Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Twenty-One by Lauren K. McKellar Release Blitz

Title: The Twenty-One
Series: Emerald Cove #2
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2015


I look both ways before I cross the road. I knot my laces twice. Boring? Sure. But it’s also settled. Stable. Safe.

And I like safe.

Because broken bones may be hard to heal, but broken hearts are even harder. And when the man I loved and lost comes charging back into my life, I won’t fall for his charms again … will I?

Joel Henley just might be my biggest risk yet.

My name is Ellie Mayfield. And this is my undoing.

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There’s something so freeing about this moment—something so dangerously safe, yet all-consuming. Going fast takes the breath from my chest.

It’s a feeling I’ve run from, but damn—it’s so addictively good.

We come to a stop four laps later, and as the car softens its roar to a throaty hum, my breath finally slows, my chest rising and falling at a speed of normalcy. Joel reefs the helmet from his head and turns to me, his face alive with excitement. “Holy shit, El.”

I laugh, and it’s so freeing. So liberating. I undo my own helmet and rest it in my lap. “That was ... wow.”

“Right?” He laughs again, and then reaches across the console to take my hand with his warm one.

“I liked it way more than I thought I would,” I admit, and this time his fingers squeeze mine.

“What were you so afraid of, Ellie?” Joel asks.

You, I want to say. I’m afraid of you breaking my heart again.

“Come on, Ellie. Tell me.”

I pause, my eyes on the road we’re hurtling down with no brakes. “Life. Death.” Then, after a moment … “Falling.”

He reaches over and tucks a strand of hair behind my ear.

My heart stops.

My breath stills.

“I’ll promise to be here to hold you, Ellie.” His words send a shiver down my spine. “I’ll catch you when you fall.”

4 stars
Eleanor has just lost her father to cancer.  Her father made her promise to take care of her mother and sister after he is gone. So with this she dedicates her life to do what she had promised her father she would. Now she is chasing her sister, Dani, down after long nights of party's and never knowing if she will lose her now.  She has to hold two jobs in order to make it on her own, including stuffing bags for her mother's high class events. The other job is romantic picnic basket hot air balloon rides. She is terrified of heights so she packs the baskets for them. While waiting for the ride to be over, she sees the hot air balloon coming back way to early. She can see the couple is arguing. Having enough of it her boss sends her to get rid of the man still standing there all alone. As she approaches the man there is no way she is seeing him. The man she gave her heart to, then suddenly disappeared on her three years ago. All the feelings come whooshing back like the door has been opened again. Can Eleanor forgive Joel for abandoning her? Can she find it in her heart to forgive him for leaving? Will Joel return the love? Are things already to complicated in both of their lifes to move on to a relationship?
This book is a for sure tear jerker. To feel you have lost all you love in life by one deadly thing but still remain strong takes so much courage and strength. Eleanor has alot of thing going on in her life that some would have given up hope for. She stays strong and through every obstacle thrown her way she just gets stronger. It's a good book to read for hope and courage. 
I would have a shot or two for poor Eleanor and all she deals with. A cupcake for the love seen threw the end.

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Lauren K. McKellar is the author of romance reads that make you feel. She lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

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