Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ A Little Faith (Ocean Beach #1) by Emma James

A Little Faith
Author: Emma James
Series: Ocean Beach
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 9th October 2014
Cover Design : Jemina Venter

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
~ Bob Marley
Faith was nearly fifteen when her life was torn apart, she sheltered herself from knowing anything about that fateful day.
Six years later she is older and stronger and has decided to confront this sexy brotherhood of hot men she ignored for her own survival.
Harley, Keanu, Text, Levi and Retro will reveal to Faith all is not what it seems and she will discover the level of strength these friends possess.
She will come to realize the secrets they have all been shielding her from in humorous and emotional ways.
Faith isn’t going back to Dallas in a hurry, not until she can help those that need her the most.
This is a story of new beginnings, a strong brotherhood of sexy guys and a love that has been lost along the way. It is a story with twists and surprises that will tug at your heart as well as make you laugh.
Humor is a weapon that can only last so long until life peels the layers back and what is underneath and hurting shows through.
Faith wasn’t there for them when they needed her, but she damn well will make sure she is now.
Welcome to Ocean Beach.
Sometimes you just have to have A Little Faith.

Reader Note: This is a mature aged new adult/adult contemporary romance with a difference. This novel does not contain abusive parents, on the contrary. There is no mean girl, no rape or abuse or cheating. There is however a brotherhood of guys who will make you feel a whole range of emotions.
This novel does contain strong sexual content for the mature 18+ reader.
What I will tell you is, this will be a five book series plus 2 novella's. My style is different. Readers are picking up on it. I’m not just having boy meets girl in each book and HEA, there is more, much more going on. This is a series where all characters are strongly involved in each installment.

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I’m swiveling back and forth, searching the crowd for Harley.
Hey, short stuff.” A deep voice slices into my thoughts from over my right shoulder.
I slowly turn around, meeting Harley’s smiling face. I may have been short once, but now I am five-foot-eight, not exactly below-average height.
I take in Harley. He’s tall—six-four, at least—and gorgeous with light brown, short hair; tanned skin; and does he have some ink work on his arms? I’m normally very curious about tattoos, but now isn’t the time to look.
I know I’m looking him up and down, but it’s been so long, and he has changed. The softer boy features have been replaced by a big, muscular, chiseled man.
I swallow.
Wow, is that really you, Harley Madden?” I’m drinking him in. I don’t remember Harley being so big and buff. His charcoal t-shirt molds tightly to his chest like a second skin. He wasn’t this muscular the last time I saw him. His belted, black jeans and boots complete his handsome look that has quite a few people in the crowd appraising him. He looks a little dangerous in his dark clothing. He would make Will purr like the cat who got the cream. I must admit, even I’m a little taken back.
He leans in and grabs me in a bear hug, lifting me off the ground, leaving me a little breathless. My face is nestled in his neck, catching his scent of cologne and soap.
Okay, big guy, you can stop squeezing the life out of me now,” I try to breathe out. He loosens his hold and slowly let’s go while I take a step back.
You look amazing, Harley.” I find myself smiling. It feels good. I was worried about feeling awkward meeting Harley again after so long, but something just clicks. He was my brother’s best friend, and I’ve known him all my life. “It’s been a long time.”
I could say the same about you. I might have to start calling you Faith.” He flashes me an amused grin, showing me perfect, white teeth and a dimple.
The baggage carousel starts up and everybody squeezes in tighter, trying to jockey for a position to get their luggage when it appears.
Whoa!” I’m already beginning to feel less nervous having Harley here with me when I’m suddenly knocked off balance. Harley’s left arm snags me around the waist, bringing me up against his hard side. He shoots the person beside me a dirty look. Some people really do need to chill out when they travel.
I step away from him when I notice my case coming towards me.
Harley stops me with a gentle, firm hand on my arm. “I’ll get it for you, which one?”
With one, bright blue suitcase and camera bag in his hands, Harley walks me out the sliding doors of the airport and we cross to the parking garage.
The sun is shining, and my grey hoodie jacket is making me too hot. I unzip it, taking it off as I’m walking, revealing a tight white tank top. Much cooler.
Harley is staring at my chest and nearly trips over. I roll my eyes. You can never take the boy out of the man.
Harley, are you finished staring?” I laugh a little at the look on his face. “So I grew up.”
You certainly did,” he mutters and looks away. I could have sworn I heard him swear and mumble something about guard duty.
As we approach his vehicle, I'm stunned. wow! Harley has a black Hummer. I do my best to hide how surprised I am.
Harley stows my luggage in back, and then we climb in and set off.
The Hummer suits Harley; he is such a big, masculine guy.
Beautiful car. Where to James?”
Harley slides on a pair of vintage aviator Ray Bans, giving me a superstar smile that is a heart stopper. “La Jolla. I have a place up on Vista De La Playa.” Harley then assures me we will be at his place in less than half an hour with the lunch time traffic.
The radio is playing Florida Georgia Line's “Cruisewith Nelly. I put my sunglasses on, roll my window down, prop my right arm up on the open window, and hold onto the outside of the car. I can’t help tapping my fingers and nodding my head to the beat, quietly singing along as the breeze blows my hair free.
I can see Harley out of the corner of my eye, stealing glances and smiling.
We don’t talk, although it’s not uncomfortable. I think we both have a lot swimming about in our heads. I’m simply taking it all in, while he knows why I’m here. He knows this isn’t easy for me.
I pull my phone out of my bag, take a quick snap of the coastline, and text Mom and Dad, attaching the pic. I let them know Harley has me, and we are heading to his place now. I then send Will a text and tell her I’ll chat in a couple days when I have something to tell her. I don’t hear back straight away.
Holy shit is all I can think the closer we get to Harley’s place. The view of the beach is incredible. As we drive higher, I’m itching to get my camera out and ask Harley to pull over so I can take some photos. We are driving past some beautiful homes, overlooking the coast. It's not long until we make a turn, and then he drives up a long driveway towards an unbelievable looking place.
You sure you got the right address?” I know my mouth is gaping open.
Harley looks over at me then reaches out, gently pushing my chin up so my mouth closes.
What did you do? Rob a bank!”
Harley lets out a full blown belly laugh, which makes me turn and stare at him. “No.”
Wow! The Hummer and now the house, or what I would call a freakin’ big, two-story, contemporary mansion. It’s beautiful.
And the view!
This is when I realize I don’t really know anything about Harley and where these guys have all ended up.
He sobers up, and I see him looking at the black and chrome Jeep Cherokee parked farther up the drive. His hands grip the steering wheel while his jaw tenses.
What now?
Something tells me I’m going to be meeting the guys sooner rather than later.
So, is this the girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend, or the guys?” I joke because that’s all I know how to do when I feel cornered. 

5- Unique & Devastating -Stars
~spoiler FREE review~

They were just about to start the next phase of their lives-fresh from college, one last adventure before taking adulthood by storm, one night is all it takes to irrevocably change the lives of six friends.

I'm dead on the inside, my heart unbelievably broken.
I've been lost.
So goddamn lost.

Six years later, Faith is finally ready to make peace with what happened that night and hopes to move on with her life. Six years later, she comes face to face with everyone involved for the first time since it all went down. Six years later, she realizes what a mistake hiding from these people has been. Never once did she stop to think about what they might be going through and as their situations come crashing down on her, guilt overwhelms her for not being there for them when they may have needed her most. She has a lot of lost time to make up for and a long road ahead before any kind of healing can take place, for any of them.

I'm realizing how much I don't know about you, Harley. Do my parents know about you and the other guys?”
Yeah, we've kept in touch from time to time with your parents, checking in on you. I've mainly been the one keeping tabs and relaying information to the guys.”
“So, I've been the inconsiderate asshole who couldn't see past her own grief?”

Even as I write this, I can admit to having a difficult time coming up with the words to describe how much I loved this book and how promising this series looks to be. Emma James does things a little differently than most and that in itself was refreshing. The series focuses on a group of friends who had their lives turned upside down in one night and this is the fall out, slow recovery, and healing process. How Emma differs from the others is in the ways she tells the story; instead of focusing on one persons journey at a time, each of the characters play a prominent role throughout the book and you get to spend times in each of their heads as a result. You watch them all go through this together -albeit, at varying rates. Makes it difficult to really discuss the story as there are twists around every corner, coming from different directions. It also makes it impossible to put the book down. The banter amongst the group was brilliant- sassy and funny, but there was always an underlying tone of pain they all try so desperately to hide. Each individual has their own personality traits that helps you to understand them and easily fall in love with them. They are all loyal to each other, always there for one another, and it is clear right from the start how strong their bond was. It was fascinating and there was little I could complain about. Except maybe for that ending...

For a debut novel, Emma James nailed it and I definitely see an obsession brewing. For me, that obsession comes in the form of Text-I cannot get that man outta my head and I'm left screaming “When does the next book come out?!” You've got my attention Ms. Emma. I cannot wait to see where this series takes us next.

I turn to my window again and look down on San Diego as it gets bigger. The sky is so blue; it looks like a beautiful, sunny day.
It's a day for new beginnings and moving forward.

 Emma James lives in Queensland, Australia with her smexy husband, three children and a big black Labrador. Life is busy and most entertaining in the James household.
Writing has been a part of her life for many years. Life was getting on and it was time to put her fears aside and do what she does best. It was time to show readers what she was made of, take that leap off the diving board and see where it takes her.
Emma is a creative person at heart. She loves to read as much as write, devouring books into the wee hours of the morning. Who needs sleep, right? Photography is another great passion of hers.
A Little Faith, the first book released in the Ocean Beach series is proving to be quite the surprise read of 2014 for contemporary romance lovers. She hopes you will join her and her sexy brotherhood of characters.
Because...sometimes you just have to have a little faith.

TWITTER: @emmajamesbooks

What I loved was this story has consumed me in ways I cannot explain, and has left me wanting more.
- Debb Lynn
Wow... I'm hooked. I can't wait for the next book.
- Trisha Rai , Devoured Words
A Little Faith is a story with strong direction, well defined characters - outlined with a marvellously written story line and a story driven by a solid plot .
- Katrina Hill, Page Flipperz Book Blog
This book goes above and beyond a romance novel. There is a depth to the story and characters that is often missing in todays books.
- Sarez Tomoan
I gave it 5 stars cause it's a wicked read. You had me crying, laughing, snorting all the way through. Perfect .
- Erin Daniels, Read and Ramble
I had so many laughs and tears reading this book and for a debut novel Emma has done a great job. I even read it in a day, could not put it down. I am so looking forward to Hope is Lost releasing in December.
- Donna Miller, Two Peas In A Pod
I love the way Emma has brought these men together and forged a friendship as tight as brothers. I adore their individual strength and humor, and I love that they aren’t perfect, not just emotionally, but physically.
- Kirsty Dallas, Author
This book was very well written and the story flowed effortlessly. The characters were all well developed and a solid plot. I'm looking forward to what Emma has in store for us in the next book in this series.
- Charlie Sean, Charlie & Mel’s Book Reviews
Whenever an author writes a debut that captures my attention , my expectations are high. I have known this author for a while and I had inkling what she had in store. But when I can say she blew me away and I wished that I could re-read this book again for the first time. I know that I have something special in my hands.
- Tash Mann, Confessions From Romaholics
I honestly wasn't expecting to have such a strong reaction within the first few chapters of this book. It was insta love for me! If you've read my reviews in the past, you know how important it is for me to FEEL something for the characters. Well, I certainly felt enough for Harley, Retro, Keanu, Levi and Text to be reduced to a sobbing mess 5% in. I adore these boys! Every. Single. One.
- Brittany Leathers, A is for Alpha B is for Books
This is this Author’s debut novel and I must say if this is how she is starting, dear god hold on to your seats. I think she is going to take us on a emotional roller coaster and I for one can not wait.
- Natalie Neck - Naughty Girls
A beautiful story that moved me to laugh, cry & bite my lip in all the best ways. I love these Ocean Beach boys & cannot wait to read more of their journey.
- Jemina Venter, Book Nerd Fan Girl Designs
This is such an original story. From its unique cast of characters, whom I'm already so invested in, the multiple POV narration, to the tragic incident that shaped them all into the people they've become - A Little Faith is fascinating.
- Brandee Price, Bookworm Brandee

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