February 11, 2013

SUMMER RUSH Blog Tour {Review & Give@way}


Author: Ashley Wilcox

Source: ebook from author

Hope Taylor is a smart Southern girl with a good head on her shoulders and a positive outlook on life. Even though things are simple and predictable, Hope is happy and content.

Her boyfriend is tall, handsome and hardworking. Trent is everything a girl could want in a man and life is going according to plan, until she meets Joey Puccino.

Although Joey is arrogant and gets under her skin, Hope is still drawn to him and her body craves him like a bad drug. Even though she knows it is wrong, the attraction Hope feels is undeniable.

Will Hope choose her simple, yet comfortable life with Trent? Or will she give in to the desire and pull she feels for Joey?

My mini take...

The heart wants what the heart wants.

Hope surfs in the morning, helps care for her mother during the day while attending online classes, and then works at night to help her family out financially. Besides having a doting boyfriend that she loves, she practically has no social life. But life is good and it is how things are supposed to be. But when a cocky, Italian comes waltzing into her life one day, something inside of her changes. With all these feelings for Joey twirling around in her heart she soon feels guilty when she is with Trent. Can she overcome these new feelings for Joey and be a better girlfriend to Trent or will she end up falling for Joey in the end?

SUMMER RUSH is a very quick read. Before I knew I was done. But I was thoroughly entertained throughout the whole book thanks to the cute characters. Although the storyline was fairly predictable I loved how all it took was the smile of one guy for Hope to realize that she is not at all content with the way her life is going. The author did a great job giving the readers something real and believable.

Let me tell you, I loved Joey and thought Trent was a donkey’s rear. I didn’t have that warm fuzzy feeling about him in the beginning and it proved true when he showed his true colors later on. But again I say…loved Joey. Yeah he was also a donkey’s rear in the beginning but I just knew that wasn’t the real him. And I was so happy with who he really was.

Got some free time on your hands? Want a cute, romantic read? Well look no further…SUMMER RUSH is the perfect book for you. And from what I hear there is a sequel that is supposed to take place. I so will be reading that one. I am eager to see what develops further with Hope and Joey.

About the Author
Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded.
I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.
Then there was this book…
Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all.  But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.
 I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days.  Yes, three books in three days.
 I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!).
  Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head. 
I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, PLANNING ON FOREVER was born.
The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.
For more information about me, and what I’m working on please follow me on:

After high school I decided to give college a whirl, but found myself living back home after my first year.  I waitressed for a while then decided I wanted to try my hand at hairdressing. After graduating from cosmetology school, I worked in a salon for a couple of years.
I found myself hating the crazy salon hours so I quit hairdressing and started working in the medical field, answering phones.  Although working the nine to five thing gave me more of a social life, sitting at a desk answering phones was not my cup of tea.
Then came my husband, and the idea of going back to school.  That didn’t last long because I didn’t even finish a full semester.  Luckily, my husband works for a great company that I was able to get a job at, answering phones again. Not my career of choice, but it was a fun working environment.
This time instead of being bored with my career, I got pregnant, and leaving my precious bundle of joy home while I went to work was not going to happen, which leads me to today where I am a stay at home mom with two beautiful little boys.

Joey and I take turns catching waves, taking time in between them to talk and goof around.  My stomach actually hurts from laughing so much. 
            “Your turn,” I smile, nodding in the direction of the next wave growing in front of us.
            “Ride it with me,” he says with a grin.
            “What?”  I ask, being caught off guard.
            “Let your board float in and ride mine with me,” he repeats with a soft grin.
            Giving him a skeptical look he continues, “Trust me- it’ll be fun.” He reaches for my hand.
            Noticing the wave getting close, I realize I need to make a quick decision.  Stepping out of my box of predictability, I undo the strap around my ankle and let my board free.
            “Sit on the front. I’ll paddle, then jump up when I do,” he explains as I climb up on his board.
            My stomach is in knots and my heart rate is through the roof, feeling his face so close to my back as he lies on the board behind me, paddling away from the wave. 
Why did I agree to this?
 My inhibitions are nowhere to be found when I’m around him.  He brings out a side of me that I didn’t even know existed…careless and free.
            Feeling the wave start to push up on the back of the board, I know it’s time.  Glancing over my shoulder, I find him smiling at me.
            “Ready?” Joey asks.  Nodding my head yes, he continues, “Up on three…one…two…”
            On three we both jump up, planting our feet on the board with my back against his chest.  We both run our right hand along the inside of the wave for what feels like forever.  It’s like everything has gone into slow motion, and we are in this exhilarating bubble together.   

Grand prize giveaway
Ashley is giving away two signed paperbacks of Summer Rush away. Please use the script in your post.
Two signed copies

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