Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Point and Pressure Point by Olivia Luck- Blog Tour with Reviews!

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Book Title: New Point
  Author: Olivia Luck 
Genre: New Adult 
Release Date: September 10, 2014 

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Book Title: Pressure Point 
Author: Olivia Luck 
Genre: New Adult

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New Point

Imagine the worst day of your life. Immerse yourself in the details. How did you feel? Who were you with? What were the consequences? Recalling my darkest day is as simple as typing a few search terms into a web browser. It only took thirty minutes for me to become the center of a media frenzy that caught the attention of an entire country. So I hid. Nine months later and I'm getting better. Moved two hours from home, landed my dream job, and met a delicious new guy. Healing is that simple, right? Wrong.


My Review: 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zoe has experienced a traumatic event that changed the course of her life. She has moved from the city to a small lake town where her parents owned a house that was left to her when they died. Zoe attempted to heal at home with the support of her brother and friends, but it wasn't going well and she felt like she needed to go away to get herself back in good working order. She starts a job that she loves, and meets her neighbor Miles who has her feeling things she hasn't experienced in a long time and starting to feel some of her former self returning the more time she spends time with him and in the town of New Point.

I actually read the second book in this series first (Pressure Point. Either can be read as a stand alone, but having read the second book first, I knew some of this story from a different perspective and was eager to read this and find out what things looked like from a different angle. I wasn't disappointed. Getting to know Zoe and Miles better was a good experience. Zoe is an easy character to care about. She has been through a lot, but rather than let it make her bitter, she has tried to be a better person because of what she has been through. Miles is a pretty great guy, but I like that in spite of how hot and wonderful he is, he also has flaws. Minor ones, but it is nice to see him make some mistakes and then deal with them in a healthy way. The peripheral characters are great too, and I like spending time in this series. I would recommend both this (and Pressure Point) in whatever order. I have enjoyed other books by this author as well, and I'll continue to read her work in the future.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review



 
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Pressure Point

I know what you’re thinking. It’s unconventional to want a man nine years older than you. It’s inconvenient to crush on your dearest friend’s older brother. It’s silly to pine after a man for six years. It’s cliché to lust after a celebrity. It’s pathetic to fall in love with a man who barely knows you exist. I know what you’re thinking because I’ve thought it all, too. And yet that hasn’t stopped me from wanting Blake Campbell. Charming, gorgeous, brilliant, kind, selfless – Blake is everything I’ve ever wanted, but he doesn’t see me that way. In fact, he hardly noticed me until one night. Traumatic events brought us together for the first time, but then he tossed me aside. I know it’s irrational, but I wanted him up until the moment he left me lying there alone. When his eyes finally open and he finds out I’ve left, will it be too late?

My Review: 

Pressure PointPressure Point by Olivia Luck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Stella meets her best friend in college, she quickly falls in lust with her brother who is nine years older. Out of respect for her best friend, she never gives any indication that Blake is the man she wants, but she also never forgets him. Year later, during a traumatic time for both Stella and Blake, they have an interaction that doesn't go well. Some time later, Stella is working her way up in a successful company and one of Blake's companies becomes her client. Blake decides it it time to show Stella that she is the woman he wants and he will do whatever he needs to do to make her his.

Stella is a really easy character to care about. She is a great sister, cousin, and friend. She makes sure to take care of those around her, and often puts the needs of others before her own. That said, she also has backbone and will stand up for herself when she needs to. Seeing not only the terrible situation that Zoe experienced, but also seeing how it affected Stella was really emotional. One of my greatest hopes as I read this book was that Stella and Zoe would be able to find their friendship once again. Blake was a tricky character. He did some really wonderful things, and some hurtful things. The wonderful things definitely win out, but he definitely caused some big emotional swings with Stella (and the reader). This was the first book in this series that I read, and I will definitely be going back to read the first book. I like this author a lot and will continue to read her work in the future.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review


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New Point

“New Point isn’t known for much breaking and entering, but I have to admit, this looks mighty suspicious,” an unmistakably Midwestern accent drawls from behind me, effectively scaring the sweat off my bare shoulders. A shriek escapes from my lips as I teeter preciously on the wood chair and my hands lose their grip on the white doorframe. The rubber of my flip flop doesn’t provide much traction and my body pitches sideways. In just a second I’ll crash against the deck floor and I’ll spend the summer recovering physically instead of gaining back my old– Sturdy muscular arms slide around my waist and yank me against an equally firm chest. “Woah, there. I didn’t mean to scare you.” The masculine voice has a smile behind it. “Probably shouldn’t go sneaking up on someone then,” I mutter once I catch my breath and untangle myself from his grasp. He chuckles at my retort, a rich baritone that makes me feel like shivering. When I’m a step or two back I’m nearly breathless again, but this time for completely different reasons. Sturdy was one way to describe his muscular grasp, but now that I have a full frontal view of him, I see my mistake. He’s perfect. Thick arms with nicely defined muscles that don’t bulge too aggressively beneath his white T-shirt, a broad chest, trim waist with low riding blue exercise shorts. And that’s just his body. Bright white teeth gleam at me from behind a broad smile. Thick, dark curly hair begs to have fingers run through it and he has coffee colored eyes framed by long lashes most girls want desperately. He’s a combination of sultry sex appeal and mischievous intentions as displayed by the twist of his lips. Less than one minute in his presence and I’m practically swooning. “Who are you?” I blurt out. With a smirk, he crosses his arms across the planes of chest. “Shouldn’t I be asking the questions, Ms. Breaking and Entering?”

 
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Pressure Point

They say life is about choices. You spend your life making decisions and dealing with the consequences, whether they are positive or negative. In my tumultuous frame of mind, I make a choice. A very poorly thought out choice, but one that I have to live with, nevertheless. As soon as Cassidy finishes her encore, I tell the girls that we’re going backstage to meet the singer. They follow behind the private elevator to the lower level of the Chi Center, talking giddily. I push their voices out of my mind, leading them with long, purposeful strides. There are perks to owning the joint. The security guards clear the way for me, knowing not to bother me when I’m in a foul mood. With a short knock, I push my way into Cassidy’s crowded backstage room. The moment she lays her fake-eyelash covered gaze on me, she squeals. The sound hurts my ears, but I pretend it doesn’t. “Blake Campbell, I didn’t know you were coming back here!” She literally launches herself at me, latching her over tanned arms around my neck and thrusting her glitter-speckled tits against my chest. And then, in plain sight of Stella, I yank the pop star into my arms and thrust my tongue down her throat. You are a moron.

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Meet the Author

Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family. Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family. Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com


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