Blog Tour and Giveaway: Revived: Samantha Towle

Revived (Revved #2)
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Released July 12, 2014

India Harris didn’t have the best start in life. Abandoned as a baby, she and her twin brother, Kit, spent their lives in foster care, only having each other to rely on. Then, at a young age, a relationship with the wrong man left India pregnant. Wanting to give her son the life she never had, she put herself through school and graduated with honors.

Now, at the age of thirty, she’s a highly respected therapist.

At the top of his game as a Formula One driver, Leandro Silva had everything—until an accident on the track left him staring death in the face. After enduring twelve months of physical therapy, Leandro is now physically able to race, but his mind is keeping him from the track. Frustrated and angry, Leandro’s days and nights are filled with limitless alcohol and faceless women.

Entering the last year of his contract, he knows he has to race again, or he’ll lose everything he spent his life working for. Forced into therapy to get his life back, Leandro finds himself in the office of Dr. India Harris.

Falling for his uptight therapist is not part of Leandro’s plan.

Having unethical feelings for her patient, the angry Brazilian race car driver, is not part of India’s plan.

But what if the wrong person is the only person who is right?

“Are you yelling at me?” I say to her.
Seriously, there’s something wrong with me because I get majorly turned on when she gets mad. Seeing her all fired up has my cock as hard as nails. Well, pretty much anything she does has my cock hard, but her anger is a definite aphrodisiac to me.
“Bloody well sounds like it, doesn’t it?” Her brow is all puckered into a frown.
She looks hot as fuck.
“I really want to fuck you right now,” I tell her in all seriousness.
Her eyes swing my way, wide and blazing. “Are you being serious?”
“I never kid about fucking you.”
“Jesus! You’re really pissing me off,” she huffs.
She makes to get up from the sofa, but I catch her arm, stopping her, and I pull her onto me. She makes a sound of protest but doesn’t actually try to get up.
“And you’re really turning me on,” I say to her.
Pausing she stares down at me. “I’m really mad at you right now, Leandro,” she grumbles, her voice less angry than before.
“Yes, well, I’m kind of mad at you, too, India. But I’m still hot as fuck for you.” I slide my hands to her ass giving it a squeeze.
She narrows her eyes at me. “We’re not having sex.”
“Not right now we aren’t, but as soon as Jett is asleep, I’m tying you to your bed and fucking the hell out of you.”
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Leandro Silva, A Brazilian Formula 1 driver is still struggling a year after his racing accident. Physical wounds have healed faster than psychological ones.  He is angry, bitter, lost and covering up with alcohol and women. Getting back in a car is his goal, but his anxiety is paralyzing him. He hates being out of control. His self worth has suffered and he feels powerless.

India Harris is a therapist recommended to him by  Andi Ryan so Leandro is turning to her for help. She has her own demons, issues, obligations and fears. They have a spark they shouldn't and react to and like each other more than they should. It is forbidden to have feelings for a therapy patient.

As their lives become more intertwined, it becomes harder for her to justify the ethical considerations of her job and her feelings as a woman.  Leandro is hard to resist and he really does not want her to. At the same time, it is important for her to continue helping Leandro progress so he can meet his deadline to get back into racing. So it is a precarious situation with complications and consequences.

These two had a rocky road due to issues with  professional ethics, personal battles, public scrutiny and general relationship fears. They seemed so right, but were in completely the wrong situation to start anything. But I really loved them individually and together.

Leandro has changed so much from the cocky, competitive jerk we met in Revved. I was not sure how much I would like him based on my previous opinion, but I honestly loved him in this one.  We see him in various stages in this one. In the beginning he is resentful, scared, vulnerable and hopeless. But gradually we him become more hopeful  and open, we see the funny, protective, sexy, intense man in a whole new light as a swoon worthy hero.

I liked India too even when she frustrated me. But she had good reasons and legitimate arguments for trying to push him away. She was smart, sweet, caring, and patient. She had lived a hard life, but was resilient and made the best of it.  Her  own past had really jaded her opinions as well.  She and Leandro were definitely in a difficult situation that had the potential to get messy.

I was excited to see more with Carrick and Andi Ryan (Revved). It was interesting to see the changing dynamics between them and Leandro. I adored India's son Jett and brother, Kit. They were so protective and caring. They all added support, humor and sense of family.

The backdrop of racing is always exciting. I actually enjoyed this one more than Revved. Maybe because I was already familiar with the characters, maybe because it was not as angsty, maybe because the characters were more vulnerable than volatile. I was easily sucked into it  and read it  in one sitting. I liked getting the dual points of view and various racing locations around the word. There was also some underlying suspense and danger as well. The themes of honesty and doing the right thing were admirable. It was a story of hope, healing, passion, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. 

I always love getting epilogues and this one gave us a bonus! I would love to get to see a book about Jett as he is older. He is so funny, smart, intuitive and could make a great hero as he matures. And I would read about the side characters Kit and Petra as well. 

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

Leandro Silva has not been able to recover fully from the Formula One crash that nearly took his life. He knows he doesn’t want to end his career on that note, especially since he has made a full physical recovery, but his flashbacks and anxiety won’t let him drive a regular car, let alone an F-1 machine.

Dr. India Harris has pulled herself up from humble beginnings full of challenges to the place she is at today. Single parent and successful therapist, she has everything she set out to do when she learned she was pregnant at 17.

India never saw herself falling for a patient. Leandro didn’t see himself with a straight-laced doctor. But the pull between them was so strong it took everything they could do to ignore the feelings.

Their spark was immediate, even as they tried to put the brakes on the pull between them. India has no intention of threatening her career and the stability she has built for her son. Leandro really wants to get back in the car and thinks India is the best way to get him there. The forbidden aspect of their relationship was at the forefront of each of their minds, and ultimately was only the first hurdle they faced.

I loved watching Leandro connect with Jett. Jett’s character himself was written with such truth. A nearly-teenage boy, he has all the attitude and sass one would expect from a 12 year old, but also has the devotion and relationship with his mom and uncle that I love to see in single-parent families. He added a fun, light element to many of the otherwise emotional moments.

I loved the little glimpse of a potential book for Kit and Petra (please, Samantha?!) and love the backdrop of F-1 racing. The racing itself played less of a role in Revived as it did in Revved, but I loved the connection it gave between Leandro and Jett to build their relationship.

This was a great, fast read. I found myself wondering how India and Leandro would sort out their challenges, how the public aspect of Leandro’s job would influence the pace of their relationship, and how they could sort through India’s past. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Race car mechanic Andressa “Andi” Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit...
samantha towleSamantha Towle

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM and TROUBLE.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
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