Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blog Tour: Tuned Into You by Cindy Dorminy

Tuned Into YouBook: Tuned Into You
Author: Cindy Dorminy
Published: June 21, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Number of Pages: 328
Format: Ebook (.mobi)
Source: Received from Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars
Tags: Contemporary, Love Story, YA, ARC

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Synopsis: A summer party is the last place Lydia Flowers wants to be. Beer pong? Stupid, foot-wrecking shoes? Random hookups? No thanks. Lydia would rather be in her cleats practicing her bat handling skills.

Enter Abe Fischer, the Nashville Teen Idol superstar. He’s a lip-syncing party animal with a short fuse; or at least that’s what the tabloids say. Except, Abe turns out to be nothing like the guy Lydia’s read about online. He’s sweet, and the way he talks to his horse…sigh.

Then life throws Lydia and Abe a curveball. They are wrongfully arrested for destruction of property. Their choices? Either work on the Fischer Farm for the summer earning nothing more than blisters and a sunburn, or have the arrest go on their records, which would ruin Lydia’s shot at a softball scholarship. It’s a no-brainer. Lydia picks up a pitchfork, pulls out the SPF 40, and prepares for the worst two months of her life.

When the press gets wind of a big secret Abe’s family has been keeping, things become even more complicated. Now Lydia has another choice to make: stick around for Abe’s messed-up life in the spotlight, or go for the scholarship of her dreams.


*My thanks to BookFish Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*

         ~My Review~

I have a confession, I love romance and drama in books, if it's done right. Contemporary isn't my most read genre, so that makes it even more special when I do read it.  It just makes everything so much more exciting because I will most likely never have do deal with the mafia coming after my father and I, but it's exciting to read about someone else's drama. And honestly, I wish that this book had more drama.

In this book we follow both Abe and Lydia, as they get arrested, work on a farm, and fall in love (with drama of course). We read from both Abe and Lydia's POV, and I enjoyed them both (even though I enjoyed Abe's a little more).

Lydia is your normal teenager. She goes to church, is trying to get a scholarship, and she got tricked into going to a party. It was fine that Lydia was normal, but I guess that I just wanted more. When I read I want to read about the progress of a character (also known as character development), and I wish that there was more development with her character.

I really enjoyed Abe's character development on the other hand. It was cool to see who he really was, and how he wasn't what the press said he was. It was sweet to see how he talked to his horse, and treated Lydia. Though I didn't like all of the decisions he made, I thought that he was a likeable character. 

One of the high points in this book was the fact that Lydia and Abe didn't have sex, and I loved it. Abe knew that Lydia didn't want to go to far, and so guess what he did. He stopped when she said so. This was a big through my hands in the air and shout "YES!!" at the ceiling moment. So thank you Cindy Dorminy for including that very important section in the book.

Here was my main problem with the book, there wasn't much that stood out about it. There wasn't much wow factor, and that ended up making the book kind of forgettable. I want to remember every book that I read, but that just isn't going to happen. In order to remember books, there has to be a wow factor. So while this book didn't have a big wow factor for me, it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it.

Overall, I liked this book! I thought that is was a cute love story even though I wished that there was more of the family drama.      


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 And Now... Two Guest Posts, From Cindy Dorminy

Funniest Dog Story

My dachshund Zacchaeus was a character. He had no idea how small he was and even took on the neighbor’s black lab one time. It was hilarious seeing that big dog yelping home because some fifteen pound, short legged, mean-as- a snack canine growled at him. But I think the funniest dog story is in 1998. My husband and I lived in a high rise apartment in Nashville. On this particular spring morning, we woke up to tornado warnings and it looked like it was going to be a very scary, stormy day. I was worried about leaving my two dogs (Zacc and Lydia) in a high rise apartment when threats of tornadoes were all around, so we crated them together, pulled the crate as far away from the window as possible and covered it with a blanket. Even though Zacc was a rascal, he was terrified of certain noises. So, to keep him from fretting all day, we left a radio on to drown out any sounds of thunder (or tornadoes). My husband, being a lover of storms, left a video recorder running all day and pointed out the window to see if he could catch a tornado on film.

After a very long, agonizing work day that included not one, but TWO tornadoes in downtown Nashville, we headed home, hoping our high rise was standing and our pups were safe. Thank goodness, everything was safe – the tornado hit just the other side of the street. My husband thinks he’s been able to capture the tornado on film, so we sit down to watch it. Unfortunately, the tornado came from a different direction that could be seen from that particular window, so we didn’t capture a tornado on film. But what we DID capture was a lovely concert by my wiener dog. Apparently, he loves Seven Bridges Road by the Eagles. He had the most beautiful howls to that song as he sang right along to the tune. It certainly lightened up the mood because the tornadoes were so close, it could have 
 done so much damage.


An Epic Road Trip Story

I took a vacation with two co-workers / friends of mine one time to Cape Cod. We had so much fun even though at every turn, we were two seconds away from calamity every single day. To set the stage, I am from Georgia, one friend was from Alabama and the other was from Indiana. We were definitely fish out of water the whole week. The best/worst part was the day we took the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. It took us roaming through three parking lots before we found one that had vacancies for our car. The ferry ride was beautiful, we shopped, toured the light house, and even found a dog collar on the beach and was convinced it belonged to JFK Jr’s dog (this was about a month after John Jr crashed his plane off the coast of M.V.). We spent the entire day there. I remember telling one of my friends that I wouldn’t mind just staying here. Well, I almost got my wish because when it was time to take the ferry back to Cape Cod, the dock was dark. Turns out, we were at the wrong dock. The one we needed to be at was on the other side of the island. Thanks to our vacation angel, we got on the city bus that dropped us off right at the correct dock and made it off the island on the last ferry of the night. I was kind of hoping we’d have to sleep on the street on M.V. How bad could that have been, right?

Whew. We made it on the ferry. “We’re not home yet,” as one of my friends said. And she was right. We had driven around so much trying to find a lot to park our car that morning we couldn’t remember where we parked. The bus driver, who was talking really loud and really, really fast in his thick New England accent, was getting very agitated at us because he wanted to go home. We did too, by the way. I think he took pity on us Southern girls and drove us around to every parking lot until we found our car.

Our vacation angel got a purple heart that week for keeping us from harm.
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About the Author: Cindy Dorminy grew up on a steady diet of popcorn (the kind you pop in a sauce pan), Tab (pre-Diet Coke), and movies for teenagers. She can’t let a day go by without quoting a line from one of her favorite films, so quirky dialogue is a must in her stories. When she’s not at her research coordinator day job, Cindy is writing funny love stories, walking her dog, or slinging iron the old-fashioned way. She shares her house with her musician husband, her awesome daughter, and a cool, four-footed child that would eat all the cheese ifshe could figure out how to open the refrigerator. Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. She resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.    

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