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Isabel, a strong yet conflicted teenager, taught me a great deal about love and life. Most importantly, the lesson I learned from Isabel is that there are many shades of gray in life and that decisions, which need to be made, are not always necessarily black and white. Hence, life’s decisions are not always easy to make. For instance, cheating and lying are clearly not admirable habits. However, through Isabel, I learned how difficult life can be when deciding where one draws the line in terms of one’s personal beliefs and social mores when true love is at stake. Another important lesson I took away from Isabel is that it’s okay to be true to one’s self, it’s okay to love, to take risks, and to taste what life has to offer in spite of society’s pre-conceived notions. At the same time, I realize Isabel was young, and as she developed into a young woman, she wasn’t equipped to handle the ramifications of many of her disastrous decisions. As I developed the story, I often wondered how I would heave behave if I were placed in such a predicament. I came to understand that I would be as fiercely loyal to the one I loved as I am in real life, but yet at that age, I would question my loyalties to a married man, and how those loyalties would affect me as a teenager who was just starting to experience newfound freedoms.
Friendship is a treasured thing. Isabel taught me something about life, and that is to truly value friendships. It is those friends, the ones that can be trusted with one’s innermost thoughts and feelings that allow one to grow and develop an appreciation for human nature. Isabel taught me that true friends really do exist and that they will be there when one really needs them, in spite of what may be very difficult circumstances. Loyal friends keep their promises, they don’t backstab as many of Isabel’s so-called friends did. Isabel certainly taught me that good friends care about one’s happiness and wellbeing as much as they care about their own, even if they may or may not agree with you. Liz, for example, never wavered. She remained true and loyal to Isabel, her only real friend, in spite of the allegations, the criminal investigation, the gossip, and the heartache. Liz was by Isabel’s side to talk her through what was going on, to convince her to return to school and graduate with her friends, and to serve as a shoulder to cry on. Although true friends can come and go, they are never replaced, nor forgotten.
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Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart. This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.