Thursday, January 17, 2019

Release Day Review: Grounded (Cookies #2) by Teodora Kostova (Teasers)

Book title: Grounded

Series: sequel to Cookies but can be read as a stand-alone

Length: 85K

Release date: 17 January 2019

Cover photo: Varian Krylov at Strangeland Photography

Cover Design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art


A chance encounter.

A passionate night.

An intense connection.

When medical student Shane Sanford and RAF pilot Greg Becker meet the air between them sizzles with mutual attraction. There’s nothing holding them back as they give in to their desire. But once their paths lead them into a different direction, neither of them can forget the intense connection they’d shared.

When fate brings them together again a year later, they have a choice to make: try and make a long-distance relationship work or let this be a one-night stand again.

With war, tragedy and fear standing in their way, can Shane and Greg overcome the challenges life keeps throwing their way? Is their bond strong enough to survive?

Is love enough?

Grounded is LIVE on Amazon and available on Kindle Unlimited!

About the book:

Grounded is a sequel to Cookies, but it’s Shane and Greg’s story and can be read on its own. I’ve had this book in the works for what seems like ages now. It was a difficult book to write, not only because of the subject matter but also because it doesn’t follow the typical romance novel arc. I had a lot of decisions to make while writing this book, but in the end I just left the characters tell their story as they wanted. I feel that’s the most organic way to do it, especially because I’m a linear writer and have to follow the story as it happens.

What I can say for sure is that Shane and Greg are one of the most intense couples I’ve ever written. Their bond is so strong that as I was writing I felt nothing could hurt them or break them apart. As it often happens, I turned out to be wrong.

But don’t worry, HEA/HFN are guaranteed in all my books, so they eventually get there, but at what cost?

5 Stars of angsty goodness!

Grounded is book 2 in the Cookies series by Teodora Kostova, while it can be read as a standalone, I loved Cookies (book 1) and it runs concurrently with Grounded, so just read them both if you haven't, you won't regret it.

I loved Greg so much from the start of the book. Yes, there were some moments that I wanted to slap some sense into him, but his feelings about his deployment, about Shane and everything happening to him, were just so poignant and heartbreaking, I just wanted to cuddle and make it better. I liked Shane, too, but it took me longer to warm up to him fully. He was a good man overall, but really, some of his decisions and then his whining over the consequences made me want to throat punch him into next week. What was undeniable was the instant connection and the explosive chemistry between Greg and Shane and that, more than anything, was what kept me going through the angst. This book has some of the hottest sex scenes I've read. *fans self*

There was a lot of angst in this book and I know that's not for everyone, but I think it was well balanced with Greg and Shane's growing relationship, the hotter than hot sex, Shane's work at the center and their friends, who I loved, and it has a great HEA, so even if you're not as much into angst as I am, I promise this is a book you don't want to miss out on.

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

Author bio and contacts

Teodora is a bestselling, award winning author writing across genres, but has a soft spot for contemporary romance. As a passionate and vocal supporter of equal rights, LGBTQ+ themes are explored in most of her novels. A Creative Writing and English graduate, Teodora began writing full length novels in college, but only got the courage to show some of them to the world long after she graduated. She’s now been published by several publishers in five languages, and has attended book signings around the world. She loves travelling, and her wanderlust has inspired several of her novels. Her other passion is musical theatre and she can often be found in London’s West End trying to score a last minute ticket for a musical.

When she’s not writing, Teodora loves watching anime, rearranging her enormous bookshelves or walking around London, always looking for a cosy, quirky coffee shop to settle in with her Kindle and a cup of tea.


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