Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Draw Me In Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @readflirt @TastyBookTours

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Welcome to my post for the Draw Me In book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a Flirt mug and tote. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Random House: Flirt
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

In Regina Cole’s steamy novel of hot ink and delicious angst, two tortured artists take a leap of faith—but the past threatens to tear them apart.

After her parents pull the plug on her college fund to finance their nasty divorce, Hailey Jakes is desperate to pay her own way and finish her degree in graphic design. She can hardly believe her luck when the sexiest guy she’s ever seen hires her to be the receptionist at his tattoo shop. With sea-blue eyes, jet-black hair, and full sleeves of tattoos on his muscular arms, Neill Vanderhaven looks like the kind of guy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. In fact, he’s mesmerized by her—and it doesn’t hurt that she’s talented as hell.

But Hailey and Neill have more in common than instant chemistry: They’re both carrying serious baggage. Hailey’s parents split after years of blowout fights and sloppy affairs. Neill just got out of something serious with a woman who loved her bad habits more than she loved him. When they take the plunge on a new relationship, they’re both breaking their own rules.

But then a terrible misunderstanding brings Neill’s worst fears to life, and their connection threatens to come crashing down. What they have is more than skin-deep, but now Hailey and Neill need to decide whether the kind of love that lasts forever is worth such exquisite pain.



My Rating: 4 Roses

Draw Me In was an enjoyable New Adult romance. Sweet and emotional, it was a lovely read.

Hailey was a good heroine. Clever enough to know who truly wanted what was best for her and determined to make her own way. I thought she was a very likable character.

Neill was also great, for the most part. He was very sweet and adorable in general. Frustratingly oblivious sometimes, but a good guy really.

The romance was lovely Hailey and Neill were into each other from the beginning and it was only a matter of each of them getting over their respective insecurities. I thought they were a great couple.

I had 2 minor issues with this book that brought it down a bit. 1) The aforementioned obliviousness that Neill was prone to. He tended to project his fears from his ex onto Hailey and it got a bit frustrating when he almost ruined everything because he couldn't get past it. And 2) to be honest, it was a bit predictable. It was only a couple of chapters before I knew who that antagonist would be and guessed what would happen. Neither were deal-breakers, though, so I still enjoyed the book.

The plot went quickly. I was kept interested all the way through. The story was enjoyable and I really liked the ending.

Draw Me In was a great New Adult romance that I really liked. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

NEILL

I hummed to myself as the dubstep tune cranked through my iPod dock. With another spritz of cleaner, I wiped down the tattoo chair. Giving it one last swipe, I tossed the paper towels and snapped off my gloves. Though the pungent scent of germicide burned my nostrils, I nodded, satisfied. This was my chair, my studio, my shop now. It hadn’t been an easy road, but for the moment, it felt like I might be able to climb out of the financial and emotional grave Gretchen had dug for me. I slapped the arm of the chair, hoping the feeling would last.

“So how was your first day, boss?” Tasha poked her head through the crack in the shiny black door. The beads at the ends of her braids clacked against one another, a soft, familiar sound.

I stretched toward the ceiling as I answered, my back cracking. “Good. Not much different than any other day at Sinful Skin. Still seems weird that I’m not just another artist anymore.”

Tasha entered the small room that was my personal studio, plopping down on the rolling stool. She stretched out her lean brown legs, crossing them at the ankles. “Well, now that you’re part owner, I guess I can deliver this news to you.”

I crossed my heavily tattooed arms over my chest and arched a brow at the receptionist. “What news?”

Tasha cracked a nervous smile, flashing brilliant white teeth against her silver labret. “I’m pregnant.”

I staggered backward dramatically, a hand over my heart. “But Tasha, how could you? I thought what we had was special!”

She laughed, tossing her braids over her shoulder. “Yeah, but I found another guy, and he knocked me up. You probably know him. Six-five, hands that could palm a watermelon? I’ve been married to him for six years.”

I dropped the act and pulled Tasha to her feet. “I’m happy for you guys. Really.”

I hugged her lightly, rubbing her shoulders, trying like hell to be smooth. I didn’t want to break her, after all. And how the hell would Sinful Skin run without her? She was like the brain of the place.

“Thanks.” She pulled back, dashing teardrops away. “I don’t want to leave you guys, but Travis and I are moving closer to his parents.”

I handed her a tissue from the box I kept strategically close to the tattoo chair. It came in handy for the less pain-tolerant clients. “Don’t they live in Greenville? It’s not that far.”

“They live in Greenville, South Carolina. About six hundred miles, approximately.” Tasha blew her nose delicately and dropped the tissue in the orange biohazard-labeled can.

“Oh. Shit.” I looked down at the toes of my black leather boots, which almost blended in with the dark tile flooring. Dammit, why did Karl have to be out of town right now? My first official act as half-owner of the shop would be finding a replacement for the best receptionist and assistant we’d ever had. Tasha had been there five years, a year longer than I had. I’d worked my way up from apprentice to part owner, and I wasn’t about to fuck things up now. She would be tough to replace, that was for damn sure.

I squared my shoulders and met Tasha’s gaze. “We’re going to miss you. How long before you go?”

Tasha sighed. “A week. I know it’s fast, but we didn’t even have the house on the market yet. One of Travis’s buddies wants it now, so we’re going to go for it. It’s just a matter of the closing, and then we’ll be out of here.” Her brown eyes welled with tears again. “It’s probably all these god-awful hormones, but I’m going to miss you jerks.”

I gathered Tasha into my arms for another friendly hug, and she settled close. “Don’t worry about us. We’ll make it. But I expect pictures of the little one.”

“Of course.” Her voice sounded muffled against my chest, and when she angled her head to look at me, fresh tears appeared in her eyes. “Neill, honey, are you sure you’re okay? I know it’s been a while, but I still worry about you.”

I set my jaw and rubbed her back without answering.

“What happened with Gretchen wasn’t your fault,” Tasha whispered. “You’re a good man, and you deserve to be happy.”

I didn’t know that I believed her, but I wasn’t about to say that out loud.

“Thanks, Tasha.” With another gentle squeeze, I let her go.

The door clicked shut behind Tasha, and I sank onto the rolling stool by my tattoo chair. Dammit, Tasha had been the best. Great with clients, good with temperamental artists, hell, even with me. She was like the sister I’d never had. She’d stuck with me when I’d gone out of my mind with worry, with pain, frightened out of my brain about whether Gretchen . . .

Nope, not going there again. That shit was over.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card and a Flirt mug and tote.
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About the Author:

Regina Cole, lover of manly muscled arms, chest hair, and mini-marshmallows, has been reading romance since her early teens. While she loves a love story of any heat level, she’s been drawn to the erotic side and is loving every minute. When she’s not frantically pounding away at the keyboard, she can be found fishing with her family, playing with her dogs, trying out strange new recipes, or snuggling with her hubby. She also writes mainstream romance as Gina Lamm.


2 comments:

  1. Hi Farrah!!!

    Thank you SO MUCH for hosting DMI's release tour! And thank you for the honest review. I'm so glad that you liked the book. :D

    XoXo
    Regina

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  2. Thank you for hosting today!

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