Blog Tour: Playing it Safe: Barbie Bohrman

by - Monday, October 13, 2014

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Playing it Safe
Barbie Bohrman
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Julia Boyd has dated more than her share of jerks, and she’s done even pretending to like them. Putting her dating life on hold and focusing on her event planning career is a much safer bet for the blue-eyed blonde…until she meets her newest client. 

Organizing the opening for an art gallery should be a breeze for Julia, but gallery owner Alex Holt is becoming very distracting. Tall and muscular with enough charisma and sexy dimples to make Julia swoon, Alex could be the perfect man. The two of them click immediately, creating enough witty banter to ignite sparks. 

But just before flames of passion can erupt with Alex, Julia begins planning an engagement party…and learns the groom is Aiden, the man who broke her heart years ago. When Aiden admits that he still has feelings for Julia, everything changes. Should she seek shelter in the familiarity of the past, or should she risk everything on a brand-new love?

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Turning into one of the far rooms of the gallery, which is almost like an alcove that only a few people can fit in at a time, I finally spot Alex. 


Just me and him in this tiny space. 

He’s dressed impeccably, as usual, in a pinstripe suit and a light blue dress shirt that perfectly accentuates his eyes. He’s not wearing a tie again, but that’s good for me because I get to look at his throat while his Adam’s apple bobs up and down while he talks. I know I’m being ridiculous, but something as insignificant as that is so very sexy to me in a really hot guy. 

“What are you doing in here all by yourself?” I ask him before bringing the glass to my lips to take another sip. “Are you hiding or something?” 

He smiles and ever so smoothly brings his line of vision down my body and back up again, but not before lingering a moment too long on “the boys.” 

I knew it! Alex is a tits man, and I feel so vindicated it’s not even funny. In my head I’m doing the Running Man to the tune of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and giving myself a pat on the back.

“Why would I be hiding?” he asks. 

“I don’t know, why would you be hiding?” 

“Why do you care if I’m hiding or not?” 

“Why do you answer every question with another question?”

Alex takes a step forward, and there he goes again crowding my personal space, but I’m standing my ground this time. He raises an eyebrow at my stance and says, “Maybe I like getting you all worked up.”

The double meaning in that is so not lost on me, and just like that, we went from zero to sixty in no time at all. 

“Maybe?” I ask innocently while gazing up at him. 

“Now look who’s answering with questions.” 

His masculine chuckle resonates through me, making my toes curl while he takes the upper hand again. I seriously cannot keep up with this much longer. I’m either going to throw him against the wall and rub myself all over him like a slutty cat on a scratching post, or I’m going to douse myself with a bucket of ice-cold water.

“For your information, I’m not hiding . . . at least not from you,” he explains. “Just like the quiet sometimes.” 

“Huh. Always figured you for the type that was into parties and shit.” 

“That would imply you’re thinking about me,” he says without missing a beat. 

“You’d like that, wouldn’t you?” 

He takes a step forward and moves to my side to leave, but not before ducking his head closer so that I feel his warm breath fan across my ear. “That’s a good question. Are you ready for the answer?” 

And then he’s gone, disappearing behind me back into the gallery’s exhibit, while I ponder what just happened, kind of pissed off that the son of a bitch just answered me with another goddamn question.

We met Julia Boyd in Promise Me as she is Sabrina's best friend. After a run of bad luck in the dating department, Julia has had an epiphany. She is done with dating losers. She is going to refocus her energy on her career as an event planner.

But soon enough, all her good intentions are put to the test when her ex (the biggest jerk that broke her heart and ruined her for healthy relationships) Aiden reappears back in her life and the flirting rapprot with art gallery owner, Alex Holt heats up around the same time. It is enough to get a girl's head spinning. 

"We've been playing this game for a very long time. And I'm all for playing games Julia, but sooner or later, one of us is going to win."

Alex and Julia crack me up. They tease, taunt, and bother to the point of getting really hot and bothered. They want each other, but Julia is full of reasons not to go there. She tries to put up barriers, but he enjoys breaking them down. But her ex really did a number on her head so it is not easy.
Julia is funny, sarcastic, unfiltered and feisty. She is also pretty hot-headed, foul-mouthed, closed off, insecure, and impulsive. But the way it was narrated in her point of view made it seem like she was your best friend talking to and just laying it all on the line...totally unedited, raw, excited, scared, and a bit manic all at the same time. But she is always afraid that she can't trust her instincts based on past disasters. 

Alex is flirty, sexy, charismatic, charming and naughty. We only get his point of view at the end, but I adored his quick wit, his teasing and his magnetic personality though out. He is the perfect combo of hot, sexy, sweet and loving. He could give it back to her as fast as she could dish it out.

Together they fussed, fought, seduced, and sizzled. I loved them together whether they were flirting, butting heads or tearing up the sheets. They really were just a fun couple with hot chemistry even when they were terrified or being a couple. And yes there were fears and issues especially from the battle worn Julia.

I enjoyed more with her friends Sabrina and Tyler from the first book(Promise Me) and all of the side characters. Their intrusive and crazy assistants, Lisette and Sarah were great partners in crime. His sister, Vanessa and precocious niece, Josie and her brother, Darren added humor and support. I could see Vanessa or Darren perhaps getting their own stories. And there of course were a few people that completely annoyed me and I wanted karma to do their thing to them.

This was a completely engaging, humorous, real story of life, love and taking a chance. It was not always easy or pretty. Mistakes are made. People get hurt. No one is perfect. But no matter what the damage or hang ups, everyone deserves a chance to be happy. They just have to be willing to take the risk and really go for it. 

I was gifted a copy from Amazon in exchange for an honest review. 

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Sabrina Chandler has had a rough go at love: just before her high school graduation, she found her boyfriend in the arms of her so-called best friend.

Tyler Anderson, the town’s sexy bad boy, stepped out of the shadows then to save her pride. Drawing strength from him, she left everything behind and sought a new life for herself, far away from the pain and shame.

Fast forward ten years: Sabrina is settled in Miami, happy at last—until her best friend urges her to attend her high school reunion and face her painful past once and for all.

And…maybe meet the mysterious Tyler once again.

Can Sabrina find the courage to face the demons in her past, let go of the pain, and move forward into happiness? Or will insecurity and self-doubt ruin her one chance to get the love she’s not sure she even deserves?

Barbie Bohrman was born and raised in Miami, FL and ultimately moved to the Garden State where she currently resides with her husband and two children. Life, and all that comes along with it and having long since given up on her dream of pursuing anything in the writing world, a prologue contest in a book club garnered her interest enough to throw her hat in the ring to see what, if anything, would come from it. From that contest came the roots of her debut novel, Promise Me. When she is not writing you can find her trying to get through the 1000+ books on her Kindle, or watching Lost or Seinfeld.

Barbie is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite and a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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