Gavin Mazzarelli is a struggling writer with a complicated past, who is reeling from the loss of the only woman he’s ever loved. More than a year after the breakup, he’s still suffering major heartbreak and a serious case of writer’s block. In an attempt to help him out of his funk, Gavin’s best friend and fellow writer, Bobby, sets up an account for him on the new dating app SwipeDate.
After a few unsuccessful dates, Bobby challenges him to thirty more dates in thirty days. If Gavin can complete the challenge, Bobby will give him a check for twenty-five thousand dollars.
Does Gavin have what it takes to complete the challenge? Or will the trials and tribulations of modern dating prove to be too much?
Our Reviews –
As I’m writing this review my hands are shaking, tears streaming down my face, my heart is beating wildly, and I’m trying so hard to just breathe. No matter what words I write it will never ever do this series justice. I
Can I really convey to anyone the friendships that Gavin shares with Bobby or Javon. How much they care and worry about him and just want to make sure he’s ok.
How about the love of his Grandmother Gracie and how she was his light. How all he desperately wants is just one more moment with her where she clearly sees Gavin. Let’s not forget nurse Jackie that has become his family through the care that she’s given Gracie through the years.
Can I just say I literally stood up and applauded when he finally told Joanne exactly how he felt. I could literally see this perfect little blonde Barbie doll standing on the stoop with wide eyes when Gavin proceeded to word vomit all over her!
Then Sami where do I begin? She pulled on my heartstrings from book one. Gavin just seemed so sweet with her and seemed to really enjoy spending time with her. Kind of felt as though through the writing that BT gave us that she was like a balm to his soul.
So I thank you BT for taking me on this journey with you. Thank you for making me feel as though you were speaking directly to me at times. I’m a huge reader and I read a bit of everything. Some books I just read to read and then there are some that I enjoy. However, then there are other books that when unread them I feel as though they’ve just swallowed my heart and my soul. This has been that book for me!!!!
McKenzie Bishop is fresh out of the Army after getting wounded overseas. Estranged from his family, he decides to attend college as far away from home as possible; ending up at Buchanan State University, in Crescent Falls, Pennsylvania. He doesn’t know a soul there; so, it’s the perfect place to begin the next chapter in his life. After two weeks of immense boredom, loneliness, and his own form of alcohol therapy, he decides to pledge a fraternity, something he always wanted to do prior to joining the Army. Enter, Delta Iota Kappa, the animal house of BSU. Bishop is the oldest one in his pledge class and wary about what the pledging process will entail, but like everything else in his life prior, he fully commits. Everything goes smoothly until the night he’s arrested at a fraternity party. Faced with jail time or a Veterans Affairs substance abuse program, Bishop chooses the latter, and to his surprise, falls head over heels for his much older female counselor. He finds this elusive woman intriguing and suddenly, his sessions become about much more than learning how to overcome his addiction to alcohol.
Our Reviews –
Wow, just wow. I’m not sure I have the words to describe how I felt after finishing Bishop last night. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, made me cry, made me fan myself, made me mad and made me want to throw my kindle.
In Bishop, BT takes you on one man’s journey from being discharged from the military after an injury to starting school in a town far away from his home to pledging a frat and the aftermath of his first year in college. Through each step of the story, you see how events both current and past have molded the man that Bishop is and who he becomes. You see how the men and women that come into his life have a profound effect on him both in a good way and in a bad way.
BT Urruela has a gift for delivering an emotional punch like no other author I’ve read in the last few years. His words always ring true to his characters and you can see how much of himself he lays bare on the pages. You can see parts of yourself in the characters he’s created. You can see yourself in the relationships that the main character has with their friends. You can see yourself in the main characters fears, insecurities and tragedies. You can also see yourself laughing along with them during those scenes that have you holding your sides and wiping away tears. All in all, he weaves a story that tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you wrecked.
Bishop is a must read and is definitely on my “to be read again” list.
WORDS FOR THE SOUL
I’m not sure where to start my review. Do I start with saying I’m in love with Bishop? Or how the books grabs you and drags you through as you race to catch up with the author? Do I tell you that these characters hit you in the face hard and some you will love and others your jaw will tence up and your hands will automatically clench into fists cause you just want to punch them.
I’m not going into any detail because this is a road you need to travel yourself. Feel what you feel and experience it for yourself. For me though this book has touched my soul. This is the second book of his that he’s done that with, the first being Thirty Days and now Bishop have once again brought me to my knees. Why is it that he does this to me, it’s simple….its his PASSION he brought to the pages. They aren’t just words it’s his blood, sweat, and tears I feel on those pages as his INTRIGITY shines through and for that reason alone my soul is forever touched😍😍😍 and I thank you for that.