Blog Tour ~ Love Me, Love Me Not by S.M. Koz ~ Excerpt + Giveaway

Blog Tour ~ Love Me, Love Me Not by S.M. Koz ~ Excerpt + Giveaway

Morning y’all,

A lovely welcome to the Blog Tour for Love Me, Love Me Not, the newest book by S.M. Koz! Guys, I just can’t get over how adorable, sweet, and swoony that cover is. 😍😍

For today’s post I got all the details on the book, the author, but I also got a very awkward excerpt (seems like a date gone wrong), and a giveaway (US/CAN only).

Let’s get this Love Me, Love Me Not tour started! ❤💔

Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.

When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.

As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.

Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.


Buy this book here: Amazon ||| B&N

About the author:

SM KOZ is a medical writer from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and numerous pets. She has a BS in Biology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, photographing nature and her family, gardening, travelling, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to decorate birthday cakes. Love Me, Love Me Not is her first traditionally published novel.

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Excerpt time!

He reaches across the table and rests his hand on mine.

My head snaps down to the contact as my stomach starts filling with butterflies. “I wasn’t deciding on lunch. I decided I just need to do this. I’m sorry I made you uncomfortable yesterday and, if I’m reading you wrong, I’m even more sorry for what I’m about to do.”

The butterflies stop in midair at his unexpected words, and my eyes drift back up to his face. What in the world is happening?

“But I like you, and I think you like me,” he says in rush. “I’ve decided I just need to lay it out there and see what happens.”

I stare at him with a blank face.

“So . . .”

I can’t respond. I can’t even form any thoughts.

“Just laying it out there,” he repeats, squeezing my hand.

I glance down but still can’t make sense of what’s going on. It’s like I’m in some alternate universe where everything is turned upside down.

“To see what happens.”

I remain silent, focused on where our hands meet. His fingers are strong and rough against my skinny ones—another reminder of how different we are.

“Which apparently is nothing good,” he says, dragging his hand away. The loss of warmth draws my eyes up to his face again.

There’s a faint red tint to his cheeks. I’ve never seen him blush before, and it makes him even cuter.

“Sorry,” he says. “I honestly thought you felt something.” He stuffs a chip in his mouth. “I should’ve waited until after lunch. Now I’ve got to sit here for like twenty minutes trying to pretend I didn’t just humiliate myself in front of you. This is officially my most embarrassing moment now. God, where is our food?” he asks, looking toward the kitchen.

Meeting my eyes again, he asks, “Should we just go? We don’t need to sit here and pretend like everything’s normal.”

He starts to stand, and I finally find my voice. “No, let’s stay.”

He raises his eyebrows and slides back into his chair. “You sure?”


“Okay,” he says slowly. He drums his fingers on the table and continues watching me, his cheeks still red while mine are probably white as snow since all the blood drained from my face about a minute ago. “I’m really sorry,” he says again.

“Don’t be,” I murmur, my eyes dropping to the table. I can’t believe he’s been feeling the same thing as me this whole time. It’s . . . shocking. Shocking, but reassuring.

“No. It’s completely wrong of me. I thought . . . never mind. It doesn’t matter. This won’t change things. I promise. We’ll be . . . foster siblings,” he says with a slight cringe.

“You like me?” I whisper, afraid if I say it any louder he’ll come to his senses and realize his mistake.

“No,” he says, shaking his head.

I frown.

“I mean, yes?”

“Which is it?” I ask, starting to get even more confused.

“Yes, unless that’s not what you want. I’ll leave it up to you,” he says, resting his hand on mine again, “You tell me—which is it?”

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