Monday, February 27, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Cade's Loss by Selena Laurence ~ (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Release Day Review ~ Cade's Loss by Selena Laurence ~ (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Today we have the fantastic release day blitz of CADE’S LOSS by Selena Laurence! Check it out and grab your copy today!

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About Cade’s Loss:

Cade Jenkins is a study in loss. At twenty-five he lost his parents, his dreams, and his career on the pro surfing circuit. He gained guardianship of his two younger brothers, responsibility for an entire ranch, and a life without love.

Nina Cline is on the mend. Her cheating fiance is in the rear view, and she's concentrating on her job as an organic certification consultant. Now that she's gained her independence, Nina will never make the mistake of giving it away again. Especially to some anonymous hookup she meets at a beachside matter how good he looks in the water. Then she meets her newest Big Sur client and realizes that the beach bum that curled her toes is her new boss—and he thinks “organic” is a dirty word. 

As tensions, tempers, and chemistry reach a boiling point at the ranch, these two heartbroken souls will need to decide if they’re willing to take a chance again, or let the love of a lifetime slip away with the tide.

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Exclusive Excerpt: 

There was nothing that soothed Cade’s battered soul more than the ocean. He’d been that way as long as he could remember, spending every available moment at the beach, in the water, following his dad from wave to wave until he’d been better on a board than the old man. As he looked at the water now, he could almost see the outline of his dad’s form, riding the long tail of a wave midway out, sun on his hair that was the exact color of Cade’s, water spraying on his tan skin, weathered from the years of being outdoors. The familiar ache that was his companion so much of the last six years caught him like a hoof to the gut, and he swallowed, tasting the lime and tequila in the back of his throat as he blinked the painful image away.

And that was when he saw her. She was leaning on the glass wall that ran along the edge of the deck, her blonde curls blowing in the light breeze that came off the water. She had on a sundress, white cotton, like a little girl’s, but it was backless, tiny straps running over her slim shoulders, and with the sun shining through it, the long skirt was nearly transparent. He could see enough to know that she was wearing thong underwear or none at all, and that her legs were long and lean, curved in all the right places.

Before he could think about it, he’d snatched the other two shots off the bar and was walking toward her, drawn like a moth to a flame, ready to incinerate himself for only a moment of warmth. As he drew closer, he saw another man approaching from across the deck. He gave the guy a hard look, and the dude stepped off, hands up to communicate “no harm no foul.” Cade slid into position to her right and set the shots down on the railing.

“Tequila?” he asked, turning to look at her profile. She had high cheekbones, and her skin was dark for a blonde, a beautiful golden shade that made her look like she’d walked off the pages of a swimsuit magazine. Her nose was straight and small, turning up ever so slightly on the end, but her lips were full, covered in some sort of peach shiny stuff that Cade thought might taste quite good if he could lick it off her.

She turned to look at him when he spoke to her, and the breath was knocked clean out of him. Instead of the standard blue eyes that he’d expect from a blonde, hers were amber, almost glowing under the frame of thick black lashes. She blinked up at him, and Cade’s sore heart gave a jolt that nearly had him gasping.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

As most of y'all know, I rarely read MF anymore, maybe one or two books a year, but I've read Selena's books in the past and as I was flipping through one of the promo emails, the cover of this book caught my eye, and when I saw who the author was and read the blurb, I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did!!

Cade is one of those characters most readers will probably think is a twat, and while he definitely is, I really connected with him from the first scene. I absolutely loved him. He was a somewhat broken character, losing his parents at the age of 25 and having to give up his career, as a top 5 surfer on the pro-circuit to come home, get his younger brothers through school, while having to take over running the family farm. Cade is bitter, but he loves his family and does what he has to to take care of them.
Nina is a consultant, hired by Cade's brother to help them figure out what has to be done to certify the farm as organic. This does not make Cade happy to put it mildly.
Nina was sweet, caring and likable. I loved that, although they started off on not so solid footing, she was there for Cade when he needed her most. I loved watching Cade grow and learning that he deserved what he wanted in life.
This was a well-written story that was paced well. I absolutely loved Cade's family, especially his little niece, Katie. She was absolutely adorable. This was an enjoyable, sweet and sexy read filled with family and love. Very recommendable!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.*

Cover PhotoAbout Selena Laurence:
Selena Laurence is a USA Today Bestselling author who loves Putting the Heat in Happily Ever After. In 2014 she was awarded the Reader’s Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the Year. In 2015 her rock star romance A Lush Betrayal was a finalist in three national contests. Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her kids, Mr. L, “Goldendoodle” and “Demon Cat.” When she’s not writing she can be found at soccer games and tennis matches, or one of her favorite coffee shops.

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  1. Congratulations on your new release Selena the book sounds really good and I wish you many sales.

  2. Great post, excerpt and giveaway, thank you

  3. Sounds like a great book.

  4. Congrats and thanks for the post and review. Tracy's review made it really sound interesting and a tbr. - Purple Reader
    - TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  5. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!