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Dragonfly Tour: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.

-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.

-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.

-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.

-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
Be watching for Undertow, Book 2 in the Dragonfly series, coming July 18!
Author: Leigh T Moore
Series: Dragonfly #1
Reviewed: eARC
Release Date: June 1, 2013


Falling in Love Changes Everything…

“C’mon,” Julian said, helping me stand. “Let’s blow off this party and catch a movie or go to Scoops. This isn’t our scene.”

I shook my head. “I just really want to go home.” The tears were trying to start again. “Can I just go home now?”

“Sure,” he said, holding my cheek. I took a limping step, and he stopped. “Does it hurt to walk?”

My leg was throbbing. I nodded, looking down, and before I realized what was happening, he was lifting me in his arms.

“Julian, wait,” I held his shoulders. “I’m too heavy!”

“It’s okay,” he said, walking on. I sighed and leaned my head against his shoulder. I didn’t feel like fighting. Gentle pressure against my temple, and he’d kissed me. “You’ll get over this,” I heard him say under his breath.


“Dragonfly” by Leigh Talbert Moore was delightful and heartfelt. Moore was able to capture my attention right away and hook me until I finished the book. Anna thought her senior year was going to be boring because her best friend moved away and she was starting the school year kind of on her own. When Anna contacts with Lucy, the new girl at her school, everything starts to change.

Jack, Lucy’s twin brother, decides to ask Anna out on a date but then retracts his offer stating that his family is too complicated. Anna ends up going to the dance with her very hot friend Julian. When Jack shows up with another girl, Anna is confused on why he didn’t want to take her but took someone else. Since Julian was drunk, Jack ended up taking Anna home. From this point on, Jack and Anna start dating but Jack is hot and cold with Anna. One day things are great and they are acting like a normal couple and other days everything has gone to crap. When Jack breaks up with Anna, she starts realizing how much she also cares for Julian. Why Anna tries to figure out her love life she also discovers some secretive information that has been buried regarding Julian’s father. What is a girl to do?

I have two different feelings for Anna. There first one is that I absolutely love her. I love her because she is just like every other teenager trying to get through high school and figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Anna has to deal with the almost death of two of her friends, her best friend moving away, and a boyfriend that is hot and cold all of the time. Anna wants to be a journalist, so when she gets an internship at a local newspaper she begins working on a project that causes her to dig through the past. I like the tough girl persona that Anna puts on. She tries to go with the flow and act like everything is okay when other people are around. What I don’t like about Anna is when Jack treats her like crap, she lets him and she goes running back to him every time he appears. She saw him make out with his ex and she still kissed him. I love Anna but I also hate how she let herself be treated too.

I liked Jack at first and then he became a jerk, so I didn’t like him anymore. He says that he doesn’t want to be like his father or brother but that is what he is turning himself into and he is just letting it happen. Julian is awesome at times. I like how he treats Anna for the most part. There were a few times that he should not have kissed her but for the most part he treats Anna like she is important rather than just a play thing. I really hope to see more of Julian and Anna in future books.

I thought the plot of the story was really good. I wanted to know what choices and decisions Anna was going to make regarding the boys, even though I rarely ever agreed with them. I was intrigued by the mystery that Anna was discovering. I would have to say that I was a little disappointed with how predictable this story was but I don’t think it made it any less good. Definitely a good beach read.

I give "Dragonfly" four out of five bookshelves.


Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.


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1 comment

  1. Thanks for having me here and for the great review, Ali! Best, <3