Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour Review by Jenn ~ Tryst by Alex Rosa

by Alex Rosa

Release Date: March 17, 2015

In this sensational New Adult debut by Alex Rosa, boyfriends are too much trouble. So what’s the harm in a little fun?

With an abusive relationship behind her, Skyler moves out of her Orange County apartment, changes her phone number, cuts ties with her friends, and moves in with her brother Josh, a talent agent with a spare room in his incredible house in Hollywood.

Josh is happy to take Skyler under his wing, but he has one rule: she can’t sleep with his roommate, Blake. That’s fine by Skyler. She doesn’t want a man in her life right now—and certainly not cocky Blake who’s with a different girl every night. But his all-American boy charm and his ripped model physique are difficult to refuse. Josh will never know if no one ever tells him. And a little secret now and then never hurt anyone…

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I get the sinking feeling that Blake is having a hard time keeping his hands off me as he places them back on my hips, tugging me close so that we’re flush against each other. He forces my hips to move to the beat with his. The contact is shocking as electricity shoots down my spine with the length of his body pressed against me.
I have to suppress my groan at the feeling it elicits. My blood feels as if it’s on fire, and at this point, I cannot tell if it is alcohol induced or Blake induced.

Trying to regain my equilibrium, I say, “I thought you weren’t showing.” My tone is breathier than I would like, but loud enough for him to hear.

Continuing with gyrating his hips against mine, he grabs for each of my hands and places them around his neck. I don’t protest. I realize that this feels like I’m breaking the rules already, but it doesn’t mean I stop him.

The music is so loud that he leans in close, and his humid breath against my ear has me letting out an unrestrained sigh.

I was working. I’m surprised Josh didn’t mention it.”

I am quick to quip, “I didn’t ask.”

He pulls away, and wrinkles his nose as I shoot him a glare.

I’d tell you how amazing you look, but I don’t want to fuel your ego any more than it already has been.”

My brows furrow at the comment. He’s not winning with me tonight.

Don’t act like you know anything about my ego. It’s bruised and broken, if you must know.” My honesty startles me, but before I have time to scold myself, he pulls my body harder against his, and I’m suddenly hyperaware of each muscly sinew of his abdomen.

Well then, fine. I’ll let you know that I think you look. . . . incredible.”

I purse my lips, and he laughs.

To my disappointment, he takes a deliberate step back, breaking our contact.

Now tell me how I look.”

I cover my mouth to stifle my laughter. “Oh, so you’re funny now?”

With a goading expression, he places his hands dramatically on his hips. “Now, Skyler, don’t act like you know anything about my sense of humor . . .” He mirrors my previous tone.

I realize I deserve that, and give him a once-over. The liquid courage I devoured earlier gives me the confidence to appraise him openly, and dammit, the bastard looks good.

His lean, toned physique is decked out in gray pants that hang hypnotically on his hips, and he wears a matching vest, with a white dress shirt underneath that hugs his chest. His sleeves are rolled up to his elbows, revealing strong forearms, and his brown hair is slicked back. What tops off the ensemble, though, is his bright red bowtie. Even in that outfit, I can tell there is nothing but wonderful muscle underneath that hipster vest. I’ve seen it.

I wave my hand in an exaggerated manner. “Dashing as ever, good sir.”
He nods and moves in to bring me closer while letting out a rewarding laugh. I place my hands back around his neck with ease.

His eyes glitter in the dim room, and his hands skim over the bare skin of my back. “Why thank you, Skyler. Another compliment from you? Who would have thought.”

I make the mistake of shooting my eyes to his lips, and I watch them slink upward, as if he’s noticed.

I recover from my mistake, bringing my eyes back to his, and I shake my head.

How am I supposed to keep away when you’re such a tempting morsel?”

The statement shocks me, and my face heats. Although buzzed, my mind tells me to check myself. I step away from his grasp as a precaution. “You aren’t allowed to say things like that.”

A wicked curve appears on his lips. “No, you’re wrong. I’m allowed to say whatever I want. What I’m not allowed to do is what I want.”

The statement is staggering, and I take in a deep breath, wondering what the correct plan of action is.

I think I need another drink.”

5+ Rules are made to be Broken -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I'd hate to have to witness you bringing dudes home, but-you're an adult, and it's whatever.”
It's 'whatever'?”
Yeah, whatever. Jut do me one favor.”
Just don't sleep with Blake. Like, ever. I mean it.”

When Skyler finally left behind the abusive relationship that had a death grip on her for two years, she left behind everything-her job, friends, apt... needing a new place to stay, she turns to her brother Josh. The successful Talent Agent gladly opens up his Hollywood home and takes in his little sister, he just has one rule-DO NOT sleep with, or otherwise get romantically involved with, his best friend/roommate Blake. Seems like an easy enough rule to follow. She's not exactly emotionally ready to tackle another relationship after her last disastrous one and even if she was, the last person she would go to is the one who has a different woman in his bed every night. What she wasn't counting on was the explosive chemistry between the two of them, or Blake's relentless pursuit of her. She starts to find it more difficult by the day to turn away from the lust burning between them and realizes that they both want the same thing-no strings attached fun... crazy hott fun. What Josh doesn't know can't hurt him, right?! Keeping her heart out of it may just prove to be harder than she could have anticipated....

I want you,, if it's easier hearing me say it first. I'd like access to you whenever I want, in both convenient and even inconvenient heated moments. It'll be fun.”
“Are you serious?”
“Have you ever been in a purely sexual relationship like this?”
“No, not really. Most sexual encounters tend to be a one-time thing, but you're looking for the same thing as me-something noncommittal and fun. With our compatibility, I think it could be kind of genius.”

This book had everything I love in my favorite kind of romances-the pain in the ass ones. So very much drama, having the hotts for big brothers best friend/manwhore, crazy hott sex & so much chemistry you could choke on it, the girl's hilarious gay best friend, tears, laughs, jealousy, frustration, I could go on but lets just say I was OBSESSED with this book and this fantastically damaged couple. It's no secret that I prefer my romance on the 'make them suffer a little bit for it' side rather than the 'glitter and rainbows, insta-love' versions and this book gave me exactly that and then some. Ms. Alex had my full attention right from the beginning and refused to let go, hell I'm still thinking about these two. The pace did not let up, the dialogue was fantastic, the progression was flawless and never rushed, the characters were all amazing and unique-even the ones I hated never came across as throwaway's, they all had an impact on the story be it good or bad-I really had very little to complain about (and I'll get to that in a second). Blake was the poster boy for manwhore of LA-all American charm, sexy as hell, flirty to the max, didn't even bother to hide who he was, a bit of an ass at times, dirty and all around impossible to ignore. But it was clear that there was a lot he was hiding, a whole other side to him that he never let anyone see, and you just knew there was a reason for it. Getting him to open up about it was the hard part. Skyler was understandably gun-shy when it came to relationships, but that didn't stop her from yearning for someone to break down her barriers and show her she was worth it. She had her own flaws too. She was incredibly selfish at times, and frustrating as hell, and she knew it, which just made it all the more aggravating. But I at least understood where she was coming from, even if I wanted to shake the shit outta her once or twice. Josh was the quintessential over-protective big brother... to the extreme, and a smidge hypocritical-but I loved him. Skyler had a very small group of friends in her new life, but they proved to be exactly what she needed-even if she didn't realize it.
Now for my half-empties, and they're VERY minor: the book was told entirely from Skyler's POV. I really, REALLY, would have liked to have spent some time in Blake's head. There was more than one occasion where I was like 'Dude-what the HELL are you thinking?!'. But I can't complain too much, Ms. Alex still did a fantastic job of getting us to know him and there was no denying the connection between him and Skyler-that isn't always the case with single person POV's which is why I prefer duel's-but she pulled it off. Still.... I would have loved a little one-on-one Blake time. I am a HUGE fan of epilogues and there wasn't one here-there was no cliffhanger though and I HATE those so I wasn't too disappointed. I do feel like there were a few things left unresolved, but after I was done I found out there is gonna be another book so I very quickly moved on to EXCITED AS HELL. I CANNOT WAIT to get more from these two-but I would be lying if I said I wasn't just a wee bit nervous about it. In the end, I would definitely recommend this to ALL romance lovers-especially the ones who love their stories packed with emotion, both good and bad and everything in between. Alex Rosa has slammed her way onto my One-Click-Addiction with Tryst one giggle, blush and scream at a time and I am DYING to see what she brings us next. She has turned me into a total fan-girl and I love her even more for it.

He doesn't deserve you, you know?”
“What if I don't deserve him?”
“You're both idiots.”
“I think I'll take that as a compliment.” 

When Alex Rosa isn’t scouring city parks or cafes to write, she is most likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure. A sufferer of wanderlust, she is always looking for a new mountain to climb, a canyon to hike, or a plane to board. Her résumé consists of coroner, zoo worker, and most recently executive assistant, but she finds her home amongst words, whether it is in books or in film. Her obsessions are on the brink of bizarre, but that’s just the way she likes it. 

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