Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review of Giving In by M.R. Joseph

Title: Giving In (The Sandy Cove Series Book #1)
Author: M.R. Joseph
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Coming of Age
Expected Release Date: End of February 2014



"Love has a way of finding you, even when you've given up."
Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.

Harlow Hannum is your typical girl- next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long. 

With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?



Oil and vinegar... Black and white... Mild and spicy... get my drift? Harlow and Cruz... opposite sides of the proverbial "tracks".  He is a man-whore and is proud of it.  She has had one lover and is going through a particularly difficult time after their break-up.

A chance encounter at a bar; Harlow wants to show her ex she has moved on after seeing him kissing a new conquest; Cruz is drunk; Harlow is drunk; there is a handy ladies' room and the rest is a mind-bogglin' sex encounter never to be forgotten.

A year passes and Harlow and Cruz are thrown together again.  What started as a lusty encounter evolves into a friendship with a promise for more.  This is not easy... they banter and fight like the best of them.  They are so different!

I loved this book.  It reminded me of my college years and the love/hate relationship I had with some of the boys who eventually became my best friends.  Sometimes the chemistry works in a fierce way and makes such a reaction in you that you fight it and the person making you feel this unusual passion/fury inside you.  You fight this unknown force by busting his b*lls every time you can.  What appears to be banter is really foreplay.  Neither of you wanting to admit the attraction and need to meet in the middle.

This story is not without pain.  As Harlow and Cruz mature both in their thinking and their relationship, life throws some heavy duty obstacles their way.  Please be forewarned... this story ends in a cliffhanger be continued.  It is my hope that M.R. Joseph will not make us wait too long for Book #2 in this series. I need to know what happens next!!!

About the Author

I'm a book enthusiast, turned author, who loves all things "Happily Ever After".

 My first book, 'Reunion' debuted in November, 2012. Meant only to be a Christmas gift to my family and closest friends, word got out, and here I am. The second in the series, 'You Belong With Me', released in March, 2013, and the final installment in the series, 'Letters to Luca', released August 2013.

Mom and wife by day, writer of contemporary romance by night, I believe in soul mates, true love, and all that mushy stuff.

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