Monday, August 5, 2013

ATOMR Presents Mandatory Release by Jess Riley Blog Tour Stop

Title: Mandatory Release
Author: Jess Riley
Release date: July 16, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dude Lit / Edgy Women’s Fiction

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:

With appeal for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Tom Perrotta, and Laurie Notaro, this snarky mashup of Girls and Oz is so painfully honest you might think you’re reading a memoir—except the author isn’t a smart-ass guy in a wheelchair who works in a prison. 

Recently paralyzed in a car accident, thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate a caseload of unruly inmates and his nights on one bad date after another, attempting to rehabilitate his heart—

—until his high school crush Drew Daniels walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. On the run from a painful past that’s nearly crushed her faith in love, Drew is a new teacher at Lakeside Correctional. Graham, smitten all over again, tries to redirect his unrequited feelings. But when your heart keeps looking back, it's not easy to turn it forward.

Amidst escalating violence at work, Drew is forced to confront her secrets, find a way to forgive old sins, and learn how to listen to her heart and her head when it comes to men. Graham must also learn to make peace with his own past. Together they realize that if you’re going to save yourself, sometimes the best way to do it is by saving someone else first. If only finding their way to one another was easier than working with convicted felons.

Loaded with twisted humor and pathos, Mandatory Release is a darkly comic, unexpectedly sexy love story about broken people putting themselves back together. People who learn that no matter what you lock up—a person, a secret, or your heart—sooner or later, everything must be released. 

OR, in 25 words: Lad lit meets chick lit in this dark comedy about broken people who work in a dangerous place, finding hope where they least expect it.

My Review

5 of 5 Mandatory Release

Mandatory Release was a hilarious adult read. Please note that this is an adult book with adult situations and is not suitable for 17 and under. I know I know some of you are thinking what the hell..... well I will say this this book is for adults. It has humor,sex, and lots of witty banter back and forth. Graham Finch is the man with a master plan. He is bitter and has a shit job. He is a rehabilitation worker in a prison. I mean what sucks worse than that? Well see Graham was in a bad accident and is cripple from the waist down and is wheelchair bound. To say he is angry is an understatement. He is trying to get over his divorce and move on and try to be happy and try to have love in life. He is online dating trying to see if he can find a date and start over again. 

One day at work he finds out he will have a new co-worker helping the prisoners out with school. When he comes to work and meets the new co-worker he is so surprised by who it is. It is none other than his high school crush Drew Daniels. She is everything she was in high school and more and his old feelings for her resurface and he wonders if the feelings are mutual.Can there be anything between them after all this time?

Drew Daniels is home living with her parents after going through a divorce. She is trying to mend her broken heart so she decides to go home and start a new life. She decides she will teach prisoners and when she gets there she sees her old high school friend Graham she starts to feel like she is home. Drew knows she is broken but she is trying to move on and start fresh and with coming home and making friends and seeing old ones is a start to a new life. Will she ever be able to move on from her past and her hurt?

About the Author:

Jess Riley’s experiences teaching in a medium-security prison inspired the novel Mandatory Release. Her debut novel (Driving Sideways, now in its fourth printing) was published by Random House in 2008. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her husband and nutty Cairn Terrier in a 130-year-old money pit farmhouse. When she’s not writing novels, she’s a Grant Writer for school districts nationwide.

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Tour Giveaway: 
(2) Print Copies of Mandatory Release – US/Canada
(5) eBook Copies of Mandatory Release - International
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  1. Awesome Book bye Jess Riley. It is a new adult contemporary romance. Also, I'm so glad you enjoyed the books.

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  2. Looks good, Thanks for the giveaway :)