Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula: Blog Tour, Review, and GiveawayBetween Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula
on January 20, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
Pages: 271

Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn't on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she's missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.

After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.



Alexis says…

I fell in love with Rebecca’s writing when I read her other book Everly After.

The minute I read the synopsis for Between Everything and Us I knew that I was going to be a goner.

Matisse is a complete go-getter. At the moment, she is determined to work (3 jobs!!), paint, finish her sophomore year, and land a fabulous internship. Love seems to be the farthest thing on her radar at the moment.

Beau is living in a bit of a free fall. He has moved into his ex’s house and is a bit lost. After dropping out of school he is working his days at a food cart and drinking and hooking up in the evening. This is on top with living with a pretty difficult diagnosis that has put a huge hitch into following his dreams. I need to admit that some of the scenes in dealing with his illness were incredibly sad they also were entirely true and very realistic.

Of course, Beau and Mati try to fight their budding feelings for each other but it is too much. I won’t lie and say this is an angst-free book-it’s not. You get the push and pull that comes with two people that are fighting so hard to succumb to what they know deep down is it. They are so perfect for each other. Beau shows Mati what is more important in life and in return Mati shows Beau that his life is really worth fighting for.

When they finally get together…dear Lord it’s HOT. Ms. Paula is not only fantastic at writing insane sexual tension she also writes beautiful love scenes as well.

What I love about Rebecca’s writing is that it makes you feel. I felt all the emotions that Beau and Matisse were feeling. I felt their hesitation, their pain, and their pent-up sexual feelings…that’s what makes Rebecca such a fantastic writer.

Lastly, I cannot wait to read the next book, I am very interested to see what happens with Reagan and Noah.

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Excerpt

She grabs my hands and pins them together. I don’t fight off her touch. I let Mati gather them and raise them above my head. “I think it’s so easy to fall into the world when you’re not ready,” she says seriously. Her free hand brushes over my brows, then sweeps down my nose. “It’s such a big place and we’re all very tiny in the scheme of things.”

“What are you trying to say?”

“It sucks being an outlier, Beau. I get it. But in spite of everything, we’re always going to feel a bit lost. It’s the part of growing up that no one ever tells you about.”

“You’re very wise today, Miss Mati.”

“I’m lots things, mister. I’m…” Her voice drops off and she nervously glances down at my chest. “I think I’m a little bit in love with you actually.”

At least I’m sitting. That doesn’t help the way my stomach drops though.

I snake my hands out of her grip and brace them around her face. There’s a reason why outliers exist on the outside—they can’t find their way in.

Mati is no outlier to me.

We kiss for what seems like hours. I don’t care if it’s for days. But we kiss until my mouth wipes away the nervousness in that confession of hers, while I still cowardly hide behind mine.

In the wild, in the sun, Mati and I are…well, we’re something I never thought I’d have or find. And that’s everything

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About Rebecca Paula

Rebecca writes smart and gritty New Adult romances, as well as historical romances, featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Gray tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.