Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY ~Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick~

Title: Four Weddings and a Break Up
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Series: Cape Hope #1
Release Date: May 12, 2014

My Rating: 4 Stars
One fake relationship . . .

Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.

Too many real kisses . . .

Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.
The door creaked open. A young, dark-haired woman came out into the darkness. She held a tray with a beer on top of it. It wasn’t until she stepped into the dim light that he could make out her features.

She had the type of curves that separated the women from the girls.

Generous breasts that made his mouth water and lush hips he could hold onto. Shapely legs under a flared-out blue skirt and soft arms. An oval-shaped face with a pouty, pink mouth that begged for kissing, and deep brown eyes framed by sooty lashes. Glossy, rich brown hair tumbled over her shoulders, the ends dancing along the top of her breasts in a v-neck, white cotton t-shirt.

She was beautiful, sexy, and he was interested. Very interested.

Even though his whole body tightened in anticipation, he kept his stance and tone relaxed. “That for me?”

“The beer?” She glanced down at the tray and let out a nervous laugh that did something to his insides.

He found himself stepping closer, trying to understand this sudden need drumming in his veins. He’d never felt this pull before . . . there was something about her that made him want to know more. Like how she smelled, how she tasted, and how she would look naked in his arms. Well, he knew the answer to that last one.

She would look damn good naked in his arms.

“Yeah. It’s for—” Words died on her lips as she glanced up at him, her eyes widening as she realized he was inches away, their bodies facing each other as if they were about to dance. Not any of that slow waltzing thing but a dirty bump and grind where she’d rub herself against him. He’d been wrong. He thought her eyes were brown. Brown was too commonplace. Rich like melted dark chocolate. She gave brown-eyed girl a whole new meaning.

As their gazes held and lingered, those brown eyes darkened with desire. A faint blush stole her cheeks, and she licked her pouty lips. The air grew thick with want, the tension crackling. Then she ducked her head, her blush deepening.

I have to warn you, this story is not as contemporary and light-hearted as I thought it was going to be. It has a deeper element that both surprised and delighted me. Of course it does have the fun-loving, small town, comical feel to it as well. It's almost like a smorgasbord of elements that blend together so effortlessly.

It's a one night stand turned fake relationship turned real relationship, with the all inclusive messy feelings. Ginny was dared to confront Wes in a bar during a bachelorette party. It's one of those "Well, that escalated quickly" scenarios because she does more than get his number and a kiss. She gets him doing the down and dirty with her outside the bar. All within the first scene. I love where this is going. Well, they chalk it up to never happening again, and go on their merry ways. Little do the know, they are headed towards the same meddling small town and will be stuck running into one another for the summer. Wes sees how this can work to their advantage though. He proposes that they fake a relationship so they can actually have some peace and quiet from said meddlers of the town. Neither of them were suspecting to find the connection of a lifetime. And yet, their new found infatuation can't be front and center because they both have worrisome filled plates at the moment. Ginny is still dealing with a horrid ordeal from her not so distant past, while Wes is dealing with his ailing father. And there's just that small matter of the summer coming to an end and danger chasing after Ginny.

Four Weddings and a Break Up will have you laughing one minute, then switch to a baring of the souls. Between Wes and Ginny they have a lot to work through, but I think they work through it best together. This cast of characters are just a riot of laughs and I look forward to seeing them appear in future books. In the midst of the humor, and deeper, more suspenseful parts of the book is the romance. Wes and Ginny have a very hot and fiery passion building between them throughout the book. So you can definitely add that to the list of accolades this book has racked up. Elyssa Patrick is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I had previously read her Stay With Me book, and loved it. Four Weddings and a Break Up may have upped the ante a little bit!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Meet Elyssa:
Elyssa Patrick is a former high school English teacher who left the classroom to write contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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