Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Love Plus One by Andrea Smith--Double Review. Giveaway and Tour

It had been a year ago that 19-year-old Lindsey Dennison's life had taken an abrupt turn. While away at Cornell for her freshman year at college, her parents' marriage had imploded. Lindsey learned the harsh truth about her father, and his involvement in criminal activity that was the focus of a major federal bust. Her father had slipped out of the country with his lover and cohort in crime, Susanne, shortly before the FBI arrest warrants could be served. He was now a fugitive from justice, deserting his only child. Lindsey was left trying to pick up the pieces of the life she now realized had been a house of secrets and lies for all of those years.

After her mother's marriage to Eric Slater, one of the special agents of the FBI involved in the federal investigation that occurred in their hometown of Indianapolis, Lindsey decides to start fresh at a new college close to where her mother, step-father and baby brother Bryce are now living outside of Washington, D.C.

Life is different now for Lindsey, but it is about to change even more. Her step-father's partner and best friend in the bureau, Trace "Taz" Matthews, is about to rock her world in more ways than one. Taz is nearly ten years older than Lindsey, but her initial interest in him is physical only. Lindsey has a problem that she is certain Taz can fix . . . but will he?

Despite their best efforts, Lindsey and Taz are tossed together by fate on more than one occasion, and this G-Man does not appreciate the distraction. There are complications for Sammie and Slate along the way as well. A risky pregnancy for Sammie requires the family to pull together and Lindsey's life suddenly becomes increasingly complicated.

There is a budding romance on the horizon for Lindsey with a wealthy, Ivy-League type guy she meets at school by the name of Kyzer Stanfield. Kyzer's interest in Lindsey does not sit well for Taz. When Lindsey must leave school to return home to help her mother, Taz is relieved that she will be distanced from the pursuit of Kyzer. . . but not for long.

Things are never quite as they seem. Lindsey will learn a brutal lesson about trust, compassion and strength. Taz will learn lessons about love, intimacy and honor, and that sometimes doing the right thing has consequences.

Warning: Explicit Sex, contains rape scene

Loved this book. 

This is Lindsey's journey to love and it is seriously bumpy.

Lindsey is still reeling from her father's betrayal and abandonment of her. She's tired to pick up the pieces even transferring to college to be closer to her mom, brother and step-father.

Lindsey has held her v-card for 19 years and swears its whats holding her back from finding a boyfriend.  Her luck with men is pitiful.  

Taz *swoon* is Lindsey's step-dad Slate's best friend.  He's a sexy many who has whoever whenever he wants. Lindsey's had her eye on him for what seems like forever, yet, Taz only sees Lindsey as his best friends step daughter and knows that Slate would cut his balls off.

What Lindsey doesn't know is that Taz is having a very hard time getting her out from underneath his skin.

Sex with no strings attached seems like the perfect answer--but when Lindsey plays by the rules Taz begins to have other ideas.  Especially when her new may Kyzer comes into play.  

Let's not forget that Taz is FBI and when Lindsey finds herself in danger, Taz is the one she turns to. 

Loved Lindsey and Taz together.  I also loved them trying their damnedest to say apart.  The push and pull was wonderfully written and kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.

I LOVED that Sammie and Slate were such and integral part in the book, but not overpowering.

Warning: Explicit Sex, contains rape scene

Please note the warning I have highlighted.

The rape scene will tear your heart out beware of it. It has stuck with me for days now after finishing the book.

Please don't let it discourage you from the book, there is a purpose to it.

Overall great read!  Highly recommend reading Diamond Girl and Love Plus One.

*ARC provided by author for an honest review*

After reading Diamond Girl (book one in the G-Man Series) I was jonesing for my next Andrea Smith fix. This chick can write the heck out of some books. And they are steamy as all get out.  So, when I found out we were signed up for the blog tour for Love Plus One,  i was over the moon! 

This book is Lindsay and Taz's story. And while there are some lighthearted moments, this one definitely has a more serious tone than the first book did.  I was more emotionally invested in the characters, even Slate and Sammie. But especially Taz and Lindsay!! I love them as a couple!!

Lindsay is not afraid to put Taz in his place. She definitely is not going to allow him to walk all over her. She is not his typical "wam bam thank you ma'am" one night stand.

 He is intrigued by her and I think he falls for her much quicker than he ever anticipated.

But just like in the first book, there are a lot of obstacles these two must go through to find their HEA. And it is not pretty. Lindsay is forced to continue suffer the repercussions of her father's actions. I thought I hated her dad in the first book, but that hate was on a whole new level in this one! Which is saying alot since he is not even in it!

I am going to end my review here because I don't want to give anything away. I will say if you read Diamond Girl and loved it, then this book is a MUST. And don't be surprised if you love Love Plus One just a tad bit more (I know I did!). 

**WARNING** this book does contain a rape scene.

Here are some favorite quotes from Love Plus One.  You may edit the language if needed.

“We’re going to my place,” he replied very matter-of-factly. “We’re going to fuck.”
“I’m sick of having you under my skin,” he stated simply. “So, I intend to have you underneath me, on top of me, sitting on my face, but by God I am not having you under my fucking skin anymore. Period.”

God, I couldn’t stop thinking about her. It was driving me nuts. It was as if her face, her body, her voice, her hair, her scent, the taste of her were all imprinted on my brain like some primal connection that I couldn’t shed.

“It’s simple, Taz. Teach me how to fuck. There are no strings attached.
“I’m not looking to get hurt, Taz. I’m just looking to get thoroughly fucked.”

“You are my sweet angel, Lindsey.”

“So, you’re just going to leave without saying good-bye? Damn girl, did you leave my money on the dresser?”
Damn, he always looked hot no matter what he wore or how disheveled he looked.

His face had nuzzled against me, and he had whispered, “I want to ravish you.”
His mouth was gentle on mine; his lips, spreading butterfly kisses softly, his tongue gently tracing my bottom lip. I parted my lips and we kissed deeply now, his arms wrapped around my lower back, pulling my ass in so that I could feel the hardness that was his.

“I’m not here to give you a ride home. I’m here to take you to my place. Your sleepover plans have changed. You’re sleeping me with tonight.”

I felt something wet running down my cheeks. It was foreign to me, and for the first time ever, I froze. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t speak. My heart had died inside of me. (Taz)

I looked up and there he was, the sunlight framing his beautiful face as if he were an angel. And I saw his smile, and he truly was my angel, and I thanked the God I presumed had been ignoring me.

“I love you, Trace.”
“I love you, Lindsey. Haven’t you been listening?”

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