Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In Harmony Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the In Harmony book tour! I have a review of this wonderful book coming up, as well as an exerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card and some e-books. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: September 21, 2013
Publisher: Foster & Black New Adult
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Fenbrook Academy #2

Everyone expects her to succeed….
Karen plays the cello like an angel, and it’s the only thing that makes her truly feel alive. But her father’s dream—for her to join a prestigious orchestra—leaves no time in her life for anything but music…not even love. Trapped on her path, she doesn’t know how to rebel.

Everyone expects him to fail….
Connor plays rock guitar like the devil himself, and his ability has got him all the way from a dead-end life in Belfast to a scholarship at Fenbrook Academy. But beneath his arrogance and charm, he doesn’t believe he has what it takes. He’s spent his time in New York drinking and partying, and the only future he sees is a return to Ireland as soon as he flunks out.

But what no one expects….
When Karen’s duet partner is injured, the bad boy guitarist and the shy, sheltered cellist are forced to team up. Neither likes the idea, but what begins as anger and distrust slowly spirals into love…and lust. If they can face up to their feelings, they might just have a chance together. If Connor will allow Karen to stop his fall, maybe he can show her a life she never thought possible....

My Rating: 5 Roses

A wonderful New Adult read! In Harmony was absolutely fantastic. The characters were great, the romance was lovely, and I really loved this book.

Karen was a likable heroine. She's had very strict expectations of success growing up, because of her father, so she is very focused on doing well. And, when her graduation is at stake, she was willing to do anything. She was incredibly determined, clever, and I really liked her. She was a great character.

Connor was amazing. He was so super sweet and wonderful and, best of all, he had an Irish accent. And I am a sucker for an accent :) He's very confident and sure of himself on the outside, but rather vulnerable underneath that, particularly because of his issues with learning. He was perfect! I completely adored him.

The romance was really sweet and on-fire spicy. Karen and Connor were so cute together. They were a perfect match and it was sweet seeing them fall for each other, even though they don't seem like an ideal couple at first. And the sparks were off the charts. Wow, was their romance on fire. It was super hot and steamy, definitely enough to make you blush. I thought they were a great couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I loved seeing the couples from the previous book, Dance for Me (which is a fantastic book as well), come up in this book. We get to see how their relationships are going. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

In Harmony was a fantastic New Adult romance. I really enjoyed reading this amazing book. Lovers of New Adult, this is a book you have to read.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

He took me into the dressing room, which was fine. Then he closed the door, which wasn't fine at all. As soon as the door closed, everything felt different. Alone with him suddenly became alone with him. 

My entire life felt like it was teetering on the brink: my future, because without his help I didn't have; my past, because without his help it had all been a waste. 

He pointed me to a stool, its peeling seat patched with tape. As soon as I sat down, he moved over to me and I tensed as he drew close...

Very close, his body inches from mine as he leaned over me. Our faces were almost touching. Oh my God! Is he going to-

The rubbery gasp of a refrigerator door opening behind me, and the clink of bottles. And then he was leaning back and offering me a beer.

You idiot, I told myself angrily. I took the bottle without thinking, and sat there shredding the label.

"So," he said, opening the beer. "Here you are in my dressing room." Again, that Irish lilt making everything sound innocent, yet filthy.

There was no delaying it any longer. I took a deep breath. "The recital...you haven't chosen you piece yet."

He shrugged. "Didn't seem much point."

"I need you to do it. With me."

He paused, genuinely thrown by that. "Like a duet?"

"Yes. A duet."

"You know I play guitar? Electric guitar. Not violin or piano or...you know. Anything that goes with a cello."

I was surprised, for a second, that he even knew what instrument I played. Weirdly, a part of me felt flattered. Then I realized that a cello was pretty hard to miss, and I'd been carrying it on my back my whole time at Fenbrook. Of course he'd know that.

"It's sort of an emergency," I said. And I told him about Dan.

When I finished, he got up. "But why not skip it? You're Miss Uber-Geek-no offence. You can't need the grades." And then he peeled off the vest he'd been wearing.

His narrow waist flowed up into a powerful back layered with muscle and broad shoulders that reminded me of an athlete-maybe a boxer. He didn't look like the pretty-boy male model types Jasmine posted on her Facebook page. He looked somehow raw and real, his muscles for use, not show. He was lean rather than huge, everything tight and defined, his stomach hard with muscle.

"It is my dressing room," he told me.

I realized my mouth was open. Had I gasped? I had a nasty feeling I had. I tried to focus. "I had some issues with my presentations," I told him. "I need a good recital, or I won't graduate." I stared at his arms. There was another tattoo above the Ruth one, a tangled clump of barbed wire, and I wondered what it meant.

He looked around for something. Hopefully a t-shirt. I was trying to keep my eyes off his upper half, but that left me staring at his crotch. "But the recital's not for months," he said as he searched. "And I'd have to be here to do it..."

He finally found his t-shirt and lifted it, though he did't put it on. He was waiting for my answer. I nodded slowly. "You'd have to stay in Fenbrook. And graduate."

He laughed out loud. Not a cruel laugh. A laugh of disbelief. He pulled on the t-shirt-a band name I didn't recognize stretched across the broad curve of his pecs.

"I could help you," I said desperately. "I could help you get your grades up."

"What makes you think I want to stay?"
Up for grabs are a $50 Amazon gift card and e-copies of Dance for Me and In Harmony.
Open INT. Ends October 14.
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About the Author:

Helena Newbury is a New Adult Romance author with a love of bakingly hot summer days, strawberry gelato, good coffee and interesting people. Unlike the characters in her books, Helena cannot dance, act or play anything (though she is substantially more flexible since she started writing Dance For Me and tried doing dancer’s stretches, so she's hoping that something will rub off on her from each book).
Helena writes in a very noisy, very busy coffee shop which means she sometimes end up mainlining caffeine to keep her seat. You’ll know when this happens because she’ll still be on Twitter that night at 4am.
She loves meeting and talking with other authors, traveling to new places and discovering new books.

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  1. Wonderful review and excerpt. Thanks for participating. Glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. I loved the review, it's perfect in details! Thanks for the giveaway as well.