Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway + Excerpt - Conklin’s Foundation by: Brooke Page

Title:  Conklin’s Foundation
Series:  Conklin’s Trilogy #2
Author:  Brooke Page
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  February 12, 2014
Review Source:  Brooke Page

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Becca finally found her courage and faced her tormentors head on to get what she deserved: respect and Tyler Conklin. With her new found strength in herself Becca’s faith in Tyler is solid, but is he willing to completely open up to her?

They both have past baggage, and as Becca says, Tyler’s is particularly old. Will they finally get over their inner turmoil?

With everything they have been through, you would think Becca and Tyler have learned that secrets get them nowhere. They have made great leaps and bounds in their relationship, but Becca can’t help but feel he is still keeping something from her. Between the local detective snooping around and asking questions at the Conklin building and Tyler’s evasive answers, Becca remains skeptical about his excuses. Even though the detective seems more interested in RJ’s “projects”, Tyler’s hands seem to be in the pot as well.

Unfortunately, Tyler’s past comes back in his face along with his shady business. Will Becca hold true to her new found confidence and claim what’s hers… including Tyler?

As we continue Becca & Tyler’s story we learn more and more about them both. I didn’t review the first book, Conklin’s Blueprints, but I did read it for this review. You do need to read these in order, as the story does continue.

We open in this second book right where we left off. Becca had just told everyone she knows exactly how she feels. I for one was fist pumping her and yelling “Go Get `em!” like crazy! However, when you do something like that, guilt usually follows. It hits her hard and she thinks everyone hates her.

Becca ends up with a promotion that carries her to Miami for several weeks. It’s going to be hard on their relationship but they are both confident that they can get through this. It’s important to the company and very important to Becca’s career.

Tyler finally realizes he needs to open up more with his family and formally introduce Becca to his family. He also gets a visit from his past. He also decides to keep a huge tidbit of his life to himself. This does not go over well. On top of their temporary long distance relationship….things are strained.

Will Tyler completely open up to Becca and allow her in all aspects of his life? Can he really let go of his past? Will Becca become more comfortable in her own skin and stop being a doormat and realize she is beautiful? 

I really enjoy the personal things that touch this story. The differences in their upbringing and I don’t mean money. I just mean that they way the family interacts is very different. I like that part of the story. It’s not a big part but it just seems so personal from the author. I also love the way they interact with each other. Yes it’s all romantic but neither of them allow their love to rule them. They are people with problems that need to be resolved too. They love each other but they are individuals too. 

I highly recommend this second book in the series and I can’t wait for more!! The final book will be out Fall of 2014!! Can’t wait for this conclusion! 

Tyler just smiled at me then his eyes caught my headband.  “Is that new?”
I nodded my head and told him about the little girl that was peddling. 
“Sucker,” Tyler teased, putting a hand on the other side of my hip. He was half leaning over me now, and the proximity of him was starting to get to me in a very good way.
He leaned closer, bringing his hand up to touch the headband, a mischievous game was playing in his eyes. 
“Jamie told me I was being a bad citizen by supporting the peddling little girl,” I said.
“Yes, well, Jamie also said something last night that bothered me,” Tyler said, his eyes becoming hard.
I furrowed my brows at him.  What did she say that upset him?
“Why did she refer to me as gentle?  What exactly was she talking about?”
My face turned red as I bit my lip.  I didn’t think Tyler would ever know about my talking to Jamie about our intimacy, and I didn’t think Jamie would ever be dumb enough to open her mouth.  I guess I was wrong.
“She said I was a gentle lover,” he whispered darkly.
“I like how you make love to me,” I said quietly, my face still crimson.  I gripped the back of the lounger tighter, wanting to change the subject.  But Tyler wasn’t having it, and I couldn’t tell if this was a fun game to him or if he were legitimately upset.
“But you want it harder?” he asked, snaking his hand under my thigh, letting my cover up hike up my leg more.  “Am I boring you?” he said, cocking his head to the side.
I shook my head no, terrified that he would think something crazy like that.  I never knew how good sex could be until I met Tyler.
He eyed me then eyed my headband again, a small smile playing on his lips as his eyes became more heated.  He suddenly moved his hands on either side of my hips then trailed them up my sides and to my arms. Goose bumps filled my skin, and my hands were still grasping the back of the chair.
Tyler leaned in to kiss me then whispered against my lips.  “Let’s have a little fun, shall we?”
I looked at him while taking a sharp inhale, my heart racing from his touch.  He moved his hands further up my biceps, but his thumbs hooked the headband in my hair, pulling it all the way up along my arms, my hair cascading down, pieces falling one at a time until it was freed.  The feel of the small beads gently massaged my arms as they made their slow route to the top of the lounger.  Tyler kept his eyes on me the entire time, and I was caught in his trance, my chest heaving with his intense stare. 
Tyler moved to grasp one of my hands, gently wrapping the headband around my wrist then through the top bar of the lounger.  He spun the stretchy headband more, tightening it on my one wrist then forcing the headband to loop around my other wrist.  My arms were now attached to the back of the lounger by the beads I bought from a 12-year-old-girl.  I flexed my hands and gave a small tug.  I couldn’t release them, and the blood in my veins started to pump so fast and hard throughout my body I thought I might explode.
Tyler was suddenly straddling me.  He ran his nose along mine and murmured, “I don’t want you to think I am boring.  So let’s have some fun.”
I sighed as he kissed my neck.  But I quickly stiffened when I heard a couple of women laughing.
“Tyler, there are people walking around down there.  I can see their heads,” I whispered, as though they would be able to hear.
Tyler kissed my collarbone then ran his nose and tongue downward, ignoring my worry.
“Tyler!” I squirmed, half scolding him.  “What are you doing?  Those people will hear us!”
When Tyler finally kissed to the bottom of my cover up where my skin was exposed, he gave my thigh a big wet kiss, never taking his dark blue-green eyes off of me.
“I guess you are going to have to be quiet then,” he said playfully as he started to hike up the dress.  

Mother of two, wonder wife, after school art/pottery instructor, self proclaimed runner, and Indie Romance Novel junkie!


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