Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Take Me Down by Lauren Kelley


Broken hearts can heal. Shattered lives can mend. For a second chance at love, sometimes life takes you down before you rise again.

Take Me Down by Lauren H. Kelley
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 2014
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Take Me Down, sizzling hot interracial romance (BWWM), is a stand alone novel in the Suits in Pursuit series.
One night changed destiny. Six years later, Ashley Turner is confronted by the anger and bitterness that has become her crutch. Scars have left her calloused and with an attitude as sour as vinegar served neat, keeping men at a necessary distance.
Real estate investor Sebastian Stone has a huge problem. The high-rise on Peachtree Street is a financial drain on his business. A personal tragedy left him void of a solution and harboring a grudge against women bigger than his salty alter ego.
Fate orchestrates a series of events that unite the two tortured souls, proving their chance acquaintance is anything but coincidence. Unhealed wounds, lies and betrayal at play between them cannot stop the forces of attraction.
To land the promotion Ashley wants and to save everything Sebastian has spent a lifetime building, they are bound by necessity to work together. Unhinged passion erupts, but revenge threatens the second chance at love that fate intended.

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The gritty granules settled between Ashley’s toes as she dug her feet into the sandy shore. Lying on the beach, hundreds of miles away from home and away from the troubles that plagued her, proved to be therapeutic. She couldn’t remember a time when she felt as relaxed and at peace. The sound of the waves beating against the shoreline soothed the anxiety that haunted her.
Hey there. You look relaxed for once.” Kerrigan rolled over on her oversized beach towel and faced Ashley.
Ashley angled her head toward Kerrigan’s voice. “I could get used to this lifestyle. I didn’t know Key West would agree with me this much.”
Yeah, this is nice.” Kerrigan sat up and planted her chin on her knees, peering down at Ashley. “Ash, did you call Sebastian?”
And good-bye, relaxation.” Ashley lifted her head up and faced Kerrigan. “Are you seriously encouraging me to call that ass of a man?”
No. I just wondered how he knew where to find you. He’s jogging toward us.”
Ashley bolted up. “What!” She whipped her head around, spotted the shirtless sex god glistening in the sun, running toward them. “Crap! Come on, Kerri. Let’s go. Let’s go now.”
Ash, we won’t get back to the house before he reaches us.” “Quick, toss that other towel to me.” Ashley clambered for the towel and covered her head. “Cover your head too. Maybe he’ll jog past us without stopping.”
You’re ridiculous, Ash. Playing ostrich won’t stop Sebastian from seeing you. Besides, he’s almost here, and now he’s waving.”
Without warning or hesitation, Ashley leaped up. She wrapped the towel around her waist and sprinted toward the house. Her chest heaved, and her knees buckled as she reached the path that ran alongside the beach house. She landed ass up in a sand dune.

Excerpted from "Take Me Down (Suits in Pursuit) (Volume 3)" by Lauren H. Kelley. Copyright © 2014 by Lauren H. Kelley. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Good-looking. Smart tongue. Sexy as hell. Yep. Dangerous. He had to go... but not yet.

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~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Sebastian's the kind of man addictions are made of. The worst kind of drug. He'll wine and dine you, and you can't get enough. He'll possess you as one of his expensive trinkets. And then, bam! He'll drop the ax, and he's done with you. I'm nobody's trinket, and I can't be bought.”

Sebastian and Ashley have both suffered horrifically when it comes to love and it has turned them into somewhat calloused, and jaded people more than a little leery of ever opening their hearts again. When they meet their chemistry is off-the-charts, but they butt heads at every turn. Ashley does her best to avoid Sebastian but fate has them continuously thrown in each others path and eventually their passion ignites in an explosion neither expected; but will they survive it? And more importantly, where do they go from here? When they find themselves forced to work together on a common project, their worlds slowly spiral out of control in a way they may not be able to come back from.

Ashley, you're a damsel in distress trying to pretend that you're not. I'm no goddamn knight, but I'll gladly rescue you if that makes you feel better about wanting ten inches of Sebastian Stone inside you. You have my number. Call me anytime. I'm really going to enjoy having you.”

I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book; I am a mixed up bag of emotions, confusion, frustration and irritation. Ashley kinda drove me insane, while Sebastian most certainly had his asshat moments ~ Ashley stole the crazy train. This girl fought Sebastian at every turn, loudly and vehemently, and her indecisiveness kinda got ridiculous. She didn't want to get involved with him because he was only interested in sex, then when he made it clear he wanted way more than that she didn't want to be involved with him beyond sex; she did my head in and it wasn't my emotions she was toying with. I understood her reluctance and heartbreak, I really did, at first... but when we get walloped with a shocking revelation towards the end it left me more confused by her actions than ever. I just didn't get her and that made it hard to relate or connect to her. I also wasn't prepared for the cliffhanger; that kinda set me off. After everything were are put through, the back and forth, up and down; to be left hanging was the last thing I expected and I won't lie ~ I'm kinda pissed about it. Buy hey, props to the author for so successfully pulling quite a range of emotions outta me; I am exhausted. Frustration aside, it was still a pretty good book and I will definitely be on the prowl for what I hope will be the conclusion to their story; if for no other reason, I really wanna see Sebastian happy and I'm hoping that Ashley eventually pulls her head outta her as ;)

Maybe fate had other plans for us, preparing us separately through our individual life experiences for this day.”
“Let me get this right. In your opinion, fate is a supernatural force for hookups. You think fate brought us together so that we could have sex?”
“Of course not. Sex is the perk. You and I have been fated to figure out why our paths continue to cross.”

 Lauren H. Kelley is the bestselling author of sizzling hot contemporary romance across the color lines. She aspires to bridge the racial divide with provocative storylines that arouse the senses and transcend race, focusing on issues that unite us all through our shared experiences in love.
Lauren is an active member of Romance Writers of America and lives in the Southeast.

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