Monday, 27 January 2014

Blog Tour, review and giveaway - Almost Married by Roe Valentine



Today is my stop during the blog tour of Almost Married by Roe Valentine.

Title: Almost Married

Author: Roe Valentine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 27 January 2013


Blurb:
Realist, Dr. Carla Harris, believes that people create their own fate, through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials she's forced to confront the most reckless thing she's ever done, her estranged husband, Jacob.

Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates, as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do - and lose - anything to have her again.

She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together. Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she's ever done, or divorcing him?

You can add Almost Married to your to-read list on Goodreads

Excerpt:

“You shouldn’t be here.” 
Jacob shut his eyes. “According to?” 
Silence. 
The door pulled open, and there she stood. But that time, she wasn’t so smoothed down. In fact, she was barefoot and her long hair was tied in a bun on the top of her head. Her gray dress was wrinkled as if she’d been rolling around in the bed. His heart pounded. Beautiful didn’t begin to describe her. 
“Your lawyer.” Her eyes lifted to meet his. Had she been crying? 
“He doesn’t tell me where to be.” 
She gazed passed his body, eyebrows slanted. “You should go.” 
He didn’t step closer, though he desperately wanted to. Taking her in his arms was all he could think about. Especially if she was crying because of him. “What if I don’t want to?” 
As her lips parted, he could see her deep sigh. She was tormented, and it was enough to make him steadfast in being there, while before he wasn’t sure why he ended up knocking on her door. Something had happened between them at his house, on the patio. He was more certain than ever. 
She stepped aside, the hotel room coming in full view. 
Stomach fluttering, he walked into the room. First thing he smelled was her vanilla perfume. The bed was unmade, pillows thrown. Clothes thrown over the wingback chair near the window. Shoes lined up near the dresser, though the flat ones she wore earlier were near the side table. He took it all in, remembering her hotel room from many years ago. 
“I don’t know what else we can talk about, Jacob.” 
He turned to her. The door shut with a loud snap. “Do we have to talk?” 
Her eyes widened. “What else would we do?” 
I have an idea.


Review:

My Rating = 4.25 Stars
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for my review

This book was well written with well-defined strong characters I instantly connected with, especially the gorgeous billionaire Jacob Moreau.

I must admit I have read various takes on the plotline but this was well executed and a fresh take on the ‘oops I forgot I got married in Vegas’ kind of thing.

The reader is enticed into the story with flashbacks over the last decade of what happened then to what is happening now, so it is easy to keep up to speed with the past and present situations the characters found themselves in.

Carla was on a girl’s weekend in Vegas with her two best friends, hoping to have first time experiences as a rite of passage for the end of college years. However her friends wanting to experiment with soft drugs is not for her so they drop her off in a bar where she meets Jacob. The rest is all experienced through flashbacks and dreams sequences that Carla thinks they are. Just dreams of a hot and sexy man in a bar and the hot and sexy experiences she has with him back in her hotel room.

Fast forward to present day and Dr Carla Harris is planning her safe wedding to her safe fiancé, Oliver. The day she goes to get the marriage certificate is the day she finds out she is already married and has been for ten years. The registrar luckily gives her more information which enables Carla to see if she can track down this Jacob Moreau guy to rectify this and get a divorce without Oliver finding out or ever knowing she had been married before.

The story then evolves with Carla tracking down Jacob only to find out who and what exactly he now is and when they meet again – whoosh! The sexual tension and chemistry just flew out of my kindle. Jacob Moreau was scorching hot and everything a woman would want and should have!

Jacob (Jake) had never forgotten Carla and he knew she was the one and due to some advice he got from his father when he was younger, he knew he had to let her go to see if she came back to him. If she did then it was meant to be. This is where my frustrations with the pair grew. He wanted to leave everything to fate, whereas Carla wanted to do the right thing. The correct and proper expectation for all, which meant she had to go through with this divorce, get Jake out of her head, her dreams, her life and marry to faithful and reliable Oliver. As the observer it was so obvious what should be happening which just gave the need to shout out my frustrations at my kindle.

I couldn’t understand why Carla could not see what she should do as it was so plain and simple for everyone else. Her life with Oliver for the last 2 years just seemed placid and boring. Yet she opted to continue this rather than the spice and excitement that Jake gave her? Was she mad? Well for the most part of the book she was and this was the angst and frustration the reader was given. However it made the ending all the more satisfying and rewarding to have gone through that to gain the wonderful and astounding end with a few shockers along the way. A big curveball is thrown right at the point that the feeling all is lost has arrived. Marvellous!

Overall I really loved this book and if the ‘forgetting then remembering’ parts could have been played more believable and a more in depth epilogue, this would have easily been a five stars plus read for me and only due to those issues I give this a 4.25 stars but with a definite recommend you read this. Loved it!

About the Author:

Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn't read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn't take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract. Almost Married is her debut novel.

When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn't unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.

Roe Valentine also LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:





- Email - info@roevalentine.com


Giveaway:

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Almost Married. Here is what you can win: 2 e-copies of Almost Married by Roe Valentine




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