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Monday, June 6, 2016

Tasty Book Tour: Stirring Attraction by Sara Jane Stone (Review + Giveaway)

Good morning everyone! Well, this is the last week until my blogger vacation. Anyway, I can’t believe I missed out on the first book in this series! I’m going to have to see about getting it ASAP! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today's post and be sure to leave a comment or two!

About Sara Jane Stone:

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels.

Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more!

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: June 7, 2016

When Dominic Fairmore left Oregon to be all he could be as an Army Ranger, he always knew he’d come back to claim Lily Greene. But after six years away and three career-ending bullets, Dominic is battered, broken, and nobody's hero—so he stays away. Until he learns Lily has been the victim of a seemingly random attack. He’ll do anything to keep her safe . . . even go home.

Lily is starting to find a life without Dominic when suddenly her wounded warrior is home and playing bodyguard—though all she really wants is for him to take her. But she refuses to play the part of a damsel in distress, no matter how much she misses his tempting touch. He’ll leave as soon as she’s safe and Lily knows her heart will never heal.

But as attraction stirs to so much more, danger closes in. With more than Lily’s heart at stake, Dominic can no longer draw a line between protecting Lily and loving her . . .

Dominic Fairmore thought he had his life all planned out. He was going to become an Army Ranger, make something of himself and then come back to Lily Greene, the girl he’s always loved. Six years and a career ending injury later and Dominic feels he isn’t good enough for Lily so he breaks up with her and stays away from his hometown. Then Lily is attacked and Dominic can’t get back fast enough in order to protect her. But Lily doesn’t want Dominic to protect her when he’s only going to leave her again once the danger has passed.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a total sucker for a wounded hero, especially a military one and Dominic fit the bill. He was both a selfless and selfish character, contradicting himself constantly when it came to Lily. On the one hand he wanted to be the “bigger man” and let her go to find someone worthy of her, yet at the same time he didn’t want her to love anyone but him. Both sides of him were at war and in the end led him to the same conclusion: He still loved Lily with everything in him. I loved that he didn’t deny it, he embraced it from the start of the book and he was never ashamed of how much he loved her. How is that not totally sexy in a character? Dominic was cross eyed in love with Lily but it was his own insecurities that were holding him back and kept him from being a typical cocky guy with his own agenda.

Lily was, wow a real trooper and survivor. Not only was she emotionally trying to put her life together after Dominic left her but she was physically dealing with an attack on her that left her scarred and terrified of her own shadow. Yet here she was, getting up, going to work, and taking care of herself the best she could. I loved how strong she was because she never gave up. She never gave into her fears, and she certainly didn’t expect Dominic to fix all her problems but at the same time, she wasn’t irrational and accepted his help when she truly needed it. But Lily wasn’t all trauma, doom, and gloom. She also had a quick sense of humor that kept the story from getting too deep and too serious. I really liked her.

Stirring Attraction was a terribly romantic second chance romance between two people who never stopped loving each other but it also kept things fresh and exciting by throwing in some major heat, and a mystery that kept Dominic all but glued to Lily’s side. I loved watching these two reconnect and fight their way through all the obstacles that prevented them from being together. What made this book such a good read for me was that Dominic and Lily loved each other so deeply and that love never changed, despite Dominic’s accident or Lily’s PTSD. These two characters took such good care of each other despite having broken up three years prior and

Sara Jane Stone did such a wonderful job of mixing the physical chemistry Dominic and Lily always had with the complicated but still strong feelings of love and uncertainty that kept them from fully committing to one another. Stirring Attraction had such a good pace to it as well, it didn’t go too fast but it didn’t drag on and on either. There was always something going on to engage my attention and my emotions. One thing I didn’t notice until I was done with the book was that while there are secondary characters in the story, it really was all about Dominic and Lily finding their way back to each other which again, was done beautifully and I felt this was one of the author’s most romantic couples.

Final Verdict: Stirring Attraction made the total romantic in me sigh and that’s not easy to do. I have to say that my favorite character was Lily because she had such strength and I do love a strong female character but Dominic was no slouch either. Both characters had a lot going on but I never felt that the story wasn’t going to end on a happy note. All in all, a very good read.

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