Monday, September 30, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Cole by J.B. Hartnett

Release Date: September 21st 2013.  Adult Contemporary Romance
Purchase Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1gKcstn

Book Two in the Leaves Series. Adult Contemporary Romance

Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.
Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.
Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.
Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.
Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.
Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.

Sandy B's Review

Inky (Book #1 The Leaves) left me in a bad way with a HELL of a cliffhanger.  Thank God there wasn’t long to wait until the release of Cole.  If I expected for Cole to be like Inky, then I would have been disappointed.  While in Inky we watch as Inky and Cole find each other and fall in love.  In Cole we deal with the aftermath of Inky’s kidnapping by Joe. 
The family has closed ranks, around Anika and Cole.  Cole has mended fences with his father and the man is a changed person.  His mother has had a change of heart and it turns out she still loves her husband.  Actually, it’s very amusing to watch.  There is even a part where they get carried away by their ardor and break some holiday ornaments that had me chuckling.  Aimes is happily pregnant and eating everything in sight.  Gus is being his adorable country boy self.  Anika has accepted Cole’s wedding proposal (Cole doesn’t know it yet) and things are going great! Right?  Except for one little teensy problem.  Joe has kidnapped Anika and no one knows it yet.  Joe is bonkers out of his mind and talking all kinds of crazyness.  Anika is in deep trouble, terrified because she has no idea what’s going to happen to her.  What is she doesn’t survive THIS time.
We know from Inky that Anika and Cole love each other.  What we may not know is how deeply that loves goes.  Cole who has come a very long way to come out of the dark – would rather die, literally, if he were to lose Anika.  To know love and then lose it again is not something that he can contend with ever again.  Anika, on the other hand, is still working her way back from the dark but she knows that they are everything to each other. 
“When I wake up, it’s to his kiss on my forehead. He tells me I’m beautiful every day. He’s gentle with me. He knows my pain and I know his, and neither one of us is afraid to swim through the darkness of the other. The world could be falling down around us, but together we would be impenetrable. He is the other half of my heart, the other half of my soul….without him, I’m incomplete.” – Anika
See what I mean?!  I just wanted to swoon with the intensity of it all. 
Well let me take you out of your misery.  Anika is rescued – I don’t feel bad saying so because it happens in the first third of the book.  I won’t, however, tell you the details cause that would be spoiling it.  Needless to say, if I wasn’t hooked already then these events certainly would have done it.
Though Anika is back safely and wedding plans are progressing nicely – darkness hangs over everything.  All the people surrounding them, obviously, love Cole and Anika.  They are all doing everything they can to distract each other.  Nonetheless, despite desperately trying to form a cocoon around Anika from events that are ongoing we feel the dread of “something wicked this way comes”. 
J.B. Hartnett has written an enthralling read.  The people surrounding the leads are very interesting in and of themselves.  Cole is a beautiful man inside and out.  Inky is a fighter!  What happens to Serena?  Where is Joe?  Do Cole and Anika get the HEA they so richly deserve?  There were times when I wanted more detail – for sure – but when all is said and done it was a satisfying read.  Lastly, I hope that J.B. Hartnett is busy writing because I will be anxiously waiting to 1-Click her next book.

“Don’t move, baby.” He said gently.
“I’m not going anywhere.” I sat Indian style on the bed and hugged my knees up to my chest letting my head rest against them. “You know what?”
“What?” I heard from the direction of the bathroom.
“I always called Evan ‘baby’. My Dad called me ‘baby’ and I wanted to save it for the man I would marry. I’m sorry I wasted it on him when I have you.” He was behind me, pulling my hair back when I felt a brush against my scalp…heaven. “That feels wonderful…what are you doing?”
“I’m getting you ready for bed.” I could hear his smile.
“You’re brushing my hair.” I sighed happily, stating the obvious. “Wouldn’t you rather be having hot-drunk-no holds barred-sex?”
“Does this feel good?”
“It feels incredible.”
“Then we can have hot-drunk- no holds barred-sex another night. But tonight, Christmas Eve, I want you to remember this. I want it to be special. Both of us in our cupcake pajama’s, me holding you, taking care of you…this is the beginning of our life together…baby.”

Book One in The Leaves Series
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Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/18MPakw
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 Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure. She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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