6/19/16

REVIEW + EXCERPT: TO SEE YOU BY RACHEL BLAUFELD!!!!

Title: To See You
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: Rachel Blaufeld
Release Date: June 20, 2016!
PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON

SYNOPSIS:
What is it about this guy?
On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.
Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.
But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.
Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.
But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.
Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?
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To See You is a novel I actually found kind of refreshing. I'll tell you this, right off the bat... Charli (our heroine) is probably a character you are going to HATE. At least for the first part of the book. 

SHE. IS. A. B-TCH!

There is no nice way to say it. She's judgmental and snobby. She knows it's wrong, she feels shame for thinking and feeling the way she does, but NOT ENOUGH to change. Charli is a woman who is on her way up in the world. 

She's working and living in NYC. 
She's an editor at one of the best online megasites. 
She socializing with fancy/upper crust people. 
She's pretty. 
Smart. 
Skinny. 
And for all intents and purposes she has her shit together. 

But Charleston Richards is miserable. She doesn't think she is, but Charli is on a path to nowhere. And I hate to say this, but she is a representation of so many of us. I'm sure she will be judged and torn apart! I can almost guarantee that people will start reading and their faces will fall and the human instinct of righteous anger, the need to condemn, will set in. But I think, in some way, Charli is a small piece of all of us. 

We sit and judge EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 
Charli is an AMPLIFIED version of the world we live in. 

She's... Selfish.
Insecure. 
Sad.
Lonely. 
Judgmental. 

She see's flaws in herself but instead of confronting those, she turns it on others. At first, she is not likable. But this book is about peeling back those layers and getting to the root of WHY. And for that reason... I ended up LOVING her. 

To See You is a refreshing, sweet, and angsty romance that I finished in one sitting. Charleston and Layton meet by chance on an airplane. Layton is warm and charming, the antithesis of Charli. Charli, of course, passes a quick and swift judgement of Lay, deeming him not good enough instantly. But Layton's infectious smile and kindness wears her down and a conversation, that leads to a friendship, is started. 

You see, Layton is chubby. He's a BIG boy. But Lay is happy. He is EVERYTHING a good hero should be. He's accepting of people, life, differences. And I think that's what keeps you reading. 

YOU WANT GOOD THINGS FOR LAYTON. 

He is so lovable, so magnetic and charming, you want him to have what his heart desires. And his heart wants Charli. She's all he can think about. And even though our heroine is a mess, he is ready to do and be whatever she needs. He just wants a chance. 

Honestly, in the moments when you think you can't handle anymore of Charli, Lay is there to smooth things over. That man is the single element that kept this book together. 

This story was really sweet. It's about looking DEEPER, at not only yourself, but at others too. It's about loving people for WHO THEY ARE, NOT WHAT THEY ARE. Our appearances don't define us, our hearts and actions do. And sometimes getting to the place of BEING A GOOD person is something that has to be worked on. 

I'll end with this, my first Rachel Blaufeld book was a COMPLETE success. It was angsty, sexy, and compelling. She's a great writer who clearly tells a story well. She doesn't seem to shy away from ugly, harsh truths and I really LOVE that. I like a writer who is bold and gives you characters that are flawed, yet makes them good at the end. Overall, I LOVED it. And I can't wait for you to read, I'm dying to hear what you think!

Angie's Rating:


As I took a sip of my drink, the liquid burned the back of my throat and warmed me all the way going down, heightening my arousal and calming my nerves at the same time.

Tiny bells chimed above the door, signaling it was opening—a touch that was out of place for New York City, but I assumed it was part of the charm of this joint.

She stepped over the threshold, shaking the snow off her now longer hair before swiping her gloved hand down the front of her coat. I saw a hint of red peeking out from underneath her black coat, reminding me it was just past Valentine’s Day, making me wish I’d come earlier in the month. She could have been mine.

She still hadn’t seen me, so I indulged in a second or ten, allowing my gaze to roam her small frame all the way down to the fur-lined ankle boots . . . with a heel . . . on her feet.

Unable to get up or move toward her for fear she’d reject me all over again, I turned back toward the bar and caught the score of a basketball game on TV while tossing back the remainder of my Scotch. I felt her presence singe the back of my neck before she laid eyes on me.

Willing myself not to turn and seek her out, I ran a hand through my hair and mentally chastised myself.

You pussy. Just look at the woman.


Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post,Modern Mom, and StartupNation.

Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.


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