Thursday, October 2, 2014

Scratch Book Blitz: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Scratch book blitz! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 iTunes gift card and copies of All I Ever Wanted and Scratch. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she's reserved, practical--all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up. Like Casey, he's a senior. In every other way, he's her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can't fathom, he's intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that's messy and unpredictable. He doesn't know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach--or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

My Rating: 4 Roses

An emotional and sweet New Adult romance, Scratch was a wonderful read that I really liked. A story about facing the past and moving on, this book was romantic, full of secrets, and enjoyable all the way through.

Casey was a likable heroine. Ever since her life was ripped apart when she was thirteen, she pushed people away and avoided facing her past. Her habit of locking herself away in self-imposed solitude was frustrating, but she got better as the book went on. She learned to let people in, allowing them to held her, and faced her past so that she could focus on the future. By the end of the book, I quite liked her character.

Daniel was an absolute sweetie. He obviously cared about Casey and he was determined to help her move on, even while she kept pushing him away. I wish we had gotten to know more about him as a character, but I still found him to be adorable.

The romance was very sweet. Despite Casey's reluctance, there was an immediate connection between them and they both proved that they were willing to put in their all to make it work. And, there was definitely chemistry between them, definitely enough to turn up the heat. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The secrets of Casey's past were intense and that definitely kept things interesting. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was wonderful.

Scratch was a lovely New Adult romance. Emotional, romantic, with some intense secrets, this book was an enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

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

“I can’t possibly eat one more bite of potato salad. Oh my God.” Daniel moaned and lay back on the blanket, cupping his hands over his still-flat belly, despite his grumbles. “I’m so full, my pants are literally going to explode off of me.”

“As my English prof would point out, you mean figuratively,” I said in a prim tone. “If your pants literally exploded, we’d be in a world of legal trouble, since this is a public park. And as punishment for your grammar error, I’m making you eat the rest of this potato salad.” I scooped a heaping spoonful out of our bowl and shoved it toward his face.

He sat up and mock glared at me. Dappled sunlight from the setting sun spilled across the dark mop of his head, hit his deep green irises. Before I could react, he grabbed the spoon and flung it, loaded potato salad and all, across the park. “Oh, crap. Sorry, it slipped.”

“Litterer!” I cried out, looking around like I was seeking a police officer.

Not that there was anyone else around us except for a couple of young kids playing on the swing set nearby.

Daniel tackled me to the ground and dug his fingers against my right side, where I was super-ticklish. “Narc!” he said, laughing hysterically.

“You jerk!” I swatted up at him and scrambled to get away. I stood and wiped the bottom of my shorts with a huff. “That was a perfectly good spoon.”

He raised an eyebrow. “I’ll buy you another.”

“It was part of a set.” I tugged my tank top down to make sure my abdomen was covered. Thankfully, Daniel had stayed away from my scarred side.

“I’ll buy you six, then.”

“You have an answer for everything, don’t you.” I chuckled.

He stood, peering down at me. His eyes were light and dancing, and my heart hadn’t felt this light in a couple of days— not since my moodiness back in the library. His hand slid along my unscarred side again, but instead of torture-tickling me, his fingers slipped and danced over my tank top. The warmth of his touch still seared me, despite the barrier.

“Not everything,” he murmured, his attention turning to my mouth. His fingers tightened incrementally on my hip. Something shifted then, sexual tension crackling in the air between us.

I automatically licked my lips, and his eyes flared. I stepped closer. I needed to taste his mouth, right now.

“Oooooooooh!” a high-pitched kid’s voice said from behind me. “They’re gonna kiss!”

I closed my eyes as a light flush stole over my cheeks.

Daniel’s mouth hovered close enough to me that I could feel his breath huffing against my skin. “I need to kiss you,” he said, and the raw edge in his tone had my eyes flying open.

Yes, the need was right there, unmasked, unashamed, completely bared to me. I felt my body respond, my core tightening, heart thudding, hands trembling.

I nodded, leaned my face up. My mouth already hungered for his.

He brushed his mouth against mine, a butterfly touch that didn’t satisfy the growing pulse in me. “Not here,” he said, his words barely a whisper. “I want you alone.”

Alone. The ache I heard in that one word sent shivers of anticipation across my skin. My flesh burst into thousands of vibrant tingles. I gave a mute nod. I wanted it too.
Up for grabs is a $25 iTunes gift card (INT), an e-copy of All I Ever Wanted (INT), and a paperback copy of Scratch (US/Can). Ends October 13.
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About the Author:
Rhonda Helms
Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago and loves writing teen and New Adult romance. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also freelance edits manuscripts.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, a dog and a really loud cat. Visit her website at for more information about her and her releases.

1 comment:

  1. I love a good romance, and this one seems like one I would enjoy. :)