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.
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.
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.
Read an Excerpt:
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.
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.”
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.)