Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Tumbleweed by Julia Bramer

by Julia Bramer
Published April 13th 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Two men were infinitely better than one, an intoxicating combination if I could find it, and my greedy self-indulgence was boundless, my sexuality unleashed those many years ago with him. His shadow haunted me and shaped my obsession, the depth of my depravity deep and forged in the cafes and nightclubs and back alleys in a dozen countries with dozens of men. Once I’d started down that road, I couldn’t stop and couldn’t go back, a dark and insatiable impulse propelling me forward and driving me into the arms of strangers like the Mohammeds and into the sweltering barren desert.” ~Haley~

Unable to cope with the loss of her first love, a charming and seductive Spanish soccer player, beautiful, headstrong Haley Hanson abandons love entirely. She seeks solace in the arms of strangers and fame, a tumbleweed rolling where the gusts of wind carry her, and she lands between a garbage bin of rotting food and a brick wall. Stuck in limbo and near death.

Will love destroy her or conquer all?

Strong sexual content.

We returned to the hotel after midnight and I immediately drew him a hot bath, adding bubbles from the upscale toiletry collection, and he let out a long sigh as he sank slowly into it, gazing at me expectantly as I hovered over him.

You come, cariño?” he asked, gesturing for me to join him, and my pussy immediately jumped to attention.

I sat on the toilet and hurriedly removed my sandals and ripped off the tank top, my pulse racing as it always did when his luscious eyes turned seductive and mischievous.

You do naked dance, mi amor?” he asked.

Striptease,” I corrected, laughing, and he flicked bubbles in my direction, grinning boyishly.

You do striptease?”

The suggestion made me hotter and I slowed down. I slid the jeans leisurely over my behind, turned away from him and bent over, giving him a good, long look at my ass in the skimpy thong as I wriggled out of the pants.

Fantástico,” he murmured, and I spun to face him, fluffing my hair so it fell wildly around my face.

Then I slid my index fingers inside the panties, tracing them along my hip and the apex of my sex, and I plunged a hand inside, touching myself and licking my lips, enticing him with my tongue, and his eyes practically bugged out of their sockets.

I smiled to myself. My first striptease and it turned me on as much as it did him, my slit dripping with juices and my clit plumping and pulsing, and if I’d wanted, I could’ve made myself come in an instant.

I moaned softly, deliberately, and moved my hands up to my breasts, skimming the lacy fabric. I unhooked the bra and held it close to my chest, my hips swaying suggestively, and then I flung it at him.

He snatched it out of the air, his coordination soccer perfect, as was he. Delicious, tantalizingly hot, the bubbles swirling around his rib cage as he smiled his uniquely crooked smile and gazed lovingly at me with his soft chocolate eyes.

He was enjoying himself and so was I, and it was impossible not to love him.

I shimmied my tits in his face, making a show of it, and his hands reached for them, but I backed away.

Mi amor, come with me,” he appealed.

And I did, quickly peeling off the thong and sliding into the tub. I straddled him and he grasped the nape of my neck, gently drawing me in for a kiss, his tongue passionate, loving and intense, a slow sultry dance. I drowned in that kiss, swept under by a–

The lock clicked. Baba was back. I silently cursed him, wanting to remain in the past, wanting to stay with Mikel. I remained immobile and kept my eyes closed, and I felt him looming over me, sensed the stark light streaming from the ceiling and smelled cigarette smoke.

*****5 -Incredibly Unique- Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

There was no home for me anymore. I was a leaf in September, dying on a tree limb and ripped from the branch by a gust of air, and I was swirling aimlessly in the wind.

That was a wild, emotionally intense ride filled with sex, brutality, and a wide range of characters from different walks of life and a cornucopia of different personalities. I'm not gonna lie, parts of it were hard to read and you may not always like the lead character-but she is honest with herself. She may not always even like herself, but she owns up to who she is and being in her head is sometimes uncomfortable. With the amount of books I read, even before I started blogging, it's rare for me to stumble across a unique storyline, but Julia Bramer has certainly delivered one and she has done it beautifully. I have very few complaints, but I will get to those later.

after Mikel, I'd quickly learned the “love conquers all” concept was bullshit. I'd abandoned love for simple, honest sexual gratification, and I'd hardened my heart against any further disappointment, my youthful zest for life tempered in every way after him.

Haley Hanson is a fresh face and kind of naive eighteen-year old girl when she leaves home to follow her dreams of becoming a photo-journalist. She has passion and a plan with the whole world at her fingertips when she meets Mikel Garro, a famous soccer player in Spain, and falls in love. Her plans change a bit as she works Mikel into her life, but she loves him with all she has and will do whatever it takes to be with him while honoring his dreams and still pursue her own. But when her first love is callously ripped from her fingertips with little care for her heart, it changes her. She swears off love forever and simply floats from man to man, using them solely for the purpose of sexual gratification. Her career takes off further than she ever could have expected but as the years go by she barely even recognizes the woman she has become. Sex & the perfect money shot are all that makes her feel alive while under a constant haze of alcohol, but it isn't until she meets the Mohammeds in Egypt that her life comes crashing down on her and shes forced to re-evaluate the way she has been living her life and the reasons behind the decisions she has made. Self-discovery is not always pretty and in Haley's case, it can be quite brutal.

I was insatiable. I knew it, but I couldn't help myself. Sex and photography made me whole and gave me a bit of happiness, and I pursued both as often as I could, greedily and without regret.

There are so many times in this book where you have the strong desire to look away, some of the events Haley lives through will impact you in many different ways, but it is important to keep reading in order to fully understand where she is coming from. You may not always agree with her, and you will not always like her, but you will understand her and grow to love her for all of her flaws. There are a lot of sexual encounters in here, in all kinds of settings, and even though the circumstances are sad and depressing, I have to admit there was some extremely hott scenes- some of my favorites involved a two-way mirror and a man named Jack. Sooo hott. I do have a couple of minor complaints. First off- I am all for forgiveness, don't get me wrong, I have never been a fan of holding grudges, but there is something to be said for making someone work for it just a bit. There was a situation is this book that was pretty much the catalyst for the way Haley's life turns around that was forgiven is less than a page-really in a matter of a few sentences and I would be lying if I said that didn't frustrate me more than a little bit. The ending also seemed a bit rushed and it ties into the whole quick forgiveness thing. It happened, then it was over, and there are still so many unknowns. Maybe an epilogue would have helped me gain a little closure, as it is, all I can hope for is maybe there will be another book? Either way, it was still a fantastically raw and gritty story that will have me furiously one-clicking the next book this author comes out with. She has definitely earned a fan in me.

His silky voice and mesmerizing chocolate eyes awakening my libido, and although I didn't know it at the time, my love for him would change me forever.

From the author of the erotic romance series The Vitamin D Treatment and Side Effects, The Vitamin D Treatment Finale, Julia Bramer turns the erotic romance genre upside down in Tumbleweed. Tapping into readers’ primal fears and incorporating reverse gender stereotypes and recent historical events in an intelligent way, she weaves a complex tale of love, heart-racing romance and sex.

Julia is the former Executive Director of a charitable foundation in Colorado and has traveled the world with her husband seeking an understanding of different cultures and gathering stories. Her novels incorporate many of the places she’s visited and people she’s met along the way.

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