Thursday, June 16, 2016

Weightless by Kandi Steiner - Release Blitz + Review + Excerpt

Title: Weightless
Author: Kandi Steiner
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2016
I remember the lights.

I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.

I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.

But then everything changed.

He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.

I remember the lights.

The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.

They symbolized everything I endured that summer.

And everything I would never face again.
You can notice the time an effort that was put into this book. Natalie's story is unlike any of Kandi's previous novels. Dare I say, I quite like this style of writing. 

Natalie Poxton is a strong character hidden under her insecurity. She is the step-daughter of the man who owns Poxton Beach, Dale Poxton. She's a little on the big side, but doesn't let that stop her from eating and doing the things she loves. But when her boyfriend, Mason Carter breaks up with her, and exchanges her for a more skinnier, prettier girl, Natalie falls into a deep dark place where she starts doubting herself. 

During a party that she goes to with her best friend Willow, Natalie meets Mason's new girlfriend, Shay, who verbally assaults her, thus causing Natalie to run away from the party. She's not over Mason and is determined to get him back, since Shay is a horrible person and Mason has to see that. Natalie decided to take her mom and stepdad's request to visit the gym. 

Enter Rhodes 

My trainer was none other than Rhodes―Poxton Beach's closest thing to a bad boy. It was like reading a DANGER sign lighting up over and over again as I watched him closely, that same fear I'd felt toward him in school creeping up.

Rhodes is 3-4 years Natalie's senior and he is a pile of broody nature. He doesn't talk much, and simply tells Natalie her goal and meal plans of the day. But there's something about him that makes Natalie curious. 

Rhodes' never met a woman like Natalie before when she enters the gym. He questions her on her reason being here, and confirms that she isn't getting healthier for herself, but her ex. Not pleased, Rhodes continues to help her work towards her goal while getting to know her a little bit more each time. 

That's the premise of the story, but let me tell you, I've leaving a lot of juicy details from this book. Those of you who are used to Kandi's humor "party-like" novels, this isn't like that. Weightless is more deeper, more emotional, and tears may just escape. 

This isn't a tale of how Natalie gets her ex back. This is a story of how two distraught people find themselves in each other, and discover how light and dark need balance. It's about strength, beauty, and love in the most unexpected way. 

This book made me feel, as many fantastic books do, but it also had me gasping. I loved the different themes and plots introduced in the book and I also loved that it was a standalone. A very high rating goes to this book. I'd probably rate it 6 stars if I could!

You're not, Natalie.'re weightless. The world hasn't touched you yet. You're not heavy with the weight of pain, and guilt, and selfishness. You're light. Don't ever lose that. Don't let the world weigh you down like them.  

“I just don’t understand,” he said as he began rolling the ball up my calf. I moaned out loud, realizing that area was packed with trigger points, as he had called them.
“Don’t understand what?” I asked, still holding my breath as he rolled over my other calf. I leaned up on my elbows and turned my head back to meet his eyes.
He paused, holding the ball in place as he gazed back at me. “How could I never have noticed you before?”
I swallowed, almost more afraid of the brief tenderness I caught in his eyes in that moment than the usual hardness that existed there.
Shrugging, I answered his question just above a whisper. “I’m easy to miss.”
I held his eyes for a moment more before laying my chest back to the ground, resting my head on my arms. He started rolling the ball up my hamstrings and I closed my eyes tight. I thought I might explode from the mixture of pain and pleasure that rocked through my body. After a few moments, he spoke again.
“Maybe I just wasn’t looking.”
"Kandi Steiner takes words and creates magic. A million stars aren't enough. Weightless left me breathless." - Brittainy C. Cherry, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author
"Weightless is so full of heart, it'll spill off the pages and into your soul. One of my favorite contemporary romances of 2016." - Bestselling Author Staci Hart
"Weightless is a book of FEELS. From the first to the last page, it'll wrap you in emotion and hold you captive. Between the writing, the story, and the characters, it was simply unforgettable. A favorite read of 2016 for me." - Angie, Angie's Dreamy Reads
"Flawless. Phenomenal. Breathtaking. Weightless will undoubtedly be my top read of the year." - Erin, Southern Belle Book Blog
"Weightless left me challenged and breathless. It's an emotionally-charged story that carved a place in my soul. I knew Kandi could write, but this book takes it to a whole new level." - Tina, Typical Distractions Book Blog

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her "freedom of press." She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn't working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine - not necessarily in that order. 

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