Kayden: The Past by Chelle Bliss- Blog Tour and Review

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Kayden: The Past

Author Chelle Bliss

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Published December 31st 2013 by Chelle Bliss

Synopsis

Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not risking rejection. Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends for the path he’s walked.

Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of Sophia’s love – his sole reason to exist.

**(Note:  CAN BE READ AS A STAND ALONE NOVEL, This is NOT a novella)**

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Extended Excerpt ~ Prologue

I was an addict.

Sophia didn’t know this about me when we met – when I stole her heart.

I struggle every day with my sobriety, and Sophia is my compass. She’s what keeps me grounded and always points me in the right direction. She doesn’t nag or yell but smothers me in her love and understanding.

Sophia asked to hear my story, my past. She wanted to know everything about me…what led me to her. I gave her a condensed version – one that is closer to PG-13 compared to the NC-17 reality that I lived. No matter how much the person you love the most, the one who is the center of your universe asks about your past, you never give the full truth. I never want Sophia to compare herself to any of the women or experiences that I’ve had before her. Sophia is perfection in my eyes. No one could ever compare to her.

I’d like to say my life began again when I met Sophia, that I was given a clean slate. Sophia met me at the point in my life where I had given up on love. My life consisted of work and pleasure – pleasure from the unattached sexual relationships and the booze that had filled my nights.

When my life spiraled out of control, Sophia caught me in her web of security and love. She is my savior, the only thing that is true in my life. She can’t know my entire story. Who would want to know the true story of the love of their life, the father of their child?

The thought of Sophia being with another man makes my skin crawl and pisses me off. She’s mine, and I’d like to think that I’ve been the only man in her life and the first one to taste her, but I know I’m lying to myself. Ignorance is bliss, and I’d rather stay in the dark.

After our child was born, I thought it was necessary to get help to control my drinking. I needed to make sure I never walked down the path of self-destruction again. I had too much to lose. For the first time in my life, there was something more important than myself or even Sophia. There’s a tiny little life that depends on me and needs my love and adoration.

I didn’t want to go to group counseling – I’ve done that before, and it sucked; it wasn’t more than a temporary fix. I needed something to get to the root of my addiction and allow me to find other ways to cope with the pressures in life besides at the bottom of a bottle. The

counselor told me to write down the major events in my life – the ones that caused my drinking to go out of control or drove me to drink.

He said I needed to understand the cycle. What came first – the booze or the problems? He asked me to write a journal about my life. Everyone who I could remember that triggered my drinking, use of drugs, and events that were caused by my addiction that had an impact on my life. I didn’t see the use in writing it for someone else to read and analyze, but he said I would understand it in time.

Where do I start the tangled mess that was my life? Do I start with my first taste of booze, the first sniff of coke, or the crazy bitches I’ve experienced? There will be bits that I leave out; things I don’t want the world to know. I’ve included the ones that show what has molded me into the man I am today. The ones that will fill in the gaps on my troubled journey that Sophia and I overcame and show the depths of my depravity and addiction before Sophia walked into my life and turned my world upside down.

I’ll start at the beginning, what led me off the path of righteousness through my moment of self-destruction and finally salvation in the arms of a loving woman too good to be mine.

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Short Excerpt ~ Explicit:

“Hey, where ya going?” she asked. “What about me?”

“I’m sure someone here would be happy to give you what you want. I got what I was looking for, babe.”

“You had me suck your cock and you’re just going to fucking leave me here?” she asked glaring at me with hatred so pure I could almost feel the fist she wanted to hit me with.

“I got what I came for. You were a total bitch to me for years; you don’t deserve what I’d give, how good I’d fuck you,” I said with my arms crossed against my chest.

“You’re a total cocksucker, Kayden,” she said poking me in the chest with each word to drive the point home.

“No, that would be you, babe,” I said with a smile, “Oh, and by the way, you have a little on your chin,” I said pointing at her face chuckling softly at the situation. I watched as she wiped her chin and I turned and walked away, leaving her there like she deserved.

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Chelle is an avid reader; consuming contemporary romance, dark reads, young adult, and all things erotica. Chelle wanted to create a book filled with characters that readers could relate to with real world problems and matching wallets.

Chelle loves to travel and her favorite cities are New Orleans and Paris. She currently lives in Florida with her amazing boyfriend. He’s showed her the love and passion that she has poured onto the page.

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Kayden: The Past by Indie Author, Chelle Bliss is Kayden’s story. Readers meet Kayden in Untangle Me, Bliss’ debut novel and book 1 of the, Love at Last Series. Kayden: The Past, can be read as a stand alone novel, but I would recommend reading it AFTER, Untangle Me. To me, it just seems to be the more natural order, and/or if you are planning on reading book 1, then it may spoil the ending for you.

 

The Beginning…

High School… This is where it all starts. I mean, who doesn’t want to be popular in school. And Kayden is no different. Here is where alcohol and Kayden meet…

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Kayden meets the First Love of his Life while on the job.

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How many Loves will Kayden have before he finds … The One? Read and See…

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Curious yet, well you will just have to read all about his sexual adventures in the novel!

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Love and Revenge. Read to see how Kayden does it!

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Lisa becomes a person that Kayden does not even recognize any more.  One of my favorite parts is this,

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This is what I am always doing to my husband when he is playing the, ‘block game’, aka Mindcraft. I mean I do not mind him being on it some, but not for hours, losing time and whole days while playing the silly thing. Maybe it just a wife thing or  a me thing, there is work to be done and he is off in his whole little world. But Lisa was to controlling, not even letting him hang out with the guys, and checking his texts and so forth. A relationship is a give and take that needs to be equal among the parties involved. Lisa is more of a taker than a giver.

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The End

 How does that old saying go, save the best for last? Well Chelle Bliss does just that. When using Facebook myself to chat with her about her novel she remarked that I would not cry. Yet, being the emotional reader that I am these last chapters with Sophia and Kayden did find me shedding some very happy tears. Overall the ending was my favorite, favorite, favorite part.

I most definitely recommend this novel!!! 100+++++ percent!!!!!

It just amazes me how as a female writer Bliss writes so candidly and  like the words are coming straight out of a mans brain. I enjoyed reading this novel. The material is very mature in content, so if you have trouble reading a novel that mentions cock, orgasm, and the F word a lot, well then, maybe this is not your speed.

Ratings

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Oh my gosh, this novel just begs for you to keep reading. The reader will be surprised and engaged on every page. This is a novel you will want to stay up all night reading!!! The reader is provided with the background to really connect and understand Kayden, how his past treated him, and how he treated himself in that past. Everyone deals with issues differently. I may not be happy when my hubs takes forever to get off the computer or forgets to pay a bill, but I still love him. Heck, half the time I want to slap him, the other half love and laugh with him. Kayden just found ‘LOVE’ in the wrong women before Sophia came into his life.

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1 Teardrop – and that was a very happy tear at the end. Wonderful love story. Like I said, the ending was my FAVORITE!!!

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5 Romance Raves- Oh, the sex was hot, hot, HOT!!!!! Kayden has skill,  stamina  and lots of adventure when it comes to this act. He will give anything and everything a try. He aims to please both his partner and himself. WOW!!!

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Readers, at the end of, Kayden: The Past is a sneak peak into the next book in the Love at Last Series.  This time the story is about Suzy. You remember her, she was Sophia’s colleague and roommate. Kayden even feels like she is the sister he never had. I am so excited, I am biting my nails waiting for the next installment in this series. So here is a sneak peak to get you excited…

Happy Reading! 

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For Sophia, May everyday with Kayden be filled with Love and may all your days be filled with a Kaleidoscope of colors…

Cover Reveal- Conklin’s Blueprints Revised by Brooke Page

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Author Brooke Page

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Becca finally found her courage and faced her tormentor’s head on to get what she deserved; respect and Tyler Conklin.   With her new found strength in herself, Becca faith in Tyler is solid, but is he willing to completely open up to her?  They both have past baggage, and as Becca says Tyler’s is particularly old.  Will they finally get over their inner turmoil?

With everything they have been through, you would think Becca and Tyler have learned that secrets get them nowhere.  They have made great leaps and bounds in their relationship, but Becca can’t help but feel he is still keeping something from her.  Between the local detective snooping around and asking questions at the Conklin building and Tyler’s evasive answers, Becca remains skeptical about his excuses.  Even though the detective seems more interested in RJ’s “projects”, Tyler’s hands seem to be in the pot as well.

Unfortunately, Tyler’s past comes back in his face along with his shady business.  Will Becca hold true to her new found confidence and claim what’s hers… including Tyler?

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Excerpt

Tyler and I couldn’t keep our hands off of each other.  We had never been as intimate or as connected as we were last night.  Probably because we hadn’t touched each other for damn near a month.   His hands delicately stroked my body everywhere, etching my feelings for him deeper into my heart.

 I forgave him for telling RJ I was an easy lay, for saying he could “fuck me” whenever he wanted.  I knew now that he didn’t mean it, and he was only afraid of RJ taking me away from him.  Of course this was ludicrous; I would never let RJ touch me, but Tyler was haunted by his father’s every needing urge to get under Tyler’s skin and was paranoid because of his father’s affair with Margo.

Margo was Tyler’s old nanny who stole his virginity and had a leash on his heart for 10 years.  He told me he didn’t love her, but whenever her name was brought up, his eyes turned cold with malevolence as though he despised her.  Or as I saw it, his heart was still broken some from her betrayal with RJ.  But Margo and Tyler never had an actual relationship, which made the entire situation one big mess that I had yet to completely grasp.

I took another deep breath and was startled by a large clanking noise coming from downstairs.  Then I heard the faucet turn on and more clanking.  Tyler must be in the kitchen.  I stood up and was surprised by how my legs trembled.

Probably from all the make-up sex.

I smirked at my inner monologue.  I picked up Tyler’s t-shirt off the floor and grabbed my black lace panties that he so quickly stripped off of me last night.  I probably had only worn them for 10 minutes.  I padded my way out of Tyler’s vast bedroom.  The large wall was partially pulled to the side as always.  I walked through the loft where all of Tyler’s plans and blueprints laid scattered amongst the floor and workspace.  I found my way to the black spiral staircase and winced with every step down I took.

Wow was I sore!  We were going to have to take it easy tonight or maybe keep the creativity to a minimum.

I looked out into the kitchen and saw Tyler standing at the stove attempting to flip an omelet.  He turned his head slightly and saw me out of the corner of his eye.  Once he flipped the omelet, he turned to face me; a huge grin was plastered on his face.

“Good morning.  I was going to bring you breakfast in bed.  Sorry if I woke you,” he said, leaning against the kitchen island holding a spatula.

I walked up to the island and sat down on the stool across from him.  “You didn’t have to make me breakfast.”  My eyes grew wide as my stomach grumbled at the two large plates filled with mixed fruit, bacon, and now veggie omelets that Tyler placed in the open spot on each plate.  I hadn’t eaten a real meal in a long time.

Tyler pushed the plate over to me along with a fork and napkin.  He turned to grab the tea pot and poured the hot water into a coffee mug that held a tea bag.  “Of course I did.  Making breakfast in bed for my girlfriend on a Sunday should be a given,” Tyler said, putting the mug in front of me and grabbing his plate to come sit next to me.  He kissed my forehead as he walked by.

“Hmm and why haven’t I had this luxury before?”  I said with an arched brow.  His face fell.  Shoot.  I didn’t mean to upset him.  “I’m kidding, thank you.  It looks great.”  I smiled, putting my hand on his forearm while picking up my fork.  I dug into the omelet first.   From what I remembered, he made great omelets.

A smile played on his lips as he picked up his fork, never taking his eyes off of me.  We ate in silence, mainly because I didn’t want to take a break from eating.  It was delicious.  I pushed my plate away after eating half of it.  I was stuffed.  Tyler’s face scrunched when he noticed.

“Aren’t you going to eat more?” he asked.

I put my hand on my stomach.  “I already ate too much.”  Tyler flexed his jaw and turned back to his plate, scrunching his eyebrows.

I stood up and took my plate to the sink and began to clean the other dishes.  While the faucet water ran, my mind drifted to Jamie.  I was going to have to talk to her.  Today.  I couldn’t stand the thought of her being mad at me.  I didn’t even have my phone to call her, not that she would answer.  I turned off the faucet after I loaded the last pan and felt Tyler’s hands on my hips.  He briefly kissed the back of my neck.  “How are you feeling this morning?” he asked.

I leaned back into his chest.  “Sore.”  I sensed his grin on my neck.  He slowly turned me around so we were face to face, my lower back pressed against the counter.

He lifted his finger and made a circle motion on my chest and gave me an unsure smile.  “What about here?” he whispered, his eyes becoming concerned.  I frowned and my shoulders fell.

Letting out a deep sigh, I said, “It still hurts.”  His face fell even more.  “But last night helped a lot.  Thank you,” I said, tilting my head up to kiss him on the cheek.  He gave me a lopsided smile and wrapped his arms around me.

His smile quickly faded into distress.  Hesitantly he looked down at me.  “Are we okay?” Tyler whispered, giving me a firm squeeze.

His unsure look was sobering and tore at my heart.  Our bodies definitely connected last night, but he needed verbal reassurance.  I reached up and ran my hands along his clean shaven jaw.  “Yes,” I said, pulled his face down to mine.  “Thank you for not giving up on me,” I murmured across his lips, giving him a gentle kiss.

Tyler’s shoulders relaxed as he kissed me back, wrapping his arms around me tighter.  He stopped the kiss and put our foreheads together.  “Giving up on you wasn’t an option.”

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Mother of two, wonder wife, after school art/pottery instructor, self proclaimed runner, and Indie Romance Novel junkie!

This is Brooke’s second book, the first in the series was released back in September 2013 Conklin’s Blueprints.

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Kayden: The Past by Chelle Bliss BOOK BLAST and GIVEAWAY

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Kayden: The Past Blurb – Short

Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not risking rejection.

Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends for the path he’s walked.

 Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of Sophia’s love – his sole reason to exist.

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Meet the Author Chelle Bliss

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Publication Date: December 1, 2013

Kayden is a bad boy that never played by the rules. Sophia has always been the quintessential good girl, living a life filled with disappointment. Everything changes when their lives become intertwined through a chance encounter online.

Hundreds of miles separate them, but the connection that draws them together is too much to be denied. As the layers of their lives peel back, Kayden keeps the dangerous parts of his past hidden to protect the woman who is becoming more important to him than he should allow. What starts as a pursuit of carnal pleasure turns into a complicated love story. His past is a tangled web filled with addiction, an obsessed ex-girlfriend, and problems with the law.

One mistake he thought he had left behind may end up ruining it all.

*Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable.*

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Technology really is something these days. Sophia is a teacher with the dull-drums. She has been married before, but not happily. Now divorced the guys she goes out with, when she goes out aren’t really better. Sophia is just going through the motions of dating. Her current date who readers meet at the start of the novel is a fellow teacher she has been seeing for awhile, but there are no sparks. Not one zap of excitement (at least to her) in the relationship. I mean the guy is nice enough, but a little boring. Sophia wants to change her blue life to a rainbow colored life. Then one night she gets a Facebook friend request from Kayden. She knows the name, he was a friend of her brothers growing up. So Sophia does some checking up on the guy and finds out he OK. Not crazy or anything. So she accepts the requests. And this is how it ALL starts. They end up chatting, then chatting more and more. They must have i phones, for they Face-time one another often. Usually at night, like clock work one or the other call/chat with each other. After awhile school is over  for the summer and Kayden asks her to come visit him in New Orleans. She agrees, and after a long car ride from Florida to Louisiana, she is in his city, at his apartment…meeting for the first time face to face. Let’s just say that the weather is not the only thing hot and steamy in New Orleans. Kayden shows Sophia around and shows her the sights to be seen. They drink, they laugh, they grow attracted to each other. Kayden works everyday of the week, yet both he and Sophia try to visit each other when they can work it into their schedules. Then Sophia gets busy with school starting again. In the meantime, Kayden’s past starts to catch up with him. He tells Sophia parts, but not quite the complete story. Their relationship goes through several trials. Kayden breaks Sophia’s heart over and over. However, she always returns back to him. He brightens her world, his touch ignites her emotions, body, and life itself. Sophia cannot imagine a world without Kayden. Will it work out for these two? Or will Kayden’s past tear them apart forever? Only one way to find out. Read it and see…

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3.5  for writing style and story line. Love Kayden, but wow, his past is just really hard on their relationship. This was a debut novel by Chelle Bliss. I enjoyed the book, but there were times, that it felt the story just went on and on about Kayden and his past repetitively. However, I am looking forward to Kayden’s story coming out soon. Maybe that will explain more in depth about his past and fill in some of the blanks, so I understand his character a little better.

5 star book review ratingRomance in Untangle Me gets the BIG 5 🌟

This book was a Rockin’!!!  Kayden and Sophia’s Love for one another was explosive! This book boyfriend makes you see comets instead of stars. It is HOT, HOT, HOT in the romance department. One word says it all…

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Now for the tear factor.

2.5 rating

As mentioned this novel had its LOVE ups and downs. There were parts where Kayden broke Sophia’s heart into several tiny pieces. Thus my emotional reading tears sliding down my face. I did not ugly cry, but there were times that just really shook me up.

Do I recommend this novel? Absolutely!!!

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Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not risking rejection. Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends for the path he’s walked.

Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of Sophia’s love – his sole reason to exist.

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I am a teacher, and I love to be creative. Writing allows me an outlet for all of my naughty thoughts.

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Clutch by Tess Oliver is on Tour

Clutch

by Tess Oliver

Contemporary Romance/New Age Genre

Published November 5, 2013

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When Taylor Flinn’s parents shipped her off to an aunt for her last year of high school, James “Clutch” Mason had convinced himself it was for the best. Taylor, the wild, impulsive and far-too-appealing seventeen-year-old had been driving him nuts. Her school girl crush on him had been the last thing he needed. Now he had time to concentrate on his booming classic car part business, his new found love– drag racing, and keeping his twenty-year-old brother Barrett out of trouble.

But when Taylor returns from her aunt’s more grown up, utterly seductive, and attached to another guy, Clutch realizes that the only thing he ever needed or wanted was Taylor Flinn.

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She came around the corner, unexpectedly and like a hurricane of stars. My mind went completely blank. I hung up and stuck the phone in my pocket.

Taylor’s long lashes curtained her smooth cheeks as she dropped her gaze.

 The adrenaline rush left behind from getting my hands on a sixty-five Shelby morphed into an explosion of every emotion I’d ever felt. I lunged forward and grabbed her hand. She gasped as I dragged her around the back of the building.

I pressed her up against the bricks and stared down at her.

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Hello Readers, I am currently reading this book. I am about half way through so far. So more details will come later. But, for now let me tell you that Tess Oliver is a new author (at least to me). Clutch is the first book by this author that I have read. So far I generally like the book.  I am glad to know that this is a series. Series are my preference when reading. I enjoy connecting with the same characters. Seeing familiar names, backgrounds and new adventures arise with said characters. To me a series brings a reader closer to the characters in the novel. The novel seems more real. Like you might actually know the hero and heroine, and their friends in REAL life. It leads to new developments in a novel that you really hated to see end. Know it continues with new plots and twists.

Clutch is actually Book 2 in Tess Oliver’s Custom Culture Series. However, Clutch can be read as a Stand-Alone novel.  During the read, the reader comes to learn a little about the tight group of friends that help in developing the story, as well as leading to side stories that (at least I hope) will develop into future books in this series.

Chapter 1 start out with the main character (hero) Jimmy aka Clutch in an auto race. It isn’t until later in the chapter that the reader hears this characters name mentioned. While at the track readers are introduced to some of the other characters in the novel. There is Dray, who through his description must be a fighter of some sort.  His girlfriend is Cassie, who has taken up photography and works in FreeFall, Nix’s Tattoo shop. Nix is a good friend and school mate of Jimmy’s (Clutch). Nix is who the first book is about and where the reader first meets this group of characters. Scotlyn is Nix’s girlfriend. In Clutch , the reader gathers that she has had a very hard and difficult life, and that she does not talk very much. Also that Nix loves her very, very much!

The night starts out pretty exciting for Jimmy (Clutch), that is until he comes home. You will have to read the book yourself to find out what happens at this point. As another character is introduced into the novel at this point.

Readers will pick up that Jimmy (or rather James, aka Clutch) is all about classic cars. He and his other good friend, Jason own a classic car repair shop. Now this part is interesting to me, because my brother does the exact same thing. So when the book mentions car shows, and how excited characters get over a certain car, I can actually imagine what that would be like.

Off and on in the beginning of the book the name, Taylor is brought up. What readers can gather  at this point is that she is an older high school student that has a huge crush to the very tall and well built Clutch. Apparently she likes to make herself a nuisance, and is always getting into trouble showing just how big a crush she  has on Clutch. This ultimately gets her sent to Florida to live with a dull aunt for a while during her senior year of high school, (which takes place all in FreeFall, Book 1).

In Clutch, Book 2 of the Custom Culture Series, Taylor has returned home for her eighteenth birthday. Readers now find that she has made a deal with her parents, that she will basically straighten up and fly right (as my own parents still tell me to do at over 40).  So she shuts down her spunky outgoing spirit and dates Adam who is the hottest guy in the senior class. But is Taylor really happy? Her brother sees her as a troublesome nuisance, her mother sees her as hyper and messy (compared to her own quiet temperament, love of all things spit-spot clean and tidy, and dull interests). Her dad…? Well so far the reader will only know how much he likes to yell.

Taylor’s family is constantly watching her, questioning her, and under the spell that Taylor has changed her life. Ah… but has she really?

Taylor has had serious feeling for Clutch since she was sixteen. Clutch has also had a secret crush on her, though he has never shown it. After all she is just a ‘kid’ compared to him, and his best friends sister.

In Clutch, readers  will discover two people that care about each other, but due to this, that, and the other, their feelings get miss understood and hurt feelings come into play. Thus creating the plot for this novel. Will they ever ‘make up’ and become a real couple? Well readers I have not read that far yet. And even if  I had I would not ‘spoil’ the novel for you.

Rating as of 11-30-2013

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As of right now my ranking of, Clutch is a 3.5

Earlier I mentioned that I am new to the author, so I am not sure about her style of writing yet. The more I read, the more I will understand in this regard. So far the book has been an easy read. Wording is simple, the chapters are not overly long. Both Clutch and Taylor take turns, giving the reader a POV perspective of said characters. It takes several chapters before Clutch and Taylor actually meet. When they do, sparks fly…but I am not telling you just HOW they spark!

Currently I am on chapter 13, so not quite halfway done with the novel yet. In all there are 29 chapters in this particular novel.

The dialogue has mostly been among the guys in the novel. Cassie, Scotlyn, and Taylor have had minor roles this far in.

The only romance so far has been one HOT kiss between two characters and some sweet kisses between others.

I plan to finish the book, I want to see how it ends. Then depending on my reading schedule, I already have Book 1, FreeFall  in my TBR (To Be Read) collection. Remember I said I liked reading books are a series. Even though Clutch can be read as a stand-alone, I am curious to read the first book and see how the series starts from the very beginning. Thus, probably filling in holes from Clutch, since I am new to all of these characters.

Readers, if you like big hunky guys with long blonde hair, classic cars, tattoos, and a little romance and mystery thrown in, then this book is for you.

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Book 1

FreeFall

Custom Culture Series

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Published August 8, 2013

Synopsis

After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely
to break hearts, Alexander “Nix” Pierce has left his wild, out of control years
mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the
funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life
together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself
in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he’s never met,
Nix’s life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his
obsession, walks into his shop.

Ever since a tragic accident
killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn’t spoken
one word. Up until now she didn’t care that she had no way of talking to people.
Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant,
selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn’t hear her
words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to
cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she
longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear
her. 

Caution: This title contains strong language, alcohol
use, violence, and sexual situations.

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Author Information

Tess Oliver

Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction.

 She is also an author published by Barron’s Educational Publisher.

She loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at toliverbooks@gmail.com

Or visit http://www.tessoliver.com http://tessoliverauthor.blogspot.com/

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