BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen




Sometimes A + B = O. Yes. Oh, yes. Just like that.

Gabriella Evans’s life exists in terms of logic and definitions. She’s holed up in Portland, Maine, for the summer to work on her PhD thesis, but something is screwing up her concentration: the rumble of a motorcycle every time the embodiment of her rough-and-tumble fantasies rides down her street.

When her best friend talks her into a blind date, she finds herself out with the opposite of her fantasy. He’s polite and well-mannered, yet something behind his crisply tailored shirt doesn’t add up—a rebellious gleam in his eye that piques her curiosity.

Orphaned at fifteen, Connor Starks has finally put the years of failing grades, breaking laws and breaking hearts behind him. The only holdover? His penchant for getting down and dirty in public places. But Gabriella makes him want to prove he’s become a better man.

Nothing intrigues Gabriella more than a problem she can’t solve. But the more Connor tries to bury his past, the more determined she is to uncover it. And what she finds makes all her trusty logic begin to fail her…

Warning: This book contains a summer romance, dirty talk, dockside kissing, motorcycles and tattoos. Features a rebellious nerdy girl with an appetite for outdoor sex and light spanking, and a bad boy who’s turned good…or at least he’s trying



Ashley’s book review: 3.5 stars

The Duality Principle: A principle that says if a theorem is true, it remains true if each object and operation is replaced by its dual.

Gabrielle Evans ‘whole life she’s struggled with the idea of whom she was and who she should be. “She certainly felt like two fractured parts, two pieces of the same whole scattered in opposite directions.” Gabriella has this inner “slut” that is begging to come out. She wants to find a guy that can “take the reins” and push her into submission. “She wanted a man who would let her lose control—no, who would make her lose control.”

Connor Starks walks around in life as this cocky, self-confident guy who has a history with going through girls like there’s no tomorrow. He has a fixation on doing the deed in public. “He didn’t just like doing it in public—it wasn’t just the thrill of getting caught. He got off on being totally filthy with a girl, in watching her completely give in to lust regardless of where they were.” But that part of him was his past. He needs to change his ways, otherwise he worries he might end up just like his dad. He needs to be a different version of the Connor that everyone in town knows as the “bad boy”.

Is Connor exactly who Gabby is looking for to “take control”?




Rebecca’s top 10 ten favorite movies of all time

There are really so many that I love, but these are the ones that I can watch all the way through and still want watch it over again.

  1. French Kiss

821b3a21f69d223b393a909372687367Meg Ryan and a french-speaking Kevin Kline, le sigh. I actually have practically this entire movie memorized.

  1. Enchanted

db279f0f3382635463edf4d62c771155I’m an ex-cast member, so I generally love anything Disney, but this is my favorite. There are so many moments from classic Disney films woven in to it, so seamlessly you almost don’t even notice it. And a singing McDreamy? How can you go wrong?

  1. Frequency

47e00e16a00450445bceb337d61a8607You just have to see it. “I’m still here, chief!” *sobs*

  1. Wall-E

  2. All three Lord of the Rings movies

  3. Stardust

  4. Coyote Ugly

  5. The Breakfast Club

  6. Real Genius

  7. The Emperor Strikes Back

Rebecca’s top 10 ten favorite books of all time:

  1. The Distance from the Heart of Things by Ashley Warlick

342461I picked this book it up on a bargain book table the summer before I left for college, and ended up having to buy another copy because it was dog-eared after having been read so many times. Mavis is the protagonist, and it’s not so much her story of coming home after college and how her years away are like a secret she keeps quiet inside her, but the way Ms. Warlick wrote it. She wove sensation into words, spinning the senses and using sights to describe feelings, aromas to describe sounds. I wanted to take her words and chew on them, savor them like a dessert. It’s a lovely book and will always be my favorite.

  1. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

5148There aren’t many books that I can tell you where I was when I read them, but there was a passage in this book that was written so beautifully that it’s been seared in my mind. It was in my tenth grade English class, in my seat in the first row all the way in the back against the windows. I particularly loved that seat, because it meant I got to watch my crush play handball in the courts on the quad, but when I read this I forgot he was out there. It’s the scene where Gene is remembering Phineas balanced on the prow of a boat, and it’s one of the most beautiful run-on sentences I’ve ever read.

  1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

16151178There is so much to be said about this book. I love everything about it, from Nastya’s strength to Josh’s pain. There is so much I personally connected with in this book, and I think Ms. Millay wrote it so beautiful. But mostly, I love the last two words. (*No spoilers. You’ve gotta read it.)

  1. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

  2. All Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

  3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  5. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

  6. The Babysitter’s Club, Super Special # 1 by Ann M. Martin

  7. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (not because they’re well written, but because without them I never would be where I am now.)

Rebecca’s top 10 ten favorite places to go on vacation:

  1. Ogunquit, Maine

This has been my summer home for my entire life. It’s a quiet seashore community, extremely peaceful and relaxing. Since it’s a tourist town, it comes alive in summer, and I’ve gotten many a plot bunny romping through my head from watching the waitstaff, lifeguards, valet parkers, and ice cream scoopers, wondering what kind of fun party life they had behind the scenes. It’s also very close to Portland, where The Duality Principle takes place.

  1. The Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii

This has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s aptly named, nearly the size of a village itself, and is right on the ocean. The lobby is all open air and there are live birds everywhere. I have been there twice, and never wanted to leave.

  1. Auckland, New Zealand

My best friend is a Kiwi, and I had an amazing time when I went out to visit her. Seeing the stars I’d never seen before and getting connected with a culture I never knew of were very powerful experiences. To this day, I still wear the Maori bone carving I got there – it’s called a Koru, and it stands for rebirth and new beginnings.

  1. Boston, Massachusetts

  2. New York City, NY

  3. Las Vegas, Nevada

  4. Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

  5. Seattle*

  6. Italy*

  7. London*

*I’ve never been to the last three, but they are on my bucket list!





Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

1st prize: Ebook copy of The Duality Principle  + 25$ Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize: Ebook copy of The Duality Principle + 10$ Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: Ebook copy of The Duality Principle



Rebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, which seemed like a good idea at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.


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