Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Tug by KJ Bell


K.J. Bell's TUG is now available. This book is HOT! Check out the blurb and teasers and be sure to enter the giveaway too! **Tug's character was introduced in KJ Bell's debut Irreparable series. However, TUG is not part of the series and can be read without reading the other two books beforehand.**


Aidan Hunter lost the only girl he ever loved to his older brother. To numb his pain, he drinks in excess, parties too hard, and sleeps with countless women. When his family expresses concern, he does what he's been taught to do—fake it and pretend his life is perfect. Pretend he loves his new girl and pretend his heart isn’t broken.

Maria Santiago is simply trying to survive each day until she finishes college. As a single mother, life is a constant struggle. Add running from a dangerous past and working in the oldest profession, and all she has is hope for a better life. Hope one day she will no longer feel shame and hope her past never catches up with her.

After Aidan pays to spend one wild night with Maria, pretending to be unaffected by her is impossible. Their night comes to an explosive end and Maria hopes she never sees him again, but Aidan refuses to give up. As Maria begins to accept that Aidan’s feelings for her are genuine, someone from her past threatens her life. Aidan’s not intimidated and takes a huge risk to protect her.

Will the risk pay off and allow Aidan the opportunity to provide Maria with the better life she’s been hoping for?

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"These women don't want me. They want my last name and my bank account. I'm not going to feel bad about using their greed to get what I want"
Tug by KJ Bell, is a story of a man trying to accept and hopefully move past the heartache of losing the only woman that he thought he would ever love to his older brother.  A chance meeting in a cigar shop in Tijuana is the moment that he finally starts thinking about a woman other than Tori, but are their feelings for each other enough to pull him away from the girl that he has loved his whole life, a girl that is engaged to his brother and carrying his baby.  After I finished reading this book I struggled with how to rate this book, as it had serious potential to be a great story but there were many scenes in the plot that were so far fetched, that it made it difficult for the reader to absorb them in the context of the plot as a whole.  Although this book can be read as a standalone, it is actually part of series, and I am sure that if you have read the previous books, the plot will have made a lot more sense in terms of several situations that take place.  And the a reader, the ending made me somewhat angry.  There wasn't exactly a cliff hanger, but the way it ended, you know that Tug's story is not over, but really how much more can actually happen with his relationship with Maria?  If I had to choose I would rate this book 3 stars.
Tug is struggling to move past losing what he believes is the love of his life and watching her marry his brother while pregnant.  He uses woman, never letting emotions get involved in his liasons because to him, no one will ever capture his heart the way Tori had.  He often wishes that she had chose him instead of his brother Brady and there are some extremely awkward moments in the beginning of the book between the three of them.  Tug meets Maria at the local cigar shop, and is immediately intrigued with her, the main reason why being that she has no idea who he is or how much he is worth.  He pursues her, even after finding out that she is a poor girl with a son working as a stripper/hooker to earn enough money to take care of her, her son and her ill grandfather. 
Maria is a survivor and throughout the entire novel, you are given many hints that she is in Tijuana because she is hiding from something serious and the reader wonders on more then one occasion what that is.  You find out almost 3/4 of the way through the book, and it wasn't what I expected at all.  I won't divulge any details so that I don't ruin the reveal.  Tug doesn't seem to care about Maria's past, he wants to have a relationship with her and her son, yet Tori continues to come in between them.  Tori seems to be torn between her love for Brady and the too-close friendship that she has with Tug, often taking advantage of the feelings she knows he still harbors for her.  There were times throughout the book that I became angry with Tug, being the smart business man that he was, how he let Tori manipulate him sometimes was ridiculous, even after she married his brother.
Tug does everything that he can to make Maria's life a little bit easier, helping with care for her grandfather, helping her with Javier and isimply loving her and showing her how to live.  Maria starts to really fall for him, and after they both reveal the secrets to their past, the reader is led to believe that they will finally get their happily ever after when Tug proposes to Maria and she accepts the proposal.  Once again Tori comes in between their relationship forcing Tug to make a choice that he should have really made long ago, but it is too late. 
Will Maria and Tug come together again despite all that has come between them?  The reader is left wondering what will happen at the end of the book when Tug is trying to find Maria after she disappears from his life and is shown a picture of her having lunch with the man he knows is Javier's father.  How that is even possible is strange but I hope will be addressed in the next part of Tug's story.
" Feeling isn't something I allow myself to do when I'm with a woman, but I'm doing it for her, to show her she can trust me."

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~One of five signed paperbacks of TUG ~One of three signed paperbacks of Cut Too Deep ~One of three Amazon $10 gift cards ~As an extra incentive, if I break the top 100 paid, or reach 100 reviews on Amazon, I will giveaway a Kindle Fire HD. If you've read TUG, leave a review on the site you purchased it! Then, fill out this form for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

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