Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Review&Giveaway--Ignite by Tessa Teevan

Title: Ignite (#1, Explosive Series)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2013

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After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces. 

Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists. 

Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can't stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again. 

But how do you put it all on the line when you've already lost everything once before?

*While this is a series, each book will be standalone with spinoff characters.

Excerpt #1

I nod, and she makes her way down the hall that I now see is lined with photographs. My stomach tightens, but I figure that I need to get this over with if I’m going to be staying here. I walk towards them, stopping at the first picture. I’m guessing it’s from the day they first met, the time she told me about, because she’s giving him a playful frown while he’s grinning at her like he’s already half in love with her, which, to be honest, he probably was. I feel a slight twinge as I take in the picture, knowing that at that moment he had no idea how short of a life he was going to have with her. Hell, he probably wouldn’t have even cared, as long as he had her while he could.

Shaking the thought out of my head, I browse each one. There are candid shots of them mixed throughout professional ones from events such as her graduation, Sierra and Jeremy’s wedding, and what looks like an engagement party. As I pass each picture, it’s becoming more real to me that she had a whole separate life before we reconnected. Strangely, I’m not bothered by it, seeing how happy she looks in these pictures, even though it was with another man and not me. I’ll admit that I was a little worried when she told me about their fighting, but looking at these pictures? I know Ty made her a happy woman, and I’m grateful that she had that while she could. Do I wish it had been me? Fuck yes, but what can you do?

Coming to the last picture, I’m breathless as the image of Alexa in a wedding dress enters my vision. I’m moving in for closer inspection when she comes out of her room, stopping when she catches me. Her hand covers her mouth as she closes her eyes for a split second. She swallows hard before walking towards me. She reaches out her hand as if to touch my arm before pulling it back, obviously thinking better of it.

“Jace, I… This is probably awkward, I’m sorry. I just… I wasn’t expecting you, and I don’t…” She trails off as she stares at the wall, glancing at the picture before turning her eyes towards the floor.

When I take you, when I make you mine, I want your mind to be clear as I caress and taste every single inch of your beautiful body.

Ignite was absolutely f*cking beautiful! I loved every second, of every page, of every word that I read. Lexi and Jace were best friends in high school, who all so happened to love each other as more than friends. Everyone knew it but them. On Jace’s graduation night, he confesses his love for Lexi and also lets her know that he will be going to the army. It leaves Lexi both heartbroken yet joyful that the boy she has always loved, loves her back. They promised each other that they wouldn’t lose contact, but in these types of situations, sometimes it happens.

Fast forward ten years

Jace is still in the army and doesn’t do relationships. There has only ever been one girl who’s captured his heart, and she is happily married to another man. Jace and Lexi’s sister, Sierra, were in the same class in high school, and their ten year high school reunion is coming back up. It resulted in Lexi going along for the ride, since they were all friends with each other in high school anyways.

I fucking hate you sometimes…

Lexi is grieving the loss of her husband Tyler after they were in a tragic car accident. Tyler died on impact while Lexi survived. The last words he ever said to her were, “I fucking hate you sometimes…” It left Lexi full of guilt that and despair that her husband hated her in his last seconds of his life.

Wow, I’m still at a loss for words. Second chance love is my favorite, I love how two people who have been separated for so long, are able to find their way back to each other. Ignite was a realistic story that makes you appreciate the ones you love. You just never know when it could be your last time seeing that person.

Do you now how many times I’ve thought about doing this for the last ten years? Do you know how much it’s killed me to not have you? To know that someone else had his hands on you? I can’t hold it in much long, Alexa. I need to touch you. I need to taste you. I need you more than you could ever imagine.

Alexa and Jace have a complex relationship. But it’s like the ten years never happened and they carry on their friendship like they didn’t just spend the last ten years apart.

I cried. I’m woman enough to admit it; there were some feelings of bittersweet and depression throughout the book. Those thoughts came quickly when there were flashbacks of Lexi and her deceased husband. I would have loved to get know him as a character. He seemed like a great guy and it’s painful to imagine what Lexi went through in losing him.

Ignite will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and it will make you fall in love. It’s utterly heartbreaking yet full of life and love. Cherish your loved ones always.

Thank you to Love Between the Sheets for hosting this blog tour and making this such an easy and fun process. A huge thank you goes to Tessa Teevan for providing the arc for an honest review. I look forward to more books done by you!

About the Author

I'm a twenty six year old book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and am married to a guy 15 inches taller than me. We're quite the pair! We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

I've been reading since I was a kid. My mom was a librarian, so it was a given. Heck, she even made sure we watched Wishbone instead of the Smurfs. In 2011 when I graduated from college, my mom bought me a Nook, and then in the summer of 2012 I found this amazing site called Goodreads. I was introduced to so many amazing indie/self-published authors. After reading almost 400 books that year, my husband gave me the push to finally sit down and write my own. It was a rocky start, but over time the words started flowing and I couldn't get Jace and Lexi out of my head.

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.  

I LOVE to hear from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site listed below.

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Giveaway (11/11 – 11/18)
GRAND PRIZE – Kindle Paperwhite
(5) Signed Paperbacks of Ignite (US Only)
(1) eBook copy of Catch My Fall by Ella Fox
(1) eBook copy of Fraternizing by C.C. Brown
(1) eBook copy of Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
(1) eBook copy of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
(1) eBook copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
(1) eBook set of A Beautiful Lie and Because of You by T.E. Sivec
(10) $5 Amazon Gift Cards
(1) Signed Paperback of The Vincent Boys by AbbiGlines (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of The Vincent Brothers by AbbiGlines (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Just For Now by Abbi Glines(US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Slammed by Colleen Hoover(US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (US Only)

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