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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

✯BLOG TOUR:✯ The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris {EXCERPT + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!}

The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris

Release Date: April 5th 2016 by Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 297
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart. 

Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him. 

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first. 

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.


Planting my feet on the floor, I grab the assignment packet. I thumb through the long list of group dates, taking note of all the partner-time required (a lot), and a rush of endorphins floods my bloodstream. My heart pounds just like it did when I tagged out Jefferson to win last night’s game, and when a relieved exhale parts my lips, I hear Carlos say, “Uh oh.”

“What?” I ask distractedly.

“You’ve got that psycho look in your eyes.” I raise my eyes and he waves a finger back and forth in front of my face. “The same one you had before we egged Crestmont High last week. You’re planning something.”

Adrenaline bounces my knee. “Maybe I am.”

My hand beats out a rhythm on my thigh as I realize that this is exactly what I’d been waiting for. The answer to the itch under my skin. My extreme restlessness. It’s not a new feeling—if I were honest, it’s been on a low simmer for years. Being with Aly just brought it to a boil. I’ve been numb ever since I lost Peyton, and this… this insane marriage project is my chance to finally make things right.

“Tell Abuelita I’ll be there,” I say, returning my gaze to the back of Peyton’s head. “And that I’ll be bringing a girl even she can’t complain about.” From the corner of my eye, I see him stare at me in confusion. “I’m bringing my wife.”

Carlos’s mouth opens in a mix of shock and doubt and I don’t blame him. I saw Peyton’s reaction, too. But I have three whole weeks between now and then, and a plan taking shape in my mind.

Peyton may think she hates me, but that’s only because she doesn’t know the total truth. Soon, that’ll change—but I can’t rush it. I have to start small. Ease into it. Use these dates and outings to show her how much I’ve changed since I was fifteen and screwed everything up.

But I will do it.

“Mark my words, Carlos,” I say, feeling excited about a girl for the first time in a very long time. But then, that’s because it’s not just any girl; it’s my girl. She just doesn’t know it yet. “I’m gonna be the best damn husband in this entire class.”

He looks at me uncertainly, but that doesn’t faze me. I won’t let it. I know I don’t deserve it. Hell, I never deserved her. But I’m not letting anything stop me. Not this time. Thanks to Coach Stasi, I’m going to remind Peyton of all the reasons she fell for me in the first place.

And then I’m going to make her do it again.

My Review:

The Natural History of Us is a book about second chances at love and at a whole new future.

At the very beginning we meet Peyton Williams, a high school senior who can't wait to graduate and move on with her life. Her high school experience hasn't been the best and after having her heart broken by the school's player, it has taker her a lot to be able to move on. At least that's what she wants everyone to believe, but when a last project forces her to partner up with her ex, Justin Carter, Peyton has to decide whether their relationship is worth fighting for or not. Meanwhile, Justin Carter has one last thing to do before he graduates and that is to prove to Peyton that he is the one for her. After a series of events that happened when they were together, broke both of their hearts, Justin hasn't been able to forget the girl that made his whole life different. When he is forced to brake their relationship, he vowed to win her heart again. Soon he is spending more time with her, and as they began to grow closer he knew that he had to make a decision in the end.

Secrets start to reveal themselves and their relationship is put in jeopardy once again, it is then that we get to find out what actually happened to their relationship. Told in dual point-of-views, the story has a bit of twist and turns that made it stand out for me. In the story both of the characters are young, and they experience a lot of things very fast. Though I liked the idea of it and how it all ends at the end, the story felt a bit flat for me at times. Some aspects of how the story is formatted didn't work for me, but the dual point-of-view is what helped the book, and I felt that I got both sides of the story which was nice to read. Overall, it was a good story with a sweet ending. :)

***ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.***

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About Rachel Harris:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!


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