Friday, 30 September 2016

Mine For Now - Erica Kelly - Blog Tour

From the award-winning author of the Rock Star Romance books comes a sizzling new series about the O’Donnell siblings. The pull of wild love is irresistible.

She’s had enough drama in her life.

Nicole O’Donnell is more than ready for the fresh start college offers. After a lifetime of trying to help her alcoholic mom and ex-boyfriend get sober, she’s finally learned her lesson: people don’t change. They certainly don’t change for her.

He can never leave his drama behind.

Thanks to his mom’s substance abuse issues, Dylan McCaffrey’s persona non grata in his hometown of Gun Powder, Colorado. So when he scores a free ride to the top university in the country, he’s determined to make something of this fresh start. But his mom has always relied on him, and she’s not handling his absence well at all. If he can just keep up his grades, pay her bills, and come home every break, he might be able to pull off this opportunity.

True love won’t be denied.

No matter how determined they are to steer clear of each other, their combustible connection explodes, especially when Nicole offers Dylan the one thing he can’t bear—hope. Once he has a taste of it—and the irresistible force of her—there’s no going back.

But when he falls too deeply, when he loses sight of his priorities, he might just lose it all.

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4 Stars

Mine for Now, is the first book in the Wild Love series and it was my first time reading any of Erika Kelly's work.  The story is a college romance that centers around the characters of Nicole and Dylan.  This book takes you on quite a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. 

Nicole's character is incredibly like-able, intriguing and endearing.  She's an incredibly strong character, very individual, a little bit quirky and quite tenacious, with a huge heart.   Nicole is a character who does what she thinks is right, and does't let anyone's opinion sway her behavior or opinions, it's one of the facets of her character that I really loved.   She has an interesting relationship with her family and I loved watching it evolve as the book progressed. 

Dylan on the other hand, is an incredibly flawed character that frustrated the hell out of me, I found so many of his behaviors to be annoying.  Although his character did grow on me and, I found myself pulling for him, hoping he would see past the manipulations, machinations and guilt his mother threw at him. Dylan is a caregiver, he's incredibly loyal, and committed to his family.  Old habits are very hard for Dylan to break. as more of his life and family situation was shared throughout the story I really felt for him and his situation.  He was made to grow up way too soon to survive the toxic situation he grew up with.

Although Dylan and Nicole share a connection and chemistry, Dylan often leads her one but also tries to keep her at arms length.  They are inexplicably drawn to each other, both damaged by their pasts and have way more in common than just sharing a living space.  

I loved some of the side characters in this book in particular James, Nicole and Dylan's flamboyant and loyal friend and roommate and Nicole's family.  I couldn't stand Kelsi or Dylan's mother, such  manipulative and self serving women. 

Overall this is a well written book that focuses on love, loyalty, trust, friendship and family.  A really enjoyable story about finding yourself and seeing that you aren't defined by situation or circumstances.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series. 

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About Erika Kelly:

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life--she just didn't know it. Raised on the classics, she didn't discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she's been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she's written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women's fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she's lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

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Erika Kelly’s MINE FOR NOW Tour Schedule:
September 26
Movies, Shows & Books – Excerpt
2OCC Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Roxy's Reviews – Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog - Excerpt

September 27
SBB Reviews – Review & Excerpt
What Is That Book About – Excerpt
Textteaser - Excerpt
HEA Novel Thoughts - Review & Excerpt

September 28
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
The Lusty Literate – Excerpt
Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Miss Betty's Reviews-Review & Excerpt

September 29
Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Typical Distractions – Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

September 30
This Wacky Momma Reads – Review & Excerpt
Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt
Ebook Indulgence – Review
Krissy's Book Nook – Review & Excerpt

October 1
Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt
Nicole's Book Musings – Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books-Review & Excerpt

October 2
A Taste of Sin – Excerpt
Reading Tigress – Review & Excerpt
The Pervy Ladies Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
EskieMama Reads – Excerpt

October 3
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

October 4
Behind Closed Doors Book Review – Review & Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Review

October 5
Ashley Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Pages Abound – Review & Excerpt

October 6
From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt
Miranda's Library – Review & Excerpt

October 7
Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
KatyaRath – Review & Excerpt
Melena's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Queenzany – Review & Excerpt
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt

October 8
A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt
AC book blog – Review & Excerpt
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt