The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan ~ Release Blitz w/ TWO Raving Reviews!


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Title: The Boy I Grew Up With
Author: Tijan
Release date: Oct 29, 2018


I have loved Channing Monroe all my life.

In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper.
I hit him in the head with it.
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade.
Eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm.

Growing up, the problem was never love for us.
Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life.

The problem was us.

The problem is that we’re from two different worlds now.
Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.


But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat.

When was it time?
When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?

** 103k standalone


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Angst 4
Tears 3
Value 4
Storyline 5
Panty Scorching 4
Overall Rating 5

Damn!! I have been waiting to hear more about Heather and Channing and I was not disappointed. Tijan nailed this book! Starting in Fallen Crest these characters have worked their way into my heart and now I feel complete after getting their story. Channing had me so pissed off throughout the years that I never thought he would redeem himself in my eyes. But I was wrong. He did and then some. Heather…that bad ass woman! I want to be her when I grow up. Freakin’ love her sassiness and not being afraid of standing up for what she believes in and deserves.

Tijan makes this book addictive as hell with the hot and the sweet. Couldn’t get enough. Don’t miss out on some of the best characters she’s ever written!!


Storyline: 5
Angst: 4
Tissue: 2
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Best friends turned lovers turned friends with benefits. Channing and Heather had a hard time staying away from each other through the good and bad times. But when would Heather come first? Was it time for Channing to make or choice or would she need to walk away from the boy she grew up with?

“I had the woman I loved in my arms. She was safe. She was hurting. And I could never let that happen again. That’s all. My arms tightened around her. I never wanted to let her go.”

Omg! I’ve been dying for a Heather and Channing book and it was everything I wanted and more! Soul mates from third grade until their forever. Swoon! I loved after the rocky road these two had with all of their ups and downs that they still gravitated to each other. Plus the strong theme of family and friends in all of the Fallen Crest series just pulses throughout Heather and Channing’s book. Loyalty and taking care of your own is one of their core values. Channing had taken on protecting his people from such a young age and that privilege and sometimes burden wasn’t something he wanted to let go.

I thought I knew what was going to happen with these two but there were definitely some things that came up that surprised me. Heather really was a lot stronger than even I realized. I loved this story and definitely missed my Fallen Crest family. It was a great addition to my favorite characters/series.

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“What are you doing here?”

His arms tightened a little around me, and his hand rubbed over my leg. I was buck naked in his arms. I should’ve dressed, but I didn’t have the energy.

His breath felt good on my neck as he answered. “I was up with the guys. I missed you.”

Meaning: he’d either been fighting or drinking with the group of guys he considered more family than family.

I lifted one of his hands to inspect the knuckles, rubbing a thumb over them. “They don’t look bruised up.”

His body tensed, all six feet of pure muscle.

Channing had a face for the fashion runways, a body of tattoos that could appear in any magazine, and an attitude that made him a leader among the rowdiest and most criminally inclined. He was whip smart, ruthless, cunning, cocky, and had a charming side that had started some of our fights. He could be too charming at times, putting his name on a lot of girls’ to-do lists. It’d been a problem for us since we were kids, and though it’d gotten better over the last few years, I knew women came onto him regularly.

But being transparent here, that wasn’t the cause of our problems lately.

His voice was quiet. “I wasn’t fighting.”

I turned and tried to smell his breath. There was a slight trace of bourbon, but that might’ve been mine. “You don’t seem drunk either.”

He chuckled, his eyes studying every inch of my face. He did this when he was trying to figure out where I was going with my statements and if that’d take us into a fight. We acted like we were married and in our sixties by now.

His thumb went to my mouth and pressed there, softly. “I really was just hanging out with the guys. Cruz came over, said you closed for him. I gambled, thought maybe you’d be up—or not.” That dimple again. “I was hoping just to slide in next to you.”

I sighed, and his thumb caressed my cheek before his hand returned to my leg. I moved back, resting in his arms again.


About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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