Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Shiver by CM Foss

Title: Shiver
Author: CM Foss
Release Date: Nov 22, 2014
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This is a love story.

This is a romantic story.

Except bananas. Bananas are never romantic.

Lissa was a twenty-year-old girl trying to make it in the equestrian world. She was sassy and smart, strong and a little weird. And she had no idea what she was doing.

Ethan was twenty-seven, tattooed, tall, dark, and hot. And lugging some baggage. He’d already made it in the business and brought Lissa on to help get her on her feet. And it turned out, he liked a little weird.

Ethan made it clear that he wasn’t in the market for a relationship. Lissa was happy to learn the ropes and push her attraction aside.

But how do you draw the line when every touch makes you…shiver?
Lissa is a horse lover, has grown up with them around her and she is a natural rider.  At 17 years old she moves to Virginia to have a go at making a career out of it, her head full of hope and dreams.
Three years later and she has successfully followed her dreams.  Well as far as a career goes she has, in the love/relationship domain - not so good.  Her boyfriend has just shown up at her work to tell her he is newly married to a girl she has never heard of and they are in fact expecting a baby.  Talk about a blind side swipe!  She gets on her horse to ride off into the sunset and away from him but disaster strikes and she falls from her horse, injuring herself so badly that riding horses  will be off the menu for a while.
One night out with her bestie, has her bumping into Ethan Rex, her old room mate.  This guy is hot, he has a sexy voice and a totally ripped body.  Lissa has always had a crush on Ethan but she never sensed that he felt the same for her.  Oh well, a girl can dream.  Ethan ends up offering Lissa a job helping him at his stables, after she recovers from her injuries.
And so begins the flirtations and Lissa's lusty thoughts about Ethan.  Every time they accidently touch Lissa shivers, Ethan makes her shiver.  Ethan is not a relationship guy so doesn't actively pursue Lissa until one drunken night leads to every fantasy Lissa has had about Ethan.  Yep, a very hot one night stand and the dreaded morning walk of shame by Lissa.  This is a one off thing and they agree to keep things professional and move on.
Lissa focuses on her job and looks forward to moments when she will see Ethan.  He is such a closed book and seems to show no interest in her.  Until someone else wants her and does he show his hand then, nothing like the green eyed monster to bring out the truth.  These two are hot together, they just love having sex and will do wherever and whenever they can, it's pretty steamy!
We could stop reading at this point and be happy with the story of Lissa and Ethan but at 70% the story turns in another direction and the author introduces a storyline that was so honest and real.  Real life isn't a fairytale and lots of people deal with personal struggles.  In this instance it is Sensory Processing Disorder and I found it completely fascinating.  This author does a fantastic job of showing us how Ethan and Lissa cope with this huge change in their life, you could really feel what they were going through.
This was such a sweet story that will have you feeling all sorts of emotions.
I give this 4 stars.
“Dance with me?” Lawrence’s voice behind me pulled me from my musings.

I turned with a smile. “Why thank you, sir.”

I followed him onto the dance floor, the orchestra playing a Frank Sinatra ballad. He swept me into his arms like, well, like the perfect gay best friend.

“Don’t you say it.”

“Say what?” I asked innocently.

“I am not your gay best friend. I have sisters. They took dance lessons. My mom made me partner them.”

I couldn’t help laughing loudly, drawing some disapproving glances. He quickly spun me and dipped me in playful retaliation. As he drew me back up, I stood staring straight into Ethan’s heated gaze. 

“Can I cut in?” he asked without breaking our eye contact. 

From the corner of my eye, I caught Lawrence nodding and stepping away before I was pulled flush to Ethan and we glided across the floor. 

“You look absolutely stunning.” He breathed softly into my ear, his right hand settling low, really low, on my bare back, and I shivered.

“Cold?” I felt him smile.

“No, I’m not cold,” I stated quietly, enjoying the feel of being in his arms, the texture of him beneath his tuxedo, and the touch of our hands. 

“Are you having fun tonight?”

“I am.” I nodded slowly. “I didn’t know you would be here.”

“I came as a trophy.”

I pulled back to look in his eyes. “Whose trophy? And why?” I was a little irrationally angry and felt stupid that I thought we were having a kind of moment, only to find out he was here with someone else.

“Why are you angry? You do realize you’re here with a date too, right?”

I waved him off. “Lawrence and I are just friends. He’s my arm candy for the night. And maybe a kiss at midnight if I get tipsy enough.”

He glared at me, jaw flexing back and forth. “You’re just friends who sleep together?”

“No. Just friends. As in… actual friends. Nothing more.”

“Why have you both been blatantly flaunting your relationship in front of me then?”

I shrugged. “It tickled me.”

“It tickled you,” he repeated slowly, dangerously. 

“Yes. It did. It tickled me to see your mood swings every day, and I was making bets on when you were going to start your period.”

Despite his irritation, he laughed out loud. “God, you’re weird.” He pulled me closer, wrapping my arms up around his neck and sliding his hands down my bare arms and then down my back, settling them there. “I don’t know what I’m doing with you,” he muttered softly.
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No Better Than This - Lee Brice
I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.

My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn't go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it's dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!

In my small moments of quiet time, you'll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.
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