Friday, March 28, 2014

Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3) by Penny Reid- Blog Tour andReview




Book: Love Hacked
Series: Knitting in the City #3
Author: Penny Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Tour Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC
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SYNOPSIS:

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

My Review:  4 stars! 
Sandra Fielding is trying hard to find herself a serious relationship. She is attempting to go on dates with people who seem to have their lives on track and have surface characteristics that would indicate that they have long-term potential. She is a child psychiatrist and somehow all of her first dates involve her date crying after unloading all of their issues on her. An impulsive make out session with a hot waiter after yet another disastrous date leads to a complex and intense relationship she never could have predicted. 

I adored Sandra. She is smart, kind, and hilarious. She isn't afraid to let her geek flag fly or indulge in things that bring her joy. She has a great group of friends who are very supportive of one another.  It was nice to see her start giving herself what she needs instead of always giving to others. Alex is a seriously complex character. He is hot and intelligent, but being in a relationship with him involves complexities and has certain requirements that are very challenging. I loved that his character was so unique and unexpected. I also loved that Sandra could appreciate his strangeness and embrace how he accepted the strange aspects of her. These two definitely had relationship challenges that most people don't have to face, but I loved watching them give themselves a chance to try. Their physical chemistry was smoking hot and the sexy parts of the book were way sexy. I enjoyed this book a lot and will be seeking out more in this series and more by this author. 





EXCERPT
[Next came my socks. I ventured a bit further and pulled off my sweater and shirt, then my pants. I draped them over the back of my comfy chair and heard a stifled choke from behind me.
Alex stood at the precipice to the room, his gaze on my bare legs and back. I glanced at my plain purple cotton bra and underwear. They were just as modest, if not more so, as a bathing suit. I turned toward him with a question on the tip of my tongue and he flinched. He then averted his eyes and looked everywhere but at me.
I frowned, not prepared for his overreaction, and tried to think of something to make the moment less uncomfortable. “Um… Do you want something to drink?”
“I was promised hot chocolate.” His voice was strained.
“Okay, I’ll start the water.”
He studied my bulletin board. “You’re not going to get dressed first?”
I shrugged. “I guess I could.”
His gaze abruptly met mine. “You should.”
The heat in his eyes surprised me. And then I laughed. If old cotton underwear could get him this worked up, I should have tried it two weeks ago.
“What’s the matter, Mr. Bond?” I posed against the chair, deepened my voice, raised an eyebrow, “Are you afraid for my health and safety? Concerned I’ll catch a cold?”
Holding my gaze, Alex peeled off his jacket and boots. His long sleeve shirt followed, leaving him bare chested. I dug my nails into the palms of my hands to keep my eyes from straying.
“Keeping your pants on?”
“I have nothing under these pants.”
Oh… ideenentgleisung!
My eyes widened. I couldn’t help it. What was I thinking about? I completely lost my thought.
“Ah.” I nodded, took a tentative step toward him, trying to remember what happened right before he told me about his commando status. “I see.”
“What now?” He asked.

I wanted to say, Now the pants!]



About the Author:
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories.  I hope you enjoy their stories.
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1 MASSIVE Giveaway winner (open internationally) will get signed print copies of the following:

Tattooed Dots by Kimberly Knight
Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott
Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand
Better, Him, Her by Carey Heywood
Consequences, Truth, Convicted, Behind His Eyes - Consequences by Aleatha Romig
Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino
Behind His Lens by RS Grey
Mine to Lose, Being There by TK Rapp
Black Box by Cassia Leo
Axel by Harper Sloan
The Proposal, The Pairing by Katie Ashley
Torn by KA Robinson
Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec
Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid
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