Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Salvation by Michele Dare- Blog Tour and Review

Title: My Salvation
Author: Michelle Dare
Release Date: Oct 19, 2014

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Caliana Crawford is smart, sexy and unemployed. After quitting her mediocre job, she finds herself in need of a break. She goes to the one place that holds her most precious memories, her cabin by the lake. Life hasn’t always been easy for Cali. She lost someone close to her, was betrayed by her lover, and now she only wants to escape reality. What she doesn’t plan on is her sexy neighbor, who has an agenda of his own.
Owen Matthews goes through the motions every day, but knows his life is missing one essential part - Cali. He has never forgotten about the summers he spent by the lake with the gorgeous brunette. When he sees she is back to stay, Owen knows he can’t let her slip through his fingers again. Others think he has it all with owning a multimillion dollar company, but what they don’t know is that he would give it all up to have her in his arms and his bed.
The road to happiness isn’t always easy. His brother returns to his life and brings with him an old flame who threatens to rip Cali and Owen apart. Will they find their salvation with one another or let the events of their past influence their future?

My Review:
My Salvation (Salvation, #1)My Salvation by Michelle Dare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Owen and Caliana both spent summers growing up at their cabins by a lake. They were attracted to one another but only shared one kiss before Cali left for college. Years later, Cali has lost a relative she was close to, but now owns the cabin. She just left a job she didn't like and is alone after she was betrayed by her ex-boyfriend. Owen has become very successful, but has never really let go of his feelings for Cali. They quickly realize that they are still very attracted to one another and it seems like everything is falling into place when someone starts threatening Cali.

The attraction and chemistry between Cali and Owen is easy to feel, but through a lot of the book I felt that I really didn't get to know either character in any depth. The story is pretty predictable, but I was intrigued to keep reading if only to confirm my suspicions about what was going on. I felt like a lot of the dialogue between Owen and Cali turned hyperbolic pretty quickly and it started to seem like every conversation they had was a speech about their intense feelings. I did enjoy certain parts of this book quite a bit, but overall I would have liked more story and character development.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

When Cali reached the main living room she saw him out on the deck.  He was setting out breakfast for the two of them.  She stood in the doorway watching him.
He didn’t seem to notice her standing there.  Her mind drifted, wondering why Owen wanted her, what he saw.  No job, not even looking for a new one, but what she did have was a huge heart and the man in front of her was taking more and more of it.
Owen was placing food on plates.  He was wearing a dark olive green t-shirt and khaki shorts.  The way the shirt clung to his muscular arms with each movement made her hot all over.  Roving over his body, her eyes moved to take in the shape of his firm ass and his strong legs.  This man could knock someone out with one punch, she thought.
She stepped onto the deck, her sandals making a soft clap on the wood.  Owen looked up and a warm smile lit his face.  Not knowing where they were going she chose a soft pink tank top and white, cotton shorts.  She loved the way he looked at her, taking her in.  The look made her feel sexy and wanted.
When she reached him, he brought his hand up to brush one of her curls from her face.  “You are gorgeous and you’re mine.”
Cali nodded.  “All yours.”  He took his thumb and brushed the soft pad over her lower lip.
“Let’s eat before I take you down to the pool and have my way with you.”
“Hmmm,” she said, acting like she was deep in thought.  “Maybe we can take a dip later.  Might be fun.”
“I’ll hold you to it.  Now sit and eat.  We have a reservation to keep.”
“Where are we going?” she asked.
“Haven’t you learned yet?  I like to surprise you.”
Mumbling she said, “I hate surprises.”  But he heard and laughed.
They ate breakfast while watching the waves gently lap the shore.  A light breeze was blowing causing the palm trees to rustle.  Cali could see a couple of sailboats out on the water.  She was mentally etching the moment into her memory, not wanting to forget a single minute of the trip.
Owen kept her on her toes and she was starting to like it.  He was always moving.  She usually preferred more of a schedule, a routine.  To know what every day held.
Before, all of the surprises and spontaneity would have driven her crazy, but she was learning to relax and go wherever Owen wanted.  The way he took care of her, always thinking of her needs, she felt like she was in a dream, waiting to wake up.

Michelle Dare is a Jersey girl living over the border in Pennsylvania.  She started out as a reader, then became a book blogger.  She loves the book community and thought to try her hand at writing.  Her first book, My Salvation, is a contemporary romance.
She is a married mom with two wonderful children and a German Shepherd, who she considers her third child.   She is a lover of books, music and movies.  Her favorite band is Maroon 5 and has too many favorite movies to list.  Paranormal romance is her favorite genre to read.

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