Release Day Blast: The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott- Includes Excerpt, Teaser, and Giveaway (@TheGingerScott)
THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE (Falling #3)
NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2015
I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”
Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.
None of it matters.
I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.
I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.
Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.
Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.
But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.
Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.
I like you. I don’t wanna like you. But I do.
I have been repeating her words in my own head since I heard them. I’ve been saying them like a mantra because of that part of me that doesn’t want her to like me either. Because if she likes me, then maybe how I feel is okay too, and maybe acting on it is okay, and then shit gets real. What does that even mean? Shit gets real? Shit gets hard—that’s what it means. Real hard. I have to make time for someone else; I have to take a leap of faith and risk that my world will fall apart again. That’s what that means.
“I like you too, Paige,” I whisper. “And fuck if I don’t want to. But I do.”
I take a few seconds to jog in place, stretching my neck from side to side like I’m about to step into a fight. Maybe I am. But fuck it, shit got real a long time ago. What do I have to lose now?
“I’m not looking, I swear,” I say, keeping my eyes at the floor as I barge into the bathroom. I cannot believe I’m doing this.
“Out!” she yells from behind the shower curtain. “Not even funny. Not even clever. Out, you fuck stick, out!”
Her anger makes me laugh, and fuck stick? Really?
“I have to brush my teeth. We’re pushing it close on time. I’ll be fast, and I’ll keep my face forward. I swear,” I say.
I’ve already brushed my teeth, but she doesn’t know that. I turn on the water and load up my brush. I hear the curtain slide behind me, and I know she’s looking at me. I don’t have to turn around or look into the reflection to know what her face looks like—her brow is furrowed and her lips are tight, and she’s making sure I’m keeping my promise. Don’t worry Paige; I won’t look. But I know you want me to.
I’m spitting into the sink and reaching for the towel by feeling, careful not to glance up, when I hear the water switch off and the curtain slide open. There’s no towel near her or the tub; I know it because I see them hanging on the rack several steps away. She’s cheating.
I notice her shape move into my periphery to my right, and I glance briefly to catch her hand reach for the towel. When I see her back is to me, I go ahead and look long enough to take a mental picture. Her hair is soaking wet and dripping a line down her perfectly sun-kissed skin, a trail of water I let my eyes follow down her shoulder blades, to the small of her back, to an ass that is so perfect I wish I were the kind of asshole who would reach out and smack it at a time like this. I just hold my breath and memorize it instead. I turn back to the sink, lay my towel down, and move to leave.
“You looked,” she says, and I pause with my hand on the doorknob, the curves of her body now ingrained in my memory. I smile.
“Yeah, I did,” I say, before stepping into the hallway and shutting the door behind me.
Release Day Launch - Virgin For The Night (For The Night #2) by C.J. Fallowfield ~ Ava and Brittany's Reviews.
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Let me say, first, that I love these covers. They're clean and simple, and the reflection of each different girl in his glasses is really fun! I could stare at this guy all day. OK, with that out of the way, I'll get on to my review!
I picked up Virgin for the Night immediately after finishing Strangers for the Night, as I couldn't wait to meet Summer and get started on this story! She's introduced to us in book one as Logan's next client. He's enamored by her photograph, and thoughts of her distract him constantly in the first book. I was excited to see how things played out between Summer and Logan, and especially to see how his character would continue to develop. I was hungry for much more insight into his life, his personality, and his history. And I'm happy to say we do find out a bit more about him! I had a few questions going in, about what his encounter with Summer would be like. For instance, would she be the one to break through and get him to show some emotion? I really hoped so. He mentioned in book one something about wanting to hear Summer call him by his real name. I wondered if that would be revealed as well.
His "assignment" with Summer is to pretend she's a virgin, and to seduce and make love to her accordingly. Gently. With tenderness. Something else I wondered before starting, was whether Summer actually was a virgin. We find out pretty quickly what her deal is. Summer is an up-and-coming actress, still living at home with her parents, who has just landed the role of a lifetime. She hears about Logan from her makeup artist, and uses a huge chunk of her signing bonus to splurge on one special night with him. This is clearly an uncharacteristically bold move for Summer, who is responsible, timid, and seems to be pretty thrifty. Logan can tell from the start that something was different about Summer. She immediately has him feeling unhinged. He's not supposed to have feelings for his clients, that's against his rules. This is all new and unnerving for him.
Seeing the care and preparation he takes in readying things for his clients shows how thorough he is. But he's just as nervous about this job as Summer, and that's very nice to see. She's the first woman in years that has caused this reaction in him. Summer, on the other hand, is nervous for different reasons. A past trauma has left her frightened of intimacy, and Logan is determined to help her put that fear behind her. And that's when the fun starts!
The night they share is so much more personal that that of Logan and Camilla in the first book of this series, and I loved every second of it. Logan's tender thoughts and actions in this book were authentic, despite the fact that he was paid to spend the evening with Summer, and I ate them up! He shows such an endearing vulnerability, that I fell for him completely. This was the Logan I was hoping for! As intrigued as he had me in book one, now I'm even more anxious to know more about him. He felt something special with Summer, and I'm both curious and nervous to see how things unfolded between the two of them as the series progresses. I'm fearful, though, that none of the other girls will measure up for me, as I really have come to like Summer, and I'm very much hoping that we will be seeing plenty of her in the future. The ending of Virgin for the Night didn't leave me too hopeful for this, but I will still keep my fingers crossed!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Virgin for the Night was the Logan I wanted to read about! From book one, I knew he had this sweet potential and he is beginning to tire of his profession, he is beginning to realise the emptiness of it and his next client Summer, just highlights it all the more.
Summer is inexperienced but she’s just been hired to play a sex siren on screen, hence the reason she has reserved a night with London’s finest gigolo. She wants Logan to teach her about pleasure, namely her own. From the moment Logan seen her picture, he knew he should have said no, she effects him like no other. But Logan plays with fire and agrees to Summer’s request: she wants to be treated like a virgin for the night.
I really enjoyed this instalment and that’s due to the fact I felt the chemistry between Logan and Summer. Logan was cocky and confident but he was endearing at the same time and treated Summer like a Queen. I liked Summer’s innocence, it felt genuine and she was in for a night she’d never forget.
“He just exuded confidence, masculinity and raw sex appeal, no wonder he came so highly recommended. When he smiled I almost felt as if I was going to faint and swayed on my feet. O shit Summer, he’s going to eat you alive.”
Of course, all nights must come to an end, and even though it pained them to do so, Summer and Logan had to part ways. Their final scene together was well written and I felt for them both, I was willing for one or the other to turn around and declare they wanted more.
“How the fuck was I going to watch her walk away from me, when something inside me was screaming at me to never let her go or I’d regret it forever?”
How the series plays out from here will be interesting. Logan is beginning to change, he is beginning to see things differently and I can tell this will not be the last we see of Summer.
Virgin for the Night was a hot, sexy novella. So far it is my favourite of the series and I am intrigued to see where Logan and Summer will go from here.
“I’d reserved the luxury two bedroomed penthouse apartment in the Dalton Hotel on Thames Bank, with views of the London Eye. Not that I planned on letting her see any attraction other than my cock.”
“I wanted to bite her neck and mark her, show everyone that she was taken. She was going to be my biggest challenge yet.”
“I didn’t want anyone else to touch her, she was mine. I wanted to not only be her first, but her last. Fuck, I knew she’d cause me trouble from the moment I opened her damn picture.”
“I kissed the top of her head over and over until her body and both of our breathings slowed down and she gradually fell asleep in my arms, leaving me feeling happier than I’d felt in years, possibly ever.”
Title: Surviving Us
Author: Erin Noelle
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay.
But when it becomes evident she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between the two, she gives in to her desires, and for the first time in her life, learns the difference between simply living and truly feeling alive.
As their time in paradise quickly comes to an end, will her heart be able to withstand another devastating loss when it’s time to say goodbye, or will their connection be strong enough to survive the real world?
Death brought them together, but love will give them a reason to live.
**This book is a full-length, stand alone novel that is not a part of a series**
If you couldn’t tell already, I was in love with Bristol from the start. She has been through a horrific event when she was only 7 years old and she’s just looking for a way to get past that. So she decides to go on this adventure to St. Lucia to meet the wonderful people that have helped her along the way for the past three years. She has an online support group, and they have all chosen to meet at this place for an awakening of sorts. A sort of “healing” ranch in a tropical landscape.
Davis…………. Oh Davis. This man is angry and passive-aggressive and hurt, and broody, and SEXY, and EVERYTHING. He just hates life. And he’s also at this place which he has no desire to be. His story is different than Bristol’s. All of the co-inhabitants stories are different. But they have one thing in common. Loss. And it’s obviously a great human-hating loss that nobody can understand. And to be honest I’ve never felt loss this close to me personally so I had to really immerse myself into this story the best I could. And it was hard for me. As a reader I found myself pulling back as if I was the hurt one. I guess that makes it pretty freaking great because I was emotionally invested at this point.
I’m going to be honest. The first 60% of the book dragged a little for me. I’m not sure why. I really fell in love with both Davis and Bristol, but maybe I just wasn’t getting all of the extra side stuff going on. And that might be my own personal preferences. When I fall into place with the MC’s I tend to be a bitch about side characters. I just want THEM ONLY! But trust me, the side characters did not in any way take away from the story. In fact, towards the end they enhanced it. I’m just a finicky girl I guess.
I can tell you this. The final 40% of this book just about stole my heart and made me rethink my very own thoughts. Bristol and Davis are so unique and REAL. I really did end up loving this story. I actually liked it more as I was done reading it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great new adult read. I would actually recommend it to anyone in the adult romance genre. It’s a really cool book, with great writing. And the Author has some pretty smart wit thrown in there too.
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless, and recently published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.
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