Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Heartless by Vanessa Marie

Title: Heartless (The Chasing Hearts Series #1)
Author: Vanessa Marie 
Genre: NA, Romance, 18+ for Mature Content and Language
Publish Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Independent Published
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
All the other girls had a normal childhood, full of Girl Scouts and sleepovers, but Charlie Evans wasn't so lucky. Her life had been spent in and out the Cardiac Care Unit and moving across the country with her military father.

So when Charlie finds out she's moving back to her home town, she hopes things will finally be different. She has learned the hard way not to let anyone in. People always let her down, and it wasnt easy to trust anyone new. That was until Sam Greyson walks into her life and threatens to knock down every wall shed ever built to protect herself.

With Sam in the picture, Charlie decides to take one last shot and open herself up. With Sams help, she is finally able to let someone see the real, bruised and damaged girl inside. That is until she is forced to make a decision between her own happiness and ruining Sams life to be with him. If giving him up meant he could have a normal lifeShe would do it, in a broken heartbeat.

*****5- knock me on my ass -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”

I friggin loved this book! To read the blurb I was expecting a shit ton of angst and tears-which there was, more than I was prepared for-what I was not expecting was the amount of laughing I would do. Charlie was Hi-Friggin-Larious, seriously-this girl was amazing. What's not to love about a motorcycle riding, Chuck wearing, tattooed smartass who is admittedly stubborn as hell, but a fighter through and through. Not to mention her banter with best friend Jules and then later, Sarah. And her relationship with her Dad?! Awesome. All of this helped to keep you from drowning under the weight of all the issues Charlie was facing day to day. The end result was a fabulous debut by author Vanessa Marie, one that sucked me under and held me there til the bitter end.

As they pulled away from Fort Sill, Oklahoma for hopefully the last time, Charlie didn't feel anything leaving, she'd never let herself get attached to anything enough to care.

Charlie has spent her entire life moving around from place to place with her Marine Dad. Due to constantly being on the move with no real roots and health issues that have had her in and out of the hospital since birth, she has developed a wall around herself to keep people out. With the exception of her best friend Jules and his mom Callie, who she has know all of her life and are more like family, she doesn't allow herself to get close to anyone. But when she moves back to her hometown of Beaufort SC, hopefully for the last time, and she meets Sam Greyson, she just knows shes in trouble.

She knew better than to let anyone new in, especially someone she'd just met, but there was something different about Sam.

From the start, Sam forces her to feel things shes never experienced before and it scares the hell outta her. She doesn't want to let him in, but he pushes his way past her barriers anyway. When circumstances conspire to keep them apart and Charlies health issues flare up once again, she comes to realize that Sam may just be better off without her. Letting him go would be the hardest choice she has to make and it will break her heart in the process, but she doesn't see any other option.

It was killing her to watch the pain she was causing him, but he deserved more, and that's why she had to end it. She took a deep breath.
I don't do love. I'm better off alone. I don't want this, any of it.”

This book had me a conflicted mess of emotions. The things Charlie has had t go through in life was unbearable, it broke my heart, but at the same time, her stubbornness Drove. Me. Insane. Sam was the sweetest and cutest guy ever, but some of his reactions pissed me way the hell off, he definitely had his asshat moments. I laughed, swooned, lusted, screamed, and cried... it was amazing. I still can't believe this was a debut novel. If this is how Ms. Vanessa enters the scene, I'm more than ready to see what she comes up with next. Insta-fan right here and you will be too once you finish this book.
Until next time.....

Promise me you won't push me away anymore.”
“I can't make promises.”
“Promise me.”
I can't promise you forever.”
She hoped he could accept that.
I didn't ask for forever.”
“I don't make promises I can't keep.”
“Make me one that you can.”

Always the cause of shenanigans, Vanessa is a heavily tattooed, sarcastic motorcycle enthusiast who started her career as a Jeep tech at the age of sixteen. The happily married mother of three little monsters—oops, children—lives in Kentucky by way of Las Vegas, Nevada. Once her life took a different direction—sidelined by Heart Disease at 26 and becoming a pacemaker recipient—she decided to write as a creative outlet, and Heartless was born. She realizes life can be dark clouds and acid rain at times, but her outlook on life puts a positive and sarcastic spin on it all.

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