Monday, June 3, 2013

Tour Stop: Live For You (Boys of the South Book 1) by Marquita Valentine - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to by stop on the blog tour for Live For You by Marquita Valentine, hosted by AToMR Tours. You visit the rest of the stops on the tour here. My stop today features a review of Live For You. The author is also giving away a $75 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of Live For You, which you can enter to win below.

Title: Live For You (Boys of the South ~Book 1)
Author: Marquita Valentine
Release date: May 29, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided for tour. 
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours


Purchase Links:
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Book Description:
On the surface, twenty-two year old Cole Morgan is exactly what any girl would be proud to take home to meet her parents: He’s charming, intensely handsome and goal-oriented...Only he has some secrets of his own, which include provoking bar fights and a former drug-addict of a mother slowly wasting away in a medical facility. 

At barely twenty, Violet Lynn is Country Music's hottest star, until one night of partying gets out of control. Violet ends up in jail and on TMZ. Suddenly, she’s the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. Sick of the drama and keeping secrets, she runs away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi to her grandmother’s home in Forrestville, North Carolina.

A chance meeting knocks Cole off his feet, but he doesn’t recognize Violet for who she is. In fact no one does and Violet plans to keep it that way. 

Circumstances, however annoying, keep throwing Violet and Cole together. Unable to stop themselves they give into the inevitable.

But when Nashville is ready to forgive and forget, Violet is forced to choose between Cole and claiming her spot as the new and improved Princess of Country Music.

Will Violet and Cole have the courage to live for their dreams...Or their hearts?

My Thoughts: Live For You is great NA contemporary romance that I did really enjoy. I think what made the story for me was was Cole Morgan. Granted, I did like Violet Rae, but Cole sold me hook, like, and sinker. Live For You is told from dual POV's alternating between Cole and Violet Rae, and chapter one begins with Cole. It is in this first chapter that I totally connected with Cole. You get to know him so well and feel like he is talking to you telling you what he is thinking and what is going on in his life.

"Lately, my life has become one endless loop of sameness. Not that I'm complaining, but sometimes, I'd like for something, anything different to happen. Something that knocks me on my ass without getting a black eye or loose tooth from it. Sometimes.....I just want more than the cards I've been dealt.  

The cards Cole have been dealt have been anything but easy. Cole and his brother Parker run a bar, attend college, and raise their little sister. His mom is a mess and there is no dad in the picture for any of them. It is obvious the intense love Cole has for his brother and sister. He would do anything for them. Cole is smart, hot tempered and sexy, a combination which lands him trouble more than he would like. He is definitely the bad boy you love to love.

" brother and I can break up brawls. We like breaking up fights. Hell, there are times I like to start shit just so I can wail on a guy. Yeah, it's a f***ed up dirty little secret of mine. Deal with it.  

Violet Rae Lynn is country music's sweetheart, that is until she messes up big time. Distraught over what happened, a bad relationship break-up, and a secret that no one knows, she wants nothing more than to escape. After changing her appearance, she runs to the place that she is always felt safest, grandma's. The last thing Violet who now calls herself Rae is looking for is another relationship, but then she meets Cole, who blows her mind and rocks her world, and she has to rethink everything. Cole is quite taken with this feisty girl who is a bit of a mystery, and he just can't get enough of her, which is something he hasn't experienced before. Their relationship is anything but easy, and they both don't always deal with things in the best of ways. When it's time for Violet Rae to face the music and her commitments, will the secrets she has and the secrets Cole has be more than either of them can overcome.

Again, I really did enjoy this story. The plot was great and fast paced. There were some things that I saw coming, but there were a few things at the end that I did not. The story ends a bit abruptly and I was sad because I wanted more of these characters, more details, and more closure. Then, to my delight, I saw where they are getting a second book coming out later this summer. With so many NA contemporary romances out there, it is becoming more difficult to find stories that stand out, but for me, Marquita Valentine has done that in Live For You, and I am looking forward to seeing where she takes the story from here.

Here are a couple of quotes/teasers that I loved:
“My phone vibrates and I glance at it.
"Good night  3."  That little heart emoticon gives me the goofiest swell of emotion in history. Hell, I think I could give Wyatt a run for his money. He’s the king of goof.
Night. I add a heart because it seems like the appropriate thing to do. Guess that makes me the king of goof’s bitch? Or is that love’s bitch?
Either way, this girl owns me.” 

"Let me change, first, since this towel offends your delicate sensibilities.  Then I'll let you take the cake holder back home with you."  Before I can turn him down again, he walks away, pauses, and shoots me a wicked grin over his shoulder.  That grin does things to parts of me that have no business coming to life . Heat skims by body.  
"I sure hate offending you."  He drops the towel exposing his very fine butt.  There are dimples on each side and at the base of his back.  "Close your mouth, darlin."  Muscle ripple and flow as he strides into his bedroom.  I snap my jaw shut.  

About the Author
Nationally Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
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Print copy of Live For You – International
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  1. I really need to stop coming here Ellen, you always add to my TBR pile! This one looks like another must read!

    1. LOL - I do the same thing. I did enjoy this a lot.

  2. Ellen this sounds well..yum! Bad boys of the South even yummier! I cannot wait to meet Cole!

  3. Cole sounds like a character I would love to read about! And a NA that stands out and is different sounds like a win!

  4. Sounds great! Adding it to my wish list. :)

  5. I am so glad you loved this too, Ellen! Awesome review!

  6. This book sounds really good. I would really love to read this book. Love the excerpt and quotes.

  7. I think I need to meet this Cole, he sounds Amazing. I love the quotes too. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    1. Oh yeas Jenea, you definitely need to meet Cole.

  8. Confession: I saw the cover and thought it looked good but I didn’t actually pay attention to the synopsis. If I would have known it was set in the south I would have signed up for this tour. You know I have a weakness for them cowboys! I think I might buy this one. Andrea said it reminded her of The Vincent Boys which is all I need to know.

    1. I think you would like this one. The second book is coming out in August, so you may want to wait until you have both of them available.

  9. I'm a new fans of NA so this book will be on my TBR soon :). Thanks for the giveaway and review :)

  10. This NA contemporary romance sounds right up my alley! Thank you for the review!

    1. It is really good. I hope you get a chance to check it out.


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