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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Lost in Distraction: BJ Harvey


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In the three years after a horrible crime claimed her family, Elise Halliwell has been alone, shut off from the world in a self-imposed emotional exile. She goes through the motions, finishes high school and moves across country to start college and begin the next step in her pre-destined life. 

But her exile is dramatically cut short by the entrance of a dark haired, blue-eyed, smirking man who shakes her to the core, achieving what everyone else before him has failed to do, he makes her feel again. 

As much as he wishes it were different, fate has not brought Braxton James into Elise’s life, or has it. Brax has to keep her safe from people in her life who have ulterior motives and may want to hurt her. 

Elise has no idea the threat she faces, and Brax wants to make sure it stays that way. But as Brax struggles with getting close to her, he begins to live a lie. Unable to resist the pull that is Elise’s bright green eyes, infectious giggle, and loving heart, he finds it impossible to stay away, so the double life of being Elise’s boyfriend and keeping her safe begins. 

Full of twists and turns, danger and revelations that no-one could predict, you won’t be the only one lost in distraction.


Elise and Braxton meet an have an instant connection. The problem is that there relationship is based on a lie. Brax has a job to do, but he can't keep himself from getting closer to Elle. Brax is flirty, sexy, protective, and totally enamored of her. He basically worms his way into Elle's life and heart.


What is it with this guy? How can a total stranger have such an effect on me. That smirk of his should be outlawed because I swear it is the work of the devil. I'm sure panties drop all around campus with just one look.


Elle has been closed off and alone due to past tragedies. She never lets people in. But Brax has a unique ability to to make her open up, trust, and feel alive again. 


Damn, my girl is so strong. She almost makes me feel weak. I've never met someone with the strength and resilience that she has. She is so determined and independent. She may have closed herself off before meeting me, but she is such a bright star now that she can't help but make everyone else around her shine. 


But Brax is there for a reason. There is danger lurking, secrets, mysteries, and lies. Brax keeps getting deeper in with Elle and in danger. There are various factors at play and it is hard to tell where the real threat is coming from. 


"I know you'd never let anything happen to me..."
"Not on my life, baby."


I loved Brax and Elle together. They really were a very affectionate couple. They were supportive, sweet, loving, and had a good rapport and hot chemistry. They really were functional together and did not cause a lot of drama or fighting in their relationship. Elle really had a lot of personal growth and opened up. Brax was determined to keep her safe and happy. He was totally a totally swoon-worthy tough guy with a completely sweet romantic side. But it drove me crazy that he had lied to her and continued to do so when there were so many opportunities to come clean. And I did not think the lie would have been that big a deal to her at that point. But he seemed to think that was the best course of action.  I also adored his best friend, Shay. He was a great friend to the couple and back up to Brax.  He was swoony in his own right. 


Having Elle in my life makes me want to be better. She makes me want to be better for her. A large part of me hopes that she loves me enough to see through my past and believe in the unequivocal love and devotion I now have for her. 

Situations escalate, danger keeps creeping in, and a crucial decision is made. We knew from the prologue(*see it posted below) that it was going to happen so it had already been there in the back of my mind. But now we find out why. But I wanted to scream at Brax and Shay into my kindle and demand to know what the heck they were thinking. And then just when it seems like maybe things might take a turn for the better, we get to the ending...a big ol' fat cliffhanger. The next book Lost and Found is due out in September. 



This book had romance, sweet characters,  mystery, danger and intrigue. There were some inconsistencies or things that did not seem completely logical to me. But overall, I liked it and am looking forward to seeing where they end up in the next book, get some more answers, and hopefully a happy ending for Elle and Brax.  I would also like to see Shay find a woman to knock him off his feet. 

Thanks to BJ Harvey for  providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review

*Prologue

Elise

His blue eyes haunted me.

Every day they would haunt me. My morning, my day, my night, my dreams...those baby blues tormented me.

It has been five days since he left. Five of the longest days in my life.

He was right when he said I would never be the same, that I would never forget him. The way he could reach in and touch my soul with a single glance, an eyebrow quirk, or a smirk with that delectable mouth.

It was unfair that he approached me. He wormed his way into my cold, unforgiving heart and made it warm again. His appearance in my life made the sun rise and fall in my dark world, but now I was back in total darkness.

He disappeared without a trace, without a single word. One night I went to sleep in his arms in our bed, our cocoon, our sanctuary. The next morning I woke alone and  unsure.

Where was he?

Why he had gone?

Why was his phone disconnected?

He caught my attention the moment our eyes met. His ice-blue eyes pierced my heart from across the room.

My life as I knew it changed the day that I met Brax. I’d never felt such love, my body had never felt such satisfaction, my soul had never felt such passion, and my life had never been so full.

Now he’s gone and my heart has never felt so broken.

When you had no hope, then had hope reborn, and then all of that hope disappears within a moment...where do you go?

Where do you go from there?

Brax

The moment I lost her forever was the moment I got in that car.

I knew in that millisecond that I would lose her, but I had no choice. My soul mate, my sole reason for being, my Elise.  I knew there was nothing I could do that would make it right with her again.

It took everything I had to heal her the first time, to mold her back into the brilliant, radiant light she deserved to be. When I saw her photo I had to know her, had to get inside those gorgeous green eyes.

Knowing that I am the one who shattered her this time is breaking my resolve to stay away.

Knowing that my leaving was the end of the light and the return of the dark in her life feels like a knife being driven into my heart.

If only I could explain that I had no choice. Explain how they told me she would be safe if I left her.

If only I’d believed in us enough to stay.

I would have laid it all out for her if it meant she would stay untouched and unaware of the truth. Because if she knew the truth, the real reason why I was gone and why I even came into her life in the first place, life would not be worth living.

For all of us.

For them.

For me.

And especially for her. 

BJ Harvey Blog/Facebook/Goodreads

Having always loved reading, and having been befriended and inspired by some awesome self published authors and book lovers alike, I decided to start writing my first novel, Lost in Distraction in December 2012. It was a conscious decision that started with a song, then the prologue and then catapulted from there. I love music too, like REALLY love music, if there isn't music playing, something is wrong. Out and Proud Vampire Diaries fan as well.I'm also a wife, mother, full-time university student and I do contract work for myself from home.
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