04 October 2013

Lovely Tour Stop!!

Title: Lovely
Author: Beth Michele
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 26, 2013

A moment can change everything…

Ashton Taylor. Six foot one, Dark hair, chiseled jaw, riveting hazel eyes, and a body cut in all the right places. He’s a natural. Things just come easy to him. He’s used to getting everything he wants, excelling at everything he does. The grades, the recognition, the beautiful women.

His path was set. A girl, a full scholarship to UC San Diego, and a bright future. To others, his life seemed perfect. But, things are never what they seem, and life, well, at any moment, something or someone can come along and turn it upside down.

That something…the death of his father.

That someone… Cara Hayward. The girl with the hypnotic eyes, melodic voice, enchanting smile, and lips sent straight from heaven.

The girl who doesn’t want to be seen.

So what happens when a guy who everything comes easy to, meets a girl who doesn’t come easy?

Can he crawl through all the broken glass to find her? Will the girl he discovers deep down be able to see past his perfect exterior?

Together, do they have the power to heal one another? Or, could the very thing that brings them together, be the one thing that tears them apart?

My feet continue to trail a path across the dewy grass, the cool breeze hitting my face as I make my way to the brick building housing the campus library. I pull off my aviator sunglasses and hook them over the ridge of my t-shirt, exhaling a groan of silent protest. Today’s just another day of going through the motions. My mind runs through the exams I need to study for and the work I need to get done around the house when I push through the double glass doors of the library and see … her.
She looks just like an angel.
The sight of her makes my dick hard. An involuntary shudder courses through me, my pulse thrashes against my neck, and my heart beats vigorously inside my chest. Soft waves of chestnut curls dance over her shoulder, her skin is so flawless it’s reminiscent of swirled cream, and her perfectly-shaped lips, lips the exact color of raspberries, beckon to me. Her curves are framed by a blue and white floral dress, her sweet face consumed by a pair of large, black-rimmed glasses. Wait, that’s odd. It doesn’t fit the rest of the picture.
I continue to watch her as she checks books out for students yet, still doesn’t look up. I shuffle my feet along the dark brown rug and wait for her eyes to come to me but I get nothing in response.
Adding a sharp cough to the shuffle ought to do it. Hmph.
She continues to look down at her books, completely disinterested. Highly unusual.
I’m not liking it and I intend on changing it. A challenge … yeah, I’m up for it. Thinking fast, I swipe a book off the shelf and toss it on the counter in hopes I can meet her eyes. She moves her painted fingers toward my book and flips it over. A laugh tickles her throat as her head bobs from side to side. When I stare down at the counter it all makes sense. Pleasing Your Man: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask but Need to Know. Well, I guess I’ve got her attention now.

Well, my my my…a new adult romance told from the male perspective?  Before I even read the first sentence to this book, that fact had me intrigued.  I mean, let’s face it – there are a lot of books out there that just seem to melt together into an indistinguishable mass.  “Lovely” sets itself apart for many reasons, my favorite being the point of view from which it is told.
This is the story of Ashton Taylor.  He’s the golden boy; the kind of guy that everything seems to come easy to.  Until he loses his father, and it produces a crack in his perfect world.  I really felt sorry for Ash, because he seems so perfect and is truly a good person, but I don’t think anyone really sees him for who he really is…until Cara.
Cara, I friggin’ loved.  She’s a deep character, but sad.  She hides behind big glasses and long hair, but something comes out in her as her relationship with Ash develops.  Not to mention, this is the kind of book where the reader can actually almost feel the feelings growing between the main characters.  There is excellent tension, and that’s one of my personal favorite things in a book!  Their relationship is really something touching, and beautiful to read about.  They see each other, which is all everyone really wants in a partner.
Another thing that sets this book apart from anything I’ve read lately is the way it’s written, and the way in which the characters connect, through poetry.  That was really original, I thought.  Plus, the story is written so incredibly well and has such a flow to it, you just can’t put it down.  I just thought this was a great story, and I am a new fan of this author.  I will read anything she releases in the future!  5 stars!

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About the Author
BethAuthorPicture-1 I am a wife, a mom, an author, and a lover of all things chocolate, well, anything sweet really. While stuffing chocolate in my face, I enjoy reading young adult and new adult novels furiously, and spending time with my husband and two adorable children who keep me on my peppermint pink painted toes. Those same children who inspire me to tell silly stories that cause hysterical giggles to tumble from their bellies. I love to laugh and love to have a good cry, especially after reading a novel that stretches my soul, one that makes me feel, and lingers in the corner of my heart. I’m a hopeless romantic and a happily ever after fanatic, and I love to write about LOVE. I began writing when I was in middle school, penning anything from short stories, to poetry, and then later moved on to write children’s books. I have now endeavored into New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels and am loving every minute of it. My first novel, Love Love, was released in May, 2013.  

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