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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

He Belongs To Me Blog Tour - Review: He Belongs To Me by Theresa Rizzo

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Author: Theresa Rizzo
Format: ARC ePub
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Pages: 317
Publisher: JKS Communications
Genre: Contemporary/Romance


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Synopsis from JKS Communications
Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son… Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin.
Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew.  But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised.
Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost.  But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son — custody he thought she had.
Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?
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      He Belongs To Me is a story that follows a woman names Catherine and her struggle to get her son back. After a tragic death, Catherine and her husband split. She is struggling to get her life back on track. So Catherine agrees to give her parents temporary custody of Drew while she gets her life together. But she is thrown for a loop when she finds out her parents have taken full custody of her son. Catherine now has to do whatever it takes to get her son back and that starts with trying to reconcile with her estranged husband, Thomas.

      I really enjoyed this book. It surpassed my expectations and more. Catherine definitely has the entire world on her shoulders. She may come from a rich family, but her family controlled her every move. They still want to control her life. The only way that she can see her son is if she moves back to live with them. Catherine is done with her parents overbearing ways. They treat her like she won't amount to anything unless it is what they say is right for her. They believe they are better suitable parents for Drew because they have the money to get him what he wants. Catherine just received a degree in art and her parents don't think that is good enough to make a proper living. I felt so bad for Catherine. You think you have it bad. Then we have Thomas. I wasn't sure if I liked him at first. I mean, he abandoned his wife and kid! But I understood after I heard his story and what he has been through due to Catherine’s parents. Wow, just wow. I love how emotional and in depth Rizzo made this read. You will be fully invested in this story and its characters.

      The story really packs a punch from the beginning. We learn why Thomas and Catherine are estranged and it is huge. I couldn't believe how dark that turned. Catherine accuses Thomas of something she knows he didn't do and he paid the price for it. He feels like a failure and couldn't face Catherine and their son anymore. So he left them, but things change when Catherine comes for a favor. In order for her to get Drew back, her and Thomas have to live together and pretend to be a couple until they get full custody of Drew. But the story gets even darker when we start learning things from Catherine's parents. Oh my goodness, the things these people do. Seriously, Catherine's parents are the scum of the Earth.

      I don't want to give anything away, but this is a story you should be reading. It is beautifully written and takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster. It focuses so well on tragedy and second chances. You will be rooting for our main characters like nobody's business especially Catherine. I love that even though her parents seem like demons, she didn't give up on trying to get her son back. She wasn't going to let them control her anymore no matter what tricks they may pull. I love that this story felt real. This is not some lighthearted story that would most likely feature Katherine Heigl. Rizzo bears so much in this book. From the dysfunctional family to the dysfunctional marriage. It is when we get to see where it all comes from and then seeing how they can repair it (or of they can). I loved this book. Not my usual type of read, but I am very happy I took the plunge. Highly recommended.

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About Theresa Rizzo

I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Growing up in an Irish-Italian family was never dull or quiet. I have four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. My mother was a nurse and my father a general surgeon, so my interest in medical issues is hardly surprising. 


As a youngster, I struggled with mild dyslexia. I couldn't read until third grade, but after years of remedial work, the wondrous world of books opened up to me and I've been a voracious reader ever since. Though possessing a fertile imagination, my practical side never even considered pursuing a writing career, because I'm too fond of eating. So I became a registered nurse. 


After college, I married my high school sweetheart and had four children. Though I adore my kids and am very proud of them, parenting requires a lot of patience-- not exactly my strength, so I began writing. Writing gave me a creative, intelligent outlet that I needed, and it was far less expensive than therapy and a defense attorney. Writing allows me to create wonderful characters who, if they disappoint me, I can make their lives miserable--literally-- or simply kill them off, without going to jail! How great is that? 


We lived in the Chicago, then San Diego, before settling in beautiful Colorado. We absolutely love the mountains! When not skiing, hiking, or writing in the mountains, I love to play tennis, take long walks, work in my gardens, decorate our house, read, work with my tile mosaics, and crochet.

It's true that writing is a lonely endeavor. Learning the craft and the publishing industry is a lengthy, complex process made much more fun when I joined the Romance Writers of America, and later, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers


I've been fortunate to make friends with many interesting people. Writers are a remarkable, entertaining breed who possess quick wits and huge hearts. They've enriched my life immensely and I'm very grateful to each and every one as you can see is you watch my writing journey video.

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Follow the Tour:


June 2
Interview, Review and eBook Giveaway at Jenee’s Book Blog 

June 4
Review at Will Read for Books 

June 5
Book Spotlight at My Fiction Nook

June 6
Guest Post and eBook Giveaway at Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf

June 7
Review at The Kari AnnAlysis 

June 9
Review at Owl Tell You About It

June 10
Review at The Booi3
Review at Novels on the Run

June 12
Author Interview and eBook Giveaway at Books a la Mode

June 14 & 15
Author Interview and Review at Therian

June 16
Book Spotlight and eBook Giveaway at CMash Loves To Read

June 17 & 18
Review and Guest Post at The Book Bag

June 18
Excerpt, Author Bio and Review at Book-Loving

June 23
Review and Author Interview at The Reading Cafe

June 24
Guest Post at RR&H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk
Guest Post and eBook Giveaway at Jessica Loves Books

June 25
Excerpt and Book Feature at Little Library Muse
Review at Crystal’s Random Thoughts
Interview at Literary Lunes
Review at
Offbeat Vagabond

June 26
Review and Book Feature at J Barrett Reviews 

June 27
Guest Post, Book Excerpt and Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

June 28
Book Feature at Manic Readers

June 29
Review from Terra Kelly

June 30
Review at Cocktails and Books
Review at Thoughts and Reflections

1 comment:

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