Thursday, July 4, 2013

BLOG TOUR: MADE FOR YOU by VI KEELAND ~ REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Made For You Blog Tour! This tour is being hosted by AToMR; find the complete tour schedule here.  
My stop includes reviews for Belong to You and Made For You, and the tour giveaway.

 

Belong to You (Cole, #1)
Series: Cole #1
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 4/4/13
Format: ebook
Page: 278
Source: Received from author for review
 
My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be, a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.

After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?





 
A week in paradise. A vacation fling that was never meant to leave the island. Belong To You was a hot, hot romance that turns into a big time love.

Belong to You was a pleasant surprise. I won't even pretend that I wasn't drawn to this book based on the cover. That guy is beautiful. But so many times, I've been burned by these gorgeous book men who are more like raging jerks. Sooo not the case here.
 
I love books set on vacation, particularly when they feature an island romance. Jack and Sydney meet in Hawaii on what was supposed to be her honeymoon. The two meet almost immediately and their chemistry was hot. It's a great experience when an author can make me feel that connection, instead of relying on  just telling me that it's real. Every interaction between the two helped sell me on the connection more and more. And can I just say, HOLY GEEZ, BELONG TO YOU WAS STEEEAAAMMY! It's no secret that I love a book that cranks up the heat, and this book had plenty of moments.
 
What really surprised me about Belong to You is that it's more than the island romance. The story moves into the real world, and this is when things got real between Jack and Syd. They had to get to know each other on a day-to-day basis, and see if they could work with the challenges between them. Jack  life is a bit surprising, and it was great to see Syd face each turn and decide if it was something she could live with.  
 
I really liked the main characters in Belong to You. Jack is a  very protective man, and is more than a little bossy. I like bossy men (as long as they don't become asses), but I find that a lot of bossy book men become a bit unbearable, and I end up feeling like I, or the character, need to make excuses for them. Jack was not that kind of character. Yeah, he's pretty Alpha, but he's not controlling or rude. He's just wants to protect the woman he cares about, and has the means to do it well. And as much as he's serious, he was also a really fun and playful man, too. Syd was very relatable, well, that is for a professional singer who looks like a model. I just really liked her. She had the same insecurities a lot of women deal with, but she wasn't necessarily insecure. She got spooked at times by Jack's life, but she managed to maintain and deal with it. I just really, really liked her and it's always nice to find a heroine who's  not annoyingly perfect, na├»ve, or irritating.
 
Belong to You was a fun story from beginning to end. It was so enjoyable to me that I managed to fly through in a matter of a couple hours. The story doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, just at a time when I really wanted to know what comes next. I immediately picked up book two and jumped right in.


Favorite Quote:

  It wasn't a first kiss. It was the first kiss.  ~ebook, 13%


  He looked into my eyes as he spoke. "Syd, I'm not proud of who I am or things that I have done. And I know I don't deserve you. You're sweet and good and everything that I'm not. I tried to keep away so you wouldn't get hurt, but I can't help myself when it comes to you. I never wanted to be with a woman the way I want to be with you. I want to lie under the stars with you and talk for hours, and walk in the park holding your hand. You make me feel like I can be a better man. I'm terrified of the things you make me feel and I don't know how to control it."  ~ebook, 61%
 



Made for You
Series: Cole #2
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 7/1/13
Format: eARC
Source: Received from author for review

****** The sequel to Belong to You (Book two of a two part series) *******

Jack and Syd spent a week in paradise. It was only supposed to be a fling. But life can be funny sometimes, and circumstances brought them back together again. Together they seemed to have found their happy ever after. But when Sydney is offered a chance at the career she has always wanted, she must leave Jack behind to follow her dreams. Can their love survive long distance? Sydney’s touring with a man every woman wants, but he only has eyes for Syd. And an unexpected tragedy leaves Jack feeling remorseful. Can the two find a way through to forever?
 

So as soon as I finished Belong to You, I was lucky to be able to immediately begin Made For You. The first book ended with Jack and Syd at a crossroads in their relationship, and to be able to make it through was going to be a challenge. I was a little nervous, because many books that have a similar situation going on, are full of non-stop angst and drama.

Thankfully, this did was not the case here, so what I ended up with was a really good story that did not overly rely on all the drama to maintain tension. What I really love is when an author can give me the story of a relationship that must overcome issues from the outside; jobs, family, other stressors, instead of constant lack of communication and misunderstanding.

Made For You is basically Syd following her dream, and Jack supporting her all the way, helping her make it happen. Jack is still Jack, which means he was bossy and occasionally a little too territorial, but I still adored him. I love a really passionate (not melodramatic) relationship. These two had it. I loved that they could barely keep their hands of each other. I loved that they would do everything in their respective powers to make the other happy. I love couples that work together, maintain trust and honesty even though it's not always easy, and genuinely want the best for each other. OH! The steam factor was still super high in Made For You, and we all know that's a check in the win column for me!

From what I understand, Made For You was the conclusion to Jack and Syd's story. I was sad to let these two go, but the story is wrapped up so well and I was completely satisfied at the end. And, the epilogue was just so heart-warming and fabulous. If you're looking for a really good romance, I definitely recommend the Cole Series.



Favorite Quote:

  Jack's eyes searched mine, looking for something before he continued. "You're mine Syd. And I don't want to share. Not a picture, not a smile, not a touch. All of it is mine. Only mine. You were made for me. That sexy mouth belongs to only me. I wake up every morning craving that body that wiggles beneath me. That body that surrenders as soon as it's filled with me. It's mine and I need it so bad it physically hurts when I reach over on the bed and find your warm body isn't there. So, yeah, I'm not happy about the picture. But it's the rest of it that's killing me.  ~eARC, 60%


Purchase the Cole Series at:
      

 
 
The Cole Series
 
Belong To You (Cole, #1)Made for You
(click on cover for GoodReads page)



GIVEAWAY
10- Made For You ebooks, International

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 
About the author:
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with six uniquely insane siblings. She has three children of her own that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.

She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night! After years of thinking about writing her own book, she finally took the leap in 2012. Her most recent book, Belong to You, was published in April 2013 and hit number 8 in the Amazon Erotica Best Seller's list in its first five days! The sequel to Belong to You, Made for You, is due out on July 1st, 2013.
 
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19 comments:

  1. Good post, thank you so much for your share!
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  2. He is hot, and so glad to hear he isn't a raging jerk!

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  3. These books sound so good!! Whenever I see him on a cover now, it's hard to think of him as anyone but Daemon though lol!!! Great reviews babe!!

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  4. Wow!! Hot books! I would love to win!! TY for this opportunity!

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  5. OMG, I am buying these now. I wanted to do this tour, but couldn't fit it in. I could just stare at the guy on the cover for hours. He is one of the most beautiful men I have ever seen, and with you loving this series so much, I know I will. Wonderful reviews!!

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  6. AH, I WANT THIS STEAMYYYYY *__* and that guy on the cover *drools* I'm glad you liked them and thanks for the wonderful reviews, hon!

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  7. Yeah those are very pretty covers. I love when a heroine isn't annoying. And I also love steamy!!! Great reviews!

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  8. I don't think I have heard of these. Based of your review, it's something that I would enjoy though! :D Love your favorite quote.

    Great review! (I only read the first one so I didn't ruin anything! HAHA)

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  9. Fab reviews, Andrea! I will definitely be picking up these books. That second quote had me swooning! ;)

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  10. Sounds like some pretty good storylines- looking forward to these books!

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  11. Wow!! Hot books! I would love to win!! TY for this opportunity!

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  12. You're killing my TBR Andrea!! Another series I want to pick up now! I initially overlooked this series but your wonderful reviews have me pining for this story. :)

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  13. Excellent Reviews!!!! We were on this tour too, but Ria read and reviewed the books for this set. I know what you mean--I have to feel the connection between the charters, I don't want to be just told there is one. I get frustrated with the melodramatic miscommunications too! I feel like it's a bit overdone! The guy on the cover is very hot!!! That alone, would have me picking up these books! LOL

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  14. Love the description, hot romance.

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  15. oh lord..those covers are hot..i love facial scruff! Wonderful review and drama aside ..i want!

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  16. Did it make your chocolate milk frothy? Lol! Sounds like another series I need to read!

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  17. Erin was a little on the border with this one, but I know you liked them. I'll try them out at some point.

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