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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Book Tours: Roman Reunion by Crystal Jordan (Review + Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop on Crystal Jordan's blog tour, brought to you by Tasty Book Tours! There's a pretty awesome giveaway with this tour so be sure to check out all the stops.

Author Info
Crystal Jordan is originally from California, but has lived and worked all over the United States as a university librarian. An award winning author, Crystal has published contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, and erotic romance with Kensington Aphrodisia, Harlequin Spice Briefs, Ellora’s Cave, and Samhain Publishing.

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Excerpt


Karen had forgotten how vibrant the city was, especially the narrow, sloping alleys that made up the Trastevere rione where she’d gone to college and where Valentina and Gio still lived.

Karen had always loved it here. The rush of cars at a breakneck speed they’d never dare in America, the mass of people from all over the world who’d come to visit, the historic architecture, museums, and monuments. She dragged in a breath…and the tantalizing aroma of Italian food hit her nose. There was a restaurant on the bottom floor of Gio and Valentina’s building. Karen’s mouth watered, her stomach growled, and she was forcefully reminded that it would be breakfast time if she were in California. A nine hour time difference could really mess a body up.

Her old friends lived on the top floor, so Karen had stepped outside on the balcony to escape the wedding preparation madness. She was fairly certain every single female relative of Valentina’s had managed to cram themselves into the apartment. And they were loud and boisterous and happy. But mostly loud. Propping her elbows on the railing, Karen looked out over the skyline. A thousand different levels of rooflines, a few cathedral duomos, and she could just see the Vatican peeking between some of the buildings. So different from what she was used to.

A wave of laughter spilled out of the apartment, and she glanced back with a grin. They were a nice family—one who’d welcomed her for every holiday during the year she’d spent in Rome. Glancing at her watch, she saw it was well past time when she could check into her hotel.

It took her another half an hour to say goodbye to everyone because they all insisted on a hug and a kiss from her, told her how beautiful she was, how much they liked her new hairstyle, insisted she come back and join them for dinner. Finally, Valentina laughed, grabbed Karen’s elbow and thrust her out the door or she might never have escaped. She was still grinning when she hit the bottom of the staircase and entered the lobby.

And slammed into someone trying to go up the stairs. She stumbled back, an apology on her lips, but it never formed as her gaze collided with her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s.

“Tate,” she said faintly, falling back another step. “Wh-what are you doing here?”

The flash of utter shock on his face told her he’d had no idea they would both be in Rome either. He cleared his throat and shrugged. “The same thing you are, I’d imagine. Attending an old friend’s wedding.”

There was no way he’d had any more notice on the invitation than she’d had, which meant he’d done something spontaneous for the first time in years. She crossed her arms. “You dropped everything, just like that? You?”

He snorted. “Got one too many calls from Dad the night Gio invited me, so I ran away from home.”

The mere glimmer of a smile crossed her lips. “About time.”

Shaking his head, he huffed out a laugh. His gaze flitted over her. “You changed your hair.”

“Yes.” She flicked the tips with her fingers. “A new look to start my new life. I like it.”

He winced. She tried not to cringe because, really, she hadn’t meant to rub his face in it. It was just the standard response she’d come up with every time someone asked why she’d cut it.

Then there was an awkward moment where she had no idea what to say. She hadn’t expected to see him, didn’t have a list of banal conversational topics ready to save her from uncomfortable silences. “Uh…okay.” She glanced aside. “I need to go check in to my hotel. I, um, guess I’ll see you at dinner tonight.”

“Yes.” He let her get halfway across the lobby before he called out. “Out of curiosity, which hotel are you staying at?”

“The Gianicolo.”

“Me too.” An ironic smile tilted up one corner of his mouth. “Giovanni recommended it to you too, huh?”

She pressed the tips of her fingers against her temple and rubbed at the building pain. “I may have to murder him.”

“Not if I beat you to it.” A muscle ticked in his jaw, and he waved her off. “See you at dinner.”

“Bye.”

Then they went their separate ways. As usual.



Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Karen Patton’s life is falling apart. She signed divorce papers, quit her job, and moved back to her hometown into an apartment that couldn’t feel less like home. With two weeks of free time before she starts work at the Half Moon Bay Public Library, she’s crawling the walls, trying desperately not to miss the man who chose his career over her.

When an old college friend invites her to Italy for an impromptu wedding, she jumps at the chance to focus on something other than her own misery.

Tate Patton is doing his best to ignore the divorce papers that just landed on his desk. A rational, reasonable man would sign and be done with it. Instead, he seizes upon a wedding invitation to do something completely impetuous—ignore the papers and fly to Rome.

When they lay eyes on each other, the sparks fly as hot as the first time they met. Maybe the more mature versions of themselves can fix what’s broken. Their love is too strong not to try…


Roman Reunion made me believe in second chances!



Tired of a marriage to a man who ignores her, Karen Patton has filed for divorce, quit her job and moved back to her hometown. Broken hearted and still in love with her soon to be ex-husband, Karen accepts a sudden wedding invitation from a friend and flies to Rome. Once in Rome, Karen believes she’ll get the break she needs from her sad and stressful situation, until she runs into the cause of her heartache.

Tate Patton got a cold reality check when his wife walked out on him without a backwards glance. He doesn’t blame her though, for years he’s put his career and what his father wanted before Karen when she should have been first in his life. Flying to Rome to attend a friend’s wedding he isn’t prepared to run into Karen or for the intense connection they still share. Tate decides then and there that he’s going to fight for his marriage and hope that it’s not too late to win back the woman he loves.

Oh I’m so glad I chose to review this book, it was drama, angst and steamy goodness all wrapped up in a not too short, not too long story. I connected to both Tate and Karen, and sympathized with both their sides of the story and that made me root for a reconciliation even more.

Author Crystal Jordan didn’t gloss over Tate and Karen’s marital problems, nor did she cop out and give them an easy happy ending. The author really created obstacles for this couple yet she did it in a way where I didn’t become bored and the story didn’t get weighed down with too many problems. I was glad that though Tate and Karen still loved each other desperately, it was clear that love wasn’t enough to keep them together. They had to face some tough facts, especially Tate. Since it was Karen who was neglected, it was ultimately her decision to give her marriage another shot and that choice didn’t come easy to her and it shouldn’t have. Being neglected left her with some serious doubts and trust issues that weren’t going to go away with “I love you.” That’s what really made this story work for me. This was a couple that, at the beginning, had no hope of getting back together but still had great sexual chemistry between them, yet, it obviously was not going to hold their relationship together.

Then there were Karen’s friends. I really enjoyed them. Not just that Karen had them but that they were truly her friends. They weren’t trying to push her in any one direction out of a selfish need to see their own wishes fulfilled. They wanted what was best for Karen, whether it be a divorce or reconciliation. They weren’t meddling in her life, they let Karen figure out what she wanted which of course, is what true friends do.

Roman Reunion is one of those short stories that caught me off guard. I didn’t anticipate the level of enjoyment I would reach with it, and that is the best surprise a romance fan like me could ask for.


Final Verdict: I have to find time to read the previous book and of course, be on the lookout for the next book in the series. 


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting today!! I too really enjoyed this one!

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