Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Darker Water (Once and Forever, #1) by Lauren Stewart

Darker Water (Once and Forever, #1)
by Lauren Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 3, 2014

After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won’t feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn’t meant to do...

Like break
Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does…a lot. But having feelings for someone isn’t allowed. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze...

Like secrets
Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can’t free themselves from the past, they’ll both be pulled under by it.
**DARKER WATER is a standalone contemporary romance (no cliffhanger)**

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If I wanted to be somewhere else with someone else, I would be,” he said. “If and when I decide I want to, I’ll let you know and then I’ll do it. Because I’m a selfish prick. But for right now, the only pants I want to get into are yours, and the time I choose to devote to the cause is up to me. The only decisions you get to make are when—note I didn’t say ‘if’—when you say yes and when—again notice the absence of the word ‘if’—when you want me to go away.”

I sighed. “I love your honesty. I really do.”

Well, I love your breasts, so we’re even.” His smile disappeared faster than it showed up. “Oh fuck. Does that mean we’re in love?” Amazingly, he kept a straight face until I hit him.

★✩★✩★ 5- I know it's against the rules but.... I'm in love -Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Nothing was worth this. Nothing was good enough to keep trying and failing as many times as I had. Eight years, five guys, and I was used up. I didn't have any more to give, and if I did, I needed to hold onto it or I'd have nothing left for myself.

After Laney has had her heart broken yet again by another Prince turned frog she comes to the conclusions that a) Love obviously only exists in fairytales. and b) She's done with it all-men,love,sex-the whole thing. She keeps herself busy with her art, her business, coffee & very unhappy birds. The only thing she really misses is sex, but that's nothing that some batteries can't cure... for now at least. Every thing was going according to plan, until he walks into the coffee shop one day and turns her world on it's end with an offer she really wants to accept, but doesn't know if she is capable. She cannot risk her heart again.

The last thing Carson Bennett is interested in is Laney's heart, now her body on the other hand... he want's to do all sorts of wicked things to that. But for the first time in ever, he meets some resistance. Laney makes it clear that she has no interest in a relationship-she doesn't believe in love, Carson makes it clear that he has no interest in a relation-he doesn't do love. But Laney finds it hard to separate sex from emotion and she refuses to let herself go there again, and Carson believes that he has what it takes to show her how to separate the two and makes it his mission to break her down. What follows is a friendship neither expected or have ever experienced before; Carson still tries everything he can to get into Laney's pants and she does everything she can to keep him outta her heart. He has made it clear that emotions are to have no part in their friendship, but with both of them managing damaged hearts and with issues from their families and pasts constantly popping up in their lives, they both are struggling to keep from letting themselves stick that promise.
Could it be possible that maybe, just maybe, they could be exactly what the other needs or will their pasts and insecurities bury them too far to let them see whats in front of them?

He was ten times more wicked than anyone I'd ever dated, the complete opposite of everything I used to look for in a man. Untamed, irreverent, demanding. Exactly what I needed. I wouldn't fall in fake-love with a guy like this in a million years.

I am completely obsessed, head-over-heels, crazy in love with this book and everything about it. From the very minute Carson and Laney meet, you just know we're in for one helluva ride and I was not disappointed. The chemistry between these two was off-the-charts, the banter was friggin hilarious, and the characters themselves were just incredible. This is a slow burn book, one that had me ready to gnaw off my own arm waiting for these two to finally hook-up. Seriously, the sexual tension became so thick you'd have to be dead not to feel it. And once they did get there... explosive. While the sex scenes in this book weren't the most descriptive I've ever read they were still pretty hott, although I was looking forward to it being just a tad bit dirtier-considering they way Carson was with his clothes on, I was all kinds of ready for some dirty talk. But hey, I'm a perv so that's not really the author's fault. Beyond the sexual chemistry, the emotions this book will evoke were pretty intense considering these two were all about keeping emotions out of the mix, the irony of that wasn't lost on me and it definitely took me by surprise-but I do love surprises. The struggles they went through-both individually and as an item, the growth and strength that was clear to read, the angst, tears, drama, frustration and panty-melting lust mixed in with more than a few laughs all made for a book that was impossible to put down. Even the secondary characters held my attention; none of them were there just to fill the pages, they all had a purpose and story of their own. But Carson and Laney definitely stole my heart. I just wanted them to be happy. My only real complaint, other than the tamed down sex, was the fact that it ended-I want MORE. Lauren Stewart landed herself on my One-Click-Addiction List a long time ago with her Hyde series and this book just reminded me why I love her writing and stories so much. This woman will always have my attention and I can't wait to see what she does with it next.

I always want you. I want to touch you, kiss every inch of you, and hear you scream my name. I'm amazed I get anything done because being with you is all I can think about. But I don't deserve it until you can trust me again.”
I wouldn't be here if I didn't.”

 Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two of the most amazing children that the world has ever seen. She reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you'll find elements of other genres--fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women's literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn't kill us should make us laugh.

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