Wednesday, March 15, 2017

We Said Forever by Marie James Release Blitz and Review




Title: We Said Forever
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2017

Blurb

Rock bottom.

They say the only way to go from there is up, but what is “up” when you’re born into someone else’s rock bottom?

At ten, football became my first love. It’s what got me out of the house away from my self-destructive family. My love for football landed me at Las Vegas University with a full ride scholarship, and the orange on my jersey was my favorite color…until my eyes landed on the red dress Fallyn wore the night we met.

At twenty-one, I jumped off the cliff into the unknown the second Fallyn McIntyre danced in my arms at a party. I had the greatest girl in the world and the opportunity to play college ball every Saturday. My rock bottom was looking up, thanks to my two first loves.

Parties, sex, and football—life was perfect. But one drink too many, and my world came crashing down. When I chose pills over my second love, my head told me it was the best decision I ever made. The pills keep me warm and protect me from the distance Fallyn created. Percs don’t judge me. They make me feel alive. 

Threes.

They say the best things come in threes, but one leads to a stable future, one is my salvation, and the other drags me to hell—a hell I’d willingly burn in for eternity…if it weren’t for my second love.


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Excerpt

Turning to face the guy who is either too stupid or too drunk to take a hint, my eyes land on the handsome face of a tall blond with the lightest blue eyes I’ve ever seen.

The smirk on his face clearly indicates he believes I should be impressed. And I am. There’s no doubt about it. I’m completely fascinated by the ego this douchebag emits with one simple look. Without a word, I let my eyes trail from the top of his purposely mussed hair that probably took longer to fix than mine to the orange chucks adorning his big feet.

He allows the perusal, awaiting my approval. Cocking an eyebrow at his blatant, pompous attitude, I push his hands off my hips.

“Not a chance, buddy,” I say before turning back toward the kitchen.

My legs tremble, wobbling on my already unsteady heels. I release a long, slow breath, hoping he disappeared into the crowd. The last thing I need is for him to notice the way my eyes lingered on his stubbled jaw and the muscles of his chest even his clothes can’t hide. I’m almost certain he could sense my quick, unmasked arousal. One look was all it took for this man to creep his way under my skin and throb in my core. He’s got self-entitled, bad boy, asshole written all over him—character traits I would have dropped anything for a few years ago. Not today, though. Those are flaws I left in Utah when I graduated high school.

The same firm grip reaches for me again, wrapping all the way around my body and pulling my back against an incredibly strong chest.

I close my eyes for a moment, allowing only a second of contact before turning around and readying my hand to slap him across the face for taking such liberties without my permission—just another alpha asshole attribute that used to make me swoon.

“You need to get your—”

His finger covers my lips, preventing me from getting my words out. My attempt at what I’m sure was going to be a very eloquent threat against his manhood falters as he pulls me closer to his body. His leg somehow finds its way between mine as he squats a couple inches to decrease the differences in our height.

The strong hand that has reached for me twice tonight is around my back, fingers splayed against the thin red fabric. The finger that halted my words trails down the column of my damp neck before gripping around at my nape. Gooseflesh follows the trail, racing over my fevered skin. He holds me against him, guiding me to the rhythm I hated until this very second. Like the traitorous slut she is, my body molds against him, every soft inch against his hardness.

“I don’t,” I begin again, only to have his hand leave my neck to push another finger against my parted lips.

I watch, enthralled and utterly stupid, as his bottom lip rolls between his teeth at the same time his thumb sweeps over mine.

I cave, wholeheartedly capitulating to the moment. Ignoring the warning bells going off in my head, screaming at me to bolt through the front door and not look back, I grip the silky athletic fabric of his jersey and pull him closer. A knowing grin lights his face and sparkles in the crystal blue of his eyes.

One song blends into another as our bodies close every millimeter of distance. No words are spoken as the countdown begins. No promises are made when the clock strikes midnight. No way I’ll survive this man when his breath becomes mine. No chance I’ll see him again when swaying all night turns into dancing tongues. No possibility of keeping my promise of no bad boys when one hand grips my nape and the other squeezes my ass.

Alcohol has never really been my thing. The memory of the first time I drank heavy liquor in high school is enough to make my stomach sour, but the bourbon on this guy’s lips is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. It’s, hands down, the most satisfying thing I’ve tasted since the ice cream I had after getting my tonsils removed when I was seven. I savor every fraction of a second, every slow glide of his tongue against mine, each time his lips pull back a fraction and turn up to smile against mine.

Without so much as one spoken word, this man has managed to master my body, persuading it to beg for more, coaxing whimpers from my mouth when he pulls away, only to ensure it pants a seductive moan when those skilled lips find my neck.


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Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing little boys and wife of almost 13 years. She enjoys reading in her spare time, and diet coke is always near. Central Texas is where Marie calls home and has lived most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no desire to stop writing anytime soon and has dozens of book ideas to keep her busy.
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Review by Jen:  

We Said Forever by Marie James easily just became my favorite read of 2017.

We Said Forever is gripping, devastatingly heartbreaking, and beautifully hopeful. Blaze and Fallyn are characters that will stay with you forever. There are so many moments in this book that will take your breath away, and so many moments that will break your heart. There are moments that are so perfect that you can't help but smile, and moments where you can feel the world crashing around these characters.

This compelling story touched my heart, my mind, and my soul. It effected me in such a way, that it will remain a part of me forever.

Marie James not only brings the reader into the story, but she makes you feel every intense moment shared between the characters. You will feel every bit of anguish, every bit of love, every spark of intensity, and every desire to change.

Haunted by his past, Blaze is determined not to follow in his parents footsteps. However, history often repeats itself, and although Blaze battles hard to escape his destiny, his future is a ticking time bomb and he self-destructs. His pain is gut-wrenching, and his journey to recovery is honestly raw and powerful. Fallyn is strong and compassionate. She is loyal but wise. The bond between Blaze and Fallyn is strong and their love is eternal. The conversations between these two characters will make your heart swoon. My kindle is highlighted with line after line of heart melting, grin-worthy banter between these two!

We Said Forever is more than a book. It is an invitation into the souls of two characters that will leave an imprint on your heart.

There is nothing I can say that will give this book enough praise, except to read it! We Said Forever is one of those beautifully rare books that has to be read, and has to be felt.
 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins Release and Review!




Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017

Blurb
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.






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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.
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★Review by Jen: 
Something in the Way is a beautifully raw and compelling tale of innocence, love, and consequences. Manning and Lake's heart-wrenching journey will leave you breathless. Jessica Hawkins flawlessly captures the beauty of innocence, and the heartache of forbidden love.

Lake is destined for great things. Her father expects nothing short of perfection from her, and she strives to make him proud. Her older sister Tiffany has always been a wild card, refusing to commit to a college, a career, or a man. With Lake's future predetermined by her father, Lake has settled into a life of hard work with little fun. However, every little girl is bound to grow up, and Lake is already wise beyond her 16 years. Her beautiful heart and resilient spirit radiates off of the pages, and her personal journey to finding her true self unfolds gracefully throughout the book.

Manning is captivated by Lake the moment he lays eyes on her. She is genuine, pure, and untainted by the ugliness of the word, yet she is young. Too young. However, her older sister is not. Sometimes the things that get in the way, can be the same things that hold things together.

Something in the Way is story of two star crossed lovers who could easily find the universe in each other. This is a story about right and wrong, protection, loss, and possibilities. It is a Romeo and Juliet type of story that proves when we narrow our focus on the object of our desires we will be left do deal with the consequences.

Something in the Way is addictive and heartfelt. Jessica brilliantly brings to life these captivating characters that are destined to find a place in your heart! Manning and Lake's story is filled with moments of rare connection, significance, and emotion. Something in the Way is truly special, and I can't wait for the next book in the saga!
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