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#Review of That Guy and That Girl by Natalia Albrite w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Debut Author #contemporary romance #New Adult @NAlbrite

That Guy and That Girl

by Natalia Albrite

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GENRE:   New Adult Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Olivia Meadows is excited to finish her senior year of college as a volleyball national champion beside her teammates and best friends. A complication arrives in the form of John Hunter, that guy, her brother’s best friend whom she has had a secret crush on since she was eleven years old. Effortlessly charming and handsome, with a body honed by years of playing football, John initiates his charm offensive and Olivia finds herself unable to resist him.

John Hunter is pumped to finish his senior year of college as a football national champion beside his teammate and best friend. The only thing missing is that girl, Olivia Meadows, his best friend’s little sister. He needed to sow some wild oats before settling down with Olivia but now he is ready for something serious with the girl he has always admired. 

Be careful what you wish for. John and Olivia find themselves dealing with adult consequences very quickly and wondering if their young love can endure the pressures of adulthood. Will they find deeper love or implode from the pressures of their own making?

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Excerpt Three:

“Hey, I’ve missed you and I’m really glad to see you,” he says as he looks deep into my eyes. Simple words that say everything I want to hear right now. This is exactly what we need: to keep it simple and direct.

I want him to kiss me and I want him to do it now. I want to say ditto so we can get to the good stuff faster but just as quickly I decide to be as clear as he was, “I’ve missed you too and I’m so glad you’re here.”

We both stare at each other for a few seconds and then eventually smirk. He nods and says, “I’m gonna kiss the shit out of you now.”

I nod as he pulls me in closer. One arm moves to my lower back. I place my hands back on the pecs I want to appreciate more fully. He touches his lips to mine so gently. In some ways I want him to rush. I want him to deepen things quickly. But in more ways, I want him to take it slow and let this burn slow between us. It feels like forever since we have appreciated each other in this way.

He is clearly taking the slow route and eventually adds the slightest bit of tongue to his kisses. It’s subtle and I both love and hate the slowness in escalation. I involuntarily moan quietly. He knows how to build the tension. He pulls back and looks into my eyes again, “I love you.”

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Yall this book.  New Adult, debut author and she hits it out of the ballpark.  I’m in awe of Ms. Albrite and her talent.  Plus, the setting is in Texas, Austin to be specific to the places that the story takes place, I can relate to.  And I just fell in love with John and Olivia.  I won’t go into the set up of the book or the plot but I will, however, share my thoughts about specific things.

  1.  Olivia – biracial and she reminds John of this fact.  Ms. Albrite doesn’t skim over this but the topic is discussed between them due to John’s parents.  Trust me, they are the typical country club type.  Olivia is smart, funny and her own person.  She has a tribe that she can count on and her relationship with her brother, Marcus is fantastic.  Olivia is just your typical college senior trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life after she FINALLY picks out what her major is.  Her conversations about the picking of her major are hilarious and spot on.
  2.  John – is a delight.  He has been biding his time with Olivia and his feelings for her.  He’s not a player or douche either.  Just an all-around guy that has had his eye on his best friend’s sister since high school.  His conversation with Marcus is typical “bro” stuff yet, serious.  Did I mention that he is white and from a country club family?  Typical Dallas suburbs.  Trust me, I grew up there.  Ugh.  I hate parents like that.
  3.  This is a sweet romance for the most part.  The beginning was a bit hot and heavy but nothing your grandmother couldn’t read.  As the story unfolds, the bedroom stuff is completely unnecessary.  This book is about the characters John and Olivia and how they deal with something very major that changes their lives and relationship forever.  Not going to tell you what it is except that Ms. Albrite, again, tackles it head-on and lets her characters figure it out.  I will tell you that Olivia near the end of the book deals with something that a lot of women go through and I applaud Ms. Albrite for broaching the subject matter and letting Olivia and John in their own ways deal with it.  I had tears at one point.
  4.  Austin, TX – I will admit that I CAN.NOT.STAND. the University of Texas.  I’m from Oklahoma so there is that.  I did, however, like how Ms. Albrite uses the setting of the campus and sports has the backdrop for their story.  I could see The Drag, the stadium, and even where the house party is in my mind.  Trust me, I’ve been all over that town.  However, I would have liked to see the bats but that’s just me.
  5.  The emotional tug of war in the book.  One moment I was gasping, then getting misty-eyed and then laughing.  My emotions were all over the place with this book and normally, I don’t get that emotional when I read a book. This one just grabbed from the beginning and never let me go.  And yes, its NEW ADULT.  Who knew, right?

The payoff from the beginning is beautiful.  You will watch Olivia and John forge through the ups and downs, tears and triumphs on and off the playing field.  You get the parental involvement that is not heavy-handed but just right for the guidance that these two need at times.  You get Marcus and John’s relationship break down and then have to re-build it.  You see a beautiful love story that began when they were kids and see it grow into adulthood.

Ms. Albrite has a fan for life with her rich storytelling, amazing characters and a realistic plot that made me miss Olivia and John when the story was over.  I can’t wait for Marcus’ story later this year.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Natalia is a lifelong reader and lover of romance novels. Before finally tapping away at her keyboard to create her own stories, she tried all sorts of professions: elementary school teacher, barista, seller of make-up, baker, and the list goes on. When she isn’t pursuing the arts, she’s hanging out with her husband, two wacky children, and full-figured Corgi.

 

Website:

www.nataliaalbrite.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NAlbrite

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Buy link:

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Excerpt from Piracy (RiffRaff records #6) by L. P. Maxa w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @lpmaxa #contemporaryromance #NewAdult

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. L. P. Maxa will be awarding a copy of Royalty + Legacy to 2 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

No one has more fun than Jett Matthews, and he intends to keep it that way, but he has to convince the girl of his dreams, Devin King, that Jett’s brand of fun means forever.

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“Did you really use all the sugar? That was like half a cup.”

I glanced down and to my right, a smile automatically forming on my face. Large blue eyes behind tortoiseshell glasses, framed with long lashes, blinked back at me. The chick tapping her foot in annoyance wasn’t wearing any makeup, but damn she was pretty.

“If you want, I can dip my finger in your coffee. I’m way sweeter than this—”

“Seriously?” She cut me off, reaching around me for the less tasty packets of raw sugar and accidentally knocking over the small container of wooden stir sticks. “It’s too early for lame pickup lines.” She righted her mess and then ripped open five little brown packets, dumping them into her drink.

I took another sip of my now perfectly sweetened coffee, admiring the way the sunlight streaming in through the windows made her strawberry blonde hair shine. “It’s never too early for flirting. And as far as pickup lines go, that was a good one.”

She snapped her lid back on her cup, and then turned to the door. Her backpack hit the container of wooden sticks, causing it to spill all over again. I bit my lip to keep from laughing as she picked them up a second time.

“I’m Jett, what’s your—”

“Nice to meet you, Jett.” The blue-eyed clumsy beauty didn’t even bother to glance my way before she purposefully walked out the double glass doors.

I watched her stride away, her creamy legs on display and her long hair swishing behind her. That chick had straight up turned me down.

And that wasn’t what normally happened when girls saw me for the first time. I was handsome—don’t be a hater, it’s genetics—and my smile dropped panties. Lots of them. That sugar pickup line was great. I knew because it had worked for me in the past.

About the Author

L.P. lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, three rescue dogs, four chickens, two dwarf goats, and one adopted cat. The fish died. She is a full-time writer, and part time business owner. L.P. says she loves to read as much as she loves to write, and reading a good book is her reward after writing one. In her spare time, she fosters puppies for a rescue organization based in Austin.

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#Review of Can’t Let Go (the Georgia Boys series) by Chrissy Brown w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @Thechrissybrown

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chrissy Brown will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, also an ebook of the second installment of the series Come a Little Closer (tentatively to be released 2/9), to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A sweet, yet steamy new adult romance about a girl who’s not ready to fall in love and a boy who isn’t ready to let her go.

Beau
She is beautiful, probably the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen, but she’s damaged.
Her a-hole exboyfriend broke her.
I still want her.
I can show her that all men aren’t the same
That I’m different.

Mallory
He’s everything I need to stay away from, and I try.
I really do, but he’s relentless.
So, I give in and let him have me.
All of me.
I should have known better.

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Sitting up, I look around. The room’s the same as yesterday, although I don’t know why I expected it to be different. Tiptoeing to the door, I peek my head out and listen. Silence.

Did he ditch me?

Well, I reason, if I have to do the walk of shame I might as well be clean. If by chance he is in the house somewhere, I don’t want to be caught. I scurry to the bathroom, lock the door, and take a shower.

“Morning!” he shouts when I walk out of the bathroom.

In just a towel.

Busted.

His eyes widen, giving my body a once, no, a twice-over. In two long strides, he closes the gap between us. He sucks in a breath, holds it, then lets it out so slowly. It warms my neck, sending goosebumps down my spine. He cups my face, forcing me to look at him. My heart’s racing. His big brown eyes suck me into an abyss I’m not sure I’m ready for.

“I just can’t get over how pretty you are.”

“Uhh.” I look down my nose, only able to see his chest, he’s so close. But it’s better than his face. If I keep looking at that face, I might just let my towel slip. I can’t let him see me naked. For one, I need to wait, put off having sex a little while longer. Secondly, I’m not sure I could handle the rejection if he didn’t try to do something with my naked body. “Thanks.”

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I need to let you know that I almost didn’t finish the book.  For me, this was a tough one to read.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t like the book or the subject matter, but it took me longer to connect with Mallory and Beau.  The beginning of the book was a bit off-putting for me.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that but considering that I spent most of my 20’s in a drunken stupor when I wasn’t working, it was kinda like a trigger for me.

One thing that I loved was the dual points of view.  I really like it when an author writes in first person, dual points of view.  I’m old now, so what to know what my hero and heroine are thinking, doing, reacting to.  Most people don’t like that but I do.  Ms. Brown’s characterizaton of Beau and Mallory is well written and descriptive.  Once I got over the first chapter, the book really flowed for me.  It starts in the present, the middle is their relationship and the ending is spot on.  Normally, NA writers try to write like we THINK the characters talk and act.  Ms. Brown nails this aspect of the book.  Maybe that’s why I just cringed during most of the book.  Trust me, I was no angel at this age and at times, I felt like she was writing about my life.

Beau and Mallory are terrific characters, once the book started moving along.  Again, it took me longer to connect but once I did, I fell in love with them.  Mallory has had a horrible relationship before that just about destroyed her and poor Beau, he was just trying too hard.  In fact, at times, I couldn’t believe that Mallory put up with him but that’s what makes their relationship work.  Opposites do attract and these two couldn’t be more opposite.  This book is both sweet and spicy, so be warned.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Mallory and Beau grew on me in the end and I enjoyed them getting their HEA.  It was a hard row for them but in the end, it is worth it.

About the Author:

Chrissy Brown is a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance author. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twin girls, two dogs, and the neighborhood cat.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like cuddling on the couch watching movies with her family, reading, Netflix, and beach trips. She reads two to three books a week, but favors stories with strong women, true love, and steamy scenes.

When Chrissy is not sitting at her computer, fantasizing about gorgeous country boys, she is teaching third graders how amazing books are…and writing, and math. She has also been an amateur wedding photographer and a CNA (to which she gives kudos but says never again.)

https://chrissybrownauthor.com
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