but I really hate when people are discriminated against because of tattoos or body piercings.
So, I’m doing a giveaway as a thank you to all of the amazing readers out there! I’m gifting two e-book copies of Finding Home to two lucky winners. I want to hear your opinion about tattoos or what your favorite tattoo is. If money wasn’t an obstacle, what’s your dream tattoo? Tell me about it in the comments and two winners will be chosen randomly! Thanks for reading today!
Finding Home by Leighton Rose
Title ~ Finding Home
Author ~ Leighton Rose
Published ~ 19st June 2014
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary
For Dillon Turner, home was never a place that meant anything to him. It was simply where he lived until he was old enough to leave. The day he turns eighteen, he boards a Greyhound bus and leaves Chicago behind for what he hopes will be something better.
Upon arrival in Omaha, an unexpected streak of good luck leads him to Banks Motel where he meets sexy tattoo artist Adam Banks. A belated birthday celebration is just the beginning for them, and Adam easily infiltrates the protective wall Dillon has built around his heart and becomes the center of Dillon’s world. Adam and the Banks family take Dillon in as one of their own, and Dillon finds he’s never been happier in his life.
That is until becoming a part of someone’s family proves to be harder than Dillon thought. When caring about other people makes him more vulnerable than he can handle, Dillon’s first instinct is to run. Throw in a meddling ex-boyfriend and it all becomes too much for him.
Can Adam prove that the positives far outweigh the negatives, or will Dillon let his fear of being hurt ruin his chances at finding a real home?
Leighton’s debut novel Back To You was an amazing read and getting a review copy of her new book Finding Home was a chance I just didn’t want to miss. The cover intrigued me and on top of this, the premise grabbed my attention. I’m a sucker for hurt/comfort stories and and I was curious if Finding Home could keep up with Leighton’s first book.
Holy fucking gorgeous, Batman! I loved this one! The story starts out strong and interesting and it pulled me instantly into the complex world of two young men, one hurt and withdrawn, the other patient, stubborn and suffering his own hurtful past.
My heart was breaking for poor, neglected Dillon, who leaves his hometown Chicago on his 18th birthday to never come back. Although we only get the retrospective of what he went through during his childhood, what he had endured is so sad and brutal, that it left a knot in my stomach. I was shocked and horrified and wondered how in the hell a child could have survived the neglect, the undernourishment and the lovelessness for such a long time. I felt sick while reading his memories. He’d never felt like he was somebody worthy of being loved, and he couldn’t remember ever feeling anything other than disdain for the people who’d brought him into the world. When he arrives in Omaha/Nebraska and meets Adam for the first time, all he has in life is a backpack and little cash.
Adam seems to be the more settled one. He has his lovely, strong supporting family and a bunch of close friends and loves his job as a tattoo artist… holy moly… I’m a sucker for hot guys, covered in bright and colourful ink! Speaking of tattoos, I liked Adam’s creativity, his passion for his job. The tatt he creates to express his feelings for Dillon is just awesome. (Note: Don’t miss the graphic at the end of the book). And his eyes… they are so green, I’m sure we’d get lost in them. *dreamy sigh*
Where was I??? *coughs* Oh yeah, Adam is caring, he listens, and he tries to help Dillon move through his past issues. He also encourages Dillon to be himself. But deep inside of him you will find hurt and a fragility you don’t expect when you first look into his green, green eyes...
“These have been the best weeks I’ve had in a long, long fucking time, but when you accused me of not wanting you… God, Dillon, how can you not see how much I want you? How is it possible that you can’t tell how much restraint it takes every damn day for me not to kiss you? You make me feel alive in a way no one else ever has. You fill a void in my heart that I never knew existed.”
You not only get a chance to fall in love with Dillon and Adam but also with the supporting characters, I really adored Adam’s friends and his family, in particular his wonderful sister Amy, and Dillon’s cute friend Cody.
What I’d especially like to mention is the wonderful way Leighton brings Coldplay’s stunning music into the story. Since Dillon is a great Chris Martin fan, Adam moves heaven and earth to get tickets when Coldplay is in town. Primarily one song affects the growing love between Adam and Dillon deeply. Fix You seems to have been written just for Dillon. Marvellously done!
I just love Leighton’s powerful, gripping writing style. The story sucked me in from the start and I couldn't stop reading, the conflict of feelings just captured me. Finding Home is a super sweet romance and I loved every minute of it. The characters are fresh, real and interesting, the story line sweet and sexy and the plot is romantic, delightful, painful and heart-breaking. What could be better than a lost boy finding himself, gaining a family he never had but always deserved, and falling passionately in love? I just wanted to hug Dillon and Adam and never let them go.
Each scene is carefully worded to bring every emotion to life, the deep pain, the inner turmoil's, the loneliness and the happiness. It’s a heartfelt novel about finding oneself and shedding the past, about learning to trust and to finally… finally learn to love someone deeply. Dillon and Adam’s story is simply amazing! And the epilogue… *deep sigh* … I’m a sucker for sappy endings. Beautifully done! Highly recommended to readers who love deep emotions and character driven books. Btw, I would love to see more of the others in Adam and Dillon's world, Matt and Cody would be a great match, or maybe Landon gets a second chance? Just saying… :)
About The Author
Leighton Rose is a 30 year old single mother to a 6 year old little monster. She’s lived in the southeast corner of Nebraska her entire life. When she isn’t working her full-time time job, she enjoys watching movies and her favourite television shows which include Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals. She also reads a lot of romance novels and spends far too much time playing Candy Crush on Facebook!
She started out writing fan fiction and has recently begun the journey to writing original fiction. She loves a little heartache in her stories but believes wholeheartedly that true love will always win in the end.
Leighton will be gifting an e-book copy of Finding Home to two lucky winners! All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.