Monday, February 22, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Forbidden Valentine by J.C. Valentine

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FORBIDDEN VALENTINE by J.C. Valentine Forbidden, #4
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:


It started with a drink. It turned into a promise. Ransom Scott lost his heart the day the woman he loved chose another man. Or so he thought. Estranged from his brother, distancing himself from the world, he’s been drowning his sorrows in cheap booze and women…determined to forget. His world is falling apart, until a beautiful woman decides to take a chance on him. Dani Deviche is as bewitching as she is innocent. Full of youth and vitality, she captivates him. Challenges him. She’s everything Ransom never thought to look for in the opposite sex, and he can’t get enough. When a promise of friendship turns into something more, can Ransom fulfill his end of the bargain, or will a secret from Dani’s past destroy his last chance at happiness? **Author’s Note** This book was written as a compliment to the Forbidden Trilogy. However, it can be read as a standalone.

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THERE WAS A STRANGE sensation bubbling just beneath the surface of his skin. Ransom couldn’t put his finger on what it was, but he knew it had to do with his brother and that hug they were forced to share. All he knew was it was warm, comforting, and the underlying meaning he refused to acknowledge set him on edge.
He wasn’t ready to let go of his anger. Some bridges weren’t meant to be crossed, not after so much water had passed beneath it.
The knowledge that his brother couldn’t guard his heart any better than he could made no difference at all, though he knew it should. The problem was that they’d always had a sort of rivalry between them, taking from one another, especially when it came to women. So in his mind, he’d been scorned. Left out to dry like a piece of wet laundry.
And now the very fabric of him was wrinkled, and he didn’t know the first thing about how to iron himself out.
Except that a faint voice in his head whispered to him, and it sounded suspiciously like Dani’s name.
They sat in his living room, the silence a pulsing beat of sexual tension that no one could deny. He wanted her, and he knew, despite her best efforts to deny it, she wanted him, too.
He’d enjoyed having her with him at the party. Hadn’t realized just how much it would mean to him or how much it would affect him. Just by being there, she’d calmed his nerves, as well as silencing the little voice inside his head that wanted nothing more than to climb back in his car and leave.
But she’d served as a safety net. A lifeline. Someone he could lean on, even if she didn’t know it. And she clearly didn’t judging by the way she sat so stiff now, her shyness calling to him. Begging for him to take it away.
He only knew of one way to do that, and he didn’t think she’d go for it.
Sex was something that Ransom had grown accustomed to using in order to bury his feelings, in order to keep the overwhelming depression from sucking him down into an inescapable oblivion. Somehow, he didn’t think it would be the same with Dani. It was a terrifying thought, and the only thing that kept him from jumping on her and ravishing her small, curvy body.
Hers was a body made for sin, and Ransom was inclined to explore every dark corner. Somehow he resisted, though only barely.


Title: Forbidden Valentine
Author: J.C. Valentine
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Rating: ★★★★1/2 Stars (Rounded to 5 for Goodreads & Amazon)
Reviewer: Melyssa
It’s pretty much a given that if it’s a book by this author, I’m picking it up. But it’s even more powerful of a need when it comes to Ransom and him getting the happily ever after I wanted for him throughout the original trilogy.

The happily ever after until Rebel got under my skin that I thought for sure he was going to come out the victor on in the trilogy, but that was not to be.

I love this character. Even in this story where he’s nursing the loss of what he believed to be the love of his life, and to his identical twin no less and was more on the darker side, I wanted him happy. And by the time this book is done, he has that and more.

Not only was this a book about him finding happiness and love, it was also about fixing the damage with his family as well. What had torn the two brothers apart, what had kept him drowning himself in booze when the story first picks up, it was a nice touch by the author having this be a part of it. It felt like a real and true ending, for everyone, even though it was primarily focused on Ransom.

This story had a lot of the elements I find in all of the authors work—a fast paced read with engaging characters despite the length of the story being shorter than ones that came before it and I was sucked in just as deeply in this shorter tale as I`ve been in the past with a lot of her others. I enjoyed the interactions with Ransom, Dani and his family the most. They were as humorous as they were engaging, but there was no part better written than the one that takes place between Dani and Ransom alone. (Shower scene anyone?)

My only real complaint with this story was that for me, it was too short. I guess given my love of Ransom, I just wanted it to be a bit longer than it was. I wanted more. But I’m greedy like that, so whatever. Lol

In the end, it delivered on a happily ever after, plenty of serious moments, a steam level I’ve come to enjoy with this authors stories and just the right touch of humor to make it a great read. And really, what more can you ask for than that.

My only piece of advice is, that while Ransom does kind of standalone in the way it’s written, you should really go back and read the books before it to truly understand what brings the man to the point he’s at when you first meet him. If anything, you’ll find yourself as bewitched by the twins as I was and you can’t go wrong with that.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before its official release. It was the perfect ending to what turned out to be a truly engaging series.


DON'T MISS REBEL'S EPIC, EROTIC LOVE STORY IN THE FIRST 3 BOOKS IN THE FORBIDDEN SERIES

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DANCE FOR ME by J.C. Valentine Forbidden, #1
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Purchase: Amazon (#FREE with #KindleUnlimited)

Synopsis:


What if the person who stole your heart wasn't who you thought they were? When my parents passed away, I grew up fast. Learning to stand on my own two feet has been a challenge, but I'm making it...my way. I make no apologies for the path I've chosen. My choices have served me well, but no one knows the real me. Except one man. He's a mystery to me. He's controlling, demanding, and he has me wrapped around his little finger. Anything he wants, I'll give it to him. The hours we share together aren't about love. It's just sex. Hot, dirty, passionate sex. It was never supposed to be anything more than that. Until everything changed. Now, I'm more confused than ever. The more I learn about him, the less I seem to understand. What I do know is that I'm falling, and I have the feeling when I land, it's going to hurt.

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LIE TO YOU by J.C. Valentine Forbidden, #2
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Purchase: Amazon (#FREE with #KindleUnlimited)

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I thought he was the one. I thought we were headed someplace great. I didn't know anything. My mystery man is no longer such a mystery. He's still commanding and headstrong, playing my body and mind like an instrument, but I'm finding there are layers to him I never could have dreamed. What I've learned since that fateful night in his apartment has me reeling. Now, though, the truth has taken a backstage to other, more pressing matters. While I struggle to make a choice that will determine the direction of my future, lies that I thought had been carefully hidden away are coming to light. My head is such a mess I don't know what's up or down anymore. Will I be able to sort it all out, or will the life I've worked so hard to build come crashing down in a pile of secrets and lies?
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FALL FOR HIM by J.C. Valentine Forbidden, #3
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Purchase: Amazon (#FREE with #KindleUnlimited)

Synopsis:


Two men. Both brothers. One life-changing decision. I made my choice. One perfect weekend assured me I was right. One set of pictures proved me wrong. Graduating college was supposed to be a happy time. Instead, I lost my best friend and suffered the worst kind of betrayal. Now, my whole life is in flux. I need my best friend. I need answers. There’s only one way to fix this. It’s time for a change. It’s time to take back control of my life, and the only way to do it is to face my problems head-on. Even if it means walking into the lion’s den to do it.
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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE


JC Valentine
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward FightersSeries and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry. J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors. Sign up for J.C.’s newsletter and never miss a thing! http://bit.ly/1KxXWWB

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