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*** Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway *** Chasing Jenna by Micki Fredricks

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Title: Chasing Jenna
Author: Micki Fredricks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: November 27, 2014
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Purchase Links:  Amazon US  /  Amazon CA  /  Amazon UK  

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Twenty year old Jenna Clausen has one chance to change her life… and she's going to take it.

Leaving the darkness of her life two hundred miles behind her, Jenna arrives at the one place that could save her…college. Pushing her fears aside while gathering all of her courage, she steps out into her new life, and right into the sights of Cale Davis. Cale is part of the most elite house on campus simply called, The Brotherhood. It’s an exclusive house with one rule for membership, either you are born into The Brotherhood or you’re not. Cale makes it a priority to get what he wants…and he wants Jenna. He sets a plan into motion to make Jenna his. There is however, one flaw to Cale’s plan, Ryan Kitson. Also a fellow Brother in the House, he is a Cale-approved study partner for Jenna. But when her feelings for Ryan start to grow, Jenna has another decision to make….one she couldn't possibly have understood the dangers of. She suddenly finds herself engulfed by a lifestyle so dark and twisted she can’t find a way out. On the run and unsure who to trust, she spirals deeper and deeper into her nightmare. Jenna struggles to put all the pieces together until it finally becomes clear… 
The decision she made to save her life, might actually be the one that ends it. 

**This book is a Romantic Suspense for mature audiences, 18+ due to dark topics with references to both sexual and violent situations.*

My Review

Chasing Jenna was a bit of a different read from the norm for me, but I have to admit that I enjoyed this doozy of a suspenseful read. 

From the Prologue I was intrigued to see what the hell had happen to get the heroine to this point. I love books that start like this because I can honestly say I was “hooked” into needed to get answers.

Holy twists and turns Batman! I swear there were times where I had no clue what the hell was going on, who to trust or how this plot was going to play out! Honestly, just when I thought I had is all figured out, the rug would be pulled out from under me!

Jenna has just moved away to start over her brand new life at College. Jenna has always lived a poor, lonely life with her mom; he mothers revolving boyfriends, and sadly some traumatic events that have caused her to want to remain in the background rather than the forefront in life. Having had to work from a young age to help her single mother make ends meant she never really experienced a “normal” life. After getting a full paid scholarship Jenna moves away to attend School, where she believes life will be better. Boy is she WRONG!

Thinking she will be the invisible girl she’s always wanted to be upon arriving at school, Jenna’s ideal is immediately put at risk as she is not only the new roomie of Katie the super outgoing and social girl, but she catches the eye of Cale Davis.

Cale Davis is the head of The Brotherhood, this amazingly powerful group on campus that has a ton of money and power amongst its members along with some very strange traditions.  The main tradition being the “sponsorship.”

Cale manages to work his magic on Jenna, not only having her pretty much lusting after him, but he manages to convince her to allow him to “sponsor” her. However, as she and Cale are forming a bond, there is Ryan Kitson who just happens onto the scene making the story into this crazy triangle of not only lust, but also… OMG, what the hell is happening!

What follows is a crazy story of deceit, lies and complete chaos in this poor girls life.

Without giving away the plot I find it kind of hard to review this crazy story. So you will need to read it for yourself to see how twisty and turney it really is.

I do have to say that is wasn’t heavy enough on the romance scale for me, I found there were points where I think we could have been given a little more heat, especially between Ryan and Jenna. I really liked Ryan, and sooooooo needed them to give into their chemistry. But it just never happened making me a bit disappointed. I did find the plot a bit confusing at times, leaving me to skim over some parts as I read.

I do want to add that the books’ topic is one that is very valid in today’s society, but with that being said, I did feel like the story itself could have pointed it out a bit more explicitly, I did feel like I missed the message as I was literally so caught up in what the heck was going on, especially towards the end.  I feel I got more of the books message form the author herself in the note at the end.

★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed By Gillian Grybas

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“Yes?” I asked, trying to encourage him to speak. He stopped and turned toward me, running his hand over his face while a frustrated growl escaped his mouth. “Awkwardness doesn’t suite you.” I teased as I pushed on his hard chest just enough to make him sway. “What do you want to say?” He smiled and looked away, obviously trying to choose his words. When his eyes returned to mine, his expression turned serious. “I’m really sorry about Saturday night.” Oh shit. I almost choked on my own tongue; or maybe I had unknowingly swallowed a tennis ball because that’s what it felt like. Was he really going to talk about this? Right here? Now? I might die if this conversation continued. I looked anywhere but directly at him, hoping to develop a quick escape plan – maybe fake a heart attack. He continued, even though I internally begged him to be quiet. “I really didn’t have any intentions of trying anything … out of line.” He sighed nervously, it was adorable. My insides instantly softened. This magnificent man was standing in front of me, offering something I’m sure, he rarely offered to anyone, an apology. I tilted my head and smiled, recognizing in this moment, a small-town girl that stood a good eight inches shorter than him, might have a little power over Cale Davis, once again. “Really?” I linked my arm around his and started walking. “You mean you didn’t intend to sweep into my life like Prince Charming with the intention of stealing my purity?” He bumped me with his elbow, leaned in and whispered into my ear, “I said that wasn’t my intention, but once I got there and saw you in those sexy sweatpants, well, every guy has his limits.” He was teasing, his voice low and sensual making my whole body tingle. I glanced up at his lips–remembering how soft they were and quickly looked back down. Power shifted back to the rightful owner.    

About the Author


If they’d known about ADHD when I was little, my Ritalin dosage would’ve been OFF THE CHARTS!! It goes without saying; I spent A LOT of time by myself after the teacher moved my desk out into the hallway. ** Silver lining** With all that alone time on my hands, I used my imagination to make the world interesting. When I was little, people said I had an "active imagination". In elementary school, teachers called me a "daydreamer". My high school counselor said I needed to “learn how to focus" and my college professors warned me to "buckle down". Before I knew it, it was time to “grow up”. So that’s what I did. I grew up, got married and had five kids. I work as a full time nurse, active in my church, part of the most amazing book club, blog about books with my best friend and cart small humans to school, football, theater, dance ect. Oh yeah...and write a bit when I can and now people say I’m "talented". Moral of my story: Hug your kids, embrace their differences… love them for who they are. Someday, the traits you think are struggles now…Might be what makes them the happiest! Micki lives in small town Iowa with her husband, kids and a fat Cocker Spaniel named Joey. She is the author of Winds of Darkness, released in February of 2013 and Chasing Jenna, to be released Thanksgiving Day, 2014.  

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