Book Title: Pressure Point Author: Olivia Luck Genre: New Adult Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
BlurbI know what you’re thinking. It’s unconventional to want a man nine years older than you. It’s inconvenient to crush on your dearest friend’s older brother. It’s silly to pine after a man for six years. It’s cliché to lust after a celebrity. It’s pathetic to fall in love with a man who barely knows you exist. I know what you’re thinking because I’ve thought it all, too. And yet that hasn’t stopped me from wanting Blake Campbell. Charming, gorgeous, brilliant, kind, selfless – Blake is everything I’ve ever wanted, but he doesn’t see me that way. In fact, he hardly noticed me until one night. Traumatic events brought us together for the first time, but then he tossed me aside. I know it’s irrational, but I wanted him up until the moment he left me lying there alone. When his eyes finally open and he finds out I’ve left, will it be too late?
They say life is about choices. You spend your life making decisions and dealing with the consequences, whether they are positive or negative. In my tumultuous frame of mind, I make a choice. A very poorly thought out choice, but one that I have to live with, nevertheless. As soon as Cassidy finishes her encore, I tell the girls that we’re going backstage to meet the singer. They follow behind the private elevator to the lower level of the Chi Center, talking giddily. I push their voices out of my mind, leading them with long, purposeful strides. There are perks to owning the joint. The security guards clear the way for me, knowing not to bother me when I’m in a foul mood. With a short knock, I push my way into Cassidy’s crowded backstage room. The moment she lays her fake-eyelash covered gaze on me, she squeals. The sound hurts my ears, but I pretend it doesn’t. “Blake Campbell, I didn’t know you were coming back here!” She literally launches herself at me, latching her over tanned arms around my neck and thrusting her glitter-speckled tits against my chest. And then, in plain sight of Stella, I yank the pop star into my arms and thrust my tongue down her throat. You are a moron.
“Just like those cute penguins that mate for life, I earnestly believe that when you meet the right on, you’re hooked for good. In the deepest recesses of my mind, that’s what threw me for a loop when I saw Blake. As silly as it sounds, and believe me, I’ve tried to squelch the persistent thought in my mind, I felt a connection between us.”
There are always two sides to every story and this one is Blake’s. In New Point we met Zoe Baker, little sister to Blake Campbell, owner of two sports teams and son to the famous Stewart Campbell. In Pressure Point we are given the backdrop to Zoe’s story and we also meet Stella Bacciao. Stella is Zoe’s RA in college, and quickly becomes her best friend as well. The thing with Stella is that because of her genuine heart of gold, she places everyone’s needs above her own…but she still can’t help the fact that she felt something for Blake Campbell. Even if it can never happen because she in no way would want to jeopardize her relationship with Zoe, it doesn’t stop the feelings that continue to grow with every passing year.
But, she’s not the only one with feelings she cannot act on…
“Effortless, and without a word, Stella brought out the best in me. A guardian angel watching over my sister and me.”
Afraid to feel, let alone get involved with anyone, Blake remains stoic and impartial when it comes to Stella for fear that she will see through him. But no matter what he does, she sees him…and after tragedy strikes, he loses control and takes advantage of the one person who would willingly give him anything.
“Never let ‘em see you sweat. The mantra that I have lived my life by went straight into the gutter the moment that I invited Stella past my carefully constructed steel mask. For so long I’ve lived by the code of a perfectly polished exterior, never revealing my emotions. Hell, now I’m quoting a fairy tale to Stella like some ***-whipped chump.”
This is one of those books where finding out the before and during in a storyline make it that much more gripping. I love when tales tie together whether they be going back in time or springing forward. While this story had Zoe and Miles very present, it was about Stella and Blake. Stella, the petite Italian girl who loves and gives with everything she is and Blake, the famous big-brother turned guardian and caretaker to his sister, Zoe. Not to mention, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and maintaining a façade of strength when what he really needs is someone to lean on himself.
I loved Stella’s quiet strength, her fire and determination to be the best at everything she does as well as never taking anything or anyone for granted. I loved her family. Luck did a fantastic job of showing what a graceful and quietly powerful woman really is like. And that is what ultimately sold this story.
I know we all like to swoon over the gorgeous untouchable bad-boy, and Blake is definitely that. Trust me, I swooned at some point too…but it’s ultimately Stella who makes him a better man than he could’ve ever been without her.
**5 Calm Under Pressure, Stars**
Meet the Author
Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family. Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
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