Teaser Tuesday: Rising by Jessica Ruben

Check out this new teaser for RISING by Jessica Ruben! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR!


NA Contemporary Romance

Cover designer: Okay Creations

Release date: May 1, 2018

Blurb:

As the bus approaches my stop on the Lower East Side, I raise the hood of my black sweatshirt. Anonymity is key in my neighborhood—particularly as a lone female walking at night.

All I want is to leave my crime-ridden shadow of a home in New York City. I’ve done everything I can to keep my head down and focus on my studies. College is my only goal; love has never been on the map…

That is, until my sister brings me to an underground fight, where I meet a gorgeous and mysterious man: Vincent.

He is the ghost in my shadows, showing up to feed me pieces of his upper-crust life, then evaporating into darkness until his next visit. I’m falling hard and fast. How can I trust him amidst the depth of his secrets?

Vincent may be even more dangerous than the dark world I’m trying to escape.

About the Author:
Jessica Ruben lives and works in New York City, where she spends her days dominating in the court room as an attorney. Come nightfall, she writes romances centering on gorgeous alpha males and the intelligent women who love them.Jessica is an insatiable reader, and will devour a few books a week without batting an eyelash. Books have always been her drug of choice, and she has no plans on detox anytime soon. She has three wildly delicious children and a husband who, for reasons unimaginable to her, loves her brand of crazy.

http://jessicarubenauthor.com

 

Review: Grip Series by Kennedy Ryan

Flow (Grip, #0.5)Flow by Kennedy Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was the first book in the series to capture my heart- I absolutely loved Grip and Bristol. This series will change you- it was will make you think, it will consume you, it will break your heart, and then it will slowly put it back together until it is finally complete again. I can’t say enough good things about it and I highly recommend you read it!  I will keep it short and sweet, because I don’t want to give too much away.  But start with this book and keep reading until you finish.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Grip (Grip, #1)Grip by Kennedy Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decided to finally dive into this serious because I have basically heard nothing but great things about it. I don’t know why I even hesitated. It was probably the best decision I have made within the last couple of weeks.
I woke up at 3 am this morning after finishing it and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s one of those books that is going to stick with me. I will remember where I was when I reading it. I will remember how I felt when I finished it. I’m not even sure at this moment 24 hours later I can properly articulate just how great this book was. I know this review will not even come close to the justice it deserves, but I will try to give you the top 3 reasons why I give it 5++ stars. (I have never actually done that before either!)
1.) It was more than just a romance novel. We all love happy endings. We all read Romance usually for that main reason. This book touched on so much more than just love. It was real, it was raw, and honest. It was a glimpse into an interracial relationship. It was ugly at times. And it was beautiful.
2.) This book made me think. It made me think of when my sons are older and they bring home a girlfriend. How will I act. Will I actually be the loving, open and accepting person I wish to be? I live in the South. Racism is still everywhere. I live 2 miles from where Alton Sterling was shot. I live 2 miles in the other direction of where 5 police officers were killed. How do we make a change? How do we bring unity? It starts with how I raise my sons, what my actions show and how my love touches everyone. All of these thoughts ran through my head because of this “romance novel”
3.) It completely shattered my heart and then put it back together. And as soon as I thought it was whole again, it broke a little more. It was so painful to read at times and at others I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The emotions were so real and although I have never been in something like that it made me want to understand. I cried tears of heartbreak when I read about Bristol listening to why she would never be good enough. I cried tears of joy when she was finally able to express her love.
This book has so much more to offer you. This book was so phenomenal I cant even explain it. It’s an amazing piece of literature and I am so thankful it was put into the universe. I hope I did it enough justice to inspire you to read it. If you have never read a romance series in your life, I would suggest you take the chance or plunge and start with this series. I cant wait to finish Still. And I cant recommend this book enough. Amazing job Kennedy Ryan. 5++ stars!

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Still (Grip, #2)Still by Kennedy Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“One day I’ll wake up and be at the end of this journey, like Mrs. O’Malley, and even after a lifetime with Bristol, I’ll bargain with God for one more day.”

My heart is completely satisfied with the ending of this book. This wasn’t your typical happily ever after conclusion to a story. This was a gut wrenching, soul shattering, but hope giving ending. This book and this series tore me up, spit me out and then put me back together so nicely. It is hard to even put into words how much love I have for this book and series as a whole, but again I will try.

This book touches briefly on organ donation- something that is near to my heart. There is nothing good that comes from a baby dying. And sometimes there is nothing we can do to stop or prevent it from happening. The only good thing that could possibly come out of this or give hope to a family on both sides is organ donation. So thank you Kennedy for touching on this topic. It is something that can help you heal as a grieving parent, it if life changing for the person and family receiving it. Bristol and Grip are so strong and make me love them even more.

This book and series are real life! I couldn’t get enough of them and even a few weeks later I am STILL thinking about them. I can’t get them out of my mind. That’s when you know it’s a good book. That’s when you know the writing was phenomenal. I can’t recommend this book enough and if my high praises haven’t sold you yet, I don’t know what else will!

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Blog Tour + Review: Needing Him by Kennedy Fox

 

 

 

 

Evan Bishop is your typical hotshot doctor.
Hardass, brooding, and all business.

Instead of working on the family ranch, Evan broke the mold and became an ER doctor.
He’s good with his hands—in more ways than one—smart as a whip and is the definition of God’s gift to women. Being a gentleman is in his Southern roots, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t flawed. Exclusive dating has never been a top priority and his tragic past makes him stay at arm’s length. Deciding to let loose for a wild night, he takes a page from the Bishop brother’s relationship book and hooks up with a mysterious girl he’ll never have to see again, which is perfect for this self-proclaimed bachelor.

Emily Bell is a city girl through and through but is determined to get away from her family and past. All she wants is a fresh start and to make a name for herself in the medical field. No random hookups and no dating coworkers—that’s her new motto after being burned time and again. When she agrees to attend a wedding as a plus-one, she’s soon ditched and left to drink solo—but not for long. Mr. Suit is the ultimate temptation with his Southern charm, messy blond hair, and irresistible sex appeal. Everything about him screams bad news, but he makes her reconsider her rules just for one night.

After all, some rules are made to be broken.

They want the same thing—one night of passion then they’ll go their separate ways. No cuddling afterward. No next day phone calls. No awkward goodbyes. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll be obvious when they report to work on Monday morning.

*A contemporary romance with a little Southern drama. This is book 2 in the Bishop Brothers series. Each book features a different brother and can be read as a complete standalone. HEA guaranteed!*
Not suitable for readers under 18 due to adult language and sexual content.

 

 

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I caved.

 

Fuck me. I caved, and now he thinks he’s in control and God’s gift to the world.

 

Fucking great.

 

I won’t let him manipulate me with sex. He must not be that smart if he thinks that’s actually going to work. I said those things in the heat of the moment and because I really needed to fucking come, but that doesn’t mean I meant it. Hell, I would’ve told him the sky was purple if that meant he’d give me what I needed.

 

Regardless, that was really damn hot. The way I yelled at him, and he yelled back, and then we just attacked each other. Every moment of our first night together has replayed in my head since it happened, but now… angry Evan is the one who will haunt me in my dreams. Angry Evan is hot and demanding and knows just how to tease the fuck out of me. I almost hate him for it. Except I could never hate a man who knows how to worship my body like he does.

 

But God, does he really have to be such a controlling asshole?

 

I scoop my scrubs and shoes off the floor and adjust my just-fucked hair. Once my top is on, I search for my panties. When I don’t find them on the floor, I shake out my scrub bottoms, but they aren’t there either. What the fuck?

 

Panic starts to surface at the realization that I lost my damn panties. Shit, shit, shit.

 

My pager beeps, and it’s painfully obvious I’m going to have to put my pants on without them. Quickly, I finish getting dressed and push my shoes on before grabbing my lab coat and the soiled shirt and flying out the door.

 

I throw Evan’s shirt in the trash before anyone can see me and ask questions.

 

Rushing to the nurses’ station for an update, I look around but don’t see any commotion or people scrambling like normal. “What’s going on? You paged me?” I ask, trying to catch my breath.

 

Fiona looks at me like I’ve gone crazy. She swallows and lowers her eyes before bringing them back up to look at me. She witnessed the heated argument back in the trauma room, and now she looks uncomfortable as hell. “Dr. Bishop asked me to page you. He wanted me to tell you that your break is over and to get back to work.” I can tell she’s uneasy delivering the news, but that doesn’t stop the anger from brewing inside me.

 

The vein in my forehead is about to burst, but I remind myself to play it cool. For all they knew, Evan sent me on the break to calm down, and now I’m the one looking like a slacker.

 

“Okay. Thanks.” I pinch my lips together to prevent any further words from spewing out of me. No one can know that Evan and I are…whatever the hell we are. Considering I came to this hospital to make a name for myself all on my own, the last thing I need is people thinking I sleep my way to the top.

 

Crap.

 

“Dr. Bell,” Evan barks from the other side of the room. He’s holding a pile of charts in his hands that are no doubt from the huge fire incident that just unfolded.

 

Taking a deep breath, I put my lab coat on and dig my stethoscope from the pocket and wrap it around my neck. We have to act impartially to each other publicly, but hell, I didn’t realize how hard it’d be now that we’re together.

 

“Yes, Dr. Bishop?”

 

He doesn’t even look up at me when I approach him, and I hate that it irritates me.

 

“I need you on beds seven through fifteen until the next shift rotation, then finish these charts before you leave.” His head tilts up, his lips in a firm line as he piles the stack in my arms. “I also need an update on the Brauer kids once an hour.”

 

Swallowing, I adjust the charts in my arms to prevent them from falling. I won’t let my pride get in the way of doing my job, and if charts are what I need to do right now, then I won’t make a scene. At least not in front of everyone. However, once we’re alone, I’m going to give him a piece of my mind for treating me like a damn intern again.

 

“Absolutely. Anything else, sir?” My tone is laced with fake sweetness, and he doesn’t flinch a beat at it.

 

“Yes, actually.” He takes a step forward and dips his head until his mouth hovers over my ear. “Make sure those charts are done correctly before you leave. I’ll be looking through them extensively.”

 

“Of course.” I grind my teeth, wishing I could give him a piece of my mind right now.

 

“And since I know you’re going commando, I won’t ask you to perform any oral procedures.” He winks before walking away, making my blood boil.

 

That asshole stole my panties!

 

 

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Review:

Evan Bishop is by far my favorite Bishop Brothers these days- don’t get me wrong, I loved Alex, but Evan just did it for me. He is moody and mean but deep down a big softy and I LOVE it. This book also had a little something more than your typical romance- a little suspense to go along with it and I couldn’t have enjoyed it any more!!

Dr. Evan Bishop has no desire to settle down and isn’t looking for any sort of relationship, so when he meets Emily at his brother’s wedding, he is just looking for a hookup. However the hookup has gotten under his skin (and out of his clothes- literally you will die when you read what Emily does!) and now he can’t get the Mystery Girl out of his mind. Until he sees her the next day, AT WORK.

Dr. Emily Bishop is the new doctor in town, and while she comes from a line of doctors in the family she took this job because she needed a fresh start and didn’t want to constantly be seen in her father’s footsteps. After she has a “refreshing” weekend, she shows up to work and who else does she see besides the guy that she gave a fake name to! To make matters worse, he is her superior for the next few weeks and they prove to be very interesting!

There is so much sexual tension, there are some extremely funny parts, and there is also this mystery under neath it all that kept me glued to it. I laughed out loud and most of the book and was completely smitten with how much Evan cared for Emily. Something about these books makes me want to sell my city house and buy a big ranch in Texas and have lots of babies so I can be just like the Bishops. I am invested in this whole family but Evan took the cake!

I give this book 5 stars because I loved the drama, I loved the comedy and I loved the story of two people that deserve to be together. They both find each other at the right time, and I truly enjoyed this book! I highly recommend it and think you should definitely read it!

Release Blitz + Review: When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons

Title: When Stars Burn Out
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Adult
Release Date: April 22, 2018
Blurb
Stars die in one of two ways.

So slowly that each layer burning out feels like agony … or suddenly, exploding
into a million pieces before the universe even has a grasp of what is happening.

When Paxton Shaw left Demi Rosen without so much as a goodbye, he stole her
shine in both manners.

Now, eight years later, he’s trying to pull her back into his orbit. The
nation’s most beloved football player, a tight end with a seriously tight end,
has finally realized Demi is the one who got away.

But she’s a different woman than the weak girl who used to come running
whenever he called in the middle of the night. Strong, successful, her life’s
mission being to grant the wishes of children whose flames have all but been
extinguished.

And untouchable, as dark and cold as a midnight sky with no moon in sight.

When one special child forces their star-crossed paths to collide, it’s
impossible to keep the feelings of their past buried. Paxton had been her
Halley’s Comet; the once in a lifetime love that scorched Demi’s heart in the
most spectacular of fashions.

She promised herself she would never make that mistake again. But, how can she
forget the dreams of love she once had, when Paxton wants to make them come
true?

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Author Bio
Author of romance
novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes
sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until
she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and
can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy
through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch
the latest Netflix craze.

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“If it’s written in the stars, then it is fated to happen.”

This is my absolutely favorite book that Carrie has written. I have fallen so completely in love with Pax and Demi that I couldn’t put down the book until I finished it just now.

Pax and Demi knew each other back in their college days, but unfortunately he broke her heart when he decided to pack up and leave one day and not look back. Flash forward to present day and their paths cross again and now that he has a chance to be with “the one that got away,” he isn’t going to let her go.

Pax didn’t just hurt Demi- he crushed her. Even just reading her side of it, I was crushed. That feeling of chasing after a douche bag- yea most of us have been there – so it’s very easy to understand her pain.

Pax has also suffered pain since their last time meeting but that doesn’t mean that Demi should just jump back into old habits. I love how much she holds her ground (and it was annoying in any way – I was super proud that she made him work!)

I love how strong both of the characters are for different reasons – Pax for his physical strength and Demi for her will power and how she tackles her job. The side characters and family members make the book even better and I was definitely laughing throughout the book. Women in romance novels can tend to be too quick to give in or hold out for the most ridiculous reasons. I think Demi held out just right and gave in once it was earned. It was very refreshing!

I am giving this book a 5 star rating because it was well written, the characters were in depth and involved, I was hooked on the story line, my heart exploded from how much I enjoyed and loved the book and I will definitely recommend this to others. Carrie you did a phenomenal job with this heartfelt story. It’s a feel good done right and I sincerely hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Release Blitz: Execution by Lucia Franco

Title: Execution
Series: Off Balance #2
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Forbidden Romance Over 18 years
Publication Date: April 23, 2018
The move to World Cup Academy of Gymnastics is the greatest challenge Adrianna has encountered. Punished for Coach Kova’s overwhelming desires, she’s reeling with resentment while she sits out the first meet of the season. As Adrianna fights to regain her focus, he pushes her body to the extreme, leaving her mentally and physically exhausted.

Kova underestimates Adrianna’s endurance, and gravitates more toward her, despite his internal battle raging within to stay away. They try to disentangle themselves, but the tension between coach and gymnast mounts, engulfing them both in a forbidden world of deception and passion.

The one place where they should never feel alive, is where they find complete absolution. But one slip, one wrong landing, a missed grip, and everything they built can come tumbling down, damaging both their professional and personal lives.

“Tighten up, Adrianna. Squeeze your thighs and butt. Everything needs to be firm so you do not sway. The tighter you hold yourself, the less you fall. You cannot loosen for one second. I do not want to see anything jiggle on you. Keep your focus.” He paused. “By the way, your mother gave me a ring yesterday. Such a lovely woman she is. So caring of her daughter.”
I stopped and looked down at him, letting out a gush of air I hadn’t realized I was holding.
“Uh huh. Start over.”
I ignored him. I couldn’t believe Mom called him. “What did she say?”
“Start over.”
“What did she say, Kova?” I pushed, snapping at him. I probably looked like a psycho to him, but he held firm and wouldn’t speak until I started up again. I huffed under my breath and jumped. Typical Kova. He always had to get his way. My coach was an exasperating man.
“Just that she wanted to know how her precious daughter was doing. I told her you were getting there but still had a long way to go.”
I lowered my eyelids. “Of course you did. What else?”
“She said she was concerned about your diet and wanted to make sure you were eating nutritious meals. She mentioned when you went home for the holidays you let go and ate everything in sight. She wanted to make sure you are not still on that same path. Something about you had to buy new clothes because your old ones did not fit.”
My heartbeat sped up, and my lips parted. The animosity in her words rang like a siren in my head of things she’d said to me that I did wrong in her eyes. Moisture beaded above my top lip. I gripped the jump rope handles tighter, my skin burning against the plastic. I jumped faster and harder.
Kova was still speaking but I only caught the tail end of a few words. I wasn’t processing any of it; all I could focus on was the fact that my mom had called him and fabricated lies and he listened like a good little sheep. She took vindictive to a whole new level and I had to wonder why she was trying in vain to sabotage my gymnastics career. She wanted to ruin me for the sake of ruining me. It was the only plausible reason I could come up with and a side of her I hadn’t yet seen. I was her daughter, she was my mother. I didn’t understand her attitude toward me.
A prickling sting deflated my chest and my breathing grew strenuous. I slowed down until I stopped completely. My arms dropped to my sides, and I stood with one foot positioned slightly in front of the other, staring in a blank trance at nothing but feeling everything.
A muffled cry burst from my lips and I threw the rope to the floor. Kova jerked back. Tears filled my eyes and my heart ached, not because I was sad, I was, but more so because I was so irate and filled with resentment that my own mother would purposely set out to hurt me. I hopped down, formed a fist, and dropped it down on the balance beam as hard as I could. I shoved at the side of it trying to push it over, shoving my weight against it, which could never happen. It was too heavy, but it felt good fighting against something.
“God! I hate her! Hate her with a passion!”
“Hey,” Kova said softly, coming up behind me, but I couldn’t stop.
“I can’t stand her! No matter what I do, it’s never enough. I never over ate anything, and I bought new clothes because I lost weight. Because we had stupid parties she forced me to attend. She is such a liar.” I kept my back to Kova so he wouldn’t see the tears in my eyes. “And you played right into it, making me sound like I’m hopeless, like an amateur who still needs years of work, and even that might not be enough. You gave her exactly what she wanted and she fed off that, I know she did. She has it out for me, always has, always will. Nothing I do will be right for her.”
A fat tear slipped from the corner of my eye, and I walked away. I didn’t take more than a few steps when Kova clutched my arm in his hand.
“Stop,” he said gently. “Ria, I told her you still had a way to go because the truth is I am not ready to let you go yet.”
I didn’t know how to respond to that.
“Just give me a few minutes, Kova.” I yanked my arm away and pushed at his chest. “I’ll be right back.”
Kova grabbed my wrist. “Stop. Listen to me.”
I shook my head. “Please, just let me be for a sec and I’ll be fine.”
“Adrianna.”
“Kova! Just leave me alone!” I screamed.
But he didn’t. Kova pulled me to his chest and I immediately fought against him.
“Get it out,” he said. I shoved at him and cried harder, giving him everything I could. I hated that he was doing this to me and appreciated it at the same time. “Fight harder, hit me if you have to, just get it out.” I struggled between crying and shoving, but Kova didn’t let go, and something in me cracked.
My efforts slowed, and I covered my face and let the tears flow. I poured everything out against his chest. Everything I held in over the past year. From my mom and her backhanded compliments, to the rigorous training I demanded of my body, to the illicit affair I had with my coach. I cried over everything, and he let me.
“Shhh… just let it out,” Kova said, rubbing soothing circles on my back. “It is okay.”
When my cries and hiccups subsided, I sniffled and expelled a huge breath. I felt like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders and I could breathe again.
Stepping back, Kova tried to lift my chin, but I kept my gaze cemented to the floor. I was too embarrassed. I didn’t like crying to begin with, and I sure as shit didn’t want to show him my tears. Tears showed weakness, and I wasn’t weak.
He tried to lift my chin again, and when I didn’t budge, he sighed and got down on one knee so he was eye level with me.
“Jerk.” A sad chuckle escaped my lips. “You always find a way to get what you want.”

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.
When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.
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Blog Tour + Review: Balance by Lucia Franco

Title: Balance
Series: Off Balance #1
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Forbidden Romance Over 18 years
Publication Date: February 15, 2018
Adrianna Rossi is no stranger to the rigorous demands required of her body. Years of pain and determination make her one of the best. Olympic glory is the ultimate goal, and she’ll do anything to achieve it. Even if that means leaving home to attend World Cup Academy of Gymnastics, a training center that serves one purpose–producing champions.
Perfection, precision, and dedication are required of his athletes. When two time Olympian Konstantin Kournakova is persuaded into training the young hopeful, he immediately regrets it. She doesn’t come close to his high standards. As the relentless pursuit of her dream keeps her striving, a passion is ignited within him.
Kova’s power and domination, coupled with Adrianna’s fierce tenacity, reveal there is more for her body to learn. Every interaction can be misconstrued, but there’s no mistaking the darkening of his gaze, the lingering of his touch, or the illicit image of his bare skin pressed against hers. Integrity is on the line. One toe off the beam and their forbidden desires could ruin everything they’ve worked for, throwing it all off balance.

The smell of chalk permeated the air and my stomach quivered at the first intake of the aroma into my lungs. It was a distinct scent, and taste, to a gymnast, practically part of our food groups, difficult to explain to anyone not involved in the sport. Similar to baby powder, but chalkier smelling. Muffled music blaring through the speakers, a spring board rebounding, and the sound of uneven bars ricocheting as they’re released, grabbed my attention. It was music to my ears. The kind of sound that got my adrenaline moving and my pulse thumping, beckoning me to drop everything and wrap my hands around the bars or feel the spring floor beneath my bare feet.
Taking another deep breath, I exhaled, unable to hide my splitting grin. My heart was ready to explode. Finally, I was where I was supposed to be.
Glancing around the empty lobby, I wasn’t sure where to go, but the window to my right showed a view of the huge facility. It was completely deceiving from the outside…cue the anxiety. Intimidation definitely hit hard in that moment.
Gymnasts, both male and female, were scattered about, white chalk dusting their skin. I could see not just one, but two floors, three sets of uneven bars, and seven balance beams, along with two vaults. There was also a tumble track, various equipment for men, and a high bar with a foam pit and resi-mat, a huge mat on top of a foam pitused for practicing softer landings. Farther back were a bunch of doors. I had no idea what they were for, but I was curious to what they led to.
Even my parents seemed to be in awe of the gym, if their wide eyes were any indication. A shiver shot down my spine and goose bumps coated my arms in enthusiasm, as a rush of adrenaline began beating through my veins at the sight before me.
The sound of a slamming door from behind me shook me out of my trance, compelling me to look over my shoulder. My parents followed the sound and I spotted a tall, fit man. With his hands on his hips, his eyes surveyed the lobby and connected with my parents’ before trailing down and locking with mine, his narrowing gaze holding me in place. All the air left my lungs. His powerful presence demanded attention, and without a doubt, he had all of mine.
Never in my life had I seen someone so unbelievably gorgeous. There was no other word I could use to describe him. His commanding eyes made me think it was possible he could be a coach, but no coach I’d ever seen had been so attractive.Come to think of it, none of them had ever been under the age of forty without a potbelly and receding hairline. This man was solidly built and full of muscle.
A silent breath escaped my lips as he stalked toward us with power and poise. My heart nearly hurdled into my throat as I stared like he was some sort of Adonis. Dark stubble dusted his square jaw, full lips that begged for attention, straight as an arrow nose. Combined with inky black hair and olive skin with golden undertones, sweet baby Jesus, the man was perfection.
Crossing the room, he extended a hand.
“Frank, it is good to see you again.” His forearm flexed, the veins signifying the muscular strength he wielded. It was incredibly difficult to tear my eyes away as he gave my father a firm handshake. He was absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous. Avery would call him fucking hot. My best friend loved to add “fucking” to the beginning of everything.
“Kova.”
This was my dad’s friend, and he owned this place. Interesting. He looked like he was fresh out of college, no more than twenty-five max. Dad didn’t have very many young friends I was aware of—I could count on one hand the friends I had met who were younger than him. They typically had graying hair, crow’s feet, and overworked, aging skin. The complete opposite of what was standing right in front of me.
A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.
When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.
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Review:
Where do I even start with this one? I guess I should start by saying this is definitely a forbidden romance and definitely not suited for everyone. BUT I hope that doesn’t stop you from reading one amazing book. Balance is Book one in this series and while it leaves you with the ultimate cliffhanger, you will not be disappointed at any point throughout this book. You might get angry, you might get mad, you might be left with your mouth open (many times), and you might even think to yourself “how can I love this so much when it goes against everything I believe?” Cause that’s how I definitely was!
Adrianna wants to be a gymnast – she wants to be in the Olympics. Her dads friend has a gym and she is sent there to train. She soon releases that this is a different world, a different playing field that she has ever been on, and there might be one person that gets her and that’s her coach.
Kova is the coach of the gym. He is a former Olympian. And he knows good when he sees it. However Adrianna isn’t good (at first) but deep down I think he knows she will be. He sees something in her that he feels in himself.
This book is so much more than forbidden love. It’s about feeling and seeing the drive to do something. It’s about connecting with another human on a level that most won’t understand. It’s a hard concept to think about when you see the age gap, but the way Lucia has written this story, you want nothing more than for them to be together. It feels so wrong, but SO right. I’m not sure I will ever understand the world of gymnastics and the dedication it takes to be one, but Lucia made me feel like I was a part of that world for a minute.
There is so much to this book- the characters, the story line, the cliffhanger all written so perfectly and so beautifully that this book is one I will not be able to get out of my head. She is 16 and she should be with a 16 year old. But she isn’t. And I don’t want her to be. I think when an author can open your eyes to something it’s a big accomplishment and Lucia did it wonderfully. I give this book 5 stars because of the in depth, thought provoking reaction it gave me, my enjoyment of the whole story, how well it was written and how captivating it was.
I sincerely hope you give this book a chance. It was an awesome read and you won’t regret it!
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Release Blitz: The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

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The Hardest Fall, an all new tantalizing contemporary romance by Ella Maise is NOW LIVE!

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The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.

I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.

Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.

He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.

Falling.

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About Ella

I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.

Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.

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