Sunday, March 23

***Review of Just Fall and Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway for Falling Free *** by Annica Rossi


Title: Just Fall (The Fall Series #1)
Author: Annica Rossi
Genre: Roomance
Publication Date: November 22, 2013
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Just Fall (The Fall Series, #1)


How far would you go to save everything?

Life hadn’t dealt Lauren St. John a fair hand, yet she considered herself lucky to be living on the majestic shores of Lake Michigan running the business her parents worked their whole lives to create... Until now.

Facing the possibility of losing The Grandview Inn and her relationship with Jake Kennedy, the man she vowed to marry, “Lo” is desperate to hold on.

In the middle of her anguish, the unexpected arrival of longtime
guests, Tom and Mary Blackwell, seems like a welcome relief, but just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, she discovers they’ve brought along an unwelcome ghost from her past.

Enter the dangerously seductive Parker Blackwell, renowned poker player and notorious bad boy, with a propensity for kinky sex.

Seven summers ago, the gauntlet was thrown down from the moment Lo and Parker laid eyes on each other. Too young to realize the gravity of their connection, their friendship grew until a series of tragic events began to unfold, and Parker mysteriously disappeared, leaving Lo heartbroken and unwilling to forgive.

Grown up now, and suddenly forced to confront their unresolved feelings and undeniably explosive sexual attraction, the situation intensifies into an enticing and comical game of “it’s your move”. But when Parker raises the stakes too high will Lo put herself on the line to save everything she’s ever known?

My Review

This was a fun, hot, romance story! It was very comical at times too! 
I was literally laughing out loud while reading this! 

Lauren "LO" St. John works her butt off trying to keep her family business up and running. After her father died he left the The Grand Inn to her. LO is having a hard time with finances to keep it running. She is bound and determined to not let it go or sell it. It has too many memories of her parents and she practically grew up there. LO is engaged and her fiancée is off  working all the time on business trips. She is struggling to keep it all together. As if things couldn't get any worse for her right now, a unexpected visitor from her past shows up and has her questioning everything about her life.

"As soon as I turned around, I felt the color drain from my face, and my smile quickly faded. I wanted to crawl under the nearest table, but my feet felt like they were cemented in place, and I had to remind myself to breathe. Just a few feet away stood the most intriguingly gorgeous, tall, blonde and dangerously fuckable man I had ever laid eyes on. His perfect white teeth and deep dimples were slowly revealed as an inviting smile spread across his lips, and I noticed immediately the way his mouth curled at the corners just a little. I swore I felt testosterone radiating from his very presence as even the air seemed to thicken, instantly impregnated with seduction and mischief.”

Parker Blackwell is a famous poker player playboy. He currently lives in Las Vegas! 

He not only plays the game but he plays the women. He has a sex drive and fetish that's not the norm. 

He doesn't do relationships, he only does one night stands. He has never felt any connection or feeling for a women. Well he did along time ago, but he screwed that all up. The past 4 yrs have been a blur for him between playing poker, money, women and booze. Parker gets a call from his Aunt Mary begging him to come spend the weekend with her and his uncle at The Grand Inn. 

Parker tried to get out of it but finally agreed to it.

Wonder what's she's like now?

I was eighteen the last time I saw her.

If she only knew how she ruled my world back then, how many nights I spent lying awake thinking about her, or how many times I challenged her just to see her fiery spirit come to life.

To say LO was surprised to see Parker was an understatement. She didn't know how to feel. 

First she was excited, turned on, and had butterflies in her her stomach. She always wanted to know where he was and what he was doing with his life. Then she also felt abandoned by him and hurt because of all the people he should've been there for her when she lost her parents.

 LO was trying to come to grips on how to handle being around Parker for the weekend. 

Now you know where he is, LO! He's downstairs on your patio looking like a fucking model off of the cover of GQ. He's sitting right down there with his fuck-me hair, sculpted body and that smile that could charm the pants off Mother Theresa. That's where he is!

LO and Parker fell back into how they were when growing up. 

Always challenging each other and playing jokes on one another. The bickering between them was very entertaining. During this time Parker learns that Lauren is having financial struggles with the Inn and he wants to help. LO being stubborn of course will not accept his help and is bound to find a way out. 

LO starts feeling guilty with her feelings and flirting with Parker that she needs to tell him about Jake her fiancée. Parker wasn't too shocked she was engaged because he knew any guy would be lucky to have someone like her, but he knew she was feeling the same connection he was having. He had to do something. 

He walked away from her before and he was not going to walk away again without fighting for her.

"Parker before I saw you again I thought my life was just fine, but you've only been here two, days, and I'm questioning everything I thought was right. I'm wondering if it was all just an illusion that I created to avoid dealing with the truth."

LO is beyond confused. She knows everything hasn't been perfect with Jake. He never really deals with his feeling much less hers. Things have been strained and she can't even remember the last time they had sex. Jake works all the time and goes on business trips a lot and between trying to keep the Inn afloat she just thinks they need some time together to rekindle things. When Jake gets back in town he is not himself. 

He begins to question Lauren and his relationship and about her drinking more, working late and being distant. She finally tells Jake about the Inn is in financial trouble. His reply to her is she should sell the Inn and start over fresh. He ends up telling her he was offered a job in Tennessee and he was taking it. 

Lauren felt rage at that moment.

Now I understand what your saying you son-of-a-bitch! You want me to chose between you and the only thread that remains between me and my parents . You're threatening to abandon me when I need you the most. Fuck you Jake Kennedy! Go Head, tell me you're asking me to choose! 

Lauren is offered a deal that will solve her financial situation. It's not what she expected it to be. 

She was beyond shocked at the offer. She would have to drop everything in her life going on for the next several days. After thinking long and hard, she realizes there is no other way to get the money she needs for The Grand in such a short period of time. So she puts her dignity aside and decides to agree with the offer and heads to Las Vegas!

The book ends with a cliffhanger where LO is leaving for Vegas! I cant wait to read the next book! 

I'm still on the fence about Parker. I'm not sure if I like him that much!:) I guess I will see!

 I am so excited to see what happens and goes down in Vegas! 

You know what they say "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!"

★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★

Title: Falling Free (The Fall Series #2)
Author: Annica Rossi
Genre: Roomance
Publication Date: February 9, 2014
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Falling Free (The Fall Series, #2)


Lauren St. John was about to do the unthinkable. Parker Blackwell already had.

The moment Parker agreed to return to The Grandview Inn for old time’s sake, he knew his days of carefree no-strings attached sex were numbered. Just the thought of seeing the girl that he’d spent the last seven years trying to forget had him completely off his game. After two short days and one long hot summer night together, the hard line he’d drawn between sex and love was officially blurred, and he found himself doing the unthinkable. Falling in love with her all over again.

Parker knew that the stubborn and independent Lo would never admit it, but she needed his help now more than ever, so when she accepted his less than honorable deal to help save her family business it was game on. He had five days to earn a second chance, and he was prepared to do anything, even if it meant revealing secrets about his life that could cause him to lose her for good. Was he crazy to hope that the free spirited girl he used to know might meet him in the middle? In his world love had never been neatly defined. Maybe they could redefine it together. There was only one way to find out…

On a plane to Las Vegas and determined to save the only life she’d ever known, Lo was hell bent on meeting the demands of Parker Blackwell’s twisted offer then leaving him in the past where he belonged. But she had to be careful. The dangerously sexy man that walked back into her life wasn’t the same boy she used to know, and every time she was near him her whole body reminded her.
A fateful reunion. An indecent proposal. Two lives changed forever… after what happens in Vegas.

CAUTION! DO NOT read Falling Free if you’re not 18+ AND you’re not ready to experience the following:
Dual POV ~ Humorous moments ~ Smokin’ hot indecent sex including M/F/M~Voyeurism~Exhibitionism~ Unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat
Any questions?

My Review

She did it again! It's a cliffhanger!!!! I'm about to go crazy!! I want to know what's in the dang envelope!!! Arghhhh!!!

Okay let me back up here!:) This book was very erotic! I had an idea at the end of Just Fall what Parker was into but I was very shocked to what extent. This book is more about Parker and LO and her experiencing Parker's lifestyle. His lifestyle is not for the faint heart! Lol

So Lo is off to Las Vegas to spend 5 days with Parker. She has agreed to be his paid escort and do anything for him in order to get the money for The Grand Inn. Once she gets to Vegas she is greeted by Alex, Parker's assistant who has LO put through the works from hair, massage, waxing, and wardrobe. 

Lo has to admit she has never felt or looked this great. Then she remembers she is being paid. So as LO is preparing to see Parker for the first time she is angry and ready to play his game, be the role of a paid hooker and be what he wants.

"If this the way you want me to treat you, I'll be happy to, but be careful what you wish for. you may get much more than you can handle."

Parker has a brunch planned because he wants Lo to meet his old college friend and attorney Cole. 

Lo immediately saw he was just as good looking and confident as Parker. Parker and Cole have had their fair share of sharing women Lo learns. Little did she know that these two men were gonna open her eyes to something different. 
Before things got any hotter between these 3, Parker is not sure if he can let Lo experience this or share her. He doesn't want her to do anything she doesn't want to and his deep feelings for her was making him conflicted. 

During this time Lo checks in with Nina at the Grand Inn to see how things are going. Nina's mom Leslie is with her while she is talking Lo. Being like a second mom to her, Leslie wants to read Lo some cards about her current situation. Nina's mom has a thing for card reading. 
Lo has never been much into it, but she once read her some cards before her mom got sick with cancer and Leslie had been right. So Lo agrees to hear what Leslie has to say. 

"Swords means betrayal and deception, endings and loss. Right now I see three men who are close to you, Lo. Two of them want to protect you, but you're angry with them. One of them is trying to reveal the truth."

Lo is surprised that someone might be deceiving her! But who??? Keeping it in the back of her mind what Leslie told her she decides to forget about the Inn, her ex and enjoy this time with Parker. They spend the next couple of days wrapped up in the sheets and going out on dates just like a couple. Parker decides he needs to let Lo how he feels about her and the reason why he wanted her here in Vegas. Parker surprises her with a very sweet gift. He has hard time expressing his feelings so I love how he used songs to describe how he felt. I liked seeing this side of Parker because it showed he wasn't just a playboy sex feign! 
That he actually had true feelings for Lo!

"Love scares me, Lo. I saw what it did to my parents. The fighting, the failed marriages after. Growing up I never felt safe. I couldn't wait to get the fuck away from both of them, so I went off to college and never looked back. I stayed busy, got involved in a fraternity and sports, but I always felt alone. I thought about you. You were the only girl I ever I wanted to love."

Lo reveals to Parker she wants to push the limits with him and experience new things. 
This leads them to a night Lo will never forget. I was beyond shocked how Lo quickly agreed and participated with Cole and Parker. Although, I was conflicted that Parker was okay with Lo being with another guy it was kind of hot at the same time!:)
This part of the both was off the charts erotic! I was even blushing! Lol

After there kinky night Lo is feeling conflicted. One way she feels dirty and invaded but on the other hand she feels completely fulfilled. Her head was all over the place! She ends up talking with Nina again and she's let her know that her ex Jake was looking for her and that he was in a new company truck with Walker Inc. on it.
LO knew then he took the job in Tennessee and told Nina she didn't want to talk about Jake and not to tell him where she was. Once Lo hangs up with Nina she goes to find Parker to see how things are gonna be, being around him now after what they did. To her surprise nothing felt awkward between them and he was very attentive and sweet with her.

Their last day together Parker planned a special day for them two. He ends up giving Lo another gift. 

This gift was so so sweet and thoughtful. They end up spending the rest of the evening inside his suite. 
They end up revealing to one another that they love each other! 
They spent spent the rest of the night showing each other just how much they do!

"You make me feel like any things possible, Lo. I know you have to leave tomorrow, but this is just the beginning. You know?"

The next morning, Parker has a meeting, but he says it won't be long because he wants to spend the last couple of hours with Lo before she leaves. While Lo is getting ready and is packing her stuff up a delivery comes to the door. Curiously, Lo wants to know what it is because it's huge and heavy and the front desk had to bring it in for her.
Finally she can't take it and grabs the envelope on it embossed "Walker, Inc" and reads the note:

I just wanted to say thanks you son-of-a-bitch, I don't know where you found this Jake Kennedy, but he's an ace. He's exactly what I was looking for. Have a beer on me. 

Clay Walker
President, Walker, Inc.  

Lo immediately feels sick to her stomach and decides to leave without confronting Parker. 
She is so hurt and betrayed that all she wants to do is go home and get back to her life. 
Once Parker realizes Lo has left he tries to contact her but refuses to talk to him so Parker contacts a PI he hired and tells him to deliver the envelope they spoke about to the Grand Inn, but address it to Nina.

Once Lo is back in Michigan it all hits her. Her friend Nina spends the first couple of nights with her and Lo tells her enough, but not everything! She ends up finding out that Parker paid for her to keep the Inn.

 She couldn't believe he still paid with how she left things, but she was excited and couldn't wait to let the staff know. As Nina and her were about to leave for the office, Nina handed her an envelope and Lo looked at her like she was crazy. Nina told her she wanted to open this with her because she was nervous why a PI would be sending her something. Lo didn't want to know what was in the envelope because she was too excited to get to the office and let the staff know their goods news. 
In all honesty, Lo had a bad feeling about the envelope. 

That's where the book ends! I was so frustrated because I want to know what's in the damn envelope!

 Is about Jake?? Ahhh! I want to know now!!!! I enjoyed this book maybe a little bit more than the first. This one is very erotic unlike the first, but I did love the bickering between them in the first one! I do like how it has a suspense feel to it now. I love romance and Suspense! Which one is being deceiving?? I'm ready for the third book!! 
I definitely recommend this series but would say to wait till the third book comes out or you are gonna be going crazy like me!!:)

★★☆ 4 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed by Ashley Lenderman

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About the Author

Michigan debut author, Annica Rossi, describes herself as a “serial mompreneur”. She spends her days creating customized gifts for those who have found their real life Happily Ever Afters, and by night she entertains her overactive imagination by penning sexy escapes that pack plenty of heat.

Her writing features smart, strong-willed women and their equally determined male counterparts whom they just can’t help but love. 

“Just Fall”, the first novel in her series, The Fall, is a seductive page-burner that’s kept her awake countless nights with only her faithful canines to keep her company.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway..iam excited for reading yourbook..