Saturday, June 21, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Love Discovered by Ella Jade

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

 The Steeple Town Series, Book 2

When they met, love was the last thing they were looking to discover...

Local bar owner Cali Tate has always been trendy, easy-going, and impulsive. She isn't afraid to take chances, but her carefree attitude may have put her restaurant in jeopardy. Her failing business is beginning to take a toll on her, both mentally and financially. When her best friend asks her to do a favor and take some books to the town's reclusive professor Cali welcomes the distraction. To her surprise, the sexy professor is nothing like she had pictured him.

Dr. Carter Stavros wants to be left alone. He's set in his ways and doesn't want to be bothered with the outside world. Wanting to escape the demons of his recent past, he moved to Steeple, taking a sabbatical from his teaching job to write a book. He wasn't prepared for the spunky, persistent bar owner to invade his life. But the more she pushes, the more intrigued he becomes.

Neither one of them expected to find any common ground, much less fall in love. What happens when an OCD professor collides with a risk-taking woman who won't take 'no' for an answer?

Content Warning: contains graphic sex and mature content


After lunch, another hour of conversation, and a long swim, Cali lounged on the chair by the pool. Her shoulder- length blonde hair dried naturally and curled at the ends. Carter watched as she closed her eyes and enjoyed the afternoon sun. Her tanned skin glistened with sunscreen and her tiny bikini was almost dry. He wondered how many hours of intense workouts created a body like hers.

"Are you admiring me again?" she asked with her eyes still closed.

"How many tattoos do you have?"

"Wouldn't you like to know?" She giggled.

"I would."

As improper as it was, he couldn't take his gaze away from her right nipple. The evidence straining against her damp bikini indicated a piercing of some sort. He'd never been more fascinated by anyone before. Throughout the years he'd seen quite a few attractive young women on campus, but he never acted on impulse when it came to students, no matter how tempting. Cali wasn't a student. She was a quirky, attractive woman who was very much in touch with her sexuality. She turned him on. He wanted to explore with her.


He sat on the edge of the lounge chair, taking her right ankle into his hand. "Here." He outlined the small butterfly that permanently marked her skin.

"That's one." She opened her eyes when he trailed his hand up her leg and to her hip.

It had been years since he had pursued a woman. He'd gotten married when he was twenty-four and stayed faithful through the whole fourteen years of that turbulent relationship.

"Two." He swept his fingers over the pink-and-purple-colored rose petals sprinkled along her hip.

"Keep going."

He took her hand in his and examined more rose petals on the inside of her wrist. "Do they hold significance?" He traced his fingertips over the tattoo, indulging in her smooth skin beneath his touch. The way her flesh prickled in response instigated his actions.

"I like roses." She sat up, placed her legs across his lap, and leaned closer to his face. "My mother had the most beautiful rose bushes in our backyard." She pushed her hair to the side and tilted her neck. "Four."

"It's exquisite," he mumbled as he took in the ivy that started at her collarbone and flowed down the back of her shoulder blade.

"I wouldn't have pegged you for a man who likes ink on his woman."

"I'm not usually." He ran his thumb from the start of the tattoo to where it ended on her back. He wanted to feel every inch of her forbidden flesh. She shivered when he stopped. "It goes back to those boundaries you don't have."

[Pick the date] Page 3 Reaching out, she placed her palm on his cheek, directing him closer to her lips. "The question is..." She brushed her mouth against his chin. "Do you have enough for both of us?"

Buy Links: Beachwalk Press

~About the Author~

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.

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Sarah's Review:
Thank you to Beachwalk Press for reaching out for a review.  I read the first in this series a while ago, so I have been waiting patiently for the other girls to get their story.   There is something about this series that drew me in and I look forward to the next one as soon as possible.  

Cali is probably one of my favorite female characters that I have read by Ella Jade in a while. Her spunk and her carefree attitude is something that I admire in a character.  It is the complete opposite of who I am and I think that is why I like those characters best. She is spunky and chaotic, but she knows who she is.  

Carter, oh dear sweet Carter, was knocked on his proverbial butt when Cali shows up to bring books that his research assistant was supposed to bring him.  He wasn't expecting Cali but he also wasn't expecting to want to know more about Cali either.  

The old saying "opposites attract" fits with these two characters, but that is what makes it so much better.  They bring out the best in each other and can work through their differences.  I can't wait to see future tidbits from these two!

Adri's Review:

Like Sarah, I was curious about the other two girls after reading the first book and couldn't wait until Cali's story came out. And let me tell you it was completely worth the wait.

Cali is a strong, confident and proud character. She isn't shy about going after the things she wants or to speak her mind. She isn't afraid to ask for help or offer it when it is needed. She is a very strong character and that is what makes me like her so much.

Carter I want to hug. He has been through so much in a very short time. To find that the people you love and trusted hurt you is a big blow to him. But what I enjoyed about him is that he is willing to open himself up to love once more after meeting Cali. He shows her that even though he has his quirks he wants to do things for her and is willing to change.

I think this is a great read, but I think with it being summer now and so many heading to the beach, it sets you up for the perfect scenery in the story. Much of the story does take place in a beach town and during the summer, so you can see why I think its a great beach read... Sit out in the sun with your e-reader and just relax getting lost in everything that happens in Steeple Town.

Happy Reading... Adri

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me and for taking the time to read and review my work.