RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW — Love Me By Anna Brooks

 Title: Love Me
Series: A Pleasant Valley Novel
Author: Anna Brooks
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 25, 2017


SYNOPSIS

Vaughn Morris survives on denial and hope. He spends his days permanently marking other’s skin and his nights trying to forget the scars imbedded in his soul. When he returns back home desperately seeking approval from the mother who left him for dead, the last thing he expects to do is fall in love with a woman who is just as closed off as he is.

Rayne Garner hasn’t truly lived in years. She made a promise to her high school sweetheart, and she refuses to break it. Nobody has made her question her loyalty until Vaughn forces her to face reality, no matter how brutal it may be.

As tempers clash and ugly truths are revealed, a friendship they didn’t need turns into a love neither thought they wanted. But Rayne and Vaughn not only have to fight for each other, they must survive threats from a past they’re both trying to move on from.


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EXCERPT

“Vaughn, look . . .” I whisper.


“I am. And I really like what I see.”

 


I knew earlier that he was trouble, but now, with his hands on me and the thoughts I’m having that I know I shouldn’t be . . . I’ve gotta squash this before anything starts. “Listen, I—”

 


His hair moves freely as he shakes his head. “Don’t blow me off. I know that’s what you’re about to do. Don’t do it.”

 


“I’m a lesbian,” I blurt out. “I’m flattered, but sorry.” I’ve rehearsed the line so many times I almost believe it myself. Wish I believed it sometimes.


He laughs. It catches me so off guard that I find my jaw open, and I’m staring at the way laughter changes the hard angles of his face to soft ones that make him less intimidating and more beautiful.

 


“Why are you laughing? You’re the one in a gay bar.”


“I’m here for Kenny and Brad. I’m not gay, darlin’, and if you think that, then I gotta step up my game.”

 


“I’m not interested in playing games.” I cross my arms defensively. “Besides, I didn’t say that you were gay. I said I was a lesbian.”


He laughs again. Once he catches his breath, he takes another shot. “The way you were moving your hips. Grindin’ on my cock . . . Damn, baby. Got me hard as a fuckin’ rock. You’re not a lesbian.”

 


“Yes. I am.” This is what I tell people when I get hit on, because the truth is too hard to bear. Sometimes, I just don’t want the reminder that I won’t have anything else.

 


“You’re not a lesbian.”

 


“Fine.” I sigh. “Caught me. I’m asexual.”

 


He huffs. “No, you’re not.”

 


“Am too.”

 


“Are not.”


“Am too!” I screech.


He extends his arm and runs a finger around my knee and up to the hem of my very short dress. I try to pretend he doesn’t affect me, but my breath hitches in my throat, and my cheeks heat up. When he traces just beneath the hemline, I shiver. Dammit. Asshole.


“No. You’re not.” He smirks and squeezes my thigh before letting go.

 



MEET THE AUTHOR 

Anna began writing when she thought the world would want to hear her sick lyrics through song. Since then, she’s realized her childhood dream wasn’t so far-fetched, just misguided. Now she writes romance with real emotions and happy endings. If Anna isn’t writing or reading, she can be found by a space heater painting her nails and drinking a ridiculous amount of Diet Dr Pepper. She also likes to hang out with her husband and two boys. If it wasn’t for them, she wouldn’t ever leave the house. Anna was born in Wisconsin but now lives in the Evergreen State. 

 

 

 



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descriptionI had to think on this one a bit before I sat down to write my review. I think overall I really enjoyed it. This author has an engaging writing style. The pace moved along nicely and kept my attention throughout. It had some interesting side characters. Some fairly hot sex scenes. It had a good amount of angst and drama. No (real) OM/OW drama and a sweet epilogue.

My issue, and why I had to think a bit about this one was the two main characters. The heroine was a bit…I don’t know…annoying I guess. The whole situation with Bryan just seemed to be a bit MUCH for someone who was just 22. Especially since the situation started when she was 20. Why did all the adults around her allow her to continue with such unhealthy behavior? I could see letting it go on for a bit, but two years?! Then she basically snaps out of it lickady split when she meets Vaughn.

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And Vaughn was no better. A few years older than the heroine and he had a list of issues a mile long. There was just so much baggage connected to the two main characters that I sometimes found myself rolling my eyes and disconnecting from them. Not to mention the ridiculous miscommunication issues. That type of angst drives me NUTS because I just want to yell F-ING TALK already!

But like I said even with ALL that I was still sucked into the story. I still enjoyed it a lot overall. I’m interested in going back to read book one (Fixing Fate) and I will be keeping an eye out for book three (Steady) So this one earns one thumb and one pinkie finger up from yours truly.description

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