Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book Blitz-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: FOR SEVEN NIGHTS ONLY by Sarah Balance (A Chase Brothers Story)

For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance
Release Date: January 18, 2016

About the Book:

Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister's wedding—and her ex is the best man. But then a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got "serial dater" written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers, thank you very much. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He's got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…



Sawyer pays Kelsie an unexpected compliment

“You’re pretty when you smile.”

“Thank you.” She paused, then shot him another look. He’d caught her off guard with his seemingly honest compliment, but he was a player, no doubt playing his game as a reflex. “You do realize this is about you giving me tips on attracting a man, and not about you trying to attract me?”

“I’m not trying, sweetheart. But now that you mention it”—he snagged her elbow and gently pulled her out of the flow of sidewalk traffic, Marmaduke trotting behind—“part of attracting a guy is having confidence.” As he spoke, he maneuvered her against the wall, propping his coffee-holding arm beside her and leaning treacherously close until she could feel the heat of his skin.

“Lesson number one,” he said. “There’s not a man alive who won’t fall over himself to get to a woman with confidence, but you’ve got to believe in yourself. The sexier you feel, the more attractive you’ll be. I bet if you…unburied yourself from those mounds of clothes you wear, you wouldn’t need me at all.”

Stunned, she twisted her head to look at him. Big mistake. Green eyes studied her with a ferocity that made no sense, considering the lazy sprawl of the grin that overtook his lips.
“I’m not taking off my clothes,” she managed. Barely. “But nice try. And next time, do us both a favor and spare the theatrics.” Despite her irritation with him, her heart stuttered in her chest, the busy New York street a mere backdrop to the sudden intimacy of his whispered oath. His clean scent enveloped her, lingering with that of the coffee to dull everything that wasn’t pegged on him.

“Let me make one thing clear,” he said softly. Intently. “Theatrics aren’t my thing. I don’t bullsh*t. If I say a woman is sexy, it’s because I mean it. And if I say I want her, I mean that, too.” He paused, giving a passing glance to Marmaduke, who was in a fierce tug-of-war with Sawyer’s shoe string. The string appeared to be winning. “And make no mistake, sweetheart. Should you ever bring yourself to admit out loud that you want me to f*ck you, assuming I’m not otherwise occupied, you damn well better brace yourself.”

It was a good thing she had the wall at her back. She needed it. His words, a thinly veiled seduction, tore at her defenses. It had been too long since anything had.

But if he thought she’d fall for his playboy games, he’d better think again.

“I have a better idea,” she said sweetly. “How about I save the trouble of all that bracing, and you go f*ck yourself instead?”

My Review

I just love a book that has fantastic banter between the lead characters, and For Seven Nights Only was filled with just that.  It made for a fun read, and did a great job of keeping my attention.

Kelsie was one of those female leads that I found very easy to identify with, and while she may seem like a timid, clumsy uncoordinated young woman, she also has plenty of spunky attitude and individuality.  She's quite the opposite of Sawyer who is self-assured and confident, and one hell of a player.  But you know what happens when a player meets that one woman who has him coming back for more, and here we get a great dance between these two that really kept me entertained through the whole book.

While the premise of Kelsie and Sawyer spending time together started off a little bit awkward (to me), everything smooths out pretty quickly and I found it pretty amusing watching Sawyer's reactions as his "lessons" with her start paying off.  And when things finally heat up between the two of them, you'll want to be prepared with your fans on high...because the words hot and steamy will be front and center from that point on.

The chemistry between these two opposite characters made for a really great story, and it was supported by a wonderful cast of secondary characters--I can't wait to read more of this series so I can find out more about them.  For Seven Nights Only was a solid 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend it to any contemporary romance fan (18+ only though for adult language and sexual content).

About the Author:

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. To learn more, visit http://sarahballance.com


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