Blog Tour and Giveaway: Something Wonderful: M. Clarke

Something Wonderful
(Something Great#2)
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Sometimes falling in love means letting go of the past…

Jeanella’s confidence and trust in Max continues to grow, and life seems to be on track. Then Crystal decides to pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit, and Jeanella’s world turns upside down. Once again, she wonders if she will ever be enough for Max. Jeanella is forced to make a decision; stay and fight for her man or leave him for good.
Becky's unexpected friendship with Matthew continues to blossom, as they try to define the boundaries of their relationship; but a one-night stand threatens to ruin it all. As Matthew’s feelings for Becky grow, he’s torn between guilt and heartache over his deceased fiancĂ©e. Can Becky break through his wall and help him heal?

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When he probed with more questions about what I looked for in query letters, I told him I liked romance novels and I basically looked for potential book boyfriends.
“Book boyfriends?” He chuckled out loud. As I watched, his chest moved to the rhythm of his laugh. “Really?” He took his last bite and chugged his coffee.

“Yes…really.” I had already finished my plate since I was too nervous to talk.

“Is that like for people who can’t get one in real life?” He was totally amused by this notion.

“No…silly,” I giggled. “Readers read books to help them escape from the daily routine of life. Many of these romance books have a swoon-worthy, gorgeous guy with really nice abs and a six pack, who can deliver wild, hot sex.” Just the thought alone made me turn red and I froze when he gave me a heated look. Then, his eyes concentrated on my lips, shifted to my breasts, then back up to my eyes when I said ‘wild, hot sex.’ I just described him and what he could potentially do.

Gravitating toward me, his eyes locked lustfully on mine. His lips were just inches away as they parted to speak and I didn’t know how he got so close to me. “I would like to be your book boyfriend,” he said with the hottest sound that could sing out of his lustrous, lick-able mouth. The puff of his breath on my lips sizzled way down to my sex. He reached out to my face, his thumb sensually sliding, feather light to touch my bottom lip with one long, slow stroke. As I watched his tongue glide over his bottom lip at the same time, I quivered beyond control.

Completely dumbfounded, I sat there staring at him and in my mind, I had already taken off my clothes for him. Blinking because that was all I could do, I wanted to say yes, but my pride and my head knew better and stopped me.

Suddenly, he broke his gaze and it felt like he had just dumped ice water over my head. “Is that what a book boyfriend would say and do?” he chuckled as he picked up our plates and took them to the kitchen.

What just happened? I was almost certain my face was deep red, because I felt it down to my toes.

Dream Cast
Henry Cavill as Max
                    Chris Hemsworth as Matthew    
Victoria Justice as Jenna          
Amanda Seyfried as Becky

"Love changes you in ways you didn't expect, molds you to be a better person, and opens your heart to something wonderful."~Jenna

While Jenna and Max are continuing their new relationship, her room mate Becky and his younger brother Matthew are circling around each other. Matt is just as flirty, sexy, and funny as his brother. He is witty, charming, and just keeps showing up and giving Becky attention. He knows just how to get under her skin. But he has sworn off love after being devastated in the past.

Becky also deals with her own past loss and guilt. She also has high standards for the men in her life since she reads romance novels for a living. So she knows that Matt has real potential.  But she does not think he really likes her in that way. 

"Readers read books to help them escape from the daily routine of life. Many of these romance books have a swoon-worthy, gorgeous guy with really nice abs and a six pack, who can deliver wild, hot sex."~Becky
"I would like to be your book boyfriend."~Matt

Matt and Becky repel and attract, spark and ignite. But They keep putting each other in the friends zone due to their pasts, insecurities, and the fact that failing could interfere in all of their relationships. But it is hard to resist their chemistry and attraction. They develop a more easy going rapport that makes them both rethink their friends status.  But Matt is not sure he can handle risking his heart again, and Becky is not sure she can live with it either. Can they really let go of the past and move on to something more? 

Jenna and Max have highs and lows. Just as they are finding their happy place in their relationship after some trials and tribulations, it is all challenged again. Their trust and commitment is tested. Jenna's fears and insecurities rear their ugly head. For someone so smart, she did not always make the best choices. They are still trying to adjust to the differences in their lifestyles and personalities. And their communication skills tend get off track in times of stress. Will they pull together or be pulled apart for good this time?

"No matter how many times you tear us down, I will build us back up. I will be patient with your insecurities and lack of experience in relationships.  I will continue to show you time and time again, how much you mean to me. I will wait for you."~Max

I like the characters. The men are sexy, bossy, humorous, and charismatic. The women are independent minded and feisty. The couples have witty rapport and fun interactions with underlying sexual innuendo. It was told in all four main characters' points of view allowing us to see their innermost struggles and feelings. It was a light, sweet, funny read with a little drama and painful pasts. It did not end on a big cliffhanger, but it had a bit of a tease at the end to transition to the next book Something Forever. 

Thanks to M.Clarke for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review. 

Something Great(book1)

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She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.
Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.

Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?

Mary Ting/M. Clarke 
Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed
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