Sunday, December 29, 2013

Make Me Blog Tour

Make me, Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there.” I shout at him, taking a step back. His eyes clash with mine. I read the challenge there, making me take another step back.
He stalks the few steps to me and grabs my arms slamming his forehead down on mine, “I’ll make you.” His lips skim against mine as he continues to speak, “And I’ll be falling right there with you.”
Paisley Vaughn grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After finding her mother dead from an overdose, Paisley and her baby sister are shipped off to live with her maternal grandparents.
She always knew they were rich, she just didn’t realize how rich they were. Now she’s being forced to go to a prestigious high school. One where the tuition is more money then she’s ever seen.
Thinking these rich kids are going to be snobbish and rude, she’s surprised to find the Vaughn name means she is untouchable. Well unless your name is Channing Southerland.
Paisley has to navigate her new life and all the new people in it. While her mother might have lied about her grandparents, no one is lying about Channing. He’s beautiful, mean, arrogant, and turning her on.
Before long a war is fought, leaving Paisley wondering if she’ll be ruined or made. Though she might just fall irrevocably in love.
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“Do you really want me to fall for you?” I whisper.
He gets up from the ground and runs his fingers through his hair. He seems frustrated but I don’t know why. “That’s what I want,” he whispers also. Looking back at me. I can’t see his eyes from here but I know what they look like. Full of fear and uncertainly. “I’m scared though. I’ve never been in a serious relationship. And I really don’t want to fuck this up.”
I’m scared too. Sometimes he consumes my thoughts and that was before I knew how he felt. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be with him and I screw up. But I know that I want to fall for him. I know deep in my soul that I will never have a love in my life like I would with Channing.
And that’s the scariest thought I’ve ever had.
“I don’t know if that’s what I want,” I tell him looking away.
He runs his fingers through his hair yet again. “Paisley, don’t fuck with my head. I’ve had enough of that in my life. I can’t do crazy bitches anymore.”
I flinch with the comparison to his mother. To my mother. “I’m not fucking with your head. Maybe we shouldn’t do this.”
I can see he’s pissed now. He’s unable to see my fear that I’m trying to push him away, like he was trying to push me away. “Stop. The. Fucking. Head. Games!” he yells, taking a deep breath after each word.
“I’m not!” I yell back. Who knows what the truth is anymore. I’ve been screwed by a lot of people, but I’m still here. I wouldn’t survive being fucked over by Channing. I wouldn’t survive him breaking my heart.
“Dammit Paisley! Open your fucking eyes! This is fucking real. You and me, that’s real. What we feel isn’t a fling. I’ve never felt this way about anyone in my life. Don’t take it from me,” his voice is pleading.
My body breaks out in a cold sweat and I wipe my palms on my leggings. My limbs shake and I don’t know if I’m mad or just plain fucked up. Maybe it’s me with the commitment issues. No, I know it is me. So I do something for myself, I let go of that fear. Though it comes out more like anger.
“Make me, Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there,” I shout at him, taking a step back. His eyes clash with me. I read the challenge there, making me take another step back.
He stalks the few steps to me and grabs my arms slamming his forehead down on mine. “I’ll make you.” His lips skim against mine as he continues to speak. “And I’ll be falling right there with you.”


I may be a little behind the times about high school dynamics, it has been quite some time since I’ve actually been in high school myself and I’ve never had so much money that I can say I understand the lifestyles of the teenage rich & famous either…so, it was just a bit hard for me to relate to the characters and plot of “Make Me”, by Amanda Heath.

Seventeen year old Paisley, the female main character is introduced to us as she is dealing with her drug addicted mother and taking care of her two year old sister, all while maintaining above average grades while attending her senior year of high school.  I really admired Paisley for mature and responsible decisions she made despite the adverse living situation her Mother had placed her in.  Circumstances quickly change for Paisley and her sister though when Paisley comes home from school to find her mother has died from an overdose and their maternal Grandmother has come to bring them home.

Unfortunately, while the circumstances changed for the better for the character, this is where the book started to go downhill for me.  Paisley, who had always felt as if she had been the “Mother” to her little sister BeeBee, because their real mother was either unable or unwilling to care for BeeBee, just slowly stops spending so much time with BeeBee once she realizes she’s got more money than she can possibly spend in a lifetime.  Paisley just seems to go from this grounded, mature and responsible young woman to just another “Trust Fund Baby” that’s more concerned about the hot guy at school and how many times she can work into a conversation that she’s putting on her “Uggs”. 

And speaking of the “Hot Guy” at school, Channing….ok, for whatever reason, he hates Paisley on site…something about his Mom and her Mom and how they wanted them to be a couple in the future but he didn’t want to have that decided for him....I’m still not really clear about this.  And did I forget to mention the Grandma/Grams drama…and no, those aren’t hip cool high school friend nicknames…with all the teenage angst drama I was shocked that they didn’t have anything on the drama going on with the Senior Citizens from Paisley and Channing’s families.  Apparently there was some kind of love triangle between Grandma, Grams and Pawpa in their younger days that has caused a longstanding grudge between them.  The entire storyline may have been easier to understand if it weren't for the overwhelming editing issues; but trying to keep track of who and how everyone's related and why they disliked eachother is hard enough without also dealing with poor editing.  I can typically forgive the misspelled word here and there, and overlook the grammar, but when it starts to distract the reader so much that it you find yourself re-reading the same sentence several times and it still make no sense what so ever…well, then you may want to spend a bit more time editing. 
I do believe that Amanda has talent as a writer and “Make Me” had the potential to be so much more, editing issues aside; but maybe instead of Paisley getting so caught up in buying a new Camaro and mentioning “Uggs” so many times, it would have been refreshing for her to go back to the neighbor and pay her for all the times that she had babysat her little sister for free, because she had known about the circumstances with their Mother.  I understand that for a young girl that had a neglectful and abusive childhood because of her own mother should be allowed and even encouraged to be happy and enjoy the lifestyle and wealth that she should have had by birth; but I just didn’t understand some of the personality changes that seemed to occur in Paisley once had new friends, new environment and new money.  3 Stars  ~Kathy
Meet Amanda
I live in southern Arkansas with my husband and young daughter. There is also an insane Boston Terrier running around. I've always been a lone wolf and find my friends in books. I started writing at a young age and I haven't stopped since. Most days you can find me either glued to my laptop or my kindle. My first novel, This Beautiful Thing was an Amazon best seller for 11 weeks and a year later I'm still tickled to see people enjoy it. I may not be a huge seller but I have the best fans ever and I thank God everyday for every single one of them.

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