Saturday, September 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Good Intentions (Welcome to Paradise, #2) by S. L. Scott

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Good Intentions (Welcome to Paradise, #2) by S. L. Scott
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected release: September 9, 2013
Purchase: Amazon

Two words sum up my summer in paradise: Evan Ashford. 

I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more... needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.

Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman: Mallory Wray.

Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.

I kiss her.

Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.

About the Author
S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of the novels—Naturally, Charlie, and A Prior Engagement as well as several novellas, including Sleeping with Mr. Sexy and Morning Glory--all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post and writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.

Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of the hobbies she loves, but she doesn't get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.

Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

I'm already a fan of Mallory and Ethan having read the first book in this series, Good Vibrations (my review), so I'm stoked to be able to read book two. Trust, coping with insecurities, honesty, faithfulness, issues still abound for new couple Mallory and Ethan. Mallory still flies off, jumping to conclusions, and berating Ethan with unfounded accusations. I could understand this in the first book when their relationship was in its infancy, but over the summer they have become a real couple. She needs to give him a break. Ethan has to deal with his conniving mother who doesn't hide her disdain for his choice in girlfriend so this only adds to Mallory's stress. And as the summer nears its end, these two will be separating. Mallory's going back to Colorado for school while the Big Apple will become home for Ethan as he plans to go work at his dad's company (along with his cool sister, Kate). Will these two make it?

Book two shows us the changes of their relationship as they grow closer and face the obstacles thrown at them. I enjoyed Ethan's change the most, how he knows this is the first woman he wants to be with and he doesn't want to mess it up. Mallory has her own trust issues stemming from another failed relationship and she grapples with her need to trust Ethan. With a guy as hot as him driving that car, I can certainly understand her hesitancy.

The largest problem facing them still hasn't presented itself--their leaving--so they let go a bit and enjoy the island and each other. Do they ever enjoy themselves. I don't mind reading sexy scenes but I did find them a tad overdone in this installment. I get it--they're in love. Ethan's secret is out. We know about Noah and he displays a different side to a once likable guy from the first book. I was glad to see Mallory's friend Sunny again and loved seeing Ethan's best bud, Zach. 

Drama, strengthening relationships, developing true bonds, loyalty, friendship, Good Intentions continues what I really liked about Good Vibrations. Now all I wonder about is what will happen when Ethan and Mallory separate? Let the drama continue!

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
I've grown accustomed to the covers in this series and like them now. They symbolize love, fun and lots of island sun!

Book source:
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

Tour Giveaway: 
There are two giveaways: one is international, one is for the US. Enter below.

International Only:
$25 Amazon Giftcard – Internationally
1 Good Intentions signed book with bookmark and button – Internationally
1 Kindle or Nook ebook copy of Good Intentions – Internationally
1 Kindle or Nook ebook copy of Good Intentions – Internationally

US Only:
1 Good Intentions signed book with bookmark and button – U. S. Only
1 Hawaiian Foods Goodie Box and a Good Intentions ebook – U. S. Only (Pic Attached)
1 Palm Tree Necklace and a Good Intentions ebook - Sterling Silver and CZ Palm Tree Necklace value $60.00 – U. S. Only (Pic Attached)
Approx. value = $130.00 USD

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