Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan Blog Tour
Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous,
and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.
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He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.
Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.
I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?
He wasn’t looking at me any more. I wasn’t even sure he was really in the room.
I needed to leave this alone. He had given me the clues—looking away, his jaw clenching, pain like I’d never heard from him sounding loud and clear. My instincts were telling me to shut up, but I couldn’t. I had this burning need to know more about Caden. I needed to get in there, past his walls, and I wanted to understand him.
I wanted to help him.
Caden was hurting, and I wanted to take that away.
Caden turned his gaze to me now, and I felt branded by the pain I saw. His eyes were stricken. “Does it matter?”
“No.” My breath caught and held in my chest. I wanted to go to him, but I also wanted to slink away. I was stirring up his pain, but I had to know. “What happened, Caden?”
“Why do you have to know?”
“Because it’s hurting you.”
I made a decision, though I had no idea what the ramifications were going to be. I stood, my legs going numb and my stomach clenching, and I moved to his side. He leaned back, his head falling to the couch, and he watched me.
The need to ease some of his hurt outweighed the fear of what would happen next. Swallowing tightly, I stepped over to straddle him and sat down.
“What are you doing?”
He asked that softly, still holding his beer. I took it from his hands and put it on the stand next to the couch. Then I just sat there. He had to do the rest. I’d already made the first move.
I glanced down at his hands, feeling like an idiot. “What happened?”
“Why are you pushing this?”
I looked back up to find confusion warring with need in his eyes. He wasn’t pushing me away, so I sank further into his lap.
“You haven’t told anyone else about this.” It wasn’t really a question, but I saw the confirmation in his eyes. My chest tightened, thinking about whatever secret he held. “Please tell me.”
“No.” He shifted forward, and I braced myself, expecting him to push me away. He didn’t. His hands grasped the backs of my legs and lifted me so I was more fully on his lap.
I could feel him between my legs, and my breasts almost pressed against his chest. I waited. I wanted to see what else he’d say
“But not because I don’t want you to know,” he added. “Because it’s not my secret to tell.”
I nodded, my stomach doing somersaults now. “That makes sense. I can respect that.”
And there we were. His hands cupped my ass, and the pain in his gaze became something darker, something I felt too, something that began to turn off all rational thought.
“What are we doing here?” he questioned, his voice like a caress in itself.
I leaned forward, my gaze lingering on his lips. “I didn’t really think it through.”
“Still not thinking it through.”
“You’re okay with that?”
In that moment, the truth exploded in me. I wanted him. I wanted this—but it was more. I needed this.
I didn’t answer.
I closed the distance between us.
What I Thought
As soon as I received that email from TRSOR? Informing me that I would be receiving an ARC of Antistepbrother by Tijan, I totally fan girled. (Apologies if this isn’t a word, if it isn’t, it should be) Anyway…..I am a huge fan of Tijan and ALL of her books! After being practically tormented by Tijan with her teasers in the Holiday Reads group on Facebook and after reading the synopsis, I could not wait to read Anti-Stepbrother, so I was over the moon excited to get the opportunity to read it prior to its release and dived right in. Like with all of her other books, I LOVED IT!!
So, on to a little review of the storyline.
Summer Stoltz has been in love with Kevin Matthews for forever. He was school captain of pretty much everything. All the guys wanted to be him and all of the girls wanted him. So how do you deal with these feelings you have for the guy when your dad marries your late mum’s nurse and said guy becomes your new step brother? You fall deeper for him, and drunkenly sleep with him, before going off to start at the same college as him, where you repeatedly get hurt when you see him all over other girls whilst hearing of his reputation from everyone. OK so, maybe not the best idea.
It is during her first college party experience that Summer encounters Caden Banks. I say encounter as at first Summer thinks he is an asshole, a nickname that sticks for a while. Summer hates Caden after first meeting him after feeling like he has somehow belittled her or insulted her, or does she? Summer actually cannot take her eyes off Caden. As they are repeatedly thrown together, more often than not with Caden having to come to Summer’s rescue, a friendship does start to blossom between the two, setting tongues wagging across campus. Summer knows Caden is hiding something, that there is something between him and his brother, Marcus, but getting Caden to open up is impossible. Lines eventually blur between Caden and Summer, what friends cuddle up all of the time and share a bed, the odd kiss even? Caden knows of Summer’s feelings towards her step brother, Kevin, will those feelings always remain as a barrier between them though? And when Kevin blurts out that he and Summer had slept together, Is this a final straw for Caden?
So…..Woah. This story kind of has your emotions all over the place. First off you want to be able to grab Summer and give her a shake and scream in her face that she can do so much better than Kevin! When you find out what Caden’s secret is, your heart breaks and you just want to grab him up and cuddle the life out of him, whilst your hopes rise and rise for Summer to come along and heal him all up! Then as the story progresses your love for Caden and Summer together intensifies and you just want to grab them both, lock them in a room and not let them out until they agree that they are finally a couple.
Anti-Stepbrother definitely keeps you on your toes.
The story is written from just Summer’s point of view, which was great, I love her quirky thinking and thought processes, she really made me smile, but I did miss not having the male point of view in this one. Caden really intrigued me. He was sweet and attentive, totally protective of those he is close to, but he also had that bad boy streak with his tattoos and muscles and fighting. With him having his own heart breaking story, I would have loved to of heard how he was feeling.
The genre of the book is Romance, with a definite New Adult feel to it. It has a college setting, which is my favourite. Whenever I read about Frats and the parties and cheerleading and dorms, it totally makes me wish I was American, and clever, so I could try this experience for myself. I get sucked into the imagery so bad, and Tijan’s creative writing style just enables that even more. The length of the book, well all of Tijan’s books could be longer In my eyes, as like I said, I love them all, but seriously the pace and length were spot on. We were given a jam packed story line with amazing characters, that didn’t drag on or have any lulls.
It was amazing to see the character development of Summer as the story went on and she started to open her eyes wider to see the real world and notice that everything wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was. I wanted to high five that girl! The secondary characters were brilliant. I would love this to be made in to a series so we can have a story from Avery (Summer’s friend and RA) and Marcus (Caden’s younger brother) and I would love a story about Kevin, to see if he ever grows up!
So overall, an entertaining, lively, satisfying, wonderful read 🙂
About The Author
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.