Friday, January 10, 2014

My Beautiful - Book Tour (V)

Title: My Beautiful (Lifeless #2)
Author: J.M. La Rocca
Release Date: December 16, 2013


It has been eight months since Scarlett Moore last saw Kade Evans. After being left hurt and confused she tried to forget about him, but he wasn’t easy to forget. She found herself thinking about him often. Even her best friend Jules did her best to get him off her mind by pushing her toward Bryce, the one person Scarlett was not sure she wanted to be involved with. When a new job opportunity is offered to her and Jules, they jump on it. The idea of starting over again and forgetting the past is enticing to Scarlett even if it moves her to Los Angeles, the same place Kade lives.

Kade Evans’ life revolved around his band, alcohol, drugs, and women…until he met Scarlett. She is the light to his darkness, his beautiful; the one that makes him see what the future might hold. That is, until his past came barreling back into his life, ruining everything. Hurting her was the last thing he wanted to do, but he did what he had to do to protect her. His plan is to find a way out of his new life before he tries to win her heart back. But life has a plan of its own and unexpectedly, Scarlett walks back into his life.

When they meet again, the fire she thought burned out is reignited and the plans he made are rearranged.

Just when things start to fall into place, they all seem to fall apart and the one person they think they can trust turns out to be the one to hurt them the most.

Review—My Beautiful by J.M. La Rocca

“I’m not one to dwell on the past, Nick, so I find it best that we start out fresh.  In this line of business, being a dweller will get you killed.  So if there is something that you need to say, get it out now and never bring it up again.”

Kade/Nick wants out.  Hell, he never wanted in.  Being part of a Mobster family is not the image Kade wants to portray in his career as a singer.  He wants no association with his family, for more than just one reason…but one that sticks out the most: his very own uncle killed his entire family.  How does one get past that?  Frank DiCosola’s lifestyle is the exact opposite of what Kade wants; writing music, performing with his brothers/bandmates, and being with his woman, Scarlett.

But there are just some things you can’t get out of.  And being blood holds a pretty strong tie to Kade…he can’t get out if he tried.  And now, he’s pushed away Scarlett in hopes of protecting her from getting hurt or her being used against him.  Problem is he can only stay away for so long.  Moving across the country was supposed to help get her out of his mind but after eight months, Scarlett is once again in his city.  He can’t avoid her forever…more importantly, he doesn’t want to.

“After my first month of working with the ‘family’, I learned the rules Frank had mentioned to me that first night I met with him; the night I decided to let Scarlett go.  Rule #1: Always show respect. Rule #2: Never do business with the TraPani’s. Rule #3: Never betray the family. Rule #4: You F**k up, we’ll take you out.”
“If anything, that was the one thing I always thought about.  I still didn’t understand what was going on with Kade.  I head heard almost everything they had said that night while eavesdropping and I had Googled his uncle, but I still didn’t understand what that had to do with him.  I had questions that would never be answered.  Why didn’t he just tell me what was going on?  Why did he have two different names?  Why did he choose them over me?  It had been eight months and I still thought about it.  I wasn’t pining over him, but I did miss him…a lot.  The way he made me feel seemed irreplaceable.”

Scarlett Moore is trying to make a fresh start.  After Kade dumped her, she decided the best thing to do is throw herself into her work…and it pays off.  She and Jules, her best friend, get promoted in their job and start on a new journey cross-country to LA in order to start the newest Entertainment Branch.  Now, if only she can avoid the man from her past that has caused nothing but heartache…and the man who she has been avoiding for months.  Yes, there are two—Kade and Bryce.

Both men have secrets, and a life Scarlett knows nothing about.  Honestly, she’s not even sure she wants to know.  At this point, she just wants to move forward…

“As for the secret life, I should have been happy that things ended like they did.  That he let me go.  But I wasn’t.  After everything that happened with Kade, I think I’d learned a lot, and I was looking at things from a different perspective.”
“I thought it was funny how, in life, you could go from lust to love, from hurt to pissed, and then acceptance.  I accepted what happened.  I was still pissed off about it.  It hurt to look at him because it brought up the memories, which reminded me why I loved him to begin with.”

But love isn’t always enough…or is it?

Sometimes things aren’t exactly what they seem; those are Frank’s exact words to Nick/Kade when things first started to change…now they hold an importance that no one ever saw coming.

I can honestly say, La Rocca is a talented writer.  She has a way to make you feel as though you are breezing right through the story.  I loved that even though it was a full-length novel, it didn’t feel like I was reading forever. (You know those books that you read and think you’ve gotten really far and it’s only like 5%?  Yeah, this isn’t one of those books—thank goodness!) 

The story between Kade/Nick and Scarlett really kept me pulled in.  Throw in Bryce/Kevin and it was the perfect triangle…but…wait, I almost gave it away!  You have to read to find out the crazy that ensues as Kade and Scarlett find their way back to one another…or do they?  Some things are stronger than love…and sometimes blood really does run thicker than water.

**4 Mobster Love Stars**

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I slowly walked up to her, lifting my hand up to caress her cheek. “I still can’t believe I’m here with you.” “Me too,” she sighed as she leaned into my hand. Lifting my other hand, I ran my fingers through her hair. I pulled the elastic band out and grasped her hair into my fist, then my mouth was on hers. She let out a soft moan as our lips finally connected, our tongues teasing and our teeth biting. My breaths were coming rapidly and I couldn’t contain my own hums of approval as she explored my body with her hands. Letting my hands drop, I found the tie that held her robe closed. I untied it and pulled it apart. My hands started to do their own exploring; it didn’t take long until I discovered she wasn’t wearing anything underneath. I groaned and my cock twitched. I was now hard as a rock. I had to slow down before it was over faster than it started. I wanted to savor every moment. Slowly, I pulled my lips away and looked at her beautiful face. Her cheeks were flushed and her lips swollen and red. Just the sight of her in front of me all flushed and breathing heavily with her robe gaping open, made me want to throw her on the bed and fuck her into oblivion. But it would be over too soon for me. I wanted to taste every inch of her. Memorize every curve of her body, every moan that escaped her lips. I wanted to make her come until she begged me to stop. Only then would I succumb to my own needs. I lifted my hands up to her shoulders and gently pushed the robe back making it fall in a lump at her feet. “Go lay on the bed and spread your legs for me.” She hesitated for only a second. I said I would let her have control, but tonight I needed it. I had no control over anything else in my life at that moment, so right then, I needed the control. Especially after the night I had. I walked to the end of the bed as she got comfortable, resting her hands on her sides as she spread her legs for me. I could see goose bumps on her body as she bit her lower lip and gazed at me with hooded eyes. She was wet for me and I licked my lips in anticipation. I had to hold myself back from diving right in. Not once did I go down on anyone else while Scarlett and I were apart. Her taste and her smell were burned into my receptors and I didn’t want anything else to fuck that up. And right then, I needed a little reminding.

Author Bio:

J.M. La Rocca was born in Chicago, IL. At an early age, her family relocated to lower Alabama where she began her love for writing. She currently resides in Pensacola, FL with her husband and twin sons. As a stay at home mom, La Rocca was able to pursue her love for writing. It was always an unrealized dream to write her own book. With the encouragement of her mother, La Rocca began to set to paper her ideas for her first book.

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