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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Every Second with You: Lauren Blakely


Every Secod With You-Front CoverEVERY SECOND WITH YOU (No regrets #2)
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Expected Feb. 10, 2014
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Every Second With You = Sex. Love. Addiction. Heartache. Pain. And Hope.

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…

Trey...

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?  


EVERY SECOND WITH YOU will be just $2.99 from now until a week after release, in which the price will rise to $3.99. 

I finally righted the sinking ship of my life, and now it's capsized again. With one stupid mistake. 

Trey and Harley are finally together after a complicated courtship in The Start of Us and The Thrill of It. But now Harley has a secret that she fears will rip them apart. Trey knows something is wrong and his active mind is coming up with various negative possibilities. They have been through so much personally and with their families and fought to get to a good safe place together and now they are struggling again. They found love, but are terrified of losing it again.
Trey's past demons completely shape how he handles their new issue. And the only way he can really deal with his emotional turbulence and fear is to shut down and find ways to hide his pain. And Harley is just as scared and worried, and really needs support and understanding. Their past history is full of poor choices and emotional survival techniques, so their new coping skills are put to the test. 

This is their continued story of personal growth, facing family issues, and trying to move forward into a more positive future.  There are challenges, more pain, and situations that threaten them and their relationship. They have to fight not to fall back into easy and old patterns to cope as they take on what life throws at them, the good and the bad. But we see them fighting for the love and happiness they have so desperately been searching for. 

"How is it that I found you? Do you ever realize how lucky we are?"~Harley
"To have each other?...I realize it every second of every day."~Trey
"Do you think it's luck?
"I think it's fate..."

Harley still has issues with her family that upset and disappoint her. But also has positive changes occurring for her and new things to focus on. She is becoming stronger, braver, and more comfortable in her own skin. She is learning to be more open and share her feelings even when she is afraid.

Trey is still dealing with repercussions from his own past, but is also maturing and figuring out what he cannot live without. He is a protector and willing to commit to those he cares about. But his deep seated fears of loss haunt him. My heart shattered for him at various times and I just wanted to soothe him.

I don't know what's going to happen. But you have to know that I love you more than I ever thought was possible. I  have loved every second with you. You made me believe in love, you made me believe in myself, and you made me a new man.

But just as their lives seem to be heading in a more positive direction, they are hit with some situations that could tear them apart for good. This book was not quite as dark and gritty as the first one and was more hopeful. But it did still have some ugliness and dealt with many fears, insecurities, demons and disappointments. It was tense, nerve wracking, frustrating, romantic, sweet, passionate, emotional, and heart breaking. There were times that I wanted to shake sense into the characters and other times I wanted to hold them as they cried. It was such a moving, intense journey towards love, healing, and hope. It was told in both Trey and Harley's points of view and we got to see the changes in their thought patterns from the first book. They still have those dark, self deprecating thoughts, but now they are overshadowed by more love, contentment, and feeling connected to some one else. However, they are both still plagued by fears that they have to conquer one day at a time. Trey and Harley have incredible fiery chemistry, a true deep connection, and witty rapport. They are true soul mates who traveled from hell and back for a chance at love and a better future.

Every moment matters because sometimes they are all we have....

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book. I got sucked in, completely engaged, and could not wait to see where Lauren took these characters. There were surprises and plot twists that made it even more interesting. There were a few times I literally gasped or wanted to shout into my kindle. I felt every bit of pain, fear, and worry  that these two did. But I also rejoiced in the sweet moments and those good ones that defined them in their journey towards happiness.

"We've all made mistakes. We've all done things we wish we hadn't. The goal is to learn and move on and try to live a life of no regrets."

Technically you could get away without reading the novella The Start of Us since it is a prequel to The Thrill of It (But it is free, so why not?), but it shows just how far these two have come since the beginning. From two addicted, emotionally void people just numbing their pain to a couple with a deep connection and feelings of love for the time in their lives. It is still not easy or uncomplicated, but it is raw, significant and moving. They are rocked by changes and challenges, but finding ways to cope and move on are important parts of their recovery and growth. I felt like the first book had Harley facing more of  her past and learning to overcome it (even though she does have more to face in this one as well) and this installment dealt a bit more with Trey's conquering his fears and his redemption. And this one also focused on them finding new ways to handle their trials and tribulations together.

Somehow, this has become our life, born from the darkest of circumstances, bred from the painful pull of addiction, and even so I wouldn't change a thing. 


I am sorry to say goodbye to these characters, but feel like with the trilogy they have been given the full attention they deserved. They had so many complications and were so broken that finding the ugly beautiful was an uphill battle. And these two had to fight for every shred of happiness they could find. I  enjoyed seeing the return of some characters from the first two books and seeing their growth and  progression as well. And I also liked meeting some new ones that enriched their lives. I think Lauren nailed the end of this trilogy. It was everything I hoped for and more. 

Thanks to Lauren Blakely for providing me with an arc/beta copy in exchange for an honest review. 

See Rachel's 5 star review on the Release Day Launch!


THE START OF US(No regrets #0.5)
A FREE prequel novella to The Thrill of It

A new adult story of First Times. Last Times. Connections. And No Regrets...

I only wanted a tattoo. A mark on my body to remind me of who I used to be. Something to hold onto when I started my penance for all the things I’d done wrong, the bad choices I’d made by the time I turned nineteen. Instead, I found a night of possibility, of truth, of hope for the future. And the most intense physical connection I’ve ever had.

The only one I’ve ever had, and one I will never forget.

Trey...

When she walked into my tattoo shop, I knew she was like me. Harley had secrets. She had a messed-up past, and things she wanted to run from, or forget ever happened. I couldn’t let her go. So we agreed on one night – to spend it together wandering around the city, getting to know each other, the clock ticking because we knew tomorrow would bring an end to the possibility of an us.

Unless tonight was only the start.

How can one night be the start of something when tomorrow it has to end?




THE THRILL OF IT (No Regrets #1)
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A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction. Manipulation. Blackmail. And Power...

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it’s the thing that makes life worth living. 

Let me tell you everything I know about love…

Love isn’t patient, love isn’t kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. 

At least that’s how it was for me. 

A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. 

Even though I’ve never had either. 

I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. 

Then I fell down from those highs, and I’m being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don’t regret.

Trey...

With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary.

They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore away at my ragged, wasted heart.

Until I met Harley. 

She’s the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she’s back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don’t know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she’s the closest I’ve ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.



   

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. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

We will be giving away an EVERY SECOND WITH YOU tote bag, signed copies of EVERY SECOND WITH YOU and THE THRILL OF IT, and a Limited Edition Cherry Blossom Necklace for one winner. 

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Scavenger Hunt Giveaway:

This 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 my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LaurenBlakelyBooks 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).


Easy peasy!

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.

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8 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to read this book! Loving the scavenger hunt. Doing it while watching The Bachelor. During the commercials, of course.

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  2. Looking forward to reading this next book. Thanks for the review!

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  3. Great Giveaway gifts but I'd have to say THE BOOK is the real winner here!!!

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  4. joined the giveaway! Thank for the good review! :)

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