April 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Choose Us by Caylie Marcoe

Travis Grayson is my best friend—and I’m his. It’s been like that for the last fifteen years. I would do anything for him, go anywhere for him…and I have, countless times. Except now, now he’s asking for too much. Our friendship has reached a breaking point and I don’t know how to go back.

When he decided to go pro in the BMX circuit, I traveled with him as often as I could and was always the most supportive best friend I could be. When I graduated college and he asked me to be his personal assistant, we spent every waking moment together. We never fought or argued, in fact, our friendship was stronger than ever.

But a fractured ankle has put his career on hold and has given him more downtime than he knows what to do with. Always one for excitement, he agrees to become the bachelor on a televised dating show. He only agreed to do the show, if I would come along and go undercover to help him weed out the girls. Reluctantly, I agreed to give up my eight weeks of freedom.

Now I’m stuck in hell surrounded by girls desperate for his attention. He promised me this show would be smooth sailing. He promised he would listen to my advice on which girls should be eliminated. Except now he’s breaking those promises. He’s stopped listening to my advice and I’m afraid he might be falling for the worst girl here.

I shouldn’t care. Except, there’s one girl here that I’m realizing I don’t want him to eliminate. There’s one girl who I want to see go all the way to the end, and I want Travis to choose her.
That girl is me. I’m pretty sure I’m falling in love with my best friend and it looks like he will break my heart in front of the entire world on national TV.

I have to say that I love stories about best friends falling in love. This one was no different. Actually, it may have held my interest moreso because I love XGames athletes! There's just something hot about a guy who excels in unconventional athletics. Travis is my kinda dream boy! Travis and Riley have been best friends for fifteen years. Now a BMX star, Riley spends every waking moment with him as his manager as well as bff. When Travis injures himself and has to rest for 8 weeks, he takes on another project--a reality dating show where he's the bachelor among 15 women. He drags Riley along to be a spy but things take  a turn when the two best friends realize that there may be something more between them.

Travis is a talented BMX rider. He's not only confident in doing gravity-defying stunts on two wheels but he exudes confidence when he's around women. He has a reputation of being a bad-boy with a taste for just as bad girls. With no time to seriously date anyone in his hectic tour schedule, he's known to hook up and walk out. Riley and his mom are the only two constant female figures in his life and he has great love and respect for both of them. I felt that added to my list of why I liked Travis so much--not too many guys are outwardly mama's-boy and the fact that he is is aww-inducing!

Literally and constantly trailing behind Travis, Riley is loving her life in her dream job managing her best friend. She's never had a second thought about Travis in any other way than a best friend. So when he insists she joins him on the dating show as a spy, she agrees to. She's not anything but annoyed by most of the girls who are vying for her best friend's attention. Slowly but surely, Riley notices things about her feelings for Travis that she never noticed before. Could it be...she has FEELINGS for her bff!? Couldn't be...or maybe it's possible. AH to be young and confused!

This was definitely refreshing story about two friends coming to the realization that there's so much more to their relationship than just friendship. And, of course, it happens at the most inopportune place and time lol. Choose Us was a needed light read after a reading slump. There wasn't too much hot and steamy but that was part of the attractiveness of this book. The story, characters and all the emotions you go through in this book is enough. Sometimes all you need are stolen kisses and some making out. Reading Choose Us was like reading a condensed season of The Bachelor so if that show was up your alley, you'll love this book. Definitely an enjoyable read :)

My Rating: 4 STARS

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About the Author

Born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, Caylie fell in love with reading at a young age. With her lively imagination, she created numerous stories in her head throughout her childhood and teenage years. Finally at 16 she sat down at the computer and wrote out her first full length novel. That pacified her for a time. However, the stories kept swimming through her mind. Finally in 2013 she typed out Chapter One of three different novels and sent them off to a close friend for review. At her friends advice, she started exclusively writing Choose Us. When she isn’t slaving away at the keyboard, Caylie is an avid reader, and lover of coffee… copious amounts of coffee. She also has an unhealthy addiction to tv shows—binge watching is her favorite.

She chases her two kids around the house all day, and has a husband whom she adores.

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