Monday, February 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Wish For You (A Boys of the South Novel) by Marquita Valentine - Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wish For You by Marquita Valentine.  The tour is hosted by AToMR Tours.  You can see the entire tour schedule here.  My stop today features a review, excerpt, and the tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

By Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine
A Boys of the South Novel
Released January 20, 2014
New Adult Contemporary

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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Marquita Valentine, comes the 4th book in her new adult series, BOYS OF THE SOUTH.

There's only one place in the world Lacey Evans feels normal- the roller derby track. When she laces up her skates and fastens her helmet, she's powerful and in charge. She knows exactly what to do and what to say. The rules are clear and penalties are enforced for those who don't follow them. But in the read world, she's far from powerful and in charge. She never knows exactly what to do and say. For years, she counted on one person to be exactly who he said he was--her best friend, Wyatt Tanaka. Only she changed the rules on him, without any warning, and now she's the one being punished.

Marine veteran, Wyatt Tanaka, came home to a heroes welcome. But he's hiding a secret, one that could potential destroy his life. He's doing the best he can, trying to cope with the guilt and the pain of the girl he loves pushing him away by doing all the things he'd sworn not too. Women, bars, drugs and drinking are what consume him. With Lacey's new rules, he has nothing to hold on to. Nothing to keep in from feeling dead.

Then one night, he goes too far, gets in too deep, and when the truth comes out... will Lacey keep pushing him away or help save him?

Wyatt- This beautiful girl, leaning against the door to our shared apartment, is practically shaking, her face devoid of color. Only this time, she holds my hand to her heart instead of pushing me away. This time, her eyes are closed, auburn lashes resting on her pale cheeks, while she trusts me to help her. Her pink lips part as she breathes, as she tries to get control, and I stand there helpless, trying to protect her, trying to help her, and trying not be pissed off at the mixed signals she’s giving.
But in the end, I’m the man who loves her, the man who’ll always love her, and I’ll always protect her, even from things that don’t go bump in the night, even when she tells me she doesn’t need me.

My Thoughts:  Marquita Valentine has become one of my favorite authors and I have thoroughly enjoyed her Boys of the South Series.  Wish For You is the fourth book in the series and it is Wyatt and Lacey's story.  We originally met Wyatt and Lacey in the first book of the series, Live For You.  Wyatt and Lacey have been best friends for years, and they have been secretly in love with each other almost as long.  Things stayed platonic on the surface until Wyatt came home from a tour of duty and Lacey couldn't help but kiss him.  That one kiss changed all the dynamics in their relationship.  Then Lacey is faced with an ultimatum instigated by someone close to Wyatt......stay away from him or lose your job and more.  Lacey believes she isn't good enough for Wyatt, while unbeknownst to her, Wyatt feels the same way about her.  The question is can they get past all their issues and find that love they are both trying so hard to deny?

Wish For You is told from both Lacey's and Wyatt's point of view, which I loved, because it enabled you to get inside both characters head and experience things through their perspective.  Both Lacey and Wyatt struggle, Wyatt with the aftereffects of his tour in Afghanistan and Lacey with her panic issues, both feel like they're messed up freaks, and both cope with their issues in different ways, some of them very unhealthy ways, especially where Wyatt is concerned.  Overall, I really liked Wyatt's character, though he did have to earn that.  He said and did some things in the first part of the book that really made me angry with him, even if Lacey was pushing him away.  Lacey, you can't help but want to protect her.  She is very naive, except when she has her skates on and is in the roller derby rink.  One thing that I liked about her was her honesty, which sometimes made her come across as very blunt, but it makes her the person she is.  As far as the other characters, well we get to see glimpses of Cole and Rae, and even more of Beau, and some of Parker.  I can't wait for Beau and Parker's stories.

I really enjoy Marquita Valentine's writing, and true to form she has delivered another great story in Wish For You.  Not only does she provide her readers with a really great romance that is hot and sexy, she also addresses some really serious issues and their affects, shedding light and bringing awareness to them.

I read the entire book in one sitting because I just didn't want to put it down.  This friends to lovers story is romantic and has both really happy and really sad moments.  The chemistry between  Wyatt and Lacey is sizzling, and I loved the way Marquita Valentine was able to portray Lacey's innocence along with her inner vixen at the same time.  Though my favorite couple is still Cole and Rae, Wyatt and Lacey's story runs a close second, but then again, I have truly enjoyed all the books in the series and the characters that live inside them immensely.  Wish For You and the entire Boys in the South Series is a must read for New Adult Romance fans and something I thoroughly enjoyed and most definitely recommend.

 About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make
you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

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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  1. Marquita Valentine is a new-to-me author. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I have all her books, I really need to make time for them now.

  3. This sounds like an interesting series. I'd love to start reading it to know these characters better. Good review and thanks for the giveaways.

  4. Glad you enjoyed! Yet another series I haven't read. One day...

  5. Oh, I'm so happy you enjoyed Wish For You, too. I was so happy for Wyatt and Lacey to get their HEA !


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