**Blog Tour + Review** AWAKEN ME by Alex Grayson!

 

 

 

 

What do you do when you lose the single most important thing

in your life? You grieve. You sink so deep in a hole, you can no longer see the

top. All you see is dark. Your life becomes dull and dreary. You withdraw from

your friends, lash out at the ones your closest to, and become so absorbed in

your pain, you feel the only way out is to end it permanently. Your heart no

longer pumps properly and you can never get enough air in your lungs. You

drink, you neglect your health, and you rent dirty hotel rooms with the sole purpose

of ending your pain in them. Guilt eats at you for not being at the one place

you were needed the most. And you become angry because you were left behind.

Or at least, that’s what I did. Until she came along…

 

Chris, the bane of my existence. She’s always there in the

background, watching me, trying to ‘be there’ for me. But I don’t want her

help. I don’t need her to butt in where she’s not wanted. I just want to be

left alone in my grief. But she not giving up, even when I throw insult after

insult her way. Every time I turn around, there she is. And what’s worse, she’s

starting to make me want things. Things I never thought I could have again.

She’s making me forget the pain and bringing color back into my life with her

fiery red hair, bright green eyes, and the silly faces she makes at herself in

the mirror. But what happens if I let her in? Could I be brave enough to open

myself up, knowing the possibility of having it snatched away again. Once I

know the feeling of touching Chris, of having her heart and soul blend with

mine, I would never survive losing that.

 

Can I take the chance of her being my savior, even knowing

that she could also be the one that could push me other the edge of

self-destruction?

 

 

 

    

Syrina’s ✩✩✩ Review

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Emotional turmoil and Grieving Creative Writing 

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First off the Author has a way with brilliantly weaving a tragic tale so vividly your imagination goes into a sort of overload full of emotion.  The turmoil you feel seems to invade your senses, your distinct nuance and every painful, precise, sharp and devastating memory in your soul that comes back to haunt you.

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Second Chance Romance Factor

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Although I did not find any sexy romantic moments in this piece, I'll tell you what I did find:  

I loved the premise of this tragic second chance romance, I would not segregate it into a dark romance category.  I was a bit disappointed with Nick the entire time, he always seem to let me, Chris, and his friends down time after time with his crass behavior, rude conduct and abhorrent abuse to Chris.   

The back and forth is this story left me absolutely drained from Nick’s woes and tears to Chris’s ‘I forgive yous’ and ‘Nick and I’ are over’s that I have lost any sort of connection to any character in this series.  It might have been to much of an emotional overload for me.

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Book Boyfriends – Book Girl Friends

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Nick was portrayed as the broken, hopeless, shattered soul that allowed his tragic past to decimate any sort of hope for a new future or a second chance love to enter his dreary life.  He has lived in grief and let survivors remorse rule every minute on every hour from his tragic past, all memories seem to affect his psyche and he really is at his breaking point. 

Chris really was a strong heroine that always put others before herself.  A true caring woman whos only thought is the needs of others and always willing to save, heal, and give to a soul.  Someone that wears her emotions on her sleeve and strong enough to bring light into a loving future just might be enough to piece a fallen man together again.

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Thank you Alex Grayson for allowing me to Read, Review and give MY two cents worth in your emotional tale!

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Catch up on the entire series here!

 

Pain.

 

That’s a word Bailey Winsor knows well, having endured it since she was a child from the people that were supposed to protect her. Just when her life appears normal, something Bailey has never experienced, she meets a man and falls in love.

 

Love can be deceiving.

 

Bailey jumps from the frying pan that was her childhood and into the burning bowels of hell, which is her sick and twisted husband. It’s hopeless. Suffering more years of abuse, Bailey eventually realizes that she has no choice but to run. 

 

Forced to stop in a small town in Ohio, Bailey encounters a town full of people that welcome her with open arms, especially Jaxon Walker, the tattooed and pierced local bar owner. Bailey has secrets she’s unwilling to reveal. Jaxon senses her fear and refuses to give up trying to discover them.

 

Will Bailey be brave enough and learn to trust Jaxon with her deepest secrets? Will Jaxon be strong enough to protect Bailey when her past comes knocking at her door?

 

 

 

 

****WARNING! PLEASE READ!! This book contains content like rape, drugs, and hard situations that may trigger bad memories for those that has been in similar situations. Not suitable for anyone under 18. **** 

 

Enduring the ultimate betrayal on her eighteenth birthday by the one person she loves most in the world, Mia Walker is no longer the innocent, sweet, young woman she used to be. She is now cold and hard, letting no one get close to her heart, except family. 

 

Mackai (Mac) Weston sees the changes in Mia on a daily basis. He knows he is the reason Mia is now the way she is. Never given the chance to explain what really happened that night so long ago, Mac is determined to make Mia finally listen and reclaim what was always his. 

 

When the truth finally comes out, danger shows its ugly face. There are people in Jaded Hollow that do not want Mac and Mia together. They are willing to do what ever it takes to keep them apart. 

 

Will Mac be strong enough to overcome temptation, even when the odds are against him? Will Mia forgive Mac when she realizes things weren’t what they seemed ten years ago?

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Donovan is the outrageous goofy guy that everyone loves. In any setting he’s in, he takes front stage and makes everyone laugh; from his ridiculously funny t-shirts, to his naughty jokes, to his shameless flirting with anything that walks, both men and women. But what you see on the outside can sometimes be deceiving. Andrew has a secret. A secret that’s slowly withering away the fun loving guy that everyone knows. A secret that even his closest friends know nothing about.

 

When he first sees Jase in a picture, he knows instantly that he’s found the one person who will be his forever. He’s just impatiently biding his time for him to get to Jaded Hollow. Andrew is torn. On one hand, he’s finally found the other half of his soul, while on the other hand, he’s slowly dying inside. Tragedy is on the horizon and there’s nothing he can do to stop it.

 

Jase Matthews comes to Jaded Hollow a dead man walking. He knows it’s only a matter of time before they find him. There is no way they’ll let him live. At his first sight of Andrew, he’s instantly drawn to him, but he refuses the connection, knowing his days are numbered. However, it’s not long before he realizes the pull Andrew has on him is something he can’t fight.

 

Can Andrew find the courage to reveal to his loved ones the secret he’s kept for years? Will Jase be the man to help him overcome the grief he feels inside? And what happens when Jase’s past catches up to him and threatens to take away the man Andrew’s waited forever to meet?

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Grayson is originally from the south, but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio, she absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, son, one dogs, two cats, eight ducks, and three chickens. She hopes to eventually get a couple of goats to add to their country way of living. Besides her family and home, her next best passion is reading. She is often found with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts in mind, she decided to start writing stories according to her own visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her, she hopes that readers find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight Author – Chloe T. Barlow

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Reviewers Say

“A richly nuanced — and smolderingly clever — book about letting love shine in places where the past feels bigger than it needs to be. The cast of side characters range from quirky to mysterious, lending tremendous authenticity and depth to a romantic story that is so much more. A one-click must read!” Julia Kent, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.

“A heartbreaking tale of letting go and learning to love again. A jaw-dropping debut novel you have to read.” – Helena Newbury, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.

Synopsis

How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?

Althea refuses to allow herself to love again. Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the remaining pieces linking them together.

Griffen’s been running from his past. Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent years trying to escape.

A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other – and the bond they discover between them – shocks them both. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.

Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them. Will they risk it all on the chance of something great together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?

 

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KOBO:

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Book Trailer:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKDPbEzw4KI&feature=youtube_gdata

Playlist

Three Rivers SOUNDTRACK

  • River — Joni Mitchell
  • La Vie En Rose — Madeleine Peyroux
  • All I Want — Kodaline
  • Little Talks — Of Monsters and Men
  • Ol’ Man River — Ray Charles
  • Change The Sheets — Kathleen Edwards
  • SexyBack — Justin Timberlake
  • Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) — Katy Perry
  • Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke
  • Let Go — Frou Frou
  • Sex On Fire — Kings Of Leon
  • Fallen (Live) — Sarah McLachlan
  • Sail Away — David Gray
  • People Gonna Talk — James Hunter
  • Love Is Blindness — Jack White
  • Into Dust — Mazzy Star
  • Live Like a Warrior — Matisyahu
  • Over the Love — Florence + The Machine
  • Things Will Change — Treetop Flyers
  • Many Rivers to Cross — Jimmy Cliff
  • Try — P!nk
  • Agape — Bear’s Den
  • Stronger — Kanye West
  • Althea — Grateful Dead
  • No One’s Gonna Love You — Band of Horses
  • Safe and Sound — Capital Cities
  • Reservoir — Hem

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Excerpt #1

Griffen stroked her cheek and Althea thought how truly sorry she was to have woken him, especially because what she didn’t tell him was that tonight it wasn’t her deceased husband Jack’s face in her nightmare that turned to dust and disappeared. It was Griffen’s.

“Althea…” Griffen whispered.

“Shh. No,” she said softly as she reached up and caressed his face gently in return. “Will you just…will you please make love to me, Griffen?”

“Anytime, gorgeous.”

But it won’t be anytime anymore, Althea thought. He will turn to dust and I will be all alone. Again.

And she knew it had to be that way, because this emptiness in her heart was the penance she would always have to pay for failing Jack.

Griffen led her to the bed and they made love. It was the most tender and gentle experience of their time together. Griffen touched her everywhere, stroked her hair, kissed her face and soothed away each tear. He ran his lips down her chest and she gasped as he sucked her nipple into his mouth reverently. He somehow managed to put on a condom despite touching every part of her constantly and slid gently inside of her. She was grateful because she didn’t want any lead-in this time. She just needed him inside her, while her hands were full of his hair and his warm, giving flesh. She moaned and lifted his head from her breast to look at him.

“Baby,” he said, kissing her eyelids and finally claiming her mouth. She wrapped her legs around his, even curling her feet around his calves, desperately trying to make every inch of her body touch his.

She was so preoccupied with how full and complete she felt that her climax surprised her. This had not been about an orgasm, it was about closeness and human contact. Running off the demons of loss and fear, if only for a moment.

But Griffen didn’t know how to leave her unsatisfied. He couldn’t touch her without making her body go off like a sparkler in the backyard on the fourth of July, and even now, with his gentle lovemaking, it was no different. He groaned in her ear and came right along with her, spurring more spasms and electric shocks through her body.

“Oh Griffen, yes, Griffen,” she responded.

He leaned up and looked into her eyes, brushing her hair back from her face. His face looked so tormented.

“Oh Althea,” he said sadly over and over again, almost like a prayer, until he rolled over and held her until she finally fell into a blessedly dreamless sleep.

 

Excerpt #2

Althea leaned back and forced a smile and laugh as she looked around. Her brazen pretense was tossing kerosene on Griffen’s fiery emotions.

With each nervous dart of her eyes, Griffen’s heart pounded with more anger. He leaned closer and whispered hotly in her ear, “Is that better? Am I making you uncomfortable? God forbid someone thinks you aren’t a perfect widow pining away alone after all these years. That you’re still living an adult life,” he growled. “Maybe I should ignore your rules and touch you anyway. I know you like it when I do.”

“Stop it, please.” She breathed slowly, calming herself. “We can touch. Just not here.”

“Fine. I get it.” Griffen couldn’t stop how angry he felt.

The irony wasn’t lost on him. Most women he’d been with begged him to be serious with them and tell the world they were together. That had never appealed to him, until now. Yet here was this beautiful, desirable woman that he wanted to express affection to and she couldn’t bear to let anyone know they were together. He hadn’t even realized how furious it made him until he found his heart was racing and he was feeling hot with anger.

Althea must’ve sensed it because she leaned over and whispered, “No. You don’t get it, and you shouldn’t have to. This is my thing. My issue.” She looked around to see if anyone was staring at them and looked into his eyes. “I do want to touch you. I want you to touch me.” She swallowed and lowered her voice even more. “Very much.”

“Fine,” he gritted out. When he looked down at her, with her eyes turned up so full of concern while her lips parted and she panted just a little from the desire that coursed through them every time they were near each other, his heart pounded for a different reason. “I need to touch you, too…everywhere.”

“Yes, please,” she whispered.

 

Author Bio

Chloe is a contemporary romance novelist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their sweet puppy. Chloe has always loved writing and cherishes the opportunity to craft her fictional novels and share them with the world.

When Chloe isn’t writing, she spends her time exploring Pittsburgh with her husband and friends. She also enjoys yoga, jogging, and all Pittsburgh sports. She is an avid reader and wrote her debut novel Three Rivers in her spare time. She loves to research every last detail relating to her books. For example, in an effort to bring authenticity to Three River’s treatment of grief and loss, she consulted with a psychologist and grief counselor during its preparation.

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