Saturday 12 October 2013

Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaways ~ Chasing Dreams (Devil's Bend 1) by Nicole Edwards

Book Description:

Cooper Krenshaw knows what it’s like to feel the bright lights upon him, the sound of the crowd roaring when he walks on stage; after all, he happens to be one of the biggest names in country music at the moment. And he has knowingly just dropped off the grid. The first decision he has made on his own in quite some time. Cooper only thought he was looking for a challenge when he walked off of that concert stage in Chicago. After finding himself in Devil’s Bend, Texas, he soon realizes that the dream he’s been chasing might not be the one he was after all along.

Now he’s found himself not only starting over in a new town, but he’s pretty sure he’s met the toughest challenge of his life... she just happens to be an angel in blue jeans.

Tessa Donovan hasn’t been the best of friends with Fate for quite some time now. Owning and operating The Rusty Nail, a small bar in her hometown of Devil’s Bend, has been enough to keep her going through the motions of her life. But it’s the only thing she’s got. After losing her husband fifteen short months after they were married, Tessa has spent the last four years chasing dreams in order to maintain her sanity. Only those dreams are soon ripped right out of her grasp by a sexy country music star who claims he descended on her small town by accident.

Coincidence? Or has Fate stepped in once again? Whatever the case, Tessa knows the handsome cowboy might get to overtake her dreams, but she’s bound and determined that he won’t take her heart.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

**ARC received for honest review**

“From the first time I saw her Her smile spoke to my soul My heart found a home Right there in the arms of my angel in blue jeans.”

We all know that I am a lover of anything Nicole Edwards and this book certainly doesn’t disappoint. I know that Nicole was a bit nervous with this one as she is well known for her super steamy, erotic romances and was going for something different this time. Why was she worried!!! She has delivered a brilliant steamy, contemporary romance!! For all us romantics at heart, this is a fab read that will have you swooning, you cannot help but fall in love with Cooper and Tessa and Nicole takes you on such an amazing journey with these two that you cannot help but will them on till the very end.

Tessa Donovan part owns the “Rusty Nail” bar in Devils Bend, this bar was her and her brother Adam’s inheritance from their absentee father. Tessa runs the bar and Adam manages the entertainment side, bringing in bands and singers to take to the stage.

Tessa is an extremely private and guarded person, she has had her fair share of heartache! Her husband died in the line of duty as he was a police officer and then when she finally managed to take the leap of faith into another relationship, it ended badly with the douchebag slandering her reputation all over town, so now she is reluctant to ever put herself in that position again. Keeping house with her two Siberian Huskies she is quite content living the life she does but she is lonely. She has her dreams and aspirations and is trying her hardest to achieve them. But will her life ever be the same when her brother brings one his university friends to play at The Rusty Nail.

“Tessa knew without a doubt, no matter how hard she fought and pleaded with her heart, Cooper was going to the next man to break her.”

Cooper Krenshaw is “hot stuff” in the country music world, he is at the top of his field, but he too has his own problems, feeling the pressure and burn out, he decides to take a break and just drives. He ends up getting in contact with Adam and Adam books him to play at the Rusty Nail.

Tessa and Cooper have an instant attraction to each other, however Tessa is worried, especially due to her past experiences and also the fact that Cooper is only in town to recharge. Will Tessa be the motive that Cooper needs to seek a permanent residence away from Nashville? Will Cooper’s manager and fans be happy with him leaving?

“I’m not interested in casual, Tessa. I haven’t been interested in casual for a long time. I’m old enough to know what I want, and playing games ain’t it.”

These two have a lot to overcome during this story, but it was told beautifully, you couldn’t help but be captivated by their story and I couldn’t put it down. Tessa is an amazing character, she had been badly burned in the past and her past was by no means happy but she still managed to be upbeat and tried to be happy. She put on a brave front to her family and friends but Nicole let us see the real Tessa during this story.

“Chasing dreams seemed to be the only thing he knew how to do.”

Cooper, what a guy!! He was your tall, ripped, handsome cowboy with a hot gravelly voice to boot. He was smooth, he could talk and sing your panties off in a flash. He had hoards of fans that whilst he appreciated them, they could also be a total pain. He loved having his quiet moments, he craved that peace, quiet and tranquillity.

I loved this story, I felt their love and passion, the smexy times were still steamy even without the added signature Nicole Edwards kink. As I was reading and going through their various ups and downs and typical new relationship problems and insecurities I was willing them together all the way. They truly deserved each other and were so alike. They were soul mates.

“Awww, shucks, cowboy,” Tessa said with a mischievous grin. “You’re not so bad yourself.”

Once again Nicole, super read, I can’t wait to see where this series goes. Loved the fact that the Walker’s were Tessa’s cousins, so perhaps there will be some more crossovers coming up?? Would love to see a book about Dalton who we were introduced to in this book and also Jack, he deserves his HEA too.
About the Author: 

Nicole lives in Texas with her husband, Colt, three kids and four dogs. It's quite the household and most of the time you'll find her locked away in her office... writing. When she's not, you'll likely find her reading, swimming, or hanging out in the yard with the dogs, doing her best to keep them in line. (And no, it doesn't usually work)

Ever want to let that other part of you loose? The part that has secret desires and taboo fantasies? Well, that's what brought about Nicole Edwards. She's an alter ego. In truth, she's a full-fledged part of me. The secret part made up of sinfully hot desires and erotic thoughts. Get to know how Nicole's naughty mind works by checking out her books!

About me... hmmm...

Ok, I've been asked to provide a little bit of "real" information about myself. That's harder to do than you think it is, especially for someone who has difficulty talking about themselves. ;) But, here goes...

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a kid, I loved creative writing and as I got older, I got acquainted with those voices in my head and that led to putting my stories on paper. And now, here I am all these years later, spending my days doing what I love most. I decided to give myself over to writing full time in 2012 and I haven't looked back. I spent nearly 13 years in the corporate world and I have to say, this is a bit of a change (just a little) and I am loving every second of it.

I live in Texas with my husband and three amazing kids and our four beloved dogs. If I'm not writing, I'm usually reading. I devour everything I can get my hands on. I love romance of any type and being an Indie author myself, I'm always looking for new Indies to support. I haven't always been into reading, but about eleven years ago, I picked up a book - I'm pretty sure it was by Nora Roberts - and from there, I haven't stopped. Before I began writing full time, and my characters started taking up so much of my time, I was reading about 200 books a year. That has dwindled somewhat, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't read.

An interesting fact... I don't watch television - aside from the occasional news anyway. I will go see a movie or two rarely, but for the most part, I get all of my entertainment from a book. Some of my favorite authors include J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Lora Leigh, Jane Rylon, Lori Foster, and Jaci Burton just to name a few.

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