Monday, January 13, 2014

BLOG TOUR + EXCERPT + REVIEW: GOOD SENSATIONS BY S.L. SCOTT


Good Sensations Synopsis:

Evan Ashford is sex personified. He makes me feel things I never have and crave things I’m not sure I should. Time doesn’t exist when we’re together—all of our worries becoming obsolete. Our tongues touch, and as if by memory, they move in harmony, feeling at peace, feeling at home.

Despite his mother’s best efforts to drive us apart and the miles that separate us, I’m ready—ready to claim what’s mine.

In an instant, his lips are pressed firmly against mine, consuming my words as if hearing them isn’t enough. Desire turns to need as he tastes and savors every syllable ever spoken from my heart to his.

Mallory Wray caught my attention and stole my heart. The emerald of her eyes draws me in, and it’s so easy to see why I fell in love with her. I run my hand over her cheek and into her hair, admiring everything I’ve missed so much. That familiar intensity that formed our bond back in Hawaii exists again. It’s comforting, engulfing, making my chest ache in the most painfully acute way. My heart feels grounded in her. This is right, this is us, I can finally breathe again.

Her hand settles on my cheek and a soft smile appears. “My sweet surfer. What a change a month makes.”
“It’s not the month that changed me. It’s the girl.” I turn and kiss her palm. “You make me want more than I feel I deserve.”
“You deserve everything your heart desires.”
“My heart only desires you.”
“Then I’m yours. All yours. Always.”
Life has taken these two young lovers in different directions. Can their love bring them back together? Will they be able to find their paradise once again?
   


OUR REVIEW:
The first two books in this series produced some SERIOUS angst and so I was nervous about this one...fingers were crossed that I wouldn't be hanging on the edge of a high cliff at the end of this one! Good news---book 3 ends with an ending that is perfectly suited for Mallory and Evan. Don't get me wrong--there are some points in the first part where I was noticeably upset (I think my tweet to S.L. Scott was that I wanted to "throat punch" a character) and these incidents kind of set me off balance for the rest of the novel. I found myself always waiting for the other shoe to drop--which character was going to double cross or betray or create angst producing drama??!!! WHICH ONE??? I read the entire book waiting for a serious shit storm; I mean why wouldn't I --the other two books were roller coasters! I refuse to tell you whether or not my fears were confirmed --you'll have to read it!--but it was that fear that had me turning pages until the very end. 

She is so right! The other two books seriously set me up for some MAJOR reservations about this one. I was a nervous wreck just to start. Serious wreck. I mean, I think our other reviews of this series are heavily laced with profanity, so it was a very interesting ride to read this book. But like she said...we can't tell YOU what happens!! 

This novel was a little different, I think, than the other two in that there were large leaps in time. This wasn't bad or distracting and was very necessary to get us to the ending. It was also different because we got some unexpected goodness out of some of our 'evil' characters and some of the characters who could've backed down and been better behaving remained douchey. I'm being noticeably vague here, but I don't want to ruin anyone's thoughts going in. She torments me with this lack of information so I get the full experience on a daily basis, so she really isn't going to say anything else. And it would be douchey of me to do so. ;) 


I loved having both Evan and Mallory's POV and I actually found Evan's to be the one I gravitated towards; it was honest and warm and I found that I really liked him and what he stood for and how he handled situations. It was nice to see him grow up and mature. The fact that these two are a little more mature and grown up acting, is why there is the greatest departure from before. Because for the most part the first two books are a lot of epic and dramatic fights and make up sex. So, for there to be any sort of communication for any of the characters here was incredible! Not that we weren't sucking up all the angst and drama, but character growth is an awesome part of our reading journey. 


Without spoiling this, I'll say that these two each end up exactly where they should be and the way they arrive there is truly perfect for their story. I really, really liked it! Definitely not a stand alone though!! 


Shelley: 4 1/2 Stars

Courtney: 4 Stars




AN EXCERPT:
Evan saunters to me, and says, “About that undying devotion, Miss Wray.”
“And here I thought you’d only be focused on the naughty you threw into the bet at the end there.”
“You caught that, huh?”
I lean forward as if I’m going to tell him a secret, but don’t bother whispering. “Hate to break it to you, but I had you all figured out at the airport and I still slept with you. I kind of expect some naughty when it comes to you, Mr. Ashford.”
Grabbing me around the neck in a pretend headlock, he laughs. “This is why we make such a great team. We understand the dynamics of our relationship and have our priorities straight.”
“Always the charmer when it comes to sex,” I add, rolling my eyes, and patting my hair back into place.
“Worked on you.” He smiles, taking my hand and kissing it. “Luckily for me.”

OTHER WORKS IN THIS SERIES:

Good Vibrations--our review:here
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I grab her exploring finger just as it reaches my happy trail—a trail that if I let her wander down further will lead us to do things we can’t take back. Things like three-word phrases being confessed that would end me if I was rejected. Things like selfishly wanting to own her body and doing things to her that would make my fantasies blush. And things like making her prom...more I grab her exploring finger just as it reaches my happy trail—a trail that if I let her wander down further will lead us to do things we can’t take back. Things like three-word phrases being confessed that would end me if I was rejected. Things like selfishly wanting to own her body and doing things to her that would make my fantasies blush. And things like making her promises too soon that won’t do either of us any good. She makes me want a future that’s not possible, and one I don’t deserve.

Listening to my ego got me into this situation. Will listening to my heart get me out.

Purchase Good Vibrations

Good Intentions--our review: here

Two words sum up my summer in paradise—Evan Ashford.

I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more... needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.


Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman—Mallory Wray.

Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.

I kiss her.

Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.


Bio:

S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of the novel, Naturally, Charlie, and several novellas, including Sleeping with Mr. Sexy and Morning Glory--all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post as well as writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.

Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn't get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.

Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

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