Saturday, May 10, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ That's A Lie by Victoria Klahr

That's A Lie
Author: Victoria Klahr
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

From That's A Lie
© 2014 Victoria Klahr

“You lied to me,” he said gruffly, sitting on the barstool at my counter. His blonde hair flopped in front of his eyes, and my hands itched to push it back. To get to touch him again the way I want to would satisfy only a millimeter of the need I have, but it would relieve some of the pain. I turned around to hide my thoughts.

“Ugh… I need coffee,” I said vacantly, reaching for my coffee maker. I didn’t even hear Seth move, but his hand grabbed mine and he turned me around, placing his hands beside me on the countertop to trap me. My breath caught, and I was almost positive he could hear my heart pounding in my chest.

His blue green eyes were angry, but I didn’t even care about him being mad. All that mattered was the charge that thumped between us. I was very aware of him.

“You lied, Josie. You’re not supposed to lie to me.”

“Seth… come on,” I said, turning my face away, unable to look at the raw emotion in his expression. His hand dashed out and grabbed my chin.

“How long, Josie?” he asked. I closed my eyes, not wanting to admit anything. “Open your damn eyes, Jos. Stop fucking hiding.” His voice was hard, but it was also full of desperation. I opened my eyes and narrowed them at him.

He doesn’t understand that I need to keep him away from me. My life is tainted by darkness, and he doesn’t need that. “It doesn’t matter, Seth. I’m fine.”

“Like fucking hell it doesn’t matter. I haven’t heard you scream like that since after everything that happened.”

He was referring to when I would have nightmares after I was raped. He or one of my dads would come lay with me to help me fall asleep. Every day that Seth wasn’t in school, he was there with me, trying to make the nightmares go away.

“Since the engagement party,” I whispered, looking down. I don’t know why I admitted it, but I think there was a part of me that realized I couldn’t hold onto all this pain anymore.

That’s when my resolve started to break. How long can I go on fighting the feelings that I have for Seth? How long can I act like nothing hurts me?

“Fuck, Jos…,” he whispered back, placing his forehead against mine. I was able to smell the mixture of hay and apple pie on his skin, and I almost lost my footing from wanting him so badly. “You should have told me.”

“I didn’t want you to worry,” I admitted.

“I worry about you every second you’re not with me, Pussy Cat. Every second that you hide behind that wall you’ve built, I wonder when you’re going to crack.” His hand reached up to caress my face, and I started to lean into his touch. It was only a minute movement, but I still heard Seth’s breath hitch. My lapse in self-control made him bold. He brought his mouth to the side of mine, and kissed me. I couldn’t stop the whimper before it escaped my mouth.

“There you are,” he whispered hoarsely against my lips. I wanted to bask in the moment, but I had already opened up to him too much. I pushed through the barricade he had made, and ran back to my room.

*****5- Hold on tight, Pussy Cat -Stars*****
~contains spoilers from book one~

I have no right to ask him for anything. I chose Blake over him and now I am procuring the repercussions. How can I expect him to want me or to give me another chance when he already was hurt by me once before? I can't, and it will have to be something that I fight for if I want it.

If you thought there was no way book two could be any better than book one, you would be wrong-and book one was friggin amazing, so that should tell you something. This series and this author have knocked me on my ass-yes it is smokin hott with plenty of steamy scenes, but it is so much more than that. Sooo many emotions running wild in these stories, you don't know whether laugh, cry, scream, swoon, or drool....or all of the above ;)

I buried my head back into his chest and breathed him in. he smelled like a mixture of hay and apple pie. Home. He smelled like home. I didn't want to leave his embrace because Seth filled the hole that had kept growing since he'd left.

That's right, you heard me. Seth is back in town and he is here to stay. He knows Josie is no longer with Blake, and after hearing about the loss of her dad, he knows that Josie needs him now more than ever-though he doesn't know the full scope of her first. When he finally learns the details of Josie & Blake's break-up, Seth kinda loses his shit-understandably. He has missed her something fierce and feels terrible that he wasn't there for her when she so desperately needed him, but he needed distance from her after his feelings came to light and she choose Blake. After two years away, his feelings haven't changed and he loves her now more than ever. He knows that he can't live without her, but he can't just stand by being the best friend any longer-it's time to fight for Josie, and he will not give up til he has her in his life the way that he wants her. But after everything that Josie has been through lately, she is terrified of opening her heart up to anyone again, she doesn't feel there is enough of her heart left to give to anyone and the thought of losing Seth again is devastating. But Seth will not be deterred, he knows what he wants and will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to get it. Fighting through Josie's walls and battling her demons proves to be a lot harder than he anticipated, and when certain people pop back up in their lives hell bent on destroying them, Seth is starting to think he fighting a losing battle.

I'm not asking to fix your heart. I'm not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I'm asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I loved that we got to jump POV's in this book between Josie & Seth, being in his head were some of my favorite parts. We got to spend a lot more time with him this way than we did in book one and boy....It. Was. HOTT! I mean seriously, this dude rocked my world-several times, in multiple ways. There is no doubt that he loves Josie with everything that he has, and she turns him on in a crazy way, but the connection they share is a 'once in a lifetime' kinda thing and it was just beautiful. You also experience the full brunt of his guilt-guilt over her rape, guilt over leaving, guilt over not being there to stop Blake from breaking her...several times, just so much guilt. And the pain Josie puts him through every time she pushes him away was just gut-wrenching. I hate to admit, she was kind of a bitch in this book-for a little while anyway. I understood why she felt the way she did, but she was just so damn unfair to Seth-it really broke my heart. It was a true testament to how much that man loves her that he didn't just say 'screw it' and walk away. And Blake?! Well, lets just say my dislike of him in book one turned out to be waaayyy more deserved than I originally thought. But what really tore me apart was that goddamn ending. I mean, WTF?! I am going to be going batshit crazy waiting for the next book-this is gonna be.....whew.
Ms. Victoria Klahr-you have captured my heart and stolen my sanity and I thank you. But I must ask-NEXT BOOK?!?

I'm a piece of shit in comparison to her...but I won't give up. Because I also know that I'm someone who will go to the ends of the universe to make her happy and feel protected, someone who will worship every part of her soul and body, and someone who will fight for her until the day I die.
So I fight.

That's A Promise

Author: Victoria Klahr
Release Date: December 17th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Real love stories are not a fairytale. 

Josie Sommers, a nerdy 24 year old school teacher, knows first-hand that the road to a so-called “happiness” is not easy. Hit again with another tragedy, Josie finds herself propositioned to give the person she used to love before he betrayed her another chance. Though she vowed to never be with him again, her resolve weakens when he invokes the same passion they had years earlier. 

“One week, Jo. Then you can decide if we can’t try to make this work. You can decide if we were meant to be nothing but a memory.” 

While they once had a loving relationship, it was also one filled with lies that tore them apart. Getting over those lies has been something that Josie was unwilling to do, until recently.

Forming friendships, losing a best friend, finding love, being betrayed, finding love again, lies, and broken promises are just some of the struggles that Josie faces. With so many hurdles, we know that Josie’s story is no fairytale. 

That’s a promise. 

This book is book one in a three part series, so not all matters are resolved at the end of the novel. It is also meant for ages 18+ due to yummy adult content ;)

*****5- Tear My Heart Out -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I won't let anything happen to you again, Josie. I swear I will spend every day for the rest of my life making it up to you. So don't stand there and try to tell me that it was okay that I wasn't there to beat the shit out of that guy's ass, because it's not.”

Now that was just Painful. I've never really been a strong believer in the whole 'God never gives us more than we can handle' philosophy, otherwise there would never be suicide, and this girl is weighed down with way more than any one person should have to handle. But she is strong girl and proves that time and again-still, I don't know if I could deal with the shit she does without at least drinking myself under the table every night. It says a lot about her character that she continues on trying to make the best of her life, trying to find some happiness, even with the mess she has going on inside. This author did an amazing job forcing you to feel the mess of emotions this girl goes through in the span of this book, again-it was painful. But there was beauty too...the relationship with her parents, the relationships she has with the few friends she lets in, everything about her relationship with best friend Seth, even a degree-although I will admit to never having a strong love for him, but I will get back to that later.

Hi Josie”
What the hell are you doing here? I'm pretty sure I made it clear that I never wanted to see you again. How dare you show your face here?”
“Jo... I just wanted to come and say how sorry I am about your loss. I heard about what happened, and I couldn't just not come and see how you were doing.”
“I don't want you here.”

Josie has just suffered the loss of someone very close to her, which just adds more weight to her already heavy and wounded soul. And if that isn't enough, the one man she never wanted to see again, waltzes back into her life after a year to wreak havoc on her heart. The pain of his betrayal is still an ever present part of her life and seeing him again after all this time just makes it's worse. But the thing that pisses her off is the fact that she still loves him and is still affected by him after all that he has done. He makes it clear that he wants a chance to make things right with her, he still loves her and will do anything to make up for his mistakes. But Josie doesn't know if she could handle losing him again, especially knowing she would most definitely lose him when he learns the secrets she has been hiding from him for the past year. She doesn't know what to do or where to turn and the one person she was always able to lean on, best friend Seth, is also gone from her life thanks to the man who has once again turned her world upside down. Building relationships around secrets never works out, but what if revealing the secrets would destroy the ones we're trying to protect-is ignorance really bliss??

No matter how many times I asked the universe to take the pain away, the pain remained. A constant stab to remind me that my immaturity and stupidity was the reason I didn't have him around anymore. In a lot of ways, that loss was a lot harder than the loss of my innocence.

This book is spent jumping back and forth in time, but it doesn't get confusing-everything plays out just the way it needs to in order for you to feel the full effect of the emotions it's forces out of you. It isn't very hard to figure out all the secrets these people are hiding, but that doesn't take away from the story. Instead, your left biting your nails just waiting-hoping your wrong but knowing your not. Frustration also played a big part for me- there were so many situations that could have been resolved long before their inevitable explosion if people were just honest about their feeling and/or thoughts/fears. I never fully warmed up to Blake- yes he was sweet and romantic, sexy and sure knew how to rock the sexual chemistry, but a lot of his actions/reactions were just asshat to the extreme. The things he says to Josie when her secret was finally revealed floored me-considering all the bullshit he put her through during the course of their relationship. I got why he felt the way he did-I truly did-but damn, I wanted to beat him senseless. And Seth? Again, I get why he was so hurt and I was mad at Josie for it but....WTH dude?! After eighteen years of friendship, it shouldn't be that easy to walk away-to let Blake get between you like he did without putting up much of a fight. And the ending left me screaming but thanking my lucky stars that I already had the second book so I could jump right into it. This author has certainly made a very lasting impression with this phenomenal debut and I'm very much looking forward to what's next.

Life isn't meant to be easy. It wouldn't be a real life story is there are only east paths. I choose to live and move on... That's a fucking promise. 

Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.

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