Friday, June 8, 2018

Release Blitz: Explicit by Ava Harrison (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Title: Explicit
Author: Ava Harrison
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 8, 2018 Release Day Special $2.99

Pierce Lancaster is bad news. 

Sexy as —
He’s exactly what I don’t want in my life. What I don't need. 
I’m not the girl he knew before. 
I’ve changed. 
But he hasn’t.
He’s trouble filled with empty promises.
I’ve come too far to fall back.
Yet I can’t seem to stay away. 
I can’t say no. 
I am addicted to Pierce Lancaster.

“Hey, I never got a taste,” Pierce exclaims.

“Oops.” I smile innocently. “There’s none left. Maybe next time.”
Before I know it, he’s leaning into me. Into my personal space, he’s so close I’m dizzy. Our gazes are locked. My breath comes out ragged and harsh from being this close to him. What is he doing?
He answers my unspoken question by taking my hand in his. My heart hammers heavily in my chest as it lifts. The feel of his fingers on me is hot and heady, the memories that are imprinted on my mind resurfacing to the forefront of my brain. I remember everything. 
We stare at each other.
Neither speaking.
The seconds pass, but it feels like everything is on pause as I wait to see what he will do. The boys talking in the background is a steady buzz against the pounding in my chest.
He lifts. 
His tongue juts out, and he swipes the tip of my finger where the cream from the filling has collected. Before I can think, he places it in his mouth and eats the rest.
“Ewwwww,” rings out through the room. The sound of the boys gagging pulls me out of my haze.
“What are you doing?”
“Having dessert.” He winks. His emerald green eyes twinkling with mischief.
He’s too close. Too damn close. I remember what his lips feel like against my skin. Decadent. Like the first bite of a macaron. 
I need to get away.

Mari's Review

4 Stars!

I loved, loved, LOVED Pierce! I know he was a hot mess at the start of the book, but there was an underlying vulnerability to him that just made me want to make it better. Yes, he's the poor little rich guy who's had everything handed to him, but the fact that he never had someone tell him they believed in him until Carson did was heartbreaking. I won't say he was perfect, because he sure wasn't. He was flawed and broken and so lost, but there was something about him that made me want to see him succeed and find his way.

I wish I could say the same about Lindsey. While I didn't quite dislike her at first, her inability to see that she'd messed up with Pierce and he was just lashing out after their first encounter and then how she tried to get him out of the program like he didn't deserve a second chance just as much as her or the kids there, just made me want to strangle her, and shake her, and maybe punch her. She's judgmental and not as nice or good as she thinks she is. She did get better in the second half of the book, at least where Pierce was concerned. She was supportive and there for him when he needed her the most. But she was also so stubborn about her scars and her PT and wanting to run again. *shakes head as she tries not to want to strangle Lindsey... again*

This is a very emotional, hurt/comfort read that had me in tears several times (mostly because of Pierce *cuddles him*). It was angsty and hot and I couldn't get enough of Pierce. While I didn't particularly care about Lindsey during most of the story, I can admit that she and Pierce had amazing chemistry and were very hot together. This was my first book by Ava Harrison, but I can assure you it won't be the last. It was a very enjoyable story and I have no trouble recommending it, just don't forget to stock up on the tissues before you start, you'll need them. ;)

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Ava Harrison is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author. 
When she's not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book. 

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