Friday, March 21, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Bad Girlfriend by Kirsten DeMuzio

Title: Bad Girlfriend (First and Last #4)
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover by Kirsten DeMuzio
Published March 18, 2014

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Brooke Mills has only ever wanted to be loved. The product of a teenage pregnancy and raised by her grandmother, Brooke went looking for love in all the wrong places. She has been the other woman or someone’s dirty little secret more times than she cares to admit. When Brooke’s questionable judgment lands her in the bed of her new neighbor, it’s the wakeup call she needs to change her ways. With the help of her friends, Brooke is determined to find a nice guy.

Adam Branigan is new in town, and despite the way he and Brooke met, Adam knows there’s more to the beautiful redhead than meets the eye. He wants to be the guy to show Brooke that she deserves more than late night booty calls. But will outside pressures and past relationships conspire to keep them apart?

**This book is intended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content.

*****5- the geek gets the girl! -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

We should talk about how a sexy as hell redhead with curves I've only dreamed of came to be sitting on my bed. Because shit like that doesn't happen to me. Ever.

It's official-Kristen DeMuzio has turned me into one of her fangirls-I LOVE this series!! I want to move to Penn Yan, be friends with all these people while lusting after the guys. Leah must be my long lost twin sister and Grady....just YUM. But I digress, this book is all about Poppy's friend Brooke, who we met in 'Fourth Down' and the man who is the perfect combination of nerdy and sexy and completely flips her world upside down.

Gram is the only mother I've ever known, which is why I still live here with her. I tell her it's because she's getting older and needs my help to keep up this big old house. But the truth is that I don't know how to be alone.

Brooke Mills has developed quite a reputation for herself in the small town of Penn Yan. Known to be sort of a man-eater, she labels herself a slut, but really shes just a lonely girl with abandonment issues looking to be loved. Unfortunately, all she finds are the wrong kind of men, full of empty promises and only looking for one thing- something she gives freely thinking that’s all she has to offer. When she meets the new tenant renting the apt. above the garage, she knows he would never be interested in the likes of her.

He's renting my grandma's garage apartment, but I haven't met yet.”
Oh, he's not really your type, Brooke.”
What does that mean?”
Well, you're always 'dating' guys in bands or guys that ride motorcycles or guys with lots of tattoos. Or all three....
And this guy know...more of an intellectual type. Educated.”

Looking to get away from the big city, Adam Branigan takes the job of elementary school principle in Penn Yan. It's quite an adjustment moving to such a small town when he's used to the noise and chaos that is New York City. When he first meets the granddaughter of his landlady, the circumstances are less than ideal, but he's still drawn to her. She's beautiful to be sure, but he also senses such a vulnerability in her, it's hard to keep away. Adam is the first to admit he's kind of a nerd, so he's well aware that someone as beautiful as Brooke is way out of his league, but she does seem like she could use all the friends she can get, so he goes out of his way to be friendly to her. But one night -over a box of pizza and a bottle of tequila- things take a turn neither of them planned for.

God, he must think I'm such a slut. Of course he does, because that's what I am. A stupid girl so desperate for love that I'll jump in bed with any guy who shows the least bit of interest. Or, in Adam's case, he's too drunk to know any better.

Brooke can't believe what she just let happen, drunk or not, Adam is the polar opposite of what she is used to when it comes to men. She knows she would never stand a chance with a guy like him- he couldn't sully his reputation with a girl like her and she's not exactly the type of woman men take home to meet their mothers. Adam feels terrible (and kinda disappointed that he can't remember what happened) but the state he wakes up in leaves no questions as to how the night ended. The last thing he wanted to do was hurt Brooke by becoming one of those men that takes advantage of her, though he can't deny he would love a he's able to remember.

Puppies. Sleeping puppies. Sleeping puppies on fire.
I tried to think of anything other than Brooke lying half naked in my bed. Brooke doing God knows what in my herself.
What kind of a sick fuck was still turned on after thinking about sleeping puppies on fire.
One who had the sexiest redhead on the face of the Earth in his bed. That's who.

There is so much more to Brooke than anyone sees, including Brooke herself, and Adam is determined to show her that. But what happens when the small town they live in makes it clear they're not thrilled with the idea of their elementary school principle shacking up with a girl with Brooke's reputation? How do you argue against all the rumors when Brooke herself doesn't even feel like she's worth the fight?

Don't get too attached, Brooke. You're not the kind of girl that men like Adam marry.”
You're obviously not either.”
He's just scratching an itch with you. I'm not worried about him getting serious with the local whore.”

I've grown so attached to these people, I don't ever want to leave ( I believe I have said that before Lol). I love getting to revisit the couples from previous books and seeing how their lives are moving along ( I admit, I'm a little worried about Josh & Leah ) this series has captured my heart and I'm very much looking forward to returning to it again and again and....

He rarely wore his glasses when he wasn't working, and I wondered why. Because they made him look so nerdy sexy.

That was all I have ever wanted. For someone to love me the most. To be the woman that one man could love forever.

This was what you should live for. Finding that one person who fits you perfectly, no matter the cost.

Title: Safe With You (First and Last #1)
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult Romance


After overcoming a difficult childhood, Taryn Ross has a fairy tale life - her father is a Senator contemplating a run for President, her mother loves to take her shopping for ridiculously expensive clothes, and she is finishing up her junior year at NYU.

What she doesn’t have is love - the heart pounding, mind blowing, passion filled love that she reads about in her collection of steamy romance novels. But that might change when she accepts a cup of coffee from a sexy mysterious stranger.

Wyatt Hunter has experienced a loss that has him living each day just going through the motions. His world is in dull shades of gray - until the day he meets Taryn. She brings vibrant brilliant color back into his life, and he can’t stand the thought of going on without her.

But Wyatt is holding a secret that could send Taryn running when she finds out.

**This book contains adult situations and explicit content. Recommended for readers ages 17 and older.**

****4 -Scarred but not broken- Stars****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

When he tried to pull back I tightened my legs around his waist.
Wyatt chuckled and murmured, “I was just going to take off the rest of my clothes, baby. This will work better if we're both naked.”

Well that was....sweet. As Kristen DeMuzio's debut novel, it was fantastic. Cute, sweet, and funny with some drama and a whole lotta fab characters. And though there was some definite insta-love going on, which I am not a fan of, it was still a wonderful way to start off this series.

As a connoisseur of steamy romance novels, I wanted the heat and the passion and the undying love. And I wasn't willing to settle for anything less.

Taryn Ross may seem like she lives a charmed life, wrapping up her junior year at NYU, with her father- a senator considering a run for president, and a mother who loves to spoil her and take her shopping, but it hasn't always been that way. Abandoned at a hospital when she was just five years old, she spends the next four years of her young, impressionable life in and out of foster homes before she adopted by the Ross's. She still suffers from nightmares, trust and abandonment issues, she sleeps with a nightlight on every night, but life has turned out pretty good and she's thankful for what she found with her parents every day. The only thing missing is love. She wants the kind of soul searing love she reads about in her romance novels and refuses to accept anything less. Just when she's starting to think that may be a pipe dream, she accepts a cup of coffee that mast just change her life...

I don't know why I instinctively trusted him, but I did. He was still the hottest guy I had ever seen in real life, and my heart raced every day when I walked into Starbucks and saw him waiting for me, but at the same time I felt incredibly comfortable with him. As if I had known him forever.

Wyatt Hunter goes through life one numb day at a time. After suffering a loss that damn near destroys him, each day is lived in a haze of pain and loneliness, with nothing left to bring color into his world.... Til Taryn walks into his life. He shouldn't want her, can't have her, but is somehow unable to stop himself from wishing it otherwise or going after her.

It was like the world was in shades of gray, until I saw you. You were in vibrant brilliant color. The more I saw you and then talked to you, the more my world filled back up with color. I knew it was wrong to want you, but I couldn't stay away. I couldn't go back to living without color. Without you.”

The connection and chemistry these two feel for each other is instant and undeniable. They can't stay away from one another even if they wanted to. Taryn recognizes the pain in Wyatt's eyes and wants nothing more than to help him heal and live his life again. Wyatt has never met anyone like Taryn and loves that she doesn't let her past define her. The only problem is, Wyatt is keeping something from Taryn- a secret so big, it threatens to destroy everything they have built together.

Taryn....the only thing that has eased the dead feeling inside and made me actually want to go on is you...please tell me I haven't lost you.”

I have to admit, I connected the dots and figured out Wyatt's secret way before it was revealed, but rather than ruining the story for me, it made me that much more anxious waiting for that particular shoe to drop. The chemistry between these two was definitely smoldering, the interactions between the characters was amazing, and the story held my interest right from the beginning, so I was able to look past my dislike of insta-love and still enjoy the story. The only thing it was missing-for me personally- was the chance to get inside Wyatt's head. I'm the type of reader that likes a POV from both main characters and we only get Taryn's. Although....considering what Wyatt's secret was, I guess I can understand why it had to be that way. In the end, it was still a great start to what promises to be a wonderful series from an author I truly enjoyed and look forward to reading more from.

You are my heart, my soul, and my reason for breathing.”

Title: Just One Reason (First and Last #2)
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult Romance


As teenagers, Lindsay and Grady found a love together that few people are lucky enough to ever experience.

When Lindsay Ross decided to visit her aunt for the summer in a small lake town in New York, she didn’t expect anything other than an escape from her demanding parents. She certainly didn’t expect Grady Hawke. At the end of the summer, Lindsay and Grady made plans for their future and vowed to be together forever. Back in New York City, events beyond her control forced Lindsay to turn her back on Grady and their love.

Grady has spent the last five years trying to forget the one girl who broke his heart. But when Lindsay arrives back in town unannounced, will Grady get to know the woman she has become and find out the real reason she left him all those years ago? Or will he push her away for good?

**This book is recommended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content.

*****5- Blast from the past- Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Taryn, thank you for making me go to Penn Yan. If it wasn't for you kicking my ass out of here, I'd still be moping on your couch.”
Awww, Linz. I didn't even know what I was doing at the time. I'm so glad it worked out for you.”

Well, now we're talkin'. As much as I liked book one, this one was even better-I was hooked right from the start. It had everything I missed out on in Safe with You-angst aplenty and POV from both main characters-I just loved it. It was a story of heartbreaking situations and second chances. We met and got to know Taryn's cousin/best friend Lindsay in book one-this is her story...

So we've talked about how I knew Grady from the summer I spent here five years ago. We fell in love. Real forever kind of love.”

When sixteen year old Lindsay Ross went to spend her summer vacation at her Aunt Lana's house in Penn Yan, she never expected to meet the love of her life right next door. Grady Hawke may have the tattooed bad-boy exterior, but it was never a doubt in Lindsay's mind that he loved her. They spent that summer making plans for the future, after Lindsay graduated from high school she would return to Penn Yan -to Grady and they would start their lives together. But circumstances beyond her control forced her to break up with Grady and cut all ties with him. It broke her heart to do it, but she had no choice. Now, it's five years later and Lindsay is back in town...

Ever since I left Penn Yan five years ago, I had thought about coming back every single day. And now that I was back I was absolutely terrified. Terrified that I would see Grady and terrified that I wouldn't. Terrified that I would find him still broken from what I did to him and terrified that I would find that he had easily moved on from me. Ugh, I'm a hot mess.

Grady has never been able to forget the girl that ripped his heart out with no explanation. He loved her with all he had and she easily wiped her hands of him, though he never knew why. Though his life may be going well at the moment with his family's boat repair shop growing by the year and his lakefront home he designed himself, but he hasn't been able to open his heart up to anyone else since Lindsay destroyed it. He knows he will never get over the pain her betrayal left him with, but he's learned to live with it. Or so he thought....until the day Lindsay lands back in town and throws him completely off balance.

This girl has been fucking with my head from three hundred miles away for the last five years, and now she's back to do it in person...

It was like my world had been turned upside down, and I had no idea what the fuck to do. Jesus Christ, why is she here?

They both go out of their way to avoid each other, but when you live in such a small town, you can only hide for so long. When Lindsay unknowingly makes friends with the wife of one of Grady's best friends-their worlds collide once again and it's not at all pleasant.

Why are you being such an asshole? What happened to you?”
You want to know what happened to me? YOU HAPPENED TO ME! You, Lindsay. You happened to me. You ripped my heart out of my fucking chest! I loved you, Lindsay. I would have done anything for you, given anything to be with you. Apparently you didn't feel the same way.”

Grady never knew why Lindsay broke things off with him so abruptly, so thinking she just stopped caring about him causes him to lash out at her- frequently and viciously. He still love her and wants her like no other which just pisses him off even more and adds fuel to an already raging fire. Lindsay, however, has never stopped loving Grady and his treatment of her breaks her heart a little more with each confrontation. She's afraid that even if he knew the real reasons why she did what she did, he still would never forgive her.

There was no denying that my feelings for Grady were every bit as strong today as they were five years ago. Maybe even stronger now that I knew what it felt like to try to live without him. I think part of me wanted to come back here to see if he still loved me, because God knows I still love him. So much. But he hated me. That was crystal clear from the way he had glared at me. He didn't want me here. He didn't want me at all.

I have to admit that when the secret was finally revealed, I was a hott mess, it was so much worse than I expected and my love for Lindsay grew that much more with all that she's gone through completely alone and all that she's trying to overcome. On the flip side, It made me want to choke Grady for the way he's been treating her....then kiss the hell outta him ;) I got why he felt the way he did, but dude took things to the extreme sometimes in an effort to get her away from him. Oh, and the steam in this one definitely jumped up a few degrees-so hott. We got to visit with Taryn, Wyatt, and Dominic, along with the Senator and his wife which was nice, and we got introduced to a whole new group of amazing characters. In the end, it was a fantastic addition to the series and I look forward to more.

I loved you five years ago. I loved you every day we were apart, and I love you today more than I ever have.”

Title: Fourth Down (First and Last #3)
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult Romance


During the biggest football game of his life, Ford Walsh makes a split second decision that will change his life. For the worse. Three years later, Ford is still stuck in that moment - when his leg was broken and his dreams along with it. Not able to move on, Ford trudges through his life, each day more depressing than the last.

Poppy Mitchell has dreams of being a doctor, and she will work night and day to get there. Sweet, focused, and hard working, Poppy forges ahead when obstacles get in her way. When circumstances bring them together, Ford and Poppy develop an unlikely friendship. As they grow closer, Ford is faced with another fourth down decision. Will he go after his old dreams when given the chance? Will Poppy sacrifice her dreams for his? Or will she let him go?

**This book is recommended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content.

*****5- Just Poppy. Like the flower. -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

This was one of those moments. Where a split second decision could change the course of my life. Like when I made the decision to keep running instead of sliding. I felt like it was fourth down, only seconds left in the game, and I needed to make the decision that could be my biggest accomplishment or my greatest regret.

Whoa, this series just gets better by the book! Seriously- Kristen DeMuzio just sucks me further into her world with each book and I never want to leave. We first met Ford (grumpy, mean, 'my life sucks dick' Ford) in 'Just One Reason' and we met Poppy there too, we just didn't know it at the time. This is their story. Hold onto your hats and grab a box of tissues, DeMuzio cranks up the angst, heartbreak and tears in this one big time.

I wasn't just my future I had lost; I had let my mom down. She would adamantly disagree, but it wouldn't change the regret I would always feel. The moment when I decided to keep running instead of sliding and ending the play would replay over and over in my mind.

At one time, Ford Walsh was living the dream. As a junior at LSU riding a full football scholarship with the NFL already looking to draft him before his senior year- he had everything he always wanted...til a split second decision on the field results in an injury that takes him out of the game. Permanently.

As for me, the emptiness remained. I was perpetually stuck in that moment when my leg was broken and my dreams along with it.

With football no longer an option, he sees no reason to continue on at college and returns home to Penn Yan a changed man. Three years later, that's where he remains- bartending at The Last Call, living at home with his mom who suffers from cancer, angry, bitter, and emotionally broken. He would love nothing more than to skip town and leave it all behind him, but he has his mom to take care of.

You,” he shouted across the yard, pointing his finger directly at me. I really hoped there was someone standing behind me, but I knew that wasn't the case. I sighed and braced myself for the onslaught of Hurricane Ford.

Since losing her father to cancer at a very young age, it has been Poppy Mitchell's goal to become a doctor and that is all she can focus on. Between school, and working two jobs to make ends meet, she has time for little else. When one of her jobs brings Ford into her life, she's not quite sure how to handle him. She's attracted to him, sure, and he seems to be attracted to her too....when he's not yelling or scowling at her that is. But she knows what he is going through and can clearly see the constant pain in his eyes so she can understand why he is the way he is. Due to her job, they are forced to spend time together which brings them to become friends...of a sort.

My mom tells me I need to be nicer.”
My mom tells me I'm too nice.”
Maybe we could be friends and help each other out.”
Okay, we can be friends but right now I have to get to class.”
when I came to find her this morning, I wanted to apologize and get the hell out. Somehow I ended up doing yoga, drinking coffee and wishing she didn't have to leave yet. Standing up with her, I held out my hand to seal our deal.
Friends it is. I promise not to yell at you.”
Smile more too. It looks good on you.”

Being around each other does nothing but add fuel to their already burning desire, but Ford does everything in his power to keep her in the 'friend zone'. He is not a relationship kinda guy and Poppy is not a one-night stand kinda girl.

I hadn't wanted to hurt her, but that's exactly what I had done. Though I knew this wouldn't hurt nearly as bad as if I had slept with her and then did what I always do. Walk away. Poppy deserved better.

Poppy is getting to the point where she'll take whatever she can get from Ford. She knows getting involved with him will not end well, but she can't keep fighting off her feelings either. When Ford gets offered a second chance to follow his dreams, will Poppy be able to let him go or will she be forced to sacrifice her dreams for his?

Being with Ford would likely blow my mind and break my heart, because he would eventually leave. He would leave town and he would leave me. But right now I just didn't care.

While Grady may still be my #1 man, Ford stole some of my heart too....apparently I have a thing for rude asses Lol. Poppy was just so damn sweet and easygoing (to the point of being a pushover), so on the rare occasion when her temper got the best of her, she was quite a sight. The time frame in this overlaps 'Just One Reason' for awhile but it wasn't at all repetitive and it was interesting seeing some scenes play out from the outside. My favorite part was getting to check in with the characters from the previous books (except Taryn & Wyatt-we really don't see much of them). So, I'm going to leave you with a bit of fun from Ford & crew along with a recommendation to Read. This. Series!

Awesome. Here I was with a hard on just from sitting next to her, and she was asleep. Obviously she wasn't having the same reaction to me. Now what was I supposed to do? I could wake her up and take her home...or...I could make her more comfortable and let her sleep here...with me. I never said I was a saint.

Gimme a shot of whiskey...better make it three”
Uh...okay. Lindsay was in here earlier with Leah”
How was she? Did she seem pissed? Or sad? What did they talk about?”
what the fuck? Did I just travel back in time to sixth grade...and turn into a girl?

Whoa! I'm sorry, I thought I was talking to mean, bad ass Ford who doesn't give a shit about himself let alone anyone else. When did he hand the phone to a twelve year old girl?”

I am an author of new adult and contemporary romance novels. My husband and I live in Columbus, Ohio with our two young daughters and happy golden retriever. When I’m not spending time with my family, I can be found doing one of my other favorite activities - writing, reading and napping.

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