RELEASE DAY BLITZ, GIVEAWAY & REVIEW – Livvy (Choisie Series #4) by Lori Otto

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Book: Livvy (Choisie Series #4)

Author: Lori L. Otto

Released: December 9, 2014

ALP Synopsis

In her first year of college at Yale, challenging courses and new friends provide a much-needed distraction for Livvy Holland. Beyond the tears–for the most part– she won’t allow the lingering anger she harbors toward her ex-boyfriend to consume her.

Even after taking steps to conceal her identity, Livvy is still very recognizable and popular among her new classmates. She takes advantage of her situation and accepts dates with multiple guys, trying to piece together an image of ‘her type of guy’ that differs from all the good qualities Jon Scott once possessed.

An unexpected letter arrives on Livvy’s 18th birthday, shifting her focus and forcing her to reevaluate all the relationships in her life. She now knows the identity of her biological father, and struggles to make sense of the news alone. Fortunately, she won’t have to.

Just as Livvy’s life begins to normalize, one of her professors provides her with the creative opportunity of a lifetime. Trusting in the bonds she’s made with everyone she loves, she believes she can have everything she wants and makes the decision that allows her to be true to herself.

She was chosen for a reason. Chosen to be a gifted artist that–with a few strokes of a paintbrush–could touch people emotionally; profoundly. Chosen by her parents so they had a place to share their boundless love and devotion. Chosen by her friend so he could return the encouragement, inspiration and affection she’d shown him for so many years.

Livvy Holland will never again take her position in life for granted. She wears the name with humility and respect. She is Choisie.

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When I reach the lobby, it’s not Finn that’s waiting for me. “James,” I say, recognizing Granna’s husband. I hadn’t seen him in months, and it wasn’t often that I spent any time with him socially. He traveled a lot, and wasn’t around very much. Granna’s independence helped make that marriage a success. I was starting to think that’s how Jon and I would have been, now that I’ve gotten some perspective. “Are you here to see me?”

“I am,” he says kindly. “First of all, happy birthday.”

“Thanks. Um, did you want to come up?”

 It would be awkward to have him in the loft, but it was Donna’s before she left it to me. Maybe he heard about the renovations.

“No, I just needed to bring you this.”

He hands me an envelope. The stationery is soft, and feels more like fabric than paper. I recognize Donna’s handwriting immediately. Olivia Sophia Holland. Personal and confidential.

“What’s this?”

“This was part of her will, Livvy. She asked that I hand-deliver it to you on your eighteenth birthday.” It still surprises me how meticulously she had made her will, as if she knew she wouldn’t be around. My mother had reminded me that Granna had learned early on that life was brief, and could be over any day with no warning.

“Do you know what it is?”

“A card, I guess,” he says. “But she requested that you be alone when you read it.”

I look at him curiously. “That’s an odd request, isn’t it?”

“I thought the same thing. But I don’t question her.”

“Of course not,” I say with a wistful smile. “I still miss her every day.”

“I do, too. She loved you so much.”

“She loved you, too,” I tell him. He nods, looking sad. “Thank you for bringing this by. I can’t wait to read it.”

“Have a good birthday, Livvy. It’s good to see you.”

We hug one another before he turns to leave the building.

“That was a surprise,” Francisco says.

“Yeah. Hey, I was actually expecting someone else, so–”

“You don’t have to come down every time, you know? We have a master key that takes us to your floor. I can accompany someone up, if you’d like.”

“That would be great. Thank you. I guess I’ve got some reading to do.” I untuck the flap as I get back on

the elevator. When it doesn’t respond to the press of the H button, I remember to insert my key.

The note is handwritten, and dated a month before Granna died.

“My dearest Livvy,

“I’ve struggled with how to best deliver this news to you. I’d thought about telling you in person, but

ultimately I decided this is a private matter that you and you alone should face.”

When she wrote this, she had no way of knowing she’d be gone a month later.

“I have not told your parents, and I don’t want to play a part in your decision unless you specifically ask me to.”

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ALP P's Review

Livvy is the emotional and heartwarming conclusion to the Choisie Series.

Have you ever felt so strongly about something that you were left unable to articulate? That is how I feel about these characters and this story. My words won’t do justice to describe the amount of love I carry in my heart for this series. It would be like trying to count the stars in the sky – simply immeasurable.

Reflecting upon the journey brings a smile to my face.

Livvy has become a confident and mature young woman, a far cry from the sometimes petulant and bratty teenager we saw early on in this series. While there is still a gaping hole in her heart left in Jon’s absence, she makes a concerted effort to move forward with her life and seek happiness once again. Her time at Yale provides her a much needed distraction from missing Jon and an opportunity to spread her wings. Livvy has endured, accomplished and overcome so much in the years that have spanned between Contessa and Livvy. I watched a young girl become a woman and I feel a sense of pride in a motherly sort of way. But I also watched a friend grow up, become an accomplished artist, fall in love and pave her own way.

Jon is the same confident young man and wise beyond his years. He is still madly in love with Livvy, but recognizes that she needs to find herself. So Jon keeps his distance to give Livvy her space, using school and work to distract him from the longing to be with the one person who both inspires and challenges him. While I was frustrated with Jon at times throughout the journey, I know his heart was always in the right place. He has matured into a charming man that is driven to be successful in both life and love.

As I sit here days after finishing Livvy, my heart is full and yet I am sad for the journey to end. This book is the perfect conclusion to Livvy and Jon’s love story and the chance to experience first love again has been full of memorable moments and extraordinary characters. I will cherish my time with Livvy and Jon and am looking forward to where Lori takes us next.

Patricia’s Review of Contessa & Olivia HERE

Patricia’s Review of Dear Jon HERE

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The Choisie series is a Young Adult/New Adult story following a teenage girl as she struggles to find her footing under the scrutiny of local media and the cautious eye of her overprotective father.

Livvy Holland was adopted by a generous and wealthy couple as a child. Now sixteen, she is a burgeoning artist, encouraged by her mother and inspired by a man she was never able to meet. Feeling estranged from a loving father whose mind works much differently than her own, she questions whether or not she was paired with the right guardians. In her plight for independence, she reconnects with a fellow art student who grew up alongside Livvy.

Jon Scott has led anything but a privileged life. After his father passes away, he is left to care for his two half-brothers while his mother’s alcoholism threatens to tear his family apart. All he wants for himself and his brothers is a better life. His dreams for an Ivy League education are coming to fruition, thanks to a lifetime of hard work and ambition. This is not only important to Jon himself; he also knows that the man who will win Livvy’s heart has to be someone exceptional. Her father would accept nothing less–and Jon believes that Livvy deserves the best of everything, too.

That may be the only thing Jon and Livvy’s father agree upon.

Over the course of their courtship, these two teens will experience the bliss of true love, but their immaturity and differing lifestyles will also threaten to tear them apart. They both begin to question the other’s devotion and commitment; only time will tell if their first love is meant to last a lifetime.

This series, comprised in totality of four books, allows the reader to experience first love for a second time. The first three books–Contessa, Olivia, and Dear Jon–are available now, with the fourth book–Livvy–slated to be released December 9!

Contessa – Amazon | Nook | iTunes | Paperback

Olivia – Amazon | Nook | iTunes | Paperback

Dear Jon – Amazon | Nook | iTunes | Paperback

Livvy – Amazon | Nook | iTunes | Paperback

ALP Abt the Author

After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.

Connect with Lori: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Livvy (Choisie Series #4) by Lori Otto

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Book: Livvy (Choisie Series #4)

Author: Lori L. Otto

To Be Released: December 9, 2014

ALP Synopsis

In her first year of college at Yale, challenging courses and new friends provide a much-needed distraction for Livvy Holland. Beyond the tears–for the most part– she won’t allow the lingering anger she harbors toward her ex-boyfriend to consume her.

Even after taking steps to conceal her identity, Livvy is still very recognizable and popular among her new classmates. She takes advantage of her situation and accepts dates with multiple guys, trying to piece together an image of ‘her type of guy’ that differs from all the good qualities Jon Scott once possessed.

An unexpected letter arrives on Livvy’s 18th birthday, shifting her focus and forcing her to reevaluate all the relationships in her life. She now knows the identity of her biological father, and struggles to make sense of the news alone. Fortunately, she won’t have to.

Just as Livvy’s life begins to normalize, one of her professors provides her with the creative opportunity of a lifetime. Trusting in the bonds she’s made with everyone she loves, she believes she can have everything she wants and makes the decision that allows her to be true to herself.

She was chosen for a reason. Chosen to be a gifted artist that–with a few strokes of a paintbrush–could touch people emotionally; profoundly. Chosen by her parents so they had a place to share their boundless love and devotion. Chosen by her friend so he could return the encouragement, inspiration and affection she’d shown him for so many years.

Livvy Holland will never again take her position in life for granted. She wears the name with humility and respect. She is Choisie.

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ALP P's Review

Livvy is the emotional and heartwarming conclusion to the Choisie Series.

Have you ever felt so strongly about something that you were left unable to articulate? That is how I feel about these characters and this story. My words won’t do justice to describe the amount of love I carry in my heart for this series. It would be like trying to count the stars in the sky – simply immeasurable.

Reflecting upon the journey brings a smile to my face.

Livvy has become a confident and mature young woman, a far cry from the sometimes petulant and bratty teenager we saw early on in this series. While there is still a gaping hole in her heart left in Jon’s absence, she makes a concerted effort to move forward with her life and seek happiness once again. Her time at Yale provides her a much needed distraction from missing Jon and an opportunity to spread her wings. Livvy has endured, accomplished and overcome so much in the years that have spanned between Contessa and Livvy. I watched a young girl become a woman and I feel a sense of pride in a motherly sort of way. But I also watched a friend grow up, become an accomplished artist, fall in love and pave her own way.

Jon is the same confident young man and wise beyond his years. He is still madly in love with Livvy, but recognizes that she needs to find herself. So Jon keeps his distance to give Livvy her space, using school and work to distract him from the longing to be with the one person who both inspires and challenges him. While I was frustrated with Jon at times throughout the journey, I know his heart was always in the right place. He has matured into a charming man that is driven to be successful in both life and love.

As I sit here days after finishing Livvy, my heart is full and yet I am sad for the journey to end. This book is the perfect conclusion to Livvy and Jon’s love story and the chance to experience first love again has been full of memorable moments and extraordinary characters. I will cherish my time with Livvy and Jon and am looking forward to where Lori takes us next.

Patricia’s Review of Contessa & Olivia HERE

Patricia’s Review of Dear Jon HERE

ALP Series

 

The Choisie series is a Young Adult/New Adult story following a teenage girl as she struggles to find her footing under the scrutiny of local media and the cautious eye of her overprotective father.

Livvy Holland was adopted by a generous and wealthy couple as a child. Now sixteen, she is a burgeoning artist, encouraged by her mother and inspired by a man she was never able to meet. Feeling estranged from a loving father whose mind works much differently than her own, she questions whether or not she was paired with the right guardians. In her plight for independence, she reconnects with a fellow art student who grew up alongside Livvy.

Jon Scott has led anything but a privileged life. After his father passes away, he is left to care for his two half-brothers while his mother’s alcoholism threatens to tear his family apart. All he wants for himself and his brothers is a better life. His dreams for an Ivy League education are coming to fruition, thanks to a lifetime of hard work and ambition. This is not only important to Jon himself; he also knows that the man who will win Livvy’s heart has to be someone exceptional. Her father would accept nothing less–and Jon believes that Livvy deserves the best of everything, too.

That may be the only thing Jon and Livvy’s father agree upon.

Over the course of their courtship, these two teens will experience the bliss of true love, but their immaturity and differing lifestyles will also threaten to tear them apart. They both begin to question the other’s devotion and commitment; only time will tell if their first love is meant to last a lifetime.

This series, comprised in totality of four books, allows the reader to experience first love for a second time. The first three books–Contessa, Olivia, and Dear Jon–are available now, with the fourth book–Livvy–slated to be released December 9!

Contessa – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Olivia – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Dear Jon – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Livvy – Coming Dec 9, 2014 – Amazon | iTunes

ALP Abt the Author

After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.

Connect with Lori: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

REVIEW TOUR – Choisie Series by Lori Otto

Series: Choisie

Titles included: Contessa, Olivia, Dear Jon, and Livvy

Author: Lori L. Otto

Released: Feb 2014

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The Choisie series is a Young Adult/New Adult story following a teenage girl as she struggles to find her footing under the scrutiny of local media and the cautious eye of her overprotective father.

Livvy Holland was adopted by a generous and wealthy couple as a child. Now sixteen, she is a burgeoning artist, encouraged by her mother and inspired by a man she was never able to meet. Feeling estranged from a loving father whose mind works much differently than her own, she questions whether or not she was paired with the right guardians. In her plight for independence, she reconnects with a fellow art student who grew up alongside Livvy.

Jon Scott has led anything but a privileged life. After his father passes away, he is left to care for his two half-brothers while his mother’s alcoholism threatens to tear his family apart. All he wants for himself and his brothers is a better life. His dreams for an Ivy League education are coming to fruition, thanks to a lifetime of hard work and ambition. This is not only important to Jon himself; he also knows that the man who will win Livvy’s heart has to be someone exceptional. Her father would accept nothing less–and Jon believes that Livvy deserves the best of everything, too.

That may be the only thing Jon and Livvy’s father agree upon.

Over the course of their courtship, these two teens will experience the bliss of true love, but their immaturity and differing lifestyles will also threaten to tear them apart. They both begin to question the other’s devotion and commitment; only time will tell if their first love is meant to last a lifetime.

This series, comprised in totality of four books, allows the reader to experience first love for a second time. The first three books–Contessa, Olivia, and Dear Jon–are available now, with the fourth book–Livvy–slated to be released December 9!

Contessa – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Olivia – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Dear Jon – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Livvy – Coming Dec 9, 2014 – Amazon | iTunes

“I want you to make love to me.” My voice cracks when I say it.

“Why?” he challenges me. Why? What kind of a question is that?

“Because I love you.”

“You wear my ring because you love me. You devote every Saturday night to me because you love me. You answer my calls every day because you love me. Why do you want me?”

“I don’t… I don’t think I understand.”

“Here’s what I want. I want to trail my fingers down the length of your naked body and feel the excitement they leave in their wake.”

I look around quickly, grateful that he’s not speaking too loudly.

“I want to smell the perfume you wear as I nip at your earlobe and whisper things to you I’m too afraid to say when I’m not inebriated by your very presence.”

I can’t believe he’s saying these things to me right here, in the light of day, as if he’s telling me about his classes or what color shoes he decided to wear today.

“I want to hear you pronounce my name with such desperation, supplicating me for more – deeper, slower – like you can’t get enough of me even though you’re holding me so tightly you leave marks on my skin that take days to disappear and underscore the words forever inscribed on my shoulder blade–”

“I’m sorry–” He interrupts my interruption with a surprising kiss, his hand supporting my neck as his mouth moves hard and fast against mine. I gasp when he pulls away, and my eyes are enraptured by the fervency of his gaze.

“I’m not,” he whispers, then shakes his head. “I want the taste of you…” He pauses and nods just so, making sure I fully understand what he’s implying. “…on my lips.”

“Jon!” I nearly shriek, taken aback by his brazenness and indelicate suggestion. Oddly enough, though, I’ve never been more attracted to him than I am in this moment. He laughs at my response.

“And I want to make you blush, just like that.” He touches his thumb to the warm skin of my face. “To see the glow of tamarisk in your cheeks when you’re coming down. There’s not a prettier color in nature.”

I can say nothing, do nothing, except stare at him with my mouth agape.

“And do you want to know why I want these things?”

It takes me a moment to realize he’s asked me a question, that he’s waiting for my answer. “Because you want me to be happy?”

“No.” Now both of his thumbs rub my temples as he stares lustfully at me, through me. My pulse is raging, and I can hear it in my ears and feel it coursing beneath my skin. “Because I’m a selfish man, and every one of those things rouses me and makes me want to take you in ways I never have — ways your virtuous mind has probably never even imagined. You engage me and provoke me and you drive me to the brink of insanity, and just when I think I’m gone, you save me, Olivia. A brush of your hand. A kiss. A whisper.”

 

Patricia’s Reviews

Contessa 5 STAR Review

It’s not often that I identify with a character in the books I read. That suits me just fine. In not identifying with the characters, I am able to successfully escape to that happy place that reading so often takes me. But this story really hit home for me. It was unique that I found myself not only identifying with Emi, as a mother, but I also found myself identifying with Livvy, the bratty teenager on a rebellious streak. This story was an experience like no other for me and I enjoyed every emotional and frustrating moment of Livvy’s journey.

At times, I wanted to smack some sense into Livvy for her rude and obnoxious behavior. I don’t doubt that her struggles with acceptance and feeling misunderstood were mostly attributable to her teenage mindset. After all, teenagers generally reach that point where they believe they know everything. But her rebellion ran so much deeper than just being a teenager. Her fascination with all things Nate was so intense that it bordered on obsession and blinded her to the pure and unwavering love that Jack showered her with daily.

My teenage self was cheering Livvy on as she began to experience some of what life had to offer. She had been fairly sheltered from the world under the loving care of Emi and Jack and it was fun to read about some of her experiences. Granted, she made some poor choices, but part of growing up involves making choices and living with the consequences of those choices. Watching her experience how a crush became so much more was beautiful and warmed my heart. Young love is so naïve and unassuming and I adored watching Livvy and Jon’s relationship develop.

The mother in me was torn much like Emi was at times. It’s difficult to find a balance between being a friend and being a mother to a teenage daughter. You want to give motherly advice but you want it to come across friendly in the hopes that they will heed your suggestions. You want to give them wings to fly but still keep them safe at home. It’s a difficult thing to let your daughter grow up and the older they get, the more challenging it becomes. Boundaries are often muddled and chaos sometimes ensues, much like what transpired with Livvy and Emi. As I read, I found myself wondering how I would have handled the situation had it been me and my teenage daughter. I admired Emi for her gentle and caring ways even when Livvy was being difficult and deceitful.

My heart hurt for Jack. He was so patient and kind with Livvy in spite of her hateful words and atrocious behavior. I loved Jack before, but I am infinitely more in love with him now for all that he endured and how he dealt with all things Livvy. His love was absolute and evident in all he did even though she was too blinded by her own notions to see what was right in front of her.

Woven into Livvy’s story was the rich history of Emi, Jack & Nate. I found myself teary eyed at times when the story would elude to or mention events from the Lost and Found Series. I especially loved getting to spend time with Emi and Jack as parents. This story was frustrating at times much like my own relationship with my daughter. But it was worth every frustrating moment when I wanted to reach into the book and slap some sense into Livvy or those moments when I wanted to be there to laugh with her and hug her.

Olivia 5 STAR Review

Olivia “Livvy” Holland is growing up, making some rather grown up choices all while learning lessons about life, family, friendship, love and herself. While her high profile life may be full of perks, Livvy would like nothing more than to live under the radar in her comfortable world with her doting boyfriend, Jon Scott. When events outside her control threaten her world, Livvy is forced to stop and evaluate what she wants for herself, independent of all the influences looming over her.

I loved watching Livvy grow up and seeing her turn into a young woman. I was frustrated with her at times, but that’s the mom in me. I cheered for Livvy much like I cheer for my own daughter and that heightened my connection to this story and these characters. I want so many things for Livvy but above all I want her to find herself and become accomplished in whatever will make her happy…truly happy.

I positively adore Jon, even if I was a little upset with his behavior a few times…again the mom in me. I also loved watching him grow into such a beautiful and thoughtful young man. His love for Livvy is unwavering even when things are uncertain in their worlds. Jon is absolutely the kind of boy I hope falls in love with my daughter one day.

This story gave me warm fuzzy feelings and tugged on my heart for reasons that hit close to home. The mom in me tried to sit back and take Livvy’s choices in stride, but I found myself chiding her more than once. The teenager in me remembered what it was like to be young, in love and seeing things through rose colored teenage eyes. I found myself cheering her on and raising my eyebrows at her simultaneously…if that is even possible. This is such a beautiful story about coming of age and I am excited to see what is next for Olivia Holland.

 

After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.

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