Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Blog Tour: Falling for You by Heather Thurmeier. Review, extras and giveaway
Paperback, 242 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Crimson Romance
ISBN 1440552045 (ISBN13: 9781440552045)
Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Falling for You blurb:
Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as “over him” as she thought—and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke.
After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day.
Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation.
But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.
Firstly, I want to warn readers before they get any further that this book contains mature content of a romantic nature, it is of a far more discreet level than the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey (which I haven’t actually read) or Bared to You, but I thought I would mention it before anybody gets upset.
Now that that’s out of the way I can say that I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. It was such a fun read! I’m not a fan of a reality TV in general and find it hard to understand why people would want to be involved in it, but I can understand in this that Cassidy wants to try something new and to have an adventure – it definitely puts her in situations she is not used to. She’s a really interesting character; I’d like to be friends with her, although I would have to fight her for Evan who is definitely swoon-worthy and worth breaking the rules over! I fell in love with him a little bit; Thurmeier writes great descriptions and the story is quite well written so you grow to love and hate the main characters depending on their actions. I found it to be easy to read and I got into the story really quickly; the author had a nicely flowing, effortless style. My only problem was that I did not see the appeal of Brad at all. The author mentions that he can be sweet but I just didn’t notice all that much of that.
The romantic parts of the book are lovely and Thurmeier builds the tension between Cassidy and Evan really well. The scenes as part of the TV show are funny and add to the tension between the characters. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, Stuck on You, which follows a lovely character from this story in another reality TV show. I definitely recommend this, 7 out of 10 from me.
I chose this excerpt from the book because it shows some of the drama and comedy:
“I don’t know about you girls,” Zoe said, “but I definitely think there are more hot men here than just the bachelor we’re all fighting for.”
“What are you talking about?” Holly asked. “Brad is super-hot. Like hawt.”
“Yeah I know, but you can’t honestly say you haven’t noticed the guys following us around, right?” Zoe nodded her head in the general direction of the cameramen surrounding the pool a few feet back.
“Zoe, you know they can still hear us in here,” Erica whispered.
Cassidy opened her eyes at the talk of cameramen. What is Zoe up to now?
“I know they can hear us, moron. That’s the point.” Zoe propped herself up on the edge of the hot tub on her forearms, forcing her breasts to jut out in front of her. “And I’m hoping one particular cameraman likes what he hears…and sees.”
Cassidy’s jaw dropped into the hot water as she realized Zoe was not only being overtly sexual, again, but this time it was projected directly at Evan. Her Evan.
Back off bi-otch. Six, seven, eight… Just relax. Keep your mouth shut. This is none of your business.
“You know we can’t do anything with the crew,” Erica said. “It said so on one of those forms we signed.”
“I know that,” Zoe huffed, “but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun while I’m waiting around for the finale, does it? Besides, someone needs to give America something good to watch. You girls certainly aren’t helping the ratings.”
Holly rolled her eyes. “So you’re going to screw around with the crew to help ratings?”
“Oh relax, girls. It’s not like I’m going to sleep with him or anything.” Zoe smirked. “Just a little harmless flirting, that’s all. Unless of course, someone else already has her eyes on him?”
Cassidy locked eyes with Zoe.
Is she implying there’s something going on with me and Evan? Why would she think that? Just because I want to jump him every time I’m near him doesn’t mean I have a thing for him. I can’t help it if my mind goes to dirty places when he’s around. I’ve never acted on one of those thoughts, so what’s she getting at? It’s not like she can read my mind… Can she? No, idiot, she can’t.
Say something, she’s still staring at you.
“You can do whatever you want, right girls?” Cassidy said to the other women. “Maybe you’ll even get yourself kicked off the show.”
“They can’t kick me out for saying hello and being polite.”
I can kick you.
Author biography: Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel.
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