Tuesday, December 3, 2013

REVIEW TOUR w/EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY - SURRENDER TO LOVE (Night Calls #3) by J.C. Valentine:



Title: Surrender to Love
Series: Night Calls
Series Placement: #3
Author: J.C. Valentine
Age Group: Adult/Erotic
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Published by: Author
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Pages: Approx. 338

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Book Blurb:
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?

Reviewers Note: Surrender To Love is book three in the Night Calls series and is an Adult Contemporary Romance written by J.C. Valentine. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Tasty Book Tours.


4 Solid Surrendering Stars!
Heartfelt and Romantic. A Perfect Afternoon Read!

The Review:

When I saw this read come up for review, I grabbed it as quick as I could because I knew without a doubt, I’d be in for a treat. As usual, J.C. Valentine did not disappoint!

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Surrender To Love sucks you right in with an exciting opening and keeps you connected throughout the entire book. The characters were fun, the conflict was emotional and the story was sweet. This author hooked me with the first book in the series, Stranded, and with each book, the stories and character building get richer and the spice gets hotter. Yeah, I'm a fan!

Characters/Story...
Patti Jacobs has a bad habit of picking the wrong guy. Her past is riddled with players and cheaters and she’s had enough of men in general. But the night she meets Jon, something about him pulls her towards him even though their first meeting lets her see right from the start what kind of dating habits he has. Patti was an interesting character. She loves muscle cars which is something she got from her father. She loves the classics and she doesn’t mind getting dirty under the hood of her car. She rebuilt the GTO she drives with her father and she loves it as much as she does the memories associated with it. This all resonated with me. My father and I did the same thing when I was a child and I’ll never forget those times in my life. When we first meet Pattie, she’s spitting mad and then she sinks into a depression. I thought at first, she would be this meek, doe eyed girl but she’s a total spitfire. She still has her moments where uncertainty take hold but she gives as good as she gets. I loved her.

Jon Bradshaw is a wealthy, one-night-stand all the women love. He doesn’t hear the word no very often and he’s used to getting what he wants, when he wants. Then he meets Patti who literally turns his world upside down. She changes everything for him, from the way he thinks, to the way he lives his life and once he’s had a taste of her, he can’t get enough. I enjoyed Jon’s character. Even when he was being a cocky little manwhore, he still tore up the pages with his charm and alpha male qualities. This author has a wonderful talent for writing amazing hero’s with complex structures and Jon was definitely complex.

The Wrap Up:
This is a sweet romance where there is just enough conflict to get you emotionally invested in both the story and the characters as well as some fun, feel-good moments. There are a couple of times when you’re not sure how things are going to work out for the MC’s but when they come together, they completely win you over.

I also loved seeing recurring characters from the previous books coming into scenes so we get snippets of their continuing lives and what's happening with them. This was just a wonderful read. I love this author and her writing and stories leave me with a smile every time!


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EXCERPT

     “Sorry, sorry,” she said as she stumbled into the living room. She had on one very high, black heel and was hopping around on it while trying to pull on the other. “I know I took longer than I said I would, but beauty takes time.” Finally managing to loop her shoe over her heel, she stood up tall and presented him with a dazzling smile. “Ready?”
     Jon stared. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her even if he wanted to. Dressed in a token little black dress that left her shoulders bare and cupped her breasts with loving hands and ended at mid-thigh, exposing her lean, toned legs, he was sure he had died and gone to heaven.
     Noticing the look on his face, Patti’s steps faltered. “Everything okay?” She frowned down at herself, smoothing her hands over the formfitting dress. “I just realized, I didn’t bother to ask where we were going tonight. Should I change into something else?”
     Realizing what an ass he was making of himself, Jon shook his head and stood. With his eyes glued to hers, he crossed the room to stand in front of her. “You look incredible. Don’t change a thing.” Unable to resist the allure of her curvaceous body, he reached out his hand and let his fingers skim lightly across the slinky material clinging to her taut stomach like a second skin. He felt the muscles tighten beneath his touch, and took it as his cue to get even closer.
     “Should we be going?” he asked, gliding his palm down her arm and enfolding her hand in his.
     She smiled shyly, dropping her gaze. That single moment of vulnerability set in stone Jon’s determination to get to know her beyond the purely physical. She wasn’t just the hard ass, tough as nails woman he’d met before. She had softness to buffer her rough edges, and he found that quality beyond sexy. “Sure, let me just grab my purse.”
     After she locked up, Jon led her to his truck.
     “I see you got a new car.”
     “It’s a truck, actually,” he said with a teasing smile.
     Patricia smacked him in the side playfully with the back of her hand, surprising him. “I can see it’s a truck.” She smirked. “I just figured you for the luxury sedan type.”
     “I’m whatever fancies me at the moment type,” Jon told her honestly.

About the Author...

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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