~~Blog Tour~~Summer Rush by Ashley Wilcox

summer rush

Blurb:             summer rush cover

Hope Taylor is a smart Southern girl with a good head on her shoulders and a positive outlook on life. Even though things are simple and predictable, Hope is happy and content.

Her boyfriend is tall, handsome and hardworking. Trent is everything a girl could want in a man and life is going according to plan, until she meets Joey Puccino.

Although Joey is arrogant and gets under her skin, Hope is still drawn to him and her body craves him like a bad drug. Even though she knows it is wrong, the attraction Hope feels is undeniable.

Will Hope choose her simple, yet comfortable life with Trent? Or will she give in to the desire and pull she feels for Joey?

Excerpt:

Joey and I take turns catching waves, taking time in between them to talk and goof around.  My stomach actually hurts from laughing so much.

“Your turn,” I smile, nodding in the direction of the next wave growing in front of us.

“Ride it with me,” he says with a grin.

“What?”  I ask, being caught off guard.

“Let your board float in and ride mine with me,” he repeats with a soft grin.

Giving him a skeptical look he continues, “Trust me- it’ll be fun.” He reaches for my hand.

Noticing the wave getting close, I realize I need to make a quick decision.  Stepping out of my box of predictability, I undo the strap around my ankle and let my board free.

“Sit on the front. I’ll paddle, then jump up when I do,” he explains as I climb up on his board.

My stomach is in knots and my heart rate is through the roof, feeling his face so close to my back as he lies on the board behind me, paddling away from the wave.

Why did I agree to this?

My inhibitions are nowhere to be found when I’m around him.  He brings out a side of me that I didn’t even know existed…careless and free.

Feeling the wave start to push up on the back of the board, I know it’s time.  Glancing over my shoulder, I find him smiling at me.

“Ready?” Joey asks.  Nodding my head yes, he continues, “Up on three…one…two…”

On three we both jump up, planting our feet on the board with my back against his chest.  We both run our right hand along the inside of the wave for what feels like forever.  It’s like everything has gone into slow motion, and we are in this exhilarating bubble together.

Review

4 stars

Summer Rush is a story about how people can change and also, how quickly life can change directions.

Hope thought she had everything she needed with loving parents, an attentive boyfriend and an hour of surfing every morning. But, one encounter with Joey Puccino changes everything for her.  Joey is obnoxious and rude.  He is nothing like what she thinks she wants in a guy but she can’t get him out of her mind. So what does a sweet young girl like her do?? She puts that encounter out of her mind and focuses on her loving boyfriend.

But, Joey keeps showing back up….in her dreams!!  This goes on for a while until she finally admits to herself and her boyfriend, Trent, that she has feelings for a guy she has only met once.  I really felt bad for her but applauded her for making the decision that she did.   You can’t help what your mind and body is telling you and hers was DEFINITELY telling that Joey was it!!

Hope is adjusting to life without Trent when guess who pops back into her life a year later. But, Joey is not the same person that Hope remembers and now she has so many more decisions to make. Sometimes people are not what they seem and that is the case in this story!  These two have some issues to work out but it is all worth it and they both learned some good lessons about life through their relationship.

I really enjoyed this story. I felt like at times the story could have flowed a little smoother but that is personal preference. Hope and Joey’s characters were obviously well thought out and I loved how there were so many meanings that came with this story….forgiveness, hope, love, deception and the fact that people are not always what they seem and can change for the good or bad.

-Jennifer LaFon

 

About the Author

Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded.

I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.

Then there was this book…

Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all.  But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.

 I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days.  Yes, three books in three days.

 I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!).

  Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head.

I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, PLANNING ON FOREVER was born.

The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.

For more information about me, and what I’m working on please follow me on:

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After high school I decided to give college a whirl, but found myself living back home after my first year.  I waitressed for a while then decided I wanted to try my hand at hairdressing. After graduating from cosmetology school, I worked in a salon for a couple of years.

I found myself hating the crazy salon hours so I quit hairdressing and started working in the medical field, answering phones.  Although working the nine to five thing gave me more of a social life, sitting at a desk answering phones was not my cup of tea.

Then came my husband, and the idea of going back to school.  That didn’t last long because I didn’t even finish a full semester.  Luckily, my husband works for a great company that I was able to get a job at, answering phones again. Not my career of choice, but it was a fun working environment.

This time instead of being bored with my career, I got pregnant, and leaving my precious bundle of joy home while I went to work was not going to happen, which leads me to today where I am a stay at home mom with two beautiful little boys.

 

Tour Schedule:

February 4th Whirlwind Books, My Secret Romance

February 5th Lori’s Book Blog, Swept Away By Romance

February 6th Lisa’s Book Reviews, Three Chicks and Their Books, Angie’s Dreamy Reads

February 7th Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost, Miss Vain’s Paranormal Romance, First Class Books

February 8th Book Bitches, Sugar and Spice Book Reviews, Talk Supe

February 11th Autumn Review, Madison Says, I Read Indie

February 12th Queen of the Night Reviews, Stuck In YA

 

Giveaway!!!

An ebook copy of Summer Rush will be given to one lucky winner 🙂 All you need to do is comment below with your email address  Good Luck!

 

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