Friday, April 24, 2015

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: The Rub Down by Gina Sheldon

Title: The Rub Down
Author: Gina Sheldon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2015

Dark room

Luke Stratton spends his days making clients moan in pleasure. His hands hold the ability to drive a woman to the brink of ecstasy. As a rule, his professional touch is the only thing he gives any female client. Until a Boston marathon trainee seeks his services.

Bare skin

One year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, Alexa Williams must overcome horrible memories of that day. She struggles to put her fear aside to meet the challenge of the run. A rigorous training schedule leaves her body aching, and with Luke’s help, Alexa finds soothing release at The Rub Down. 

Healing Hands

Will Luke hold onto his rules and let Alexa go, or will they be able to cross the finish line together?

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Crisp white linens covered Tamlyn’s spread limbs, and soft candlelight cast shadows across her features.

“Harder, Luke, harder. You know I love when you’re rough with me.” She squirmed under my touch, her voice drowning out the soft background music. After two years in our relationship, I was accustomed to her giving me directions.

“Tamlyn, you know I’ll bruise you if I go at you any harder, and you won’t be able to walk tomorrow.” I spoke in a low, even tone, trying not to disrupt our rhythm. Every stroke of my fingers on her bare skin served a specific purpose. Tamlyn liked it hard and fast, but I preferred giving it to her gentle and slow.

“Right now, I don’t care. My body needs this. Needs you. Danny can’t give me what I need anymore.” She opened her eyes to peer up at me. “I’m too used to how you make me feel.”

“Oh, stop, Tam. You and I both know that Danny’s good. I’ve never heard a woman complain about him.” My hands glided over her smooth calves. “His style’s different from mine, but he knows how to get results.”

Tamlyn wasn’t the first woman Danny and I had shared. In fact, we often swapped clients. In our line of business, it was common practice. We thought it was beneficial to the women who came to us.

“I know, but you know my needs and meet them every. Single. Time I see you.” She moaned when I gripped her hips. “I hate when you have to leave town. I seriously can’t survive without seeing you at least once a week.” Tamlyn tilted her hips to increase pressure right where she wanted me. “I even asked my husband, and you know I hate doing that. He tried his very best to do exactly what you taught him, but I swear I only moan so his feelings aren’t hurt.”

“Derek looked like he knew what he was doing when I taught him how to take care of you.”

A few months ago, Tamlyn brought her husband to see me. She wanted him trained to satisfy her body’s needs in my absence.

“Now hush, our time’s almost up, and I’m not through with you yet. I haven’t heard you scream my name,” I said as I moved into position to finish her off.

To gain better leverage for what I planned next, I placed my knee on the edge of the table. As my fingers trailed her inner thighs, Tamlyn squirmed beneath me. This was my favorite part, and I was going to make sure she enjoyed every second of it. As I reached my destination, her moans grew louder.

Then the door to the room slammed against the wall.

“You cheating bastard.” My girlfriend, Jennie, stood in the doorway, red-faced and screaming at the top of her lungs. Before her crazed presence registered in my mind, she lunged for Tamlyn.

All hell broke loose.


I love it when a blogger I know and love flips the switch and goes from blogger to author! In this instance I’ve been following Gina Sheldon as a blogger for quite some time and when she announced she was releasing her debut novel I was so excited to get my hands on it! I was very pleasantly surprised on the quality of the writing and the flow of the story! I loved that it was a light flirty story that had plenty of sexual tension and a dash of personal inspiration thrown in! I fell in love with Alexa and Luke how their story played out and I cannot wait to see what else Ms. Sheldon has in store for us!

Alexa is training for the Boston Marathon and at the advice of her trainer headed to a professional masseuse to work out her muscles after a training session. The last thing she expected was for the masseuse to be a hottie that is Luke Stratton! The have this amazing chemistry from the beginning. Both of them realize they must retain a professional relationship while she is training. Luke has a strict policy on not dating clients to protect his reputation. The Rub Down has become very successful and he does not want any potential sexual harassment lawsuits getting in the way.   

Alexa has her own inner battle going on. She was running the marathon when the explosion wreaked havoc on Boston. Her own personal fears of making it to the finish line this year is weighing heavily on her and she must learn to cope and work past the fear of another explosion. She is running for a worthy charity and does not want to have the fear get in the way of her own personal goals but can the anxiety be too much for her? 

This is a great story of love and romance and the build up to something you know will be great! Luke is the perfect gentleman we all fall in love with and Alexa is the girl next door we all want as your best friend. How can you not root for them to find happiness and love together? It’s also a great story of inner triumph and overcoming your fears in the face of tragedy. This is one I would highly recommend and give it 4 stars!

Gina Sheldon is a devoted wife, busy mom of twin girls, and the proud owner of a small business. She often travels the very streets of Boston she writes about in her debut novel, “The Rub Down.” One thing she refuses to leave home without is her Kindle. Their relationship borders on obsessive. As a beta reader and blogger, Gina shares her love of books with others, and her love of words has now carried her into the field of self-publishing. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found surrounded by family and friends, enjoying a glass of wine, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or both.


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