Friday, November 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Surrender to Love – J.C. Valentine + Review, giveaway & excerpt!

Released: November 12th, 2013

After finding herself out of luck and out of love, Patricia Jacobs has written off the male species. No one but her father has ever given her the love and devotion she knows she deserves, and she’s sick and tired of it. Until she collides, literally, with a man whose devastating smile and seductive charm that should be considered illegal, destroys her plans. He’s everything she’s ever dreamed of in a man: handsome, intelligent, successful, they share a love of cars and best of all; he looks at her like she’s his light in the dark. What more could a girl ask for?

Jonathon Bradshaw, destroyed by a past that has haunted his every waking moment for the last five years, isn’t looking for a serious relationship, until he meets Patricia. Sweet, saucy and as hot as the summer is long, Jon can’t deny the draw he has toward her. For the first time, he has hope. Determined to shake the ghosts of his past, Jon focuses on forging a future with Patti, but he’s always been a master at standing in his own way. 

When Jon’s past refuses to be forgotten, will Patti be able to live with the truth about the man who’s stolen her heart?
"If you want to be happy, you're going to have to let go and surrender to love and trust that it's strong enough to carry you through the worst so you can find your way through the best."

Surrender to Love was such a beautiful read that drew me in straight from the beginning. We get Patti who's this tough yet fragile independent woman and also Jon who's a handsome, successful entrepreneur with a past that he can't seem to let go. Together, they weaved this romantic, fast-paced love story about second chances and forgiveness. A remarkable read!

I finished this book in one day. Hell, scratch that, I finished this book in like three hours tops. It was fucking amazing.

The story starts off with Patti and her breakup over that douchewaffle. And then she gets laid off. What a way to start a book huh? She wallows in self-pity for awhile until her friends drag her out of her pit of despair and into a club. That's where she first meets Jon.

And Patti, she's been through plenty of shit before.
She'd endured dozens of breakups in her short life, but she'd never experienced the pain of a broken heart, because you can't break what you've never given away.
Jon, on the other hand, begins by waking up a blonde he just slept with to get to work. He, similar to other players, promises that he'd call but of course, he doesn't even have her number. Nor does he give a shit.

Somehow, the paths of these two cross and they get tangled up in a clusterfuck, fast-paced, heart-racing tale.

Although it was complicated at first with their second meeting as Jon rear-ending (literally) her car, they somehow manage to fall in love (this is not a spoiler as obviously they will).

They're both equally as stubborn, which made me love them even more. But they both accepted the other for who they are. They were just… them.

It's complicated for them and I just adore stories like these. It's not about her changing him from the player to a one-woman kind of man. It's about her teaching him how to live. Teaching him how to forgive. Teaching him how to love.

Ugh, not to mention the super hot nonstop sex they have. They're both insatiable. 

Minor Faults:
  • Patti caved in way too easily in the beginning
  • Slightly too fast-paced but since they mentioned it, it doesn't matter to me.



★ Amazon | Kobo

The bad thing about summer was how long the sun took to set. Patti didn’t realize how much time had passed until she heard the heavy thud of a car door nearby. She wasn’t given much time to gather her thoughts before she heard the voice that made her tingle all the way down to her toes. 

“So you drive a muscle car and you like to get dirty.” His voice was thick with appreciation and held a touch of laughter. 

Patti used her feet to propel herself from under the car. Once she was clear, she found herself looking up into Jon’s incredible blue eyes. 

“Damn, and I thought you were stunning before.” His eyes skimmed down her body, and Patti became acutely aware of how much skin she was showing. She snapped her legs closed. 

“What time is it?” she asked from her prone position. 
Jon held out his hand and she took it. Grasping it tightly, he pulled her to her feet. “It’s nearly eight. I’m usually late for everything, but I found myself unable to wait any longer.” He slid his gaze over her again, and Patti felt her cheeks warm. Here he was confessing that he couldn’t wait to see her, and she had lost track of time over a car. 

He hadn’t let go of her hand, she realized. Gently slipping her fingers free of his, Patti stepped back. Standing there in her filthy tank top and shorts, grease and oil smudging her exposed skin, while he stood before her looking completely edible in a pair of fitted black slacks and a white button down dress shirt, she couldn’t help feeling self-conscious. 

“I’m sorry I’m not ready. I got distracted.” Patti jerked her thumb over her shoulder at the car. 

Jon followed with his eyes and nodded. “That’s understandable; having something that beautiful at your disposal is bound to cause some distraction.” 

When Patti looked up at him, she found his intense eyes focused on her and she got the distinct impression that he wasn’t referring to the car. 

“I can be ready in fifteen minutes, if you still want to go out,” she stammered. 

A slow, wolfish smile spread across Jon’s face as he took her in again. “If you look this good dirty...” He cleared his throat and shook his head. “Yeah, I still want to go out, but you’d better make it ten because anything beyond that and I can’t promise I’ll still be a gentleman.” 

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J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of erotic tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream to become an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

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