Friday, August 30, 2013

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader Blog Tour and Review

A Taylor-Made Life Blog Tour & Giveaway

They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.
Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.
Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.


Author’s Bio:

Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

My Review:

This was an intense read for sure and a definite tearjerker (I was able to tell merely from the summary and cover that I’d be bawling by the novel’s end). Although I loved the underlying message of Gavin and Taylor’s story, I think the romance was a little over the top and it kept me from fully investing in the novel as much as I would have liked.

The pacing was very quick and if you’re not a fan of insta-love in novels than beware because the romantic development is lightning fast. However, I think it worked fine for me because it is obvious that their situation is unique and they may not have a lot of time together because of their cancer diagnoses. The video game love between the characters made for a nice meet cute scenario.

The romance was a little out there for me and I just couldn’t buy how much the characters go through in such a quick time. I saw chemistry between the two, but the leap from friends to so much more (won’t say exactly to avoid spoilers) was too jarring for me. I did like them though and was hoping for a happy ending although I knew going in it was a book about cancer patients.

If you consider yourself a fan of emotional books that touch on heart-wrenching subjects, then I’d definitely recommend this novel.  

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Giveaway: $25 Gift Card to Amazon, a Charm Bracelet, a Crochet Hat, and SWAG for A Taylor-Made Life, and Queen of Jastain. 

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  1. Sorry the romance was a little out there but it does sound very emotional

  2. Thanks for hosting me today, Heather. And thanks so much for reading the story and reviewing it.

  3. While I love a good, emotional read that makes me re-think my own humanity, I can't imagine any book topping My Sister's Keeper. It sounds a little like they intend to use the stem cells from the baby to save their own lives. Eek. Very well done review. Thanks for sharing! WRITE ON!