Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blog Tour Stop: "Always In" by M.R. Joseph

Author: M.R. Joseph
The Shore Series #2
My name is Raphael Cruz. I was once a man made up of only flesh and bone. Never feeling, just existing. I indulged in the pleasures that others gave to me, and those I gave to them. That's all it was—pleasure. Physical pleasure. No emotions, no attachments. I didn't need all those feelings, didn't want them. There was no longing for love, no longing to let anyone in. Until I found her. And I gave in.

Harlow Hannum showed me what love was all about. I savored it and held it close, not even knowing I really wanted it in my life. She made me feel loved. She made me accept love. She taught me how to love in return. My heart was open to it all. My heart was hers. It belonged to her. But, she never knew. And then lies, deceit and betrayal forced me to lose the one thing that made me more than a man who just existed.

I should have told her I loved her when I had the chance. I should have told her I gave in to all the powers that love possess.

Will I ever have the chance to tell her? Will my past mistakes never give me that chance?

4 - 4.5 Stars

“Giving in to love was the best mistake I ever made.”

Holy Moses, I sure experienced severe anger issues throughout this book! Like really, I wanted to hurt Harlow. Seriously. I even texted my friend and fellow blogger, Lisa (Abby & Lisa’s Book Blog), about it. HOWEVER, all this said, don’t get the wrong impression. When an author manages to evoke emotions from readers – even if it’s anger, hatred, or heartache – that means the book is written well…very well. MR Joseph had my heart on a wild ride with this sequel.

The ending in book one left me speechless (holy cliffhanger, Batman!), so I was DYING to read Always In. I had fallen in love with Cruz during Giving In and while reading this 2nd installment, there wasn’t an ounce of a doubt that I was and will forever be #TeamCruz.  

“I exist without her. Barely.”

Harlow’s situationyes, I got it and I sympathized with her, but only to a certain extent. I felt like she was being super stubborn and it really pissed me off. Like I said, I was and forever will be #TeamCruz, so my heart broke time and time again for him. I felt his pain, his anguish, his heartache. I wanted to cry for him. If only Harlow gave him – gave herself – a chance to see what could be.

“When you love someone, you don’t just give up.”

There was another situation that complicated things for my dear Cruz, BUT, where THAT is concerned, I won’t really go into details because it will give away A LOT of the plot. Suffice it to say, as much as I loved Cruz, that other situation made my heart skip a few beats.

Well anyway, fast forward to the Epilogue and I felt like I could FINALLY breathe!  Oh my goodness, what a ride! I can’t even begin to express how happy that ending made me. I felt like things were finally how they were supposed to be…how they were meant to be. Thank you, MR Joseph for giving us a wonderful ending! My heart is truly elated. I recommend this book….and a bottle of wine to go with it. ;)

“My girl, my love, the one who owns my soul. She was once lost, but she found her way back to me. This time she’s the one who gave in.”


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See where it all started.....

The Shore Series #1
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?

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Read my review ➜ here 

M.R. Joseph 

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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