Friday, August 21, 2015

Own Me (The Silver Strand series, book 3) by Lexi Scott blog tour with excerpt, review and #giveaway @_LexiScott @IndieSagePromo


On this Friday we bring to you a really good read ideal for a summer weekend getaway. We are one of the stops on the Own Me blog tour. There's an excerpt, our review, and a giveaway. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Keep reading!

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Publication Date: August 17, 2015 
Also in this series: Risk Me 

Synopsis: Genevieve Rodriguez’s life isn't panning out the way she’s always envisioned. At all. Not only is she exactly one “D” away from getting kicked out of school, but her heart is in pieces after her long-time crush marries someone else. For Genevieve, sunny Silver Strand has never felt more dismal.

Then Adam Abramowitz, her super-cute, super-smart physics tutor—who never seems to notice even her sexiest tops—tells her his Visa is about to expire and he’s going to have to return to Israel. Suddenly the words pop out Genevieve's mouth before she can stop them. “Marry me.” At first, it's a joke...until it's not. Because in that brief, unexpected moment, everything changes. The rules. The boundaries. And Adam and Genevieve are about to discover what happens when you push the limits.

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My voice is shaky with emotion, and I realize how dangerous “one tiny detail” can be. I’m a scientist. I know all about chaos theory and fractals, the butterfly effect—I should be more careful.
The problem is, being with Genevieve makes my usually logical brain short circuit.  
“It’s normal to hate everything when you lose someone you love,” she says, threading her fingers through mine.
“Yeah, it is.” I brush her hair back from her face and let my palm linger on her cheek. She closes her eyes and breathes deep. “But it starts to become a habit. I fight it every day. Because, sometimes, I have beauty and happiness staring me right in the face, and I never even notice. Until it’s too late. I don’t want to keep making that mistake.”
“It’s not too late,” she says, her words a soft promise. Or a dare? “We can make sure it isn’t. This will work, Adam.”
Her body is warm and soft in all the right places. I haven’t slept with a girl since my summer fling with a visiting research assistant, so some of what I’m feeling is pure, pent-up need. But that’s not how this is going to go. I’m not going to use Genevieve, because what I feel for her extends way beyond animal urges. I respect her. I love the way she makes me feel, the way she makes me want to change.
“Do you want to go to the roof?” I ask, and the words vibrate with my glaring frustration at my inability to keep a lid on my erratic thoughts.
Her eyes startle wide open at my tone. “Sure.”
I spin her body from mine in one neat movement and we rush up the stairs, coming out onto the wide roof and into the cool night air. Night took over while we were inside, and the deep blue of the sky cools every temper that flared in me. 

Rating: 4 really liked this
Cover comment: The first two covers were vivid with their strokes of ocean blue. This cover is kind of drab and monochromatic, like too much sepia spilled on it.
Book source: NetGalley

Marrying someone to help them get a green card has been done before in books and movies. Some have been successful, others have not. In Own Me by Lexi Scott, the oftentimes tired formula works. Why? One simple word: chemistry. Genevieve and Adam work well together and their connection is apparent on the page. 
Both characters tell their stories in revolving pov which helps tremendously in figuring out whether or not their feelings for one another are true. Gen wants to help Adam out, he's been her tutor and friend and now she has a chance to do something nice for him. Adam is working on completing his thesis but forgot to fill out his papers on time and is in danger of being deported. In Israel, he won't have the opportunities he presently has. The decision to accept Gen's help isn't hard since he's loved her since he met her years ago. 
This couple has to learn to trust and speak to one another. Their lack of discourse, of simply communicating, provided a lot of angst in this story and at times I wanted to toss a couple of knishes at their heads to wake them up. Their chemistry is definitely worth the angst and even though I haven't read the first two books in the Silver Strands series, this could be viewed as a standalone. There was enough backstory provided so I understood the roles of the other characters. 
Own Me is a study in taking a friendship to another level, is romantic and sexy, emotional, and a very satisfying read. Genevieve and Adam transported me to their world and I enjoyed every minute I spent with them.

Other Books in the Silver Strands Series...

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Publication Date: July 28, 2015 
Also in this series: Own Me 

Synopsis: For Cohen Rodriguez, getting dumped by his girlfriend was bad enough. Being told he's “not impulsive enough” was just the cheap parting gift. Still, he takes a break from his ├╝ber responsible ways and dates his way through Silver Strand. Except it's not exactly turning out the way he thought...

On top of that, there's Maren Walshe, whose combination of sexy and down-to-earth is everything Cohen wants in a girl. But while they've recently been talking on the phone and texting every day, they've never actually met. Now Maren wants to meet. In person. Faced with turning his oh-so-safe fantasy girl into an uncertain reality, Cohen and Maren are both about to dive head first, ready or not.

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Hide Me by Lexi Scott Silver Strands #1 
Publication Date: July 7, 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis: Sometimes it's easier to run... Ripped apart by guilt and grief, nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad grabs her stuff and runs from her super-conservative home and family in Pennsylvania and hauls ass for sunny California. All she wants is escape. Now she has a craptastic apartment, a job at a tattoo parlour, and even a friend-who's-mostly-benefits. Then she meets a sexy, inked, surfer-dude who has the potential of capsizing everything...

Deo Beckett is adrift. Underemployed and over-boozing, Deo knows he should be doing something more with his life. Being something more. All it takes is a pin-up hottie with a smart mouth—and a bruised soul—to force Deo to start looking below the surface. To wonder if there's more to life than being a beach bum. Now he's falling for Whit...and hard.

But Whit ran from home for a reason, and she'll go to any lengths to keep Deo from learning the truth...

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About Lexi Scott

Lexi Scott
Lexi Scott is the combined forces of authors and best friends, Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell. Together, they write new adult and contemporary romance featuring strong, smart, feisty women and the swoony worthy, good guys who love them. The grew up on opposite coasts- one on the east, one of them on the west, but somehow, both ended up married and raising their families in the Southern U.S. They love traveling, good food, wine and hoarding books.

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