Chartreuse by T.E. Ridener Blog Tour

Cover Designer: Double J Book Graphics-  Facebook
Kasen Reed was a lonely guy with hardly any friends. Sheltered by his domineering, cynical mother, he never gained much of a social status and he’s never known true affection. At
the age of 19, he finally moves out to start his own life and he has no idea where he’s going from here.
Rowan Kelly moved to the tiny town of Chartreuse, Alabama in hopes of starting anew. After a messy breakup that lingers over his head, and his heart, he believes he’s finally found the perfect place to open his clinic and do what he loves best; helping animals. Despite how picture perfect the quaint little town seems, the 26 year old feels like something is missing…..Two lonesome hearts will have a chance encounter in a town that doesn’t seem to be ready for the acceptance of love equality, but will it stop them from being together?

100 % of proceeds made during the blog tour (May 10 – May 23) will be donated to The Trevor Project and the Ronald McDonald House Charities

My Review

I wasn’t for sure what to expect when I found out this was a M/M Romance, because I hadn’t read one until now. This story goes beyond the fact whether it’s M/M or M/F and will have you emotional wrapped up in this book.

Kasen has lived in the small town of Chartreuse, Alabama his entire life. He hasn’t any experiences outside of this town. He recently moved into his own apartment, getting away from his mother who is not the loving mom she should be. Kasen is a very timid individual in person, but he let’s himself be someone totally different while working nights as a radio personality. Being from a small town, he isn’t comfortable with his sexuality because that’s not what people believe in around here. 

Rowan has recently moved to Chartreuse from Boston. He has always wanted to live in a small town where everyone knows each other and start a business. So that’s just what he has done. He is used to being very open about his sexuality, but just after being in this town he believes it may be frowned upon. Rowan knows that he needs love in his life but after being hurt in the past he hasn’t put himself back out there since.

Kasen and Rowans’ journey is filled with love, hatred, and acceptance. They face many challenges that no person should have to deal with. Being together, Kasen learns to be stronger as an individual and Rowan learns to overcome his past to take a chance at being happy once again.

This is a very inspiring read that left me thinking about how people have to face these types of challenges everyday. I must say I enjoyed my first M/M Romance, so thanks T.E. Tidener for writing this beautiful story.

T.E. Ridener entered the world in the magnificent year of 1985. She’s an avid reader, crazy writer, and photoshop addict. She started writing stories at a young age, and will probably do so until she takes her last breath. Forever the daydreamer, not a day passes in which Miss Ridener isn’t working on something book related. Her books may be a work of fiction, but there is a lot of truth in each one.
Creating relatable characters and believable storylines mixed in with make-believe is what she is best known for. She always includes a strong female lead, a compassionate male, and tons of every day events that readers will be able to connect with. Miss Ridener is a lover of music, movies, TV shows, and her family.
During the months of November and December, she participates in the charity she helped create called Random Acts of Christmas, an online program geared towards making Christmas happen for families in need. In 2013, they gave over $69,000 in gifts to kids who otherwise would not have had presents to open on Christmas morning. Coming from a childhood of poverty, T.E. understands that life isn’t always easy and she has experienced living from paycheck to paycheck. This has fueled her drive to always lend a helping hand in every form possible. She is very active in the group “Books for Troops”, a program designed to send ebooks and paperbacks to soldiers currently serving overseas.
T.E. Ridener is the youngest of 3 children, a surviving twin, and an extremely proud aunt. She claims to be married to her books and the characters she creates are her kids. Thus far, she has produced three ongoing series entitled Blood Betrayal (vampires), The Kadenburg Shifters Series (bear-shifters), and The Descendants (elementals). There are loads more and new ones popping up each day. She LOVES her fans and readers, and not a single one of them appear as a number to her. She knows that without them, she wouldn’t be where she is today. Every day is a new possibility, a new adventure, and a new dream. Life doesn’t get any better than that.
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