Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Ignite (#1, Explosive Series) by Tessa Teevan

After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces. 

Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists. 

Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can't stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again. 

But how do you put it all on the line when you've already lost everything once before?

Ignite was a story about second chances.  Missed opportunities and misunderstandings came between Jace and Alexa.  All through high school they were the best of friends, each harboring feelings for the other, but neither willing to take the chance and cross that line.  That is until the night before Jace leaves for boot camp.  That one night they bare it all.  Unfortunately, ten years pass before they’re reunited again.  Within those ten years, however, Alexa has suffered a great loss that leaves its mark on her.  Jace is the only man capable of easing the pain and showing her that happiness is possible again.  But, her fear of the unexpected prevents her from fully moving on.  After much soul searching, she needs to decide if what her and Jace have is worth the risk.

Jase has not been able to get her out of his mind over the past decade.  He jumped from one short term relationship to another, never finding that one woman he fully connected with.  Alexa, on the other hand, completely moved on putting Jase out of her immediate mind.  He still lingered deep in her heart, she just didn’t realize those feelings were still there.

Alexa has a lot to overcome.  She already lost someone she really loved once and fear keeps her from going after love again.  Jase, oh sweet, beautiful Jase, I praise him for the patience and understanding he gave her.  The friendship and chemistry they had so long ago was still there.  When they reunited they were able to pick up like no time had passed at all.  It’s just getting through to her stubborn brain and having it get on board with her heart that is the problem.

Overall I found Ignite to be a sweet rekindling love story.  I admit it took me a while to get into it and feel it.  I can’t really pinpoint what the turning point was for me, but all of a sudden it just clicked.  I’m actually looking forward to reading the next one.  Ms. Teevan hooked me on the next character and now I have to tune in to get his story.  

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About the Author

      I'm a twenty six year old book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and am married to a guy 15 inches taller than me. We're quite the pair! We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

      I've been reading since I was a kid. My mom was a librarian, so it was a given. Heck, she even made sure we watched Wishbone instead of the Smurfs. In 2011 when I graduated from college, my mom bought me a Nook, and then in the summer of 2012 I found this amazing site called Goodreads. I was introduced to so many amazing indie/self-published authors. After reading almost 400 books that year, my husband gave me the push to finally sit down and write my own. It was a rocky start, but over time the words started flowing and I couldn't get Jace and Lexi out of my head.

      If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter. 

      I LOVE to hear from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site listed below.

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      I nod, and she makes her way down the hall that I now see is lined with photographs. My stomach tightens, but I figure that I need to get this over with if I’m going to be staying here. I walk towards them, stopping at the first picture. I’m guessing it’s from the day they first met, the time she told me about, because she’s giving him a playful frown while he’s grinning at her like he’s already half in love with her, which, to be honest, he probably was. I feel a slight twinge as I take in the picture, knowing that at that moment he had no idea how short of a life he was going to have with her. Hell, he probably wouldn’t have even cared, as long as he had her while he could.

      Shaking the thought out of my head, I browse each one. There are candid shots of them mixed throughout professional ones from events such as her graduation, Sierra and Jeremy’s wedding, and what looks like an engagement party. As I pass each picture, it’s becoming more real to me that she had a whole separate life before we reconnected. Strangely, I’m not bothered by it, seeing how happy she looks in these pictures, even though it was with another man and not me. I’ll admit that I was a little worried when she told me about their fighting, but looking at these pictures? I know Ty made her a happy woman, and I’m grateful that she had that while she could. Do I wish it had been me? Fuck yes, but what can you do?

      Coming to the last picture, I’m breathless as the image of Alexa in a wedding dress enters my vision. I’m moving in for closer inspection when she comes out of her room, stopping when she catches me. Her hand covers her mouth as she closes her eyes for a split second. She swallows hard before walking towards me. She reaches out her hand as if to touch my arm before pulling it back, obviously thinking better of it.

            “Jace, I… This is probably awkward, I’m sorry. I just… I wasn’t expecting you, and I don’t…” She trails off as she stares at the wall, glancing at the picture before turning her eyes towards the floor.

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