Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington

Author: Sarah Darlington
Genre: New Adult Romance


He’s twenty-four. She’s eighteen.

His life is exactly the way he’s always wanted it to be...stable.
She’s quite possibly the very definition of unstable.

Noah saved her. Georgina never wanted to be saved.

Growing up, Noah Clark was passed from one relative to the next until he finally ended up living with his abusive, alcoholic uncle in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks in part to the unwavering love and support of his best friend, Ellie Turner, Noah survived those years, escaped his uncle, and grew into the man he is today. Now he runs his own business and lives a pretty normal, no-nonsense life—one where he maintains a high level of control.

Georgina is Ellie’s younger sister. Four months ago, Noah saved Georgie’s life, but he thought that was where his involvement with his friend’s sister would end. Now Georgie has returned home from the recovery facility her parents sent her away to and Noah, still haunted by the night that connects them, can’t stop himself from continuously trying to protect this girl he barely knows. But is he willing to give up all of the control he’s worked so hard to build in his life and risk everything for her? Even more importantly, would she do the same for him?

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It wasn’t Ellie. That was for damn certain.
It was Georgina.
My eyes were semi-adjusted to the darkness and apparently hers were not. Because her figure, outlined just vaguely in moonlight, hair wet and dressed in loose pajamas, snuck into the guestroom. The door closed softly behind her, and she unknowingly sat down on top of me. Her body made contact with mine for a mere fraction of a second before she jumped away as if I’d electrocuted her, disappearing into the shadows of the room.
Hello?” she yelped. “Who’s there?”
Georgie, it’s me,” I said as gently as possible, trying not to scare her further.
Oh,” she exhaled. It was a soft sound, but loud against the quiet night. “Sorry. I didn’t know you were here. I didn’t mean to wake you up.”
You didn’t wake me. Are you okay?”
I’d known her since she was a kid, and we’d never had a one-on-one like this conversation before. I couldn’t even see her face, but for some unexplainable reason my heart was racing.
She was hardly that little kid anymore.
I’m okay,” she answered. “It’s just…I didn’t want to sleep upstairs. I’m sorry. I’ll leave.”
Swinging my legs over the edge of the bed, I stood up so fast I nearly gave myself whiplash. “No. You sleep here. I can sleep out on the couch.” I didn’t give her a chance to protest as I speedily left the room, the sweet scent of her shampoo filling my nostrils as I hurried past her. Before she could stop me, I shut the door behind me.
The table lamp had been left on and the light blinded my unadjusted eyes. I turned it off and then made myself comfortable (or rather, uncomfortable) on the couch. My legs were a good two feet longer than the damn thing and no blankets could be found—but I was too confused by my brief conversion with Georgie to care. She didn’t want to sleep upstairs? I guess I understood that. Her dead brother’s room and the bathroom she tried to commit suicide in were upstairs. I wouldn’t want to be up there either. But why was my heart still racing?
After a few minutes the pounding slowed and exhaustion washed over me. This day had been strange, the last half hour stranger, but I finally started to drift off to sleep. Except, the moment I did, Georgie’s voice cut across the room—startling me all over again.
Noah,” she called softly, my name sounding different coming from her. “I’ll never sleep knowing you’re out here on that tiny couch. Trade me, please.”
No,” I told her firmly. I might be a lot of things, but I sure as fuck wasn’t about to make a girl sleep on this couch.
She didn’t go back into the room. “Seriously. Please.”
No,” I repeated, hoping I didn’t sound like an asshole. “If we trade, then I wouldn’t sleep.”
Then…” Her voice faltered but after a long pause she finished her thought. “Then maybe you should share with me. It’s a big bed. I don’t mind. And I’ll keep on my side—promise.”
What?! Good sense told me not move, but that was not what happened. I stood. My feet carried me across the room and briskly past her before I could even comprehend what I was doing. She silently followed. I knew nothing was going to happen, but this sure wasn’t how I ever expected to spend my night. Through the dark grayness I watched her move for the left side of the bed.

No, I have to have that side. Take the right,” I told her even though my insides were now screaming with apprehension.
Seriously, what the fuck was I getting myself into?

Dammit, this girl was more drama than I ever bargained for. It didn't matter, though. Because maybe, just maybe, she was going to be worth everything to me.

*****5 Perfectly Flawed Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Four months ago Noah saved the life of his best friends younger sister-Georgina...only, maybe she wished he hadn't.

Something happened to me when I found you on that floor, Georgie. Something that resonated deep inside me. I can't shake it. I can't explain it. But whatever happened, it's part of me now. You're part of me now.”

~Noah Clark has spent his life being bounced from one relatives house to another. Now, at twenty-four years old, he has finally found the stability he has so desperately craved his entire life. He has a good job, a place of his own and a close group of friends. But most importantly, he finally has complete control over his life, control he cannot give up or jeopardize by introducing chaos into his life. Until one night, and one girl, changes his world forever...

~Georgina Turner hit an extreme low point in her life on the night Noah saved her. Now, she is starting to see the error in her ways and regrets putting herself and her family in the situation she did. She is ready to live her life, knowing tomorrow is never guaranteed. She is also having a hard time getting Noah out of her head ever since that fateful night. He consumes her thoughts but she knows she doesn't exactly fit into his perfectly controlled life...or so she thought.

~two people are now forever linked by the events of one night, but can they find common ground. No matter how strong the attraction, how intense the chemistry, how deep the connection, how broken the soul~could it be possible that their differences be just what the other needs, can they help each other heal?

Part of me was slightly pissed off that this kiss with him hadn't happened sooner. As in years ago sooner. Because this one little kiss-it literally rocked my world. He was morphine, and I was an instant addict.

One of my favorite elements of this story was how perfectly flawed the main characters were, it just made them more real; like they could be someone you know, a friend or loved one in your own life. Too many characters these days are unrealistic in their perfection and that just wasn't the case here, it made you wish that much harder that they could find some happiness. The story flowed at a nice pace, the romance blossomed beautifully as they both struggled with their own insecurities, and they were surrounded by a fantastic group of secondary characters. They actually communicated when then had issues instead of suffering from the ever-dreaded, overly-dramatic misunderstanding, which was a nice change of pace, and they didn't allow their personal demons to rule their lives. It really was a beautifully written, heartbreaking tale of two lost people finding their way to each other, learning how to heal, and just be happy. Sarah Darlington has certainly found her way onto my 'One-Click Addiction' list and I couldn't be happier about it. I cannot wait to see what she brings us next, or what lies ahead in this series.

She. Was. Mine.
At least, I wanted her to be mine. We were different ages-I didn't care. We were at different stages in our lives-I didn't care. The circumstances of us coming together weren't ideal-I didn't care.
I decided right then and there that she was going to be mine, in every way possible, and that was all that mattered. Fuck the rest of the world.

 Sarah Darlington lives in Virginia with her husband and crazy-active 2-year-old son. She’s a former flight attendant, day-dreamer, traveler, and wannabe photographer. Her debut novel HE BELONGS WITH ME, a standalone, was released March 2014. KILL DEVIL HILLS will be the first book of a three book series. Each novel in this new series will feature a different couple's story.

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