I Loved You First Anniversary Tour

I’m honored to be included in the I Loved You First 1 Year Anniversary Celebration. Author Reena Jacobs has a great week of celebration events planned that include giveaways, interviews and a brand new cover reveal! Before I get too caught up in the book love, let’s take a few minutes to meet Reena. 😉

Allow me to introduce you to Reena!

Reena Jacobs is just a writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.

Connect with Reena online:

Email: reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com

Website: http://www.reenajacobs.com

Blog: http://www.reenajacobs.com/blog

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4392112.Reena_Jacobs

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reena-Jacobs/460417660477

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ReenaJacobs

Did I Mention the Giveaways? Yep – Over $100 in prizes!

Every day boasts a new giveaway, but you’ll have to hurry! Each giveaway lasts just 48 hours. Follow the link to the
 Rafflecopter giveaway!

Follow the Tour!

As you can see, I’m in very good company.

July 30
Creative Deeds
Ao Bibliosphere
Love of Books
Heather McCorkle
Mostly YA Book Obsessed

July 31
Basically Books
Reading After Midnight
The Phantom Paragrapher
Book Cover Justice

August 1
Butterfly-o-Meter Books
YA Book Addict
Vandeervecken’s Veritas
Sliced Open Reviews

August 2
Mistresses of Passion
Have Book. Will Read
Benjamin Jones Writes
I Talk Books!!

August 3
Basia’s Bookshelf
The Bookish Babes
Dahl’s Doll
Forever 17

I Loved You First – The Book

 So, have you read I Loved You First? Before we get to the bright, shiny new cover, here’s the blurb:

Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One―she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two―he’s gay.

As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affection to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever.

I LOVED YOU FIRST is a new adult love story told through the eyes of Alex, an African-American/Caucasian student, who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality.

Available at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || The Book Depository || Amazon || CreateSpace

I first read and reviewed I Loved You First in October of 2011. I actually fell in love with the story from the time I read the blurb and the book itself totally lived up to my expectations. Since it’s been a while since I’ve spent time with Alex and Seth, I might just have to read their story again as part of the Anniversary Celebration.

As part of the ILYF Anniversary Tour, Reena has assigned questions for each of the tour stop’s participants. Here’s my question and answer. You can answer in the comments or link back once you’ve entered today’s giveaway:

What’s your favorite story about unrequited love?

Interesting question, don’t you think? I can’t say that I seek out unrequited love stories. After all, I’m the mother of three girls that I have semi-successfully raised through their teenage years. (The youngest is currently 19.) So I’ve lived through enough true life unrequited love nightmares to last a life time. On that note, let me explain what I like in any love story. I like honesty, compassion, believability and kindness. I Loved You First had all of that. The characters were real and as heart breaking as it was, it was also warm and well, honest. I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, YA or adult. Well, I read more than I used to, but it still isn’t my favorite genre. When I stumble upon one that makes me feel and experience things that I didn’t expect, I consider it a rare treat. That’s exactly why I Loved You First was and still is one of my favorite contemporary romances, unrequited or otherwise.

Now for the Reveal!

 Isn’t it pretty? Now, go check out the rest of the bloggers participating in the tour today and the rest of the week. Check out what they have to say about I Loved You First and be sure to participate in all of the giveaways throughout the tour. Once we convince you to read Alex’s story, be sure to come back and let us know what you thought! 😉

By creativedeeds

37 comments on “I Loved You First Anniversary Tour

    • Thanks so much aobibliophile! I also have you to thank for my introduction to Reena in the first place. (Actually, she’s not the only indie author that you are responsible for introducing me to.) For that I owe you a world of thanks!

  1. I can’t think of any unrequited love stories. I’ll have to think more about that one.


    • It was a hard question for me to answer too. I’m sure I’ve read more than just this one, but I don’t seek them out, that’s for sure. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Wow! At first I thought “oh, this will be an easy question to answer”, but I was so wrong! I can’t really think of any other unrequited love story I’ve ever read :O I Loved You First must be an unique story! I can’t wait to read it!

    • LOL! I’ve actually thought of a couple more since I answered the question originally, but they weren’t the center of the story, so I don’t know if that counts or not. thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. I’ve read I Loved You First and I loved it. As for unrequited love, I have to go with the same story. I really feel for both, Alex and Seth! 🙂
    Somehow, I also find that Love Story by Erich Seagel can be said to be the same. But the thing here is that Oliver WAS with Jenny in that one before she died. He was her husband, so I don’t know if it technically falls under this category!

    • I know! I knew I was going to like ILYF when I read the synopsis. I had actually won one of Reena’s other books and found it then. It’s an amazing story. I’m actually surprised at how hard it is to think of an unrequited love story. I know that there are a lot of them out there. I must just be a HEA reader. LOL! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. unrequited love stories was i think right now was To Seduce a Sinner. Maybe the title not like stories, but i just only think this one 🙂

  5. Speaking of Jenny, I have to put down Forrest Gump. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through the movie without getting teary.

  6. Well, I love just one. But is from the movie 500 days of summer. That movie is great. It’s real life, you can’t always be with the one you want, right?

  7. That actually is a really tough one. Hm. All I can think of is Simon and Clary in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

    • I honestly can’t believe that I didn’t think of that one. Like I said, I’m thinking about it too hard and trying to think of a book that has that theme as it’s center. Doesn’t have to be though. Thanks for stopping by! 😉

  8. Awesome Izz mentioned Nicholas Sparks. 🙂 I’ve watched a few of his books-turned-movie and love the tragic love stories–bittersweet endings which capture hope. Beautiful.

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever read an unrequited love story, so can I use a movie? Forrest Gump. I teared up so many times the first time I watched that movie. I can tear up for movies, but God, I can’t handle sad endings with books. They tear me apart even more. They have to be happy books and happy or sad movies. lol

    • I don’t like books with sad endings either. They have to have at least a remnant of hope to hang on to. I’m the same way with movies. Reena actually thought of Forest Gump too. Like I said, I’m thinking way too hard about this. Thanks for stopping by 😉

  10. Hmmm unrequited love? I usually lean towards happy endings so I haven’t read many of those… Perhaps Looking for Alaska? That book is made of AWESOME! Maybe is does not focus a whole lot on romance but it surely is one of my favorite unrequited love books!

  11. Every time I come here and look through the comments, I end up taking a few moments of silence. It’s amazing how touching those stories of unrequited love can be… some of the best movies and books out there.

    Thank you, Shirley. This was a wonderful trip down memory lane.

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