Friday, November 9, 2012

Blog Tour: Ashes and Wine by Taryn Elliott Review and Giveaway

Today I am taking part in the Ashes and Wine blog tour. I have my review and an ebook giveaway as well as the tour wide giveaway! Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour. You can see the full schedule on the Entangled in Romance blog by clicking on the banner above.

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  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ever After)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: eBook provide by the publisher for review/tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N


Before Tessa met Royal Andreas, her bookstore was on the verge of sinking. And before Tessa met Royal Andreas, she didn't mind being single. But Royal brings in business with monthly wine tastings featuring his family's signature vintages--and brings Tessa's heart to a standstill with intense gray eyes that look on her with nothing but cool indifference.

Yet one searing kiss between the stacks gives Tessa a glimpse of the passion smoldering beneath--and a secret pain further revealed when Royal fills in as the musician at a tasting event. Every note of Spanish guitar tells a story of family tragedy, loss, and ongoing suffering that's made Royal afraid to lean on anyone...even if he needs Tessa's sweet flavor more than the richest wine. Only her strength can save him when his world crumbles to ashes. But has Royal learned trust too late to claim Tessa as his own?

My Thoughts

This book combines two things I absolutely love, a bookstore and wine. How could I not want to read it. On top of that, it's a steamy romance which is always a win. Both Tessa and Royal are such amazing characters and I loved their chemistry. They are both totally pining for each other, but neither one will act on it. When one kiss happens between them, everything changes. This book is full of emotion, romance, and some really good laughs at times. 

Tessa owns her own bookstore and her business does pretty well. She holds wine tastings there once a month and Royal is always the one to come. She has had a thing for him since they met at his family's winery. She is good about keeping things strictly business between them, but when they have a moment where they let go, that's when things change. She knows that it's more than just attraction. She is totally falling for him and she knows that he feels the same. All she  has to do is convince him that they have something special with each other and he needs to let  her in. She has some moments where she loses herself, but she is a very determined woman and she will not give up without a fight. 

Royal is going through some major life changing things and though he really does like Tessa, he keeps trying to keep her at arms length. He feels like he can't have her while he is struggling with his other personal issues. He is too stubborn to just let down his walls a little and have someone care about him, and help him through his tough situation. No matter how much it pains him, he doesn't want to get involved with her. He thinks she deserves someone better who can devote their time to her the way he can't right now. Royals inner struggle was very emotional and made me fall for him so much more. He is stubborn, but very charming, caring, and oh, so gorgeous!! 

The thing I loved the most about this book was the searing chemistry between Tessa and Royal and also the fact that as much as they wanted to be together, it wasn't easy. They go through a lot, like way more than some people do in a lifetime, in a very short period of time. The thing that was great is, it's not like it was some crazy instant thing. They did initially have an instant attraction, but they have been working together doing the wine tastings for years, so they have gotten to know each other a bit. When they do give into each other, it's sizzling and I swear my nook was going to start smoking any second. I wanted them to work, I was rooting for them to find a way. For Royal to let her in, for Tessa to convince him that he didn't need to deal with whatever struggles he was going through alone. This was not just a great romance, but had an amazing storyline too. 4 out of 5 stars. 

About the author
Taryn Elliott is from the great state of New York—upstate NY, thank you very much. Her family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of her alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. She counts her writer-friends as the glue that keeps her crazy ideas more in the sane category, and her non-writerly friends as the reason she’s not a complete hermit.

She can’t go a day without laughing, and falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she’s writing their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.

Taryn is shamelessly addicted to the internet and adores hearing from readers.

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For my stop on the tour I am giving away an ebook copy of the book. 18 and older only please as this is an adult romance. 
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  1. Whoa, I am so loving how this book sounds. Wine and books? Sign me up. Add I the steam, it's a done deal. So happy you enjoyed this, Amy. Great review!

    1. Oh, and for a recent romance? Tempting the Player. Holy smokes that book was awesome!

  2. Congrats on the new release. Ashes and Wine sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. A recent romance book I read was Beach Lane by Sherryl Woods.


  3. Thanks for such an awesome review!! I'm so glad you liked Tessa and Royal. I do love them so. I'm working on Mercy and Alaric this winter. =)

  4. Definitely sounds like something I would like!

  5. Tempting the Player and Down to You are both fabulous romance stories that I've read recently.

    This one sounds great. Thanks for sharing.



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