Tuesday, September 20, 2016

~*♥Blog Tour with Review♥*~ Pour Your Heart Out by Zoe Lee


Pour Your Heart Out by Zoe Lee
Release Date: September 15th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Chase Cade is as untethered as a kite without a string. The minute she drives past the “Welcome to Maybelle” sign after six months traveling, she knows the quaint little town is something new entirely. It’s more than the good food and welcoming people -- with the exception of the gruff bartender she meets her first night out. Aden Riveau couldn’t be more rooted in Maybelle if he were an actual tree. In a town that caters to tourists, his bar is the only place the locals have all to themselves. Everyone knows him and he knows everyone, and nothing spoils his peace more than having to deal with nosy, gawking tourists who don’t stick around. She’s only in Maybelle for a vacation, and he’s never taken a vacation in his life. He can’t stop thinking about how different she is, and she can’t stop trying to figure him out. But her reservation has an end, and his never will, unless he can find a way to pour his heart out.

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“Do you think I could get into your secret bartender society now?” she asked with a small, fleeting smile. “Since you kind of just poured out your heart to me?”
Aden looked down at her, his grip relaxing on the railing, the lines at his mouth growing shallower and then all but smoothing off his cheeks, only to reappear suddenly around his eyes as he grinned. “I don’t know, the dues are pretty high,” he warned her.
Holy fucking shit, she thought, her brain flushed of all ability to function. That smile was not the smile of a boring, humorless cynic. It was... it was transformative, like using the flash on a camera so that an image which would be bleak and all shadows without it became colorful and saturated. Her knees locked so that she wouldn’t tip over.
“I’m a pretty good negotiator,” she promised, her brain still mush.
And then he chuckled, a little rumbly sort of thing like a muscle car idling on the street outside, and her heart turned over hard, because that smile and that chuckle were the first time he’d reacted positively to her, untainted by his grumpy attitude. It was... beautiful, and her brainless mind whispered, unable to help it, “But your ex, it is over?” “It’s definitely over,” he declared in that same rumble as his chuckle.
Shivering again, her brain still too tipsy to overanalyze anything, she lifted her hands to scrape up the plaid fabric of his shirt slowly, bumping over the pockets on his pecs. She gripped the muscles right next to his neck and rocked up on the toes of her wedges as best as she could. Her eyes fell again to his mouth, and she kissed him. She was expecting him to hold her at bay or turn his head, not feeling what she was. But those hot, rough hands cupped the back of her head, squishing the tips of her ears heedlessly, and a thick tongue licked her bottom lip. On a soundless gasp, she caught it, and the kiss became a wet surge of tongues back and forth between their mouths. Her body stumbled against his and he took her weight. Their arms tangled together and her thighs trembled from the effort of keeping her balance on her wedges, but she didn’t care. Her exes were also steady, reliable men like Aden, but it had left them dull, their kisses without spirit. Aden kissed like a man who was just as lost in the moment as she, that crooked nose blowing hot blasts against her cheeks as if he were a galloping stallion.
The minutes tumbled one past the next until she grew dizzy from not being able to take in enough air.  Then she stepped back with a gasp, their mouths pulling apart so suddenly that they hung open. Aden stared down at her, his lips parted and his breaths quick.
“Wow,” she breathed in appreciation, “was that your first kiss post-ex?”

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Title: Pour Your Heart Out
Author: Zoe Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone (could be Standalone Series)
Rating: ★★★★1/2 Stars (Rounded to 5 for Goodreads and Amazon)
Reviewer: Melyssa
Books that when you read them make you feel as though you’re home.

I haven’t read nearly as many of those types of stories as I would like, but after coming across this author (and this book) by chance and giving this one a whirl, I can definitely say it’s something I want more of in the future.

This story, the feel that it had, even though this place is one I’ve never been to, or even heard of past this reading, felt like home for me. The people Chase has the pleasure of meeting (the stubborn, set in his ways hero, the funny best friend, the quirky sister etc) they all felt like family very early on. All of the characters bringing to this story, a sense of realness you wouldn’t expect from a fictional endeavor. Add in the locations and the view you get through Chase’s eyes being the tourist she is, well, it was as if I was there with them. A part of the places, the people, the very atmosphere itself.

I was quite literally transported from the real life I live in a huge megacity and implanted in a much slower paced town, complete with all of the things I would expect to make the town as rich as it was portrayed. There is family feuds, crazy parties and even crazier people. Nosy neighbours, loonie exes, you name it, this place had it. But what these characters and the town they all reside in had more than anything was heart. Which made this story incredibly hard to put down once I started.

Where Chase came in more open and friendly, we’ve got Aden on the other side. Settled in the town, content with the way things are, the last thing he wants is to get caught up with a tourist. The very person that could turn the entire world as he knows it on his axis. But turn it she does and caught up he does get. And while there were moments in this where I wanted to smack him with the very kindle I was reading on, I enjoyed the fact that he wasn’t easy. I enjoyed watching the different layers being peeled back until we see the real man buried deep underneath the hard persona he’s projecting to the word. Just as I found it equally as wonderful to witness Chase change as well. See her grow.

It made me believe in them as a couple and believe in the love you could so easily see them falling in despite their differences.

It was natural in its progression, no part rushed or glossed over. The drama present in its pages, real for who and what these characters were. In other words, just the right amount of it to make it work.

As far as debuts go, for this reader, the author knocked it straight out of the park. And with the family type feel that surrounded the love story within, I’m really hoping this isn’t the last time we see Chase and Aden. That it’s not the end of the line for the others. I would love to see how some of the other players in this story would fare with love stories of their own.

But no one more than Dunk (Duncan). I want to pick up and move to this town just so I can have that guy offer me a Popsicle. Lol (sorry Aden…your friend kinda hooked me hard!).

If you’re a fan of romances with low drama, but also ones that take their time materializing, and are also rich in detail and make you feel like you’re coming home, I think you’ll enjoy this. I know I sure as heck did and I can’t wait to see where the author takes us next.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read an early copy of this story. Aden and Chase’s journey one that I’m so thankful to have taken.

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About the Author:

Zoe has been writing since she was a little girl, growing up north of Chicago. Since then, she's lived in Ohio and San Francisco, and now lives near Boulder. She has a job that she loves, but it doesn't sound exciting to anyone else. She does yoga and takes dance classes when she can. She has a husband, who reads her romances, and an amazing little girl, who is way too young to read what Zoe writes (yet). She's inspired by her family and friends, books and art, and all of the places she's traveled.

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