Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Every Second With You by Lauren Blakely. Tami loved The Thrill of It and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next for Trey and Harley. Without spoiling her review, it's fair to say she wasn't disappointed with the continuation of their story. Make sure you enter the giveaway while you're here - and be sure to check out the Scavenger Hunt info - you could win a Kindle Fire HD!!
In the sequel to the bestselling new adult romance THE THRILL OF IT, Harley and Trey face new challenges that will make battling blackmail, sex addiction, and a virgin call girl past look easy…
I used to think love was a lie. Now I know it’s real, powerful, and I don’t want to lose it…But my future scares me, and there’s no way this can be happening, especially since I’ve finally broken free from all the people who wanted pieces of me. I don’t even know how to start over, but I have to find a way. So when I discover what my mother’s been keeping from me, it doesn’t make me hate her. It gives me hope for a new life, outside of New York. But the ties that bind me to this city are so strong, sometimes they are chains. If only I could leave with…
I will do anything for her. She owns me, heart, mind and body. But when Harley tells me this, I am rocked to the core, and terrified of what happens next. Especially when now it’s not her past that chases me, it’s someone from my own. And that someone is messing with my head when I’m trying to be strong for Harley. But all I really want is to escape with the girl I love…For the rest of our lives.
How can you move forward when the past keeps chasing you?
But there’s no point in trying to apply reason. Logic has been factored out of the equation.
So, what’s next? Are we supposed to talk about baby names? Parenting philosophies? What hospital she wants to give birth at, like responsible adults discuss? Or the fact that we’re in college and this is happening? That we’re recovering addicts, junkies, fuck-ups with the worst possible parental role models ever?
I don’t know, I can’t know, and my feet feel unsteady and my breath is thin, but there is one thing I can hold on to—that I don’t want to lose touch with her. She is my rock, she is my hope, she is my every-fucking-thing, and so I don’t let go of her. I cling to her, my chin against her hair, her body gathered in my arms.
We stand there for minutes, our arms tangled so tightly together, our bodies snuggled close as if we can erase the distance and the fear if we’re entwined.
Soon, I pull apart, look her in the eyes, and opt for the naked truth. “I don’t have a clue what we’re supposed to do next. Or talk about. Or if I’m supposed to take you shopping for baby clothes, or touch your stomach all the time. All I know is, I fucking love you, and I’ll do whatever you need.”
Her shoulders seize up, and her eyes well, but she nods, seeming strong, steadfast. That’s my girl. My tough, badass, brave girl.
“I love you too. That’s all that matters, right? We’ll figure it all out somehow. As long as we’re together.”
“We will always be together,” I tell her, locking eyes with her, making sure she knows these words are the absolute truth. They are the foundation of how I live my life now. With her. With the certainty I have in this crazy love that we found in the most unlikely place. “Remember? Staying.”
“Staying,” she repeats, nodding. “Always.”
Then her hands slip up my shirt, and she runs her fingernails across my arrow tattoo. I rub her shoulder and bring my lips to kiss her heart and arrow. It’s like we’re sealing a promise. One that neither of us ever expected to make; not now, not like this.
But what choice do we have
Every Second With You is the follow up to The Thrill of It and it provides a wonderful conclusion to Harley and Trey's story. I was a little disappointed with the ending to The Thrill of It as I felt like I was just given a teaser to Harley and Trey's future and then the story stopped. Having now finished Every Second With You I just loved where the story went.
Every Second With You presents a number of significant challenges for Harley and Trey. Having successfully worked through the early stages of rehabilitation from their addictions I really wanted them to have less drama and get the opportunity to enjoy the love growing between them, but that definitely wasn't the case. I don't want to disclose any of the story line as I always try not to write spoiler reviews - so all I will say is their commitment to each other and their recovery was absolutely tested. I loved the way their characters grew and how they dealt with their challenges. Blakely has created two gorgeous characters in Harley and Trey - I absolutely fell in love with both of them, not because of physical characteristics but because of their courage, their integrity and their belief in love.
If you've read The Thrill of It I don't think there is any question as to whether you should (or will) read Every Second With You. It is beautifully written. Blakely evoked such a wide range of emotions in me, but most importantly, had me invested in Harley and Trey. I felt their pain, their fear and their happiness throughout the story. I desperately wanted them to catch a break and cheered when things seemed to be falling into place for them. For two people so young and inexperienced in love they absolutely understood the work required to make it succeed and the value of what they had found with each other.
"Because it was mad love, crazy love, insane love. Because it was hard love, good love, true love. Because it was the real thing, and a love like that can't be stopped. A love like that is inevitable"
And this time, I was absolutely satisfied with the ending ;)
4 out 5 stars
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.
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Scavenger Hunt GiveawayThis is a scavenger hunt for EVERY SECOND WITH YOU by Lauren Blakely. To play - all you have to do is track to down blogs where Every Second With You is featured during release week, and you can be entered to win a Kindle Fire.
You can find the key to the treasure on Lauren's Facebook page and the key is a pinned post with a list of the blogs featuring the book.
Step 1: Visit those blogs and search for Every Second With You on them (you can go to the blog's web site or the blog's facebook page)
Step 2: Copy the link of each place you find EVERY SECOND WITH YOU featured on a blog and share it on your facebook page. Then, paste the links where you found the post and where your shared it in this form. (Keep a copy of the URL to this form so you can update it throughout the week.) Please number your entries. You get 1 entry for sharing the link where you found it and 1 entry for sharing it on your facebook page.
Step 3: Leave a message on the blog where you found my book featured for an additional entry.
The person who submits the most verified links/entries by Monday, 2/17/14 at 9 am US Eastern time (which means that you went and you posted on that blog, and shared the links on your facebook page) will win a Kindle Fire HD (or for international participants...the egift card equivalent in US dollars).
Winner will be announced on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9 pm US Eastern time
If more than one person has the same number of verified links a winner will be chosen randomly from those top contributors.