Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ That's a Lie (Promises, Promises #2) by Victoria Klahr

That’s a Lie (Promises, Promises #2)
by Victoria Klahr
Genre: Contemporary Adult, New Adult
Re-Release: February 27, 201

Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

I was instantly distracted as I walked into the space. Seth. Shirtless. I don't think I need to explain my lack of focus. Or the drool.

"You lied to me," he said gruffly, sitting on the barstool at my counter. His blond hair flopped in front of his eyes, and my hands itched to push it back. Touching him again the way I wanted to would satisfy only a millimeter of the need I have, but it would relieve some of the pain. I turned around to hide my thoughts. 
"Ugh . . . I need coffee," I said vacantly, reaching for my coffee maker. I didn't even hear Seth move, but his hand grabbed mine and he turned me around, placing his hands beside me on the countertop to trap me. My breath caught, and I was positive he could hear my heart pounding in my chest. 
His blue-green eyes screamed hurt and anger, but I didn't even care about him being mad. All that mattered was the charge that thumped between us. I was very aware of him. "You lied, Josie. You're not supposed to lie to me.""Seth . . . Come on," I said, turning my face away, unable to look at the raw emotion in his expression. His hand dashed out and grabbed my chin. 
"How long, Josie?" he asked. I closed my eyes, not wanting to admit anything. "Open your damn eyes, Jos. Stop fucking hiding." His voice was hard, but it was also full of desperation. I opened my eyes and narrowed them at him. He didn’t understand that I needed to keep him away from me. My life is tainted by darkness, and he 
doesn't need that. Yes, I lied to the one person who I said I wouldn't deceive again, but it was for his own good! "It doesn't matter, Seth. I'm fine.""Like fucking hell it doesn't matter. I haven't heard you scream like that since your nightmares after you were raped!" 
The haunting reminder brought back vivid memories of that time. He or one of my dads would come lay with me to help me fall asleep. Every day that Seth wasn't in school, he was there with me, trying to make the nightmares go away. "Since the engagement party," I whispered, looking down. I don't know why I admitted it, but I think part of me realized I couldn't hold on to all this pain anymore. That's when my resolve started to break. How long could I go on fighting the feelings that I have for Seth? How long could I act like nothing hurts me? "Fuck, Jos . . . ," he whispered back, placing his forehead against mine. His signature smell of hay and apple pie drifted around me, and I almost lost my footing from wanting him so bad. "You should have told me.""I didn't want you to worry." "I worry about you every second you're not with me, Pussycat. Every second that you hide behind that 
wall you've built, I wonder when you're going to crack." His hand reached up to caress my face, and I leaned into his touch. It was only an infinitesimal movement, but I still heard Seth's breath hitch. My lapse in self-control made him bold. He brought his mouth to the side of mine, and kissed me. I couldn't stop the 
whimper before it escaped my mouth. "There you are," he whispered hoarsely against my lips, always seeing me, even when I didn’t want him to. I wanted to bask in the moment, but I had already opened up to him too much. I pushed through 
his barricade and ran back to my room. "I've got to help Dad at the garage today," I threw out as an explanation, and then I went to hide in my shower.

5- Hold on tight, Pussy Cat -Stars
~contains spoilers from book one~

I don't think a person can just forget that their heart was ripped open after being lied to. I don't think a person can move on as if nothing happened. And I most certainly don't think a relationship can ever be the same when all the smoke subsides, and we're only left with the ashes of a broken heart.

If you thought there was no way book two could be any better than book one, you would be wrong-and book one was friggin amazing, so that should tell you something. This series and this author have knocked me on my ass-yes it is smokin hott with plenty of steamy scenes, but it is so much more than that. Sooo many emotions running wild in these stories, you don't know whether laugh, cry, scream, swoon, or drool....or all of the above.

I swear to you, Josie. I won't leave again. I'm here. I've always been here. I've just been waiting....”
I know it's not a good enough excuse, but I say it anyway. I won't leave her alone, because she's my best friend, but more than that, I can't. No part of my being feels complete without her in my life.

That's right, you heard me. Seth is back in town and he is here to stay. He knows Josie is no longer with Blake, and after hearing about the loss of her dad, he knows that Josie needs him now more than ever-though he doesn't know the full scope of her first. When he finally learns the details of Josie & Blake's break-up, Seth kinda loses his shit-understandably. He has missed her something fierce and feels terrible that he wasn't there for her when she so desperately needed him, but he needed distance from her after his feelings came to light and she choose Blake. After two years away, his feelings haven't changed and he loves her now more than ever. He knows that he can't live without her, but he can't just stand by being the best friend any longer-it's time to fight for Josie, and he will not give up til he has her in his life the way that he wants her. But after everything that Josie has been through lately, she is terrified of opening her heart up to anyone again, she doesn't feel there is enough of her heart left to give to anyone and the thought of losing Seth again is devastating. But Seth will not be deterred, he knows what he wants and will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to get it. Fighting through Josie's walls and battling her demons proves to be a lot harder than he anticipated, and when certain people pop back up in their lives hell bent on destroying them, Seth is starting to think he fighting a losing battle.

I'm not asking to fix your heart. I'm not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I'm asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I loved that we got to jump POV's in this book between Josie & Seth, being in his head were some of my favorite parts. We got to spend a lot more time with him this way than we did in book one and boy....It. Was. HOTT! I mean seriously, this dude rocked my world-several times, in multiple ways. There is no doubt that he loves Josie with everything that he has, and she turns him on in a crazy way, but the connection they share is a 'once in a lifetime' kinda thing and it was just beautiful. You also experience the full brunt of his guilt-guilt over her rape, guilt over leaving, guilt over not being there to stop Blake from breaking her...several times, just so much guilt. And the pain Josie puts him through every time she pushes him away was just gut-wrenching. I hate to admit, she was kind of a bitch in this book-for a little while anyway. I understood why she felt the way she did, but she was just so damn unfair to Seth-it really broke my heart. It was a true testament to how much that man loves her that he didn't just say 'screw it' and walk away. And Blake?! Well, lets just say my dislike of him in book one turned out to be waaayyy more deserved than I originally thought. But what really tore me apart was that goddamn ending. I mean, WTF?! I am going to be going batshit crazy waiting for the next book-this is gonna be.....whew.
Ms. Victoria, you have captured my heart and stolen my sanity and I thank you. But I must ask-NEXT BOOK?!?
And on a personal note, I would like to let Josie know that I was totally watching Happy Potter as I wrote up this review ;)

there's something special about how deeply Seth loves you, Josie Bean. I've never seen someone as captivated by a person as Seth is by you. When he looks at you, you can feel the way he loves you. When he touches you, you can see an instant sense of completion in his eyes and body language. When he talks about you his energy seems to be buzzing to be with you...”

That’s a Promise (Promises, Promises #1)

Pain isn’t new to me.

I’ve been to hell only to find it never really leaves when you get back. It haunts me through nightmares, unrequited love, lies, broken hearts, and now death.

A monster almost took my life.
My best friend carries half my soul a world away.
My boyfriend broke my heart but refuses to let me go.
And my father is dead.

I don’t believe in fate and I don’t believe in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason, I still hope.

Live, even with a tainted spirit.
Long for my other half to come back to me.
Risk another broken heart, just to feel loved again.
And refuse to let another horror break me.

In the face of my most recent tragedy, I have to decide whether forgiveness is something I can give. But even if that’s an option, can I be forgiven?


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Victoria Klahr (pronounced “Claire”) lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and furbaby, Stephen, Alexis, and Bandit. When she’s not daydreaming about book boyfriends and fantasizing about being a badass heroine, she’s busy writing the stories that keep popping into her head. She’s currently finishing the Promises, Promises series and plotting multiple spin-offs.  


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