Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Release Blitz ~ More Than a Memory by Marie James

Title: More Than a Memory
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: November 9, 2016


“You’re gorgeous. Even better looking than the day I fell in love with you.”

The words are a constant reminder of what true love is. Olivia Dawson’s alarm goes off at the same time every day and she disappears into her room to hear Duncan’s voice, see his face, miss him even more for being untouchable. Olivia loves with her entire heart, and her love for Duncan is unmatched, but there’s something about her new roommate she just can’t seem to ignore—no matter how hard she tries. 

“I miss you so much.”
“Can’t be more than I miss you.” 

The words are a constant reminder of how unavailable Olivia is, and Bryson Daniels isn’t one for competition off the baseball field, but since the moment he knocked on the door to his new apartment and his roommate “Ollie” wasn’t who he expected, he can’t help but consider bending a few of his rules—even if it means heeding to Olivia’s. 

“I love you, sweet cheeks. Chat with you later?” 

Bryson hears the conversations through the paper thin walls, but there’s a pain inside Olivia he can’t seem to walk away from. He vows to be there for her when the voice on the other side of the computer inevitably breaks her heart, but will he ever be able to compete with someone who’s more than a memory?




I join him on the couch and wait for the awkward conversation to pop up again. It’s not the first time he’s caught me appreciating his body, and if he keeps living here, it won’t be the last. In my defense, he’s practically half naked and cut like an Olympian. I’d like to meet a heterosexual woman who wouldn’t do a double take at a shirtless Bryson Daniels. I imagine the list would lean toward the geriatric end of the spectrum, or the blind.

“What are you doing?” he chastises as I scoot a sliver of watercress away from my food. “That’s the best part!”

I hold my plate up for him as he stabs the evil vegetable with his fork and pops it into his mouth.

Plush lips, strong jaw, and masculine slashed eyebrows—this man has everything going for him.

I give my head a slight shake and turn my attention back to the TV. He seems relaxed and unfazed by sitting on the couch beside me. I, on the other hand, am full of turmoil. His thigh is touching mine, his shoulder bumps mine every now and then, and my body shakes slightly when he laughs, ever aware of his proximity.

“You seem like a Hermione,” he says as Harry and Ron sit down beside her in the library.

I watch her with sad eyes as she struggles to remain proud and unaffected by the naysayers trying to pull her down. I’m nothing like her. She stands up to those who throw negativity her way. She faces adversity with her head held high. I cower and hide.

“I wish I were as strong as her,” I say, my voice low. “I used to be like her.”

“What changed?” I tilt my head in his direction, finding the softness in his voice matches the compassion in his eyes.

Looking away, I shake my head, trying my best not to let the tears stinging my eyes fall down my cheek.

“Hey,” Bryson says, reaching over and hooking a finger under my chin, “forget I said anything.”

His finger is gone just as fast, and I miss his touch immediately. My appetite gone, I lean forward and place my half eaten plate of food on the coffee table, the idea of hiding away in my room sounding better by the second.

“Nope,” Bryson says. Picking up my plate, he puts it back on my lap and points to the pile of broccoli. “None of that. Only those in the Slytherin house refuse to eat their vegetables. You’re not Slytherin, are you?”

I grin at his silliness. “Hufflepuff all the way.”

I pop a chunk of food in my mouth.

“That’s what I thought.”

 Having read and been a huge fan of Marie James' Cerberus MC series but I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. It's nothing like any of her work I've read before and I may have underestimated it!
When you've become comfortable with an authors writing and they put out something completely different it can be hit of miss, More Than a Memory is definitely a hit!!

It's highly emotional, deals with the physical and emotional aspects of loss.
Olivia's pain jumped right off the page and into my heart. Once the truth of her relationship was revealed I was heartbroken.
You know somethings not right wither her and Duncan's relationship but just can't quite put your finger on it.
Thank goodness she had such a responsible and understanding roommate.

Bryson is a baseball player, he may be have females throwing themselves at him but he's not a huge jerk. Yeah he has his moments but this man is all heart.
He's patient, kind and willing to put forth the effort to pull Olivia out of the darkness that has become her world. To care for her, to show her that life does go on and that she can be a part of it without completely giving up the things she fears losing completely.
Sometimes the person you want to help is too far gone though.
Both Bryson and Olivia will have to be willing to fight or all his effort may have been a waste of time.

So this was not what I expected, I underestimated this book thinking it may be cookie cutter, it may feel like a dozen other books I've read. Ms. James did not disappoint! I was hooked early wanting to know exactly what it was the felt so off, then easily falling head over heels for Bryson's giving heart and unfailing strength he offered Olivia. His determination to help her made him so easy to adore.
And watching Olivia attempt to take back her life, to try and fail only to try again.
More Than a Memory is an amazing story, I'm so glad I read it!


Marie James: I’m a full-time, working mother of two boys and wife of 11 years. I've spent almost my entire lifetime living in central Texas, with only short stays in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. I've always wanted to write novels and just recently had the gumption to sit down and start one. My passions include reading everything under the sun and plotting out new books to write in the future. 

Kincaid is my 7th book. I’ve also written the Hale Series, Love ME Like That, and a FanFiction named Psychosis, featuring up and coming cover model, Matthew Hosea, as the main character. This book was done for fun and all of the proceeds are going to charity. All of my books are currently available on Amazon.


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