Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Release Day Review & Giveaway ~ Pressure Point (The Point Series #2) by Olivia Luck

Pressure Point by Olivia Luck
The Point Series #2
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 28th, 2015
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

I know what you’re thinking. It’s unconventional to want a man nine years older than you. It’s inconvenient to crush on your dearest friend’s older brother. It’s silly to pine after a man for six years. It’s cliché to lust after a celebrity. It’s pathetic to fall in love with a man who barely knows you exist.

I know what you’re thinking because I’ve thought it all, too. And yet that hasn’t stopped me from wanting Blake Campbell. Charming, gorgeous, brilliant, kind, selfless – Blake is everything I’ve ever wanted, but he doesn’t see me that way. In fact, he hardly noticed me until one night.

Traumatic events brought us together for the first time, but then he tossed me aside. I know it’s irrational, but I wanted him up until the moment he left me lying there alone.

When his eyes finally open and he finds out I’ve left, will it be too late? 

"Stella, please wait."
I know my heart is at risk. It's tottering on the edge of a cliff, and a stiff wind could send it over the edge. He has the power. To scar me. To break me. To destroy me. But the moment that he murmurs my name, I relinquish control.
Why?” I choke out. “Who are you? The nurturing big brother? The loving, compassionate guy I’ve come to know, or the conceited prick using me for my body? You know what; don’t answer that. I can’t do this anymore.”
I take a few steps back. Heartache, my steady companion, reappears. Without the distraction of his touch, I’m reminded that it’s bitterly cold outside and a stark shudder rolls through my entire body.
You’re cold,” he mutters unhappily and shrugs off his suit jacket. Before I have a chance to argue, he drapes it around my back. Blake’s large hands settle on my upper arms and begin to rub vigorously.
Why does my temperature matter?” I ask the question to this collarbone, refusing to make eye contact with the man who continues to torment my emotions.
Stella –” there it is again, my name on his lips is tremendously distracting–“I want to start over with you.” Another shiver cascades through my shoulders and he makes a pained expression. With an arm anchoring me to his side, Blake leads me back through the door of the club and into the secluded hallway. I wrench out of his grip and put some much-needed distance between us.
Start over with what?”
A first date, we’ll need one of those.”
You’re not making any sense, Blake.”
It’s pretty simple. When a woman captures all a man’s attention, when she’s the only thing on this mind, he takes her on a date. Then another and another and another until he can convince her to be his.”
The words make my body go rigid in disbelief and my heart slow in my chest. I let my eyes fall closed as I shake my head back and forth. “Don’t say things like that to me, Blake.”
Even though I can’t see him, I sense him getting closer. Then his knuckles trail down my cheek in a whisper of a caress. “I won’t stop, Stella. This is going to happen and we’re going to do it right. That night last month… I don’t regret what happened between us because I wanted you.” His voice drops into a husky murmur.
5- My heart actually HURTS -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

He's my dream guy. He's been my dream guy since I was twenty years old. For six years, I've wanted to be his and for him to be mine. Stupid or not, he's the one I want.

~Stella Baccino has been in love with her best friends older brother since the day she met him, but she's pretty sure that he hardly realizes she even exists. She tries to shake her feelings through the years, he's a minor celebrity who dates models and doesn't even try to hide his indifference towards her, but unrequited love is a bitch that just won't let go. Then one night, everything changes and Stella's infatuation dies a brutal death... or so she thought.

~Blake Campbell isn't as blind to Stella as one might think, but he refuses to give into his lust. He has no time for a relationship, and has no interest in one either-least of all with his little sisters best friend. One night is all it takes, one night where he lets his control slip and ends up hurting Stella in a way he never intended, one night where he finally has his eyes opened to what's been in front of him all this time-but will she still be there when the dust settles or has he finally chased her off for good.

They say life is about choices. You spend your life making decisions and dealing with the consequences, whether they are positive or negative. In my tumultuous frame of mind, I make a choice. A very poorly thought out choice, but one that I have to live with, nevertheless.

Bring on the tears, this book was way more emotional than I expected and I found my heart physically hurting more than once. I didn't read the first book, and while I didn't suffer any confusion for missing it-Blake's younger sister Zoe was the star of that book and I'm finding myself wanting to read her story. I can't imagine what she went through, but what I did feel was the pain she was causing Stella so getting into her head might help me to understand her better. Stella was one of those characters that you couldn't help but love, while secretly wishing she would grow a back bone. Don't get me wrong, she was a strong, independent woman but her biggest issue was her selflessness-it was a double edged sword, one of her most endearing qualities while at the same time, being her biggest downfall if that makes any sense. She spent so much of her time caring for others, putting others first, that she never spoke up when she needed someone and Blake unfortunately took full advantage of that. He came across as very selfish where she was concerned and the only reason I don't hate him for it is because he honestly didn't seem to realize what he was doing, and she wasn't telling him. Blake seemed like a decent guy who just had no experience dealing with his feelings and spent his life caring for his sister so I get why having someone focus on him was so different and welcome that he lost himself in it enough to not realize the damage he was inflicting. That doesn't mean that he didn't have his asshat moments-there were a few times when I wanted to kick him in the balls, but I still loved him. All of these characters captured my heart and the struggles they were going through wrecked me. And don't even get me started on that ending! Gutted, sobbing, screaming-I went through it all. Olivia Luck certainly pulled some serious emotion outta me with this book and has earned her spot on my One-Click-Addiction List one tear, sigh, blush, giggle & curse at a time. I cannot wait to see what she brings us next, even if my heart is more than nervous about it.

She grounded me while simultaneously setting me on the right path. Effortless, and without a word, Stella brought out the best in me. A guardian angel watching over my sister and me.

Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family.
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